Soroa to Vinales
9;00am departure from Soroa, heading for Vinales where we will spend a few days. The morning started off overcast, but cleared as we approached our first stop, a terraced ecological village. We spent an hour walking through the village, and having a coffee overlooking the village.
After a lunch stop at a roadside café, we were supposed to tour a medical herb farm, but whilst it was open, they weren't accepting foreigners, so we continued on to our next stop at a lookout with spectacular views of the Vinales Valley.
We arrived at Vinales at 2:00pm, with overcast skies. After dropping our bags off at our guesthouses (mine is the blue house below), we went on a brief orientation walk into the village. However, heavy rains started so we took shelter in a bar until the rains eventually stopped.
The above photo is the interior of a typical chemist shop. Because of the ongoing international blockade, Cuba places great reliance on herbal medicines.
After a brief walk through town, I made my way back to the guesthouse to freshen up before heading back into town for dinner. I met Sophie, Olivia & Becky at a restaurant, so had dinner with them. Most of the group had arranged to meet in the church square (which was also the WiFI hotspot) at 9:00pm, before heading of to a local bar for a couple of cocktails. Soroa is very tourist oriented, with many guesthouses, and plenty of restaurants and bars.