While names like Havana, Varadero, and Vinales are well-known to the many who have planned to or have visited Cuba, Pinar del Rio is not always included in the tourist packages. And yet, it is the place that brings you closest to the Cuban reality, without the subtle veil that covers the destinations meant to be touristic.
Pinar del Rio is situated at a two-hour drive to the west of the capital Havana. It is the main city in the same-name province and the centre of what Cuba is best known for in terms of economy – the cigar industry.
This post was first published on my previous blog When Woman Travels.
Let’s take a walk together around the streets of Pinar del Rio.
At first sight, Pinar del Rio doesn’t look like there is much to see here. But if you have the eyes to see beyond the surface and are curious at heart, you realise that this may be the most interesting place in Cuba.
Why? Because Pinar del Rio is not a tourist attraction. It is the city where a passing traveller can see Cuban life in its most authentic, raw, and colourful gown. There is no pretence, and no sales pitches either.
In Pinar del Rio, life is out on the streets.
Have you been to Cuba? What are the places that made you feel joy and taught you something new? If you haven’t been to Cuba just yet, when you get there, walk its streets with eyes and mind wide open. You might be surprised by what you will learn – about the country but about yourself too!
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