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Climbing in Cuba isn’t like climbing in any other place. The climbing is superlative, cracking jugs and pockets in chiseled karst limestone on improbable lines through stunning overhangs of stalactites and tufa columns.

Its multi-pitch classic climbs define big wall sport climbing with their remote locations and mandatory techniques like tag ropes and back clipping on rappel.

Climbing in Cuba is as much about Cuba as it is about climbing.

Few visitors to Cuba come away equivocal. Most become passionate about Cuba. The first Americans climbers went again and again, obsessed to keep returning, despite U.S. law threatening $250,000 in fines and 10-years imprisonment. The visiting climbers donated gear, clothes, even drills and bolts, and as a result, perhaps unlike any other climbing destination, the vast majority of first ascents have been done by locals.

Its lighting fast development and passionate popularity indicate that Cuba is quickly becoming one of the finest sport climbing destinations of the world.

It has seen an influx of leading climbers, such as Lynn Hill, Neil Gresham, Timmy O’Neil, and Jim Donini, and the development of a strong contingent of Cuban climbers, who are eager to climb with visitors.

Travel, digs, food, and climbing partners are no sweat. The beta on Cuba is at hand in guidebooks, websites, even Facebook.

American climbers need to realize that Cuba is not isolated from the world; it is Americans that are isolated from Cuba.

Perfect climbing days, mild weather, and everything from isolated beaches to caving and cockfights on rest days make for a one-of-a-kind adventure. Add an exciting, sensuous nightlife, the gregarious, vivacious Cuban people and the country may already be the best outdoor experience anywhere.

The Crags: Valle de Viñales 

The focus of rock climbing activity in Cuba is the Valle de Viñales in the western, mountainous province of Pinar del Río. The Valle de Viñales is a national park and a World Heritage Site.

The mountains around Viñales have over 250 routes (300 pitches of climbing) with potential for hundreds more. The majority of routes lie within three main areas in the Valley: Mogote del Valle, El Palenque, and La Costanera.

More than 80 percent of the routes in Valle de Viñales are on the walls of Mogote del Valle. The closest routes are about one kilometer from town, and the golden walls and caverns of Mogote del Valle can easily be seen from the town of Viñales.

El Palenque lies four kilometers north of town and is easy to reach on foot, cab or bike. El Palenque was the hub of the first routes put up in Cuba. It may be the cushiest, most indulgent advance base camp in climbing. El Palenque is a bar by day and disco at night, under an immense hemisphere of limestone stalactites, pockets, and knobs, offering gymnastic bouldering on its walls and ceilings, and apre-climbing super-chilled beer or lush, frosty mojitos. You can return for the evening extravaganza and spectacularly clad mulata dancers. El Palenque provided the first American and Cuban climbers with rest and refreshments after a strenuous day of route-building, and new climbs were named for the disco songs that wafted out over the fields. Those days have passed, but El Palenque still offers uncommon diversions and high quality climbing.

La Costanera is a spectacular cathedral chamber of limestone. Its north facing walls are the best place to climb when it is hot. Usually, the north coast and ocean can be seen from the upper belays of La Costanera routes. Its 120m walls have yielded the greatest number of long routes of 4 to 5 pitches.

Getting Settled in Viñales 

The town of Viñales has remained a cozy, rural village of just a dozen streets or so. Despite its popularity with tourists, Viñales itself has no large hotels, restaurants, or souvenir shops. The majority of the people live in traditional thatched-roof Cuban "bohios" (huts) on the farms that are enveloped with rich red soil, perfect for growing tobacco. About 10,000 people are scattered throughout the valley. Plows and carts are ox- or horse-drawn and the local farmers—"guajiros"—are seldom without a horse and machete. After a couple of days in town, you will feel at home and at ease finding your way around.

One of Cuba’s charms is its people. The quickest way to meet them is stay in the homes of Cubans who rent rooms. These are called “casas particulares,” and almost any casa particular is better than the hotels. Camping? Don’t ask, unless you want to spend your time as camp-guard.

Staying in a casa particular in Cuba is not the same as a bed and breakfast elsewhere. Cubans are accustomed to large family settings and share whatever they have with family, friends, and neighbors. When you are their guest, they naturally accept you as another family member or neighbor.

Climbers have a few favorite casas. In Havana, it's the home of Esther Cardoso, the mother of Cuba's first climber, Aníbal Fernández. Esther, an actress, has a beautifully reconstructed colonial home with high ceilings, balconies and shuttered windows. Phone: 53-78-62 04 01. E-mail:, and

In Vinales the climbers' base camp is at Oscar Jaime's. This casa particular is exceptional, and the house, amenities and food are all excellent. Oscar welcomes visitors with open arms and acts as host, friend and protector while you stay in his village. The compound of several houses includes grandparents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. There are numerous casas particulares in Viñales and if Oscar is booked, he'll ensure that a quality alternative is made available. Phone: 53 486 95516. E-mail,, or at

Getting to Viñales is about the easiest transport in Cuba. There are two bus lines, each with one bus a day, seats on demand, and lots of taxis. Renting a car is expensive and is not necessary. Within the town of Viñales everything can be reached on foot. All the climbing areas are within walking distance or a short cab ride.

Getting There 

There are flights to Cuba from the Caribbean, Latin America, Canada, and Europe. Canada has the cheapest charters, although almost always to isolated beach resorts. Usually the cheapest flights are on Cuban Airlines, the state-run carrier that occasionally still flies ancient and scary Soviet-era planes.

Cuba welcomes tourists. Travel to and within Cuba is not restricted. A valid passport, which does not expire within six months of traveling there, is required for entry. Visas are not necessary. Instead your travel agent or airline will sell you a tourist card ("tarjeta de turista"). Cuban immigration stamps the tourist card rather than your passport. The latest info on flights, currency, ATMs and credit cards, and security are spelled out in the Cuba Travel page at

Season and Weather 

Cuba can be hot, but it is not the sweltering, muggy sweat-box of Southeast Asia. Nowhere in Cuba is far from the moderating, gentle tradewinds. December through March are perfect. October and November, the tail end of the hurricane season, and April have proved pleasant for climbing. Summer is a rainy season, but with overhanging routes and north facing walls, climbing is available all year.

What to Bring 

You can climb in Viñales for a week with just a dozen quickdraws and a 60-meter rope. You'll be finished packing if you throw in a couple of T-shirts, some shorts, insect repellent and sun-screen. Not much else is necessary, as any casa particular will wash your clothes as soon as they hit the floor. Also, it’s warm enough to make rain gear pretty much dispensable. A few nights in January and February might get cool enough to warrant bringing a sweater or expedition-weight fleece.

Sport climbing in the tropics does not require much, which is a real bonus in this era of disappearing baggage weight allowance. Take advantage, and bring gear for the Cuban climbers.

Gear Donations 

To sustain the local climbers, please pack extra climbing gear and leave it all behind. The Cubans need climbing equipment, as it's impossible to get it locally. The majority of visitors now follow the tradition initiated by the first visiting climbers, who left their rack, ropes, shoes and harnesses in Cuba. Try it—you will feel very gratified. Some suggestions: Most useful are the basics: shoes, harnesses, ropes, chalk, pads and packs. However, the single biggest need to propel Cuban climbing forward is bolts and hangers. Check for the latest recommended contact and donations.

Planning Your Trip 

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Perhaps the only thing Cuba lacked to make it a “must see” climber’s destination was a world class guidebook. Now, the first guidebook to Cuba has been published. Cuba Climbing (Quickdraw Publications, 2009); however, is much more than merely descriptions of routes and approaches. As one would expect following the initial decade of climbing in Cuba, the guide reflects Cuba’s history of commitment and devotion. Its authors, Aníbal Fernández and Armando Menocal, are the first Cuban climber and one of the first foreigners, albeit a Cuban-American, to “discover” Cuba’s climbing potential. This guidebook is unique, intended to be a keepsake, a souvenir of a visitor's Cuban experience. Every photo, map, and topo is full color.

The guidebook authors also maintain an up-to-date website,, with last minute climbing news and featured routes. A highlight is a page with every article ever written about climbing in Cuba
- over 30 articles in all! The young Cuban climbers in Viñales have also created a useful website, On Facebook, you will also find pages for, Escalada en cuba, and Cuba Bouldering. Cuba is a major tourist destination, and there are many good travel guidebooks available including Bradt, Eyewitness, Fodors, Footprint, Insight, Lonely Planet and Rough. Our recommendation is the Cuba Moon Handbook.

Legality and Access 

The first question for Americans, Is it legal? Technically, it’s not illegal. If that is, you do it without spending any money. Don’t start dreaming up scams, like your partner paid or it wasn’t U.S. greenbacks. Those will get you trapped -- and then fined a grand or more. Bottom-line: almost no one is caught, and if you don’t say anything or lie, nothing more will happen. The rules of the game are spelled out at

Cuba says, please come, and we will not even stamp your passport. However, the Cuban government’s approach to climbing has been ambivalent. This is the current situation (2010). Visitors are free to climb, in Viñales and elsewhere. The government has put the Cuban climbers on notice, however, that they are not to climb in the Viñales Valley, and if they do climb, they face imprisonment. It is beyond us to explain why the government would permit foreigners to climb, but threaten Cubans with imprisonment if they climb. The Cuban climbers had taken this in stride. Just another of the paradoxes they face every day. If you hook up with the Cuban climbers you may get to climb in the areas outside the valley that they are pioneering.

Recommended Climbs on Mogote del Valle 

4s and 5s

El Asegurador Cuenta, 4+/5.8
En la Sombrita, 4+/5.8
El Repaso, 5/5.9
Ojos Carmelitas, 5+/5.10a
Torre Blanco, 5+/5.10a
Psicologia Infantil, 5+/5.10a
Mi Cusi, 5+/5.10a


Pitú, 6a/5.10b
Chipojo, 6a/5.10b
Fantasta de la Ópera, 6a/5.10b
Guao, Guano y Espina, 6a/5.10b
La Cuchillita, 6a/5.10b
Calentando Baterías, 6a/5.10b
Tarentola, 6a+/5.10c
Filo de Cuchilla, 6a+/5.10c
Más Tarde, 6b+/5.11a
Aserejé, 6a+/5.10c
La Mulatisima, 6a+/5.10c
RM, 6a+/5.10c
Puro Cubano, 6b+ /5.11a (1st pitch)
Fernando's Hideaway, 6c/5.11b
Ana Banana, 6c/5.11c
Psicosis, 6c, 3 pitches/5.11c
Huevos Verdes con Jamón, 6c+/5.11c


Summertime, 7a/5.11d
Calzo de Guagua, 7a/5.11d
Cuando los Angeles Lloran, 7a/5.11d
La Vida es Bella, 7a/5.11d
Catamarán, 7a+/5.12a
Brutus, 7a+/5.12a
Malanga Hasta la Muerta, 7b+/5.12c
Wasp Factory, 7b+/12c
Romeo y Regleta, 7b+/12c
Pichulina San, 7b+/12c
Medio Bandidos, 7b+/12c
Cuando el Mal es el Cagar, 7b+/12c
Amigos en el Tope, 7c/5.12d


Hay Papito, 8a/5.13b
Esplendidos, 8a/5.13b
The Colony, 8a+/5.13c
One-Inch Punch, 8b+/5.14a

Climbing Season

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37 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Cuba

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cuba:
El Puso el Bolt   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Ensenada de Raúl : Punta Repaso
El Repaso   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Ensenada de Raúl : Punta Repaso
Ojos Carmelitas   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Ensenada de Raúl : Punta Repaso
Pitú   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ensenada de Raúl : Muralla Pitú
Polvo Piojillo    5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Mogote del Valle : Guajiro Ecologico
Oculta Obsesión   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Mogote del Valle : Cueva Larga
Ranas Peluas   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mogote del Valle : Guajiro Ecologico
Saca Chispas   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mogote del Valle : Cueva Cabeza de Vaca
Wasp Factory   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mogote del Valle : Cueva Cabeza de Vaca
Malanga Hasta La Muerte   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Mogote del Valle : Cueva Cabeza de Vaca
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La Vida es Bella 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  North America : Cuba : ... : Guajiro Ecologico
One of the best 7a's around. Starts with fun moves on good pockets. A good under cling with a long reach allows you to clip the(3rd or 4th bolt) before committing to the crux. A Very crimpy technical move with a foot smear and a prayer gets you to a thank you Lord side pull. Then fun easier climbing to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cuba Climbing.
Cuba Climbing.
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Classic Pre-Revolution Desoto.
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Guajiros passing Mogote de los Hoyos.
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Valle de Viñales.
Rock Climbing Photo: Josué Millo on Malanga Hasta La Muerte, 12c / 7b+...
Josué Millo on Malanga Hasta La Muerte, 12c / 7b+...
Rock Climbing Photo: Reinel Sosa on Wasp Factory, 5.12c / 7b+.
Reinel Sosa on Wasp Factory, 5.12c / 7b+.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cuba Montage.
Cuba Montage.
Rock Climbing Photo: Amigos en el Tope, Ahora y siempre; 7c
Amigos en el Tope, Ahora y siempre; 7c
Rock Climbing Photo: Steep rappelling at La Costenera.
Steep rappelling at La Costenera.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 3 of Chicken Run at La Costenera. 12a/7a+
Pitch 3 of Chicken Run at La Costenera. 12a/7a+

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By Charles I.
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 10, 2010
Awesome page. I am planning a trip now and this has been super informative. Thank you.

By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Aug 18, 2010
From the Associated Press: "The Obama administration, in a test of Castro regime's appetite for reform, is considering easing travel restrictions to Cuba, U.S. and congressional officials said Tuesday. ... Some in Congress have voiced oppositions to a further easing in the restrictions, which Obama loosened last year to allow Cuban-Americans to visit and send money to relatives on the island. The new changes would extend some of those provisions to a broader group of Americans and could expand direct flights to Cuba...."
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jan 6, 2011
In case you might have missed it, there is a new article on Cuba in Rock & Ice.
By Armando Menocal
Jan 7, 2011
The article is called "Cuba Again Open to U.S. Climbers." And it shows that the U.S. government has abandoned enforcement of the travel ban to Cuba, and climbing in Cuba is now totally risk-free for American climbers. Obama's policy is non-enforcement - instead of changing the rules. Just no one has said so publicly - until now, as reported in latest article posted on and
Rock Climbing Photo: Yarobys Garcia working newest Cuba project.
Yarobys Garcia working newest Cuba project.
By hanshan
From: Canada Mofuga
Jan 18, 2011
Two other casas which are highly recommended are Casa Campo (Calle Orlando Nodarse No.2) and Villa Las Bicarias (Salvador Cisnero #6 D). Both are incredibly welcoming, treat you like family, and serve great food. Casa Campo is a small family and Andres, the father, makes the best pina coladas ever tasted. Villa Las Bicarias is a fantasic 70 yr old couple and pure cubano. These two casas are two of the best in town.
By Jean Spencer
From: Seattle, WA
Feb 21, 2012
Does anyone know what the current situation is w climbing in Cuba? I understand some police/guards are cracking down on both foreign and local climbers? Is climbing still allowed and in which areas? Any beta would be greatly appreciated. Headed to Cuba in two days.
By Sergey Dremin
Jul 27, 2012
Just climbed in Vinales for a week. No problems with police. Saw multiple parties of local and foreign climbers. Absolutely no problems. Except, next time will go in the winter, as in the summer it is proper hot.
By SonjaB
From: Denver, CO
Dec 3, 2012
Anyone planning a trip to Cuba in the near future, say end of December-beginning of January? I am dying to go but need travel/climbing partners!
By Aquaman
Dec 16, 2012
does anyone know if it is still status quo with climbing in Cuba right now after its been declared illegal, climbing around guards, climbing after 2pm and climbing in certain areas to avoid guards? Ive heard mixed reviews from a few folks but mostly it seems like its ok to climb, just a little more challenging for americanos....
By Armando Menocal
Dec 19, 2012
2013 to be Quiet, Happy and Prosperous Year for Climbing in Cuba. The winter climbing season has commenced with less talk about the closure imposed by the government last year. The result is that this year the Viñales Valley is quiet, but as active as ever. The closure technically remains in place. Everyone is still climbing, having a great time, and developing new routes. No one has been cited or detained, merely asked to stop climbing, usually with an apology. Even this minimal enforcement is easily avoided. For a full report, see
By Armando Menocal
Sep 13, 2014
The 2014-15 climbing season in Cuba is upon us and conditions are good for a killer year. More routes, in more areas. The Cuban climbing ban and U.S. travel embargo are following the same script: existing in name only and comatose.

The so-called climbing closure has become a predictable, choreographed dance: the local officials pretend climbing is prohibited, and climbers pretend to obey. Everyone is happy. No one has ever been cited or had any type of punitive action. Those inadvertently caught climbing are asked politely to stop and move on.

The so-called U.S embargo is also no more than symbolic. Everyone is going; no one is fined or penalized, even if caught or if you fess up when confronting U.S. immigration. All your confession gets you is, “Next in line.”

As usual, CubaClimbing has gear to send to the Cuban climbers. Climbers who will be going to Cuba are asked to help take gear that has been donated by Climb X, Madrock, Marmot, Petzl, PrAna, and many individuals.

The website CubaClimbing is temporarily down for updating. If going to Cuba and want to help or need info, write to

Ignore the Climbing Season graph on this page: June through September is Cuba’s rainy season. October through May is the best time to climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: packing for sport climbing in tropics
packing for sport climbing in tropics
By arichy Rich
Apr 1, 2015
Just got back from Cuba. What a fun adventure. A few things that would be useful to know before going.
1. You cannot get the Cuba Climbing guidebook in Cuba; buy it before you go. It is a great resource.
2. When we were there there was absolutely no evidence of a climbing ban. Unless things change, it's open. Don't sweat it.
3. American can now go to Cuba legally under a "general license" that does not require prior approval but travel must meet certain criteria. While a sport climbing vacation wouldn't meet these criteria, there might be some ways to do some service projects (or "people to people" or "promoting democratic ideas") and such while there that could allow you to go legally (see Of course many Americans still go illegally as well, and although it does seem to be more common for folks to get their passports stamped now it also seems that enforcement is slim to none.
4. Bring some gear down to leave for the Cuban climbers. Don't bring them old junk. Seems like the thing they mostly need is glue-in bolts (titanium are best, but the Petzl Collinox are probably ok as well). If you speak any spanish you'll meet folks at the crags around Vinales for sure. Cubans are a very friendly bunch.
5. Do watch out for rusted bolts. There's plenty of good bolts and climbing that you can do without worry, but there are a lot of bolts that need replacing. If I were planning to go and stay for more than a week or two, I'd definitely bring gear to retrobolt and plan some time for that. There is a thriving Cuban climbing scene and definitely talk with the locals before pulling the drill out, but my impression is that there's lots of awesome routes there and there's lots more potential, and while the temptation would be to make your mark by putting up a sweet new route, I think that getting all the routes at the easily accessible crags close to town reequipped with good glue-ins before people start pulling them and decking is really what's needed.
6. Partially due to technology and partially due to not wanting to leave an obvious trail, it's difficult to get more money once in Cuba so most folks travel there with the money you plan to spend. That's a bit challenging, but overall our experience was that Cuba felt very safe.
7. Some of the coolest steep limestone tufa climbs anywhere. Very fun.
By Carol Kotchek
From: Louisville, Colorado
Feb 26, 2016
Just returned from Cuba on Feb 17th. Got over to Vinales. Unfortunately, due to being sick, I got in only one really good day of climbing. Here’s what I experienced.
1) I had not booked a casa particular to stay in. The town of Vinales was packed with Tourists. I was able to find a place to stay but I had to change my casa every night due to availability issues. I would recommend booking a casa in advance. I believe there are various web sites you can do this on plus I have info on a casa below.
2) When I got there I walked around the crags and ran into two Germans who had rented all their equipment including a rope from Raul (of Raul’s farm) for about 10 CUC (equivalent approximately $10) per day. I checked out the gear and it seems in fine shape including the rope. They told me Raul had a room packed with shoes, harnesses, ropes, helmets, and draws. Probably the by product of foreign climbers leaving their gear behind. So if you show up with absolutely no gear you can still climb.
3) I didn’t have a partner and I hardly saw anyone climbing. The crags were empty. Fortunately, I was able to communicate to Maria, the owner of the casa I was staying in, that I was there to climb. She promptly brought forth her neighbor, Luis, who was a climber. So I made plans to climb with Luis and his brother Jorge.
4) I went climbing for a day with Jorge and Luis. They were both plenty strong, competent and, of course, they know all the crags. Jorge was participating in the big Cuban climbing comp later that week which included such stars as Sasha Degulian.
5) Both Jorge and Luis are climbing guides in Vinales. They charge 20 CUC per day per person. (It’s straight up 20 CUC, no half days) So if you go alone you can climb with those guys, or if you want someone to show you around the crags for a couple of days they have all the beta. Jorge is an excellent English speaker so there’s no language barrier. Plus, Luis has a casa in the middle of town you can stay in if you book in advance.
6) Contact Jorge if you are looking for guides, Contact Luis if you’re looking for a place to stay.

Jorge: or The first e-mail address it the best one to use but either one works.
If you want to stay at Casa Luis the contact info is

If you have any questions just ding me through Mt project.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Jorge chalking up on a 5-12 with tobacco fields in...
Jorge chalking up on a 5-12 with tobacco fields in the background. If this photo is sideways I'm just not going to worry about it.
By cliffmama
Dec 10, 2016
Can anyone recommend international travel medical insurance that will work in Cuba but also covers rock climbing? I have been trying to find insurance, but either they aren't available for residents of New York (which I am), or the fine print excludes coverage for injuries from rock climbing, or the one plan I found that allowed rock climbing was only for people under 50 years old (which I am not).
By Christian B
From: West Hills, California
Feb 12, 2017
So I just got back from Cuba and climbing in Vinales. It was awesome! The limestone, the views, my surroundings, the routes, and the people. Please message me and I'll give you a run down of what to expect and who to get into contact with when aiming to climb in or around Vinales. Which I highly suggest. Also getting into the country as a US citizen wasn't hard and we had no problems. If you appreciate sending sick routes get on over to Cuba!
By Brian Dwyer
Apr 24, 2017
Spent the month of March climbing in the Vinales Cuba. World class climbing on limestone ranging from thin to giant mind blowing stalactites.

What to bring:
60 meter rope minimum. 70 meter is best if you have it.
12-24 quick draws.
chalk, harness, and shoes.
Webbing to replace sun baked old stuff.
Buy the guide book prior to trip and bring.
Stuff to give to Cubans. (soaps, shampoo, medical stuff,.... Things are very difficult to get for Cubans)

Take note:
If you are bringing gear to donate, bring bolts and anchors! This will help with the development of more routes. We brought a pack full of gear and rope to donate, but after donating the gear that got put into an overly large pile of already donated gear we decided to donate our new rope to a farmer that generously allowed access through their land.
If you are going to stay in a Vinales casa be advised that Vinales is on the tour bus route and it is very busy, noisy, and touristy. We stayed in 3 different casa's and enjoyed all, but slept well at the ones located on the outskirts of town.
Bring anything you can't live without. This is an anti capitalistic country! Cubans have a hard enough time getting basic supplies, so the few stores that you can buy from have lots of bare shelves.

Hope this helps. Cuba is a safe, friendly, place with amazing climbing! Enjoy!
Rock Climbing Photo: Karen D  One of the many fantastic routes in Cuba!
Karen D
One of the many fantastic routes in Cuba!

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