Post by kerouac2 on Jan 18, 2018 12:55:12 GMT
Pinar del Rio is the westernmost province of Cuba and is considered to have the most natural beauty due to both the landscape and the traditional agriculture. It was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999. 70% of Cuban tobacco is grown in the region.
So -- time to get out of Havana for a bit! We booked a day tour and got on a big bus which made the rounds of all of the big hotels to collect people.
Before long, we were on the highway to the west.
It was nice to see nature again, even if only through a window at the start of the day.
I was wondering if they would do what I have always seen done in developing countries -- fill the petrol tank after the trip had begun instead of ahead of time. Yes they did.
People ran into the station to pee and get snacks, but I went in the opposite direction to see what was surrounding us.
Then back to the station and on the road!
Our first stop was in the town of Pinar to visit the distillery, always a good way to keep the passengers calm, but first a few views of the streets...
It's not big city life anymore.