Taino and Carib Rivalry The Taino were historically enemies of the neighboring Carib tribes, another group with origins in South America, who lived principally in the Lesser Antilles. The relationship between the two groups has been the subject of much study. For much of the 15th century, the Taino tribe was being driven to the northeast in the Caribbean from what is now South America because of raids by the marauding Carib tribes. Women were taken as captives, resulting in many Carib women speaking the Taino language.
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Literally 20 minutes by car or bus from the Vinales hotel Los Jazmines or Hotel La Ermita, The Cueva del Indio or in English, “Indian Cave” is an extensive underground cavern with 10 to 20 meter high ceilings. The initial part of the visit includes walking through richly colored Stalactites and stalagmites, conical deposits emanating from the roof and floor of the cave. The second part of the trip is truly fantastic as you board a small boat which meanders [...]
The Pinar del Rio Botanic Gardens offers treasures like 170 species of fruit trees, exotic plants in barely 45 hectares. The herbarium has an astounding array of 5 500 samples of some 800 species and 200 families representatives of species native to the six ecosystems of the province of Pinar del Rio. For plant lover a photographic tour of this place is like a dream come true due to the incredible variety of plant species set in a beautiful location [...]
Located in a former prison and on this site since 1961 the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory is an ideal daytrip to spend a couple of hours watching people busily roll some of Pinar Del Rios finest cigars. Neatly seated side by side at special wooden benches, the cigar makers carry out their work with dexterity and amazing speed, producing vast numbers of cigars of identical weight and length in the time it takes to bat an eyelid. Similar but much [...]
Vinales Valley is an official national park and by far the most visited location in Pinar del Rio offering an outstanding karst landscape in which farmers still use traditional methods of agriculture and tobacco farming. The Vinales region also maintains a rich vernacular tradition in its architecture, art crafts and Cuban country music. The numerous caves, one of which is called the Cueva del Indio ir Indian Cave are scattered on the slopes of the hills that envelope the Vinales [...]
Address: Peninsula de Guanahacabibes, Maria la Gorda, Pinar del Rio, Cuba Hotel Maria la Gorda is around a 4 hour drive from Havana or about 2 hours from Pinar del Rio and is easily reached in your Cuban Rent A Car†or excursion packages sold at any hotel in Pinar del Rio shown on this website. You can buy an excursion to Maria La Gorda which includes an overnight stay (or more nights) at literally any hotel reception in Pinar del [...]