On the second and last day of our stay in Vinales we rented bicycles and explored the surrounding countryside. As cruisers we are very much at home on bicycles – it is the cheapest, fastest way for us to get around in each country we sail to. Also it keeps us fit and in shape. We have our own fold up aluminium “monkey bikes” onboard Melody and I have a borderline unhealthy attachment to mine. It’s the one thing I am always most excited about whenever we return to Melody. Rufus knows that his first task is always to get my bike out of the forward storage and unfold it so I can go riding!
But back to Vinales. The weather was perfect for a long ride, not too hot with the right amount of cool breeze. We explored a few different surrounding areas. The countryside is breathtaking (I don’t like to use that word too much but it really is the only way to describe this area). We visited the Mural de la Prehistorica which is a huge rock “mural portraying world history up until the age of humans” by the former Director of Mapping at the Cuban Academy of Sciences, Leovigildo Gonzalez Morillo. We were lead to believe, by our casa hosts, that this mural was from prehistoric times so we were somewhat disappointed when we arrived at a very modern mural. We still enjoyed the bike ride though and it once again reminded us that we should have actually done our research before hand AND learned to speak Spanish… (Karen you were right and we are starting proper lessons soon!)
We ended off the day at the Balcon del Valle restaurant, a few minutes drive outside of town. The restaurant is , as its name suggests, basically a big balcony overlooking the valley. The view was, once again, breathtaking. It was so beautiful that it didn’t look real, as if it was a digitally enhanced backdrop from the movie Avatar. (My) Photos cannot capture it, and the absolute stillness you experience while in the valley just adds to it’s otherworldly wonder.