Cueva de la Vaca

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Location: Viñales.
(22.626061, -83.716382)
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours: self guided, L=100 m, D=30 min.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Cueva De La Vaca Restaurante, C. Adela Azcuy Nte., Viñales, Tel: +53-5-2926417.
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1999 inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The Cueva de la Vaca (Cow Cave) is a through-cave piercing a mogote. It is reached on a staircase which leads up to the cave entrance 15 m above the plain. The cave passage is level and there are no difficulties, the cave is rather short and free to visit. On the other side a trails leads down to the plan and around the mogote. You are also free to return through the cave.

The easiest way to find the cave is to go to the Cueva De La Vaca Restaurante which is close to the road. They will tell you how to find the cave, from here it's a 350 m walk across the tobacco fields. And after the tour, the restaurant, café and cocktail bar with a great view of the neighbouring mogote de los Tres Elefantes is a good place to recover from the exhausting cave tour.

This cave is listed on the Unesco World Heritage list, however, the listing is the whole Viñales Valley which includes two show caves. The valley was listed for its tobacco fields as well as for its mogotes, which is the Cuban term for karst tower.