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To cross the 150 meters of the Cave of Jose Miguel, in the Valley of Viñales, allows the visitor to go back in time until arriving at the Cuba of the XVIII century and to enter in direct contact with the rich inheritance bequeathed to our culture by the called “black continent “.

Created at the beginning of the 1990s, Palenque de los Cimarrones is a kind of living museum that, between legend and history, makes the passing of Afro-descendants through western Cuba.

This sui generis place welcomes the replica of a settlement of rebellious slaves: mills, improvised beds, pillows of banana leaves, pipes of mud and other craft manufactures recreate the life of the runaway slaves in wild scenarios.

A curious restaurant stands in the surroundings, showing the symmetrical structure of open houses with guano ceiling, installed in the style of the old African villages. With a capacity for 160 people, the establishment specializes in Creole food and is distinguished by the mythical cocktail “Oshún”, whose name honors the patroness of Cuba.

Songs, dances, drum rolls and other representations of African culture accompany the evening in the enclosure, which rescues and revives the era of slave resistance in Vueltabajo.

Become a privileged destination in the “Slave Route” tour, which offers cultural tourism in the country, El Palenque is visited annually by thousands of domestic and foreign tourists, all them attracted by the charm and vitality of the African footprint in history of the island.

by: Victor Manuel Blanco