RAUL CASAS – Founder and extreme sports passionate –
They call him “the hairy climber guy on his longboard”.
Raul is a cuban native, that was born in Viñales mountains. He learned to swim in a river, to take avocados from the trees, and to drink fresh water from the coconuts of his garden. One day, inevitably, he started to climb and that became his passion for now 7 years. The mountain being so close, he was able to train each day, until those efforts were worth it and he won the Cuban national climbing competitions in 2016.
With the massive tourism arrival, he was able to meet climbers from all around the world and share his passion with beginners, becoming climbing guide.
But more than a professional climber, Raul is an extreme sports lover, curious about anything that provides thrills.
If you cross him, in Viñales or La Habana, don’t be surprised if he is going at full speed on his longboard, or going downhill on his mountain bike. Also, if you look above, maybe you will see him flying on his glide, walking on a high line or just jumping in the void attached to a rope! Yes, he is everywhere. We could qualify him as a “passionated hyperactive guy”. And this is why, you will never be bored with him. He knows every part of the Viñales Valley National Park and will make you discover places where tourists don’t go. Right now, he is in France, but his goal is to put in contact the people that share the same passion, with the correct ones in Viñales ….. until he comes back!
PAOLA VELASQUEZ – Marketing / Communications –
Parisian and traveler, after she met Raul in Cuba, she couldn’t separate from him ever again, after he transmitted her his passion since the beginning. She was borned and raised in Paris, and is an expert in communications. Her parents, colombians, transmitted her a little bit of the latin culture and the the spanish language that helped her a lot in Cuba.
In paris, her activities were more “articstic and cultural” but she always felt that something was missing in her parisian life.
Sometimes, she just wanted to run barefeet or hug a tree.
In Cuba, she felt real freedom and happiness and decided to go and live there. Now that she discovered this world of extreme sports, all she focus on is that. She decided to help Raul to create a Facebook page and this web page, to have impact on the people abroad sharing the same passion, through social network and internet.
Now, she is back in France, with Raul, to work in her second passion, her communications and marketing career, to put money aside and soon come back to Cuba.
LAZARO MENA – Passionate climber –
They call him the second hipster in Cuba. After Fidel Castro.
Mena is a real character. Full of humor and joy, positive mind and creativity.
He was born in Viñales, and lives just near a mogote. He is a tattooed “guajiro”, proud to be cuban and tired that people think he is a “yuma” (a tourist). He knows the valley like the palm of his hand (Mogote Adventure), the caves, the rock, he is a real adventurer and is very smart. He is an qualified engineer specialized in submarine infrastructures. He lived in La Habana 7 years, and decided to come back for many reasons. His job as a barman in Viñales pays him more than his career. Can you imagine it? he is a warrior, that succeeds his goals. For advice, he built himself his home.
There is so much to tell about Mena. But the truth is, that you will have the best day with him. He knows climbing, he knows the caves and the good spots to camp. He is a real one. You will love him as much as we do.
YANDRY QUIÑONES – Passionate climber –
The nicest man, patient, fun and very strong at climbing.
Yandry started to climb 15 years ago, when he felt for the first time the pure sensation of the rock on his fingers, he was 15 years old. (Now, guess his age ehehe) It became immediately a passion.
He is always exploring and bolting new routes, most of the time multi-pitch ones! (which are not that common in Cuba). He has always been very involved in the climbing and creating new routes in Cuba, and is a real expert on what is going on in the Valley.
3 years ago, he got a certification from the PCGI (Professional Climbing Guides Institute), and started to “live” from the climbing.
He doesn’t live in Viñales town, but 6 km away in a place also rounded by mountains, and he comes almost all the time, in his bike, to work, to share with friends, and to be aware of how is the mountain, the routes, the projects, and to meet new people. When he is not doing that, he builds his house, and helps his family.
Yandry is full of humanity and kindness, when you first meet him, you immediately understand that he is one of the good ones! And for sure, due to his strong experience, he knows EVERYTHING!