Cuba Climbing

I just want to give some tips to the many climbers that come to Cuba every year. If you come to Viñales it would be crazy not to climb, and if you are a beginner, its a good place to start! A lot of climbers that come each year compare the climbing here to Thailand, Greece or South Africa. If you love limbstone, tuffas, roofs and caves, here you will find your joy.

Climbing in Viñales started many years ago. To know a little bit more of the history of the climbing, you should read this article > CLICK HERE

WHO ARE THE LOCAL CLIMBERS IN VIÑALES? Here are the local climbers of Viñales town, excluding the ones from La Habana, Holguin, Santi Spiritus, …. They take care of the routes, they bolt new ones, and are always aware of everything going on in the mountains. For a guide, or a climbing partner, you can count on them.

IS THERE A GUIDEBOOK? Yes, but on late news, it is out of stock now. Plus, it wasn’t really uploaded, as many routes has been bolted since its publication.

SHOULD I BRING DONATIONS? All the local climbers have gears, but remember that everything we have here was given to us because we cannot buy that in Cuba, it doesn’t exist, we don’t have stores, and we can’t buy on the internet. So if you come, and want to bring rope, quickdraw, bolts, shoes, anything you want, you are welcome. You really don’t have to, but it can help the community. Thank you

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IS IT FORBIDDEN TO CLIMB? In a country like Cuba, do you really think that if it would be forbidden to climb, there would be climbers everywhere in the bolted mountains?  Do you think that in the airport they would let you bring all those gears? It is not forbidden to climb. What is forbidden, is to GUIDE for climbing. Because, as it is not recognized to be a national sport, no one should be earning money from that. And moreover if the government is not earning money from it. The thing is that…. what is not forbidden in Cuba?

WHEN TO CLIMB? The best time for climbing in Cuba is from November to April.

WHERE TO FIND OTHER CLIMBERS?  The tradition is that every night, the climbers gather in the stairs of the central plaza to share good times together.

Raul and Mena going to climb

Find below a few videos about the climbing in Cuba:

Documental “Así se hace en Cuba” with Raul Casas and Yarobis García, Viñales, 2015
By Marius Teigen and Cristiane Palaretti
Lynn Hill climbing in Cuba
PBS News Hour in Cuba

Documentary on PBS News Hour, "Can Cuba preserve ecosystems while profiting from tourism?". You can see us since 07:16! Hugs to François, Etienne and Lana that appear on it too! Enjoy the documentary. Signed: RAOUL!!!ahahahhttps://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/can-cuba-preserve-ecosystems-while-profiting-from-tourism

Publiée par Xtremos Cuba sur Samedi 25 novembre 2017
Documental about eco-tourism in Cuba

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