Cuba

Travel to the west and the Vinales Valley region, beautiful and peaceful, it is equally interesting from a geographical point of view. In the Jurassic era the area was topped by a limestone sheet that was eaten away by the rainwater seeping into the crevices in the rock. Vast caverns formed, their roofs supported by huge columns of rock that were slightly more resistant to the water. In time the roofs collapsed, leaving the columns behind. Erosion turned the rubble to a rich soil and flattened the columns, creating mogates, flat-topped stumps of rock that exist in only a handful of places on earth.

Vinales, the town of the valley is as pretty as the surrounding country, with rows of neat, freshly painted houses shaded by pine trees and a fine colonial church.  Much of the surrounding land is planted with tobacco.

Trinidad, the city was founded by Diego Velezques in 1514, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. The original cobblestone streets and pastel-coloured houses give the impression that time has scarcely moved on since Colonial times. From the 1600s-1800s, the city was a major centre for trade in sugar and slaves, and the buildings around the Plaza Mayor, the heart of Trinidad, bear witness to the wealth of the land-owners of the time. A long period of isolation from the 1850s to the 1950s protected the city from any radical new building and the original town layout has been left largely unchanged. In the evenings the houses glow in the warm hues of sunset, and music fills the streets.

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