Fodor's Expert Review El Palenque/Cueva de José Miguel

Valle de Viñales Cave

The dimly lighted, rough 140-meter (462-foot) tunnel piercing this mogote opens onto an eerily quiet open space ringed by high limestone rocks. There's a rather shabby replica of a Cimarron campsite with life-size figures of escaped slaves. But if you arrive before a tour group, it's quite peaceful here. The thatch-roof, outdoor bohío-style restaurant in this clearing has a huge brick oven to roast chicken and pork; a main course and dessert costs less than CUC$6. At the entrance to the cave, sheltered by the rock overhang is El Palanque de los Cimarrones, a popular disco/bar/restaurant that stays open late and all night on Saturday.


Quick Facts

Km 32 on Hwy. 241
Valle de Viñales, Pinar del Río  22400, Cuba


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: CUP$3, Cave: daily 9–6; restaurant: daily 9–4; disco/bar: nightly 9 pm–3:30 am

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