today was a free day in Vinales, although Karrel had arranged a few activities for us. The first was a walking tour of the local park on the outskirts of Vinales.
Our first stop was at a tobacco farm, where we saw tobacco leaves drying, watched a demonstration of cigar rolling, and tried cigars dipped in honey (apparently the method used by Fidel Castro). Not every-one enjoyed the cigars. We had an opportunity to purchase cigars in bulk.
From the cigar farm, we continued on past horse riders, coffee plants, and other farming activities.
Our next stop allowed us to taste locally made honey (the bees certainly liked it) and locally produced rum, both of which were for sale.
We then continued through the park until we came to a small café where we had a refreshing drink, before leaving the park about 12:30pm.
After returning to the guesthouse and having a quick lunch in town, a few of went out to Cueva del Indio (Indian Caves), an underground limestone cave and river. The tour cost CUC5, and whilst the tour was only an hour, it included a short boat ride through the underground caves.
After the cave tour, we freshened up at the guesthouse before catching out tour bus to an ecological farm on the outskirts of town. We had a short tour of the farm before having dinner (made with farm grown produce) on the farms restaurant balcony, overlooking the Vinales Valley.