Horse riding - extended & authentic

Vinales, Cuba

About this trip

Have some riding experience? Want to explore the national park deeper than any tourist has, alongside Cuban cowboys and endless views? You’re in the right place!

We’re now offering extended horse riding experiences. About 7 hours in total, you’ll want a full day for this hands-on and unique experience. We include a creole lunch cooked in our family home (no tourists whatsoever!), a cigar to smoke along the way, an exploration of our tobacco farm and drying house, and a lesson in how the farmers roll their infamous cigars. You’ll learn about and taste some more local products, before getting back on the horses for some real riding time.

We’ll explore the entirety of the Palmarito valley (including a hidden cave), before heading up the river bed to find the very source. The views are simply spectacular, the trails are non-existent (we’re going off-piste!) and the memories made will be priceless.

Experience required: it’s not a particularly challenging ride, but some horse riding experience will be necessary due to the amount of it.

What’s included

  • Private guide
    A professional guide, and part of the family, to cater to your every whim!
  • Horses
    Well-cared-for, strong and responsive
  • Cigar & rum
    handmade artisan cigar to try & rum to swig along the way
  • Tobacco farm
    Private explanation and guide of our family's tobacco farm & cigar rolling demonstration
  • Local products
    Tasters and explanation of a honey, rum and coffee made locally
  • Hidden cave
    Entrance to the hidden cave of Palmarito (weather dependent; swimming within possible)
  • Lunch
    Home-cooked lunch in our family home
  • Extended routes
    Extended horse riding time to un-visited areas of the national park
  • Tips
    It's always nice for the guide!
  • Purchases
    You can buy cigars/rum/honey/coffee straight from the farmers if you want to
  • Drinks
    Can be purchased separately. Filtered water is free at lunch, bring bottled water if you prefer

Your Organizer

The Viñales Experience
1 review
TheViñalesExperience was born from the friendship and dream of three Cubans and one English, as a way to not only share and promote our mutual love for Cuba (and Viñales in particular), but also to support the local people and to help improve their quality of life. As you can tell by our name, we are specialists in all things Viñales. We focus mainly on this region to be able to offer you the very best experiences you could have during your travels here, but we also offer great accommodation (a beautiful colonial mansion!) in Havana and some fantastic city tours. Our combined vision is to offer you an insight into the authentic life of the island and to get beneath the 'tourist trail'. You'll be supporting the local Cubans directly, as well as making great friends with them along the way!


Excellent trip to a great Cuba destination. Saw the real Cuba, and everything was good and went according to plan. We thoroughly recommend the Vinales Experience.
By David W for Sue & David - Western Havana on 27 Mar, 2019