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Pinar del Rio Province in western Cuba produces the bulk of Cuba's tobacco crop, which is then shipped to Havana to be rolled into the famous Havana cigars. The tobacco is painstakingly cultivated by hand, and Pinar del Rio's economy is largely agricultural.

A scenic highlight of this rural province is the Vinales Valley, where limestone hills called mogotes rise dramatically from the verdant valley floor. Our travel picture of "El Mural de la Prehistoria" shows one of these cliffs.

The province's other big attraction is Playa Maria La Gorda, where scuba divers come to plunge into the clear Caribbean waters. Other visitors are content to simply snorkel off the beach shown in our travel photo. Indeed, some of Cuba's finest scenery - both above and below the surface - is found in the province of Pinar del Rio.

All the photos on are by David Stanley, original author of Lonely Planet Cuba.
The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

The picturesque Vinales Valley with
its trademark limestone hills in the distance.
Cuba welcomes visitors. This Caribbean country offers a unique and very different travel experience.

The world's finest tobacco comes from the fields of Pinar del Rio.

A typical rural thatched farm house or bohio east of Vinales.

A vendor serves refresco at a pit stop in Pinar del Rio.

Charcoal distilled from wood in the traditional way, Pinar del Rio.

Mural de la Prehistoria, painted on a cliffside at Vinales in 1961.

1902 metal lighthouse on Cayo Jutias off the north coast.

Red land crabs often swarm along the coast to reproduce.

Pinar del Rio's finest beach at Maria La Gorda the far west.