History of Pinar del Río
In our bicycle tours in Cuba, one of our favorite places is called Pinar del Río (which literally means “Pinewood of the River”). This place is located at the western part of Cuba, at the peak of the island and is home of spectacular landscapes, nature and the most famous tobacco factories of the country. The state is named after the pinewood that grows near the Guaná River in the region and was known before as “New Philippines”. The city was founded in 1699, at that time is was merely a village, but it was already recognized as a city. The population grew fast thanks to the tobacco industry, which still nowadays is the first source of income in the region. In 1710, Pinar del Río officially acquired the status of a city.
Why visit Pinar del Rio in your Cuba Bicycle tour?
Well, that was a little historic introduction to Pinar del Río, now we tell you why is so fascinating to visit it during your bicycle tour in Cuba. In Pinar del Rio you’ll find miles and miles of valleys between beautiful hills, all covered for rich vegetation, this is something worth to see while you are cycling because it’s an enjoyable landscape. Some of the rocks there are painted and are enormous art murals, you must take a picture of them. One of the things Cuba is famous for is for their tobacco industry, the finest cigarettes are made in this island and the principal zone where they are made is here in Pinar del Río. So, even if you don’t smoke, you can see how the artisans work this plant, from the harvest to the assembling of the cigarette. Is a meticulous process to guarantee the best quality; believe us, it’s a complete art. And well, if you like to smoke cigarettes, you will definitely enjoy this point of your bike tour in Cuba. This is just a taste of what you can find in Pinar del Rio, but actually, you have to live the experience, so please contact us to find how you can be part of our Cuba Bicycle Tour, and remember this is just one of many stops that you will love to visit!