Places - Cuba's Western Region

Cueva del Indio-Pinar

Just north of the village of Vinales, is an ancient indigenous dwelling that was rediscovered in 1920.  Here, below the ground and traversed by an underground river, is a network of caves believed to have been used by the Guanahatabey Amerindians as a hiding place to take refuge from the Spaniards, as well as a burial site judging from the human remains that have been found here.  You can explore the beginning of the tunnel’s jagged, damp interior by foot until where the stone steps lead to the underground river where a guided motor boat will actually steer you the rest of the way to the cave’s exit.