Viñales, Cuba – By Ted Hesser
Viñales, Cuba is fast becoming a top international climbing destination.
With U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations on the mend, Viñales is fast becoming a top international climbing destination. I dare say, up there with the likes of Kalymnos, Greece and Tonsai, Thailand. Navigating Cuba still requires proper research and care, but all in all, it’s a fairly accessible spot for North Americans.
The limestone in Viñales is of a very high quality. We were all incredibly impressed by the route development. A handful of local Cuban’s have taken the charge and continue to establish new areas every year. If you are planning to make the trip, consider donating to the Bolts 4 Cuba fund. It can be found at www.cubaclimbing.com or directly on the Fundly site by searching “Bolts for Cuba climbing”. There is a long history of American and European climbers donating gear after climbing trips to Cuba, but what the locals need most now is bolts.
To sum up the Cuban experience, borrowed from a statement I read in Havana’s modern art museum, which was written by a photographer who lived in Havana during the 1960s:
“Cuba, a fascinating mix of Communism and Cha-Cha-Cha.”