|Valle de Viñales|
Valle de Viñales, Pinar del Río, Cuba
|Area||132 km2 (51 sq mi)|
|Designated||1999 (23rd session)|
|Region||Latin America and the Caribbean|
Viñales Valley (Spanish: ''Valle de Viñales'') is a karstic depression in Cuba. The valley has an area of 132 km2 (51 sq mi) and is located in the Sierra de los Órganos mountains (part of Guaniguanico range), just north of Viñales in the Pinar del Río Province.
The conspicuous cliffs rising like islands from the bottom of the valley are called mogotes.
Viñales is a major tourist destination offering mainly hiking and rock climbing. The local climbing scene has started to take off in the last few years with many new routes being discovered resulting in an increase in local tourism.
Many endemic plants and animals are specific to this valley. Flora found in the region include Bombax emarginatum, mountain palm (Gaussia princeps), Ekmanianthe actinophilla, and Microcycas calocoma. Fauna includes bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae, zunzún), Cuban trogon (Priotelus temnurus), Cuban tody (Todus multicolor), Cuban solitaire (Myadestes elisabeth) and Cuban grassquit (Tiaris canorus).
The Valle de Viñales is a wonderful tourist destination. It is one of the lushest parts of Cuba.
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- UNESCO Viñales Valley webpage
- Main website for rock climbing in Cuba, especially Vinales.
- Calzadilla, Erasmo (2009-06-18). "Dago’s Life in Viñales, Cuba". Havana Times.
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