Our day in Viñales was amazing. We rode horses for most of the day through a national forest of Cuba. It rained on us, and we sought shelter at rest area during the ride. We sat down with the workers of that area, learned about their lives, and blew their minds with a voice activated GoPro. Again when we woke up, we were greeted with a delicious breakfast. Emelito and Danay were our hosts. An amazing home, which was practically brand new. Danay was funny as she asked us a few times to review her on TripAdvisor and AirBnb. They were just starting out, and the positive reviews that I will leave will hopefully sustain their business and allow them to prosper for many years ahead. You saw signs of those reviews throughout our drives. Banners showcasing each casa's excellence on one of the travel sites. Cuba started allowing the citizens to form their own businesses, which is hopeful in driving tourism. To me its the only way to stay!
We left that morning and ventured to Pinar del Rio. We headed to a natural waterfall area, a biosphere, and had an amazing lunch in the mountains. Every meal seemed to consist of Rice, Beans, Cucumbers, Tomato's, and fresh juice. For my travel mates, there was always a Cristal or Bucanero in their hands, and it was practically frozen. One thing they kept saying was the level of coldness that Cubans keep their beer, COLD! After our excursions we picked up two Swiss travelers who had missed their bus and headed back to Havana. Laughter, rainbows, and the coolest rest area stop I have ever been too.
Day 3: Pinar del Rio, Havana