del Río treasures the most varied testimonies of aboriginal
presence in its picturesque caves and at the same time it displays
the prehistoric mural, painted on a hummock slope, where imagination
allows the visitor to travel back in time.
Despite being based on its varied and rich nature, Pinar del Río's
culture is not limited to offer the splendor of its landscape, but
also the benefits that each species reserves to men.
The traveler will not skip visiting Vuelta Abajo to know the land
producing the best tobacco leaves. The western Viñales valley,
made famous worldwide in the first years of the 20th century thanks
to the works of Cuban painter Domingo Ramos, has been named Cultural
Landscape of Mankind.
The presence of the Museo de Ciencias Naturales and the Museo Provincial
de Historia are symbols of to preoccupation of the inhabitants of
the province regarding knowledge and protection of the environment
and fondness of their history.
The development of speleology in this zone is greater every time
owing to the variety of the territory still seems to keep many secrets
to those interested to unveil them.
Intellectual development also steps forward in Pinar del Río:
the university and the pedagogical institute contribute to forming
There is a proliferation of colloquies that gather creators and
critics around relevant figures of literature and art. The Dulce
María Loynaz forum, devoted to the Cuban poetess, awarded
the Cervantes prize, in the pedagogical institute, promotes numberless
There is being a progressive development of graphic arts, where
landscapist art seems to reflect the environment of creators. All
this is testimony of a developing culture.