Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 10:30 AM Last Post By: elf_brewery
Nov 29, 2012 12:20 PM
Cubacan transportWould Cubacan be willing to transport us from Havana Vieja to Vinales if we do not stay at one of their hotels?
We're planning to spend a week in Pinar del Rio to tour around. I think Cubacan does tours as well. Are they reasonably priced and worth it?
Nov 29, 2012 1:09 PM
1Most hotels have a tour desk where you can book your trip and the bus picks you up at the hotel where you booked your trip. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to use the service. Depends on your definition of reasonable but I think that you will find the prices are the same at all the hotels for the same trip.
Nov 29, 2012 1:15 PM
Nov 29, 2012 1:54 PM
3Check early with Cubanacan as sometimes their pick up hotels change based on bookings. If nobody books in Old Havana (which I doubt) you may need to go to a Vedado hotel. But if coming in High season then no worries. Inglaterra or Plaza in Parque central will be for sure pick up points.
Do not book round trip. You can book your return once in Viñales..
Nov 29, 2012 2:06 PM
4Terry and Jorgeguide hit it on the head. Vinales is pretty easy to navigate but to get the most of your trip take an organized tour for an over-view of the place and the following day set out on your own. You will still need the help of a local to arrange a tour of the caves, a tobacco plantation or the rum factory. All the casas are spaced pretty close together and they seen to know each other and can help find you a room. I like Vinales because it’s so peaceful and relaxing and humbling and the view is spectacular. We booked our tour from Hotel Telegrafo between Inglaterra and Parque Central and we were the second stop so we got to sit up front before the other passengers boarded mainly from the Vedado hotels
Nov 29, 2012 4:25 PM
5I find one of the best attributes about Vinales is that it is a very small town where everyone understands the most important thing is insuring tourists have a good time and return rather than competing with the guy next door for todays tourist money and not worrying about tomorrows.
I have been to Vinales several times. Never been to the caves or any of the famous places. I find the hike up the hill to the graveyard yields an incredible amount of friendly locals to stop and visit with. Same with walking around town. I walk into someone's yard saying "Yo es Roberto, un Americano photographia. Por favor, mi Espanol is mal" in my dysfunctional Spanish and I am received like my name is Fidel. Vinales just has to be one of the friendliness places I have ever visited.
Dec 1, 2012 9:49 PM
Dec 2, 2012 10:30 AM