Palenque de los Cimarrones

Palenque de los Cimarrones, Vinales: Tickets, Tours, Address, Palenque de los Cimarrones Reviews: 3.5/5

Palenque de los Cimarrones
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,784 contributions
Wasn't too impressed...
Apr 2019
We were driven here as part of a day trip to Vinales and surroundings and had lunch nearby. I understand concept of the place is supposed to educate us about, but I really did not find it impressive or even necessarily worthwhile to be honest. Some huts at a mountain...
Written March 1, 2020
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Grace T
Manchester, UK128 contributions
Interesting visit
Jul 2019 • Couples
My partner and I enjoyed our visit to the Palenque, although found it could have been executed better (maybe a bit more material to read/see - just more information really!) The Oshun cocktails which were included in the ticket price, were absolutely lovely!
Written January 4, 2020
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stevemarr2019
Preston, UK4 contributions
short caves with an interesting history
Nov 2019
Only a short cave compared to the Cuevas de India. This was where the slaves hid. Good little show at the end, bit touristy, My guide used to work there so I got a bit extra. Buy some honey near the exit
Written November 27, 2019
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Acapella48
Elk Grove, CA29 contributions
Runaway Slaves
Feb 2019
Many people don't know or appreciate the significance of the slave trade or it's impact on the Americas. I didn't spend much time here but it's historical significance is very important.
Written February 18, 2019
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Neil B
Liverpool, UK12 contributions
Fascinating Insight
Jan 2019 • Couples
Palenque where runaway slaves hid. Fascinating and disturbing insight into how we have treated one another.
Written January 17, 2019
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Alojomendras
Miami, FL26 contributions
Nice
Dec 2018 • Family
It's just a bar and then you can walk through the cave. Once a week there is a show, which I did not attend. It def adds to the experience of what valley is all about, caves, nature, history, but if you are short on time, skip it.
Written January 3, 2019
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Maarten M
9 contributions
Tourist trap - Very bad food in the restaurant
Sep 2018 • Couples
Food was not fresh and heated up with microwave (it was still cold on the inside). We were accompanied by 4 ill dirty street dogs and cats and the waiter did not do anything about it. Do not go there, it is a tourist trap.
Written September 30, 2018
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aura256
Bucharest, Romania32 contributions
Amazing
May 2018 • Friends
The cave was recomended to us by the host and we had good time there! I liked the fact that they included in the entrance fee a very unique cocktail. Also you can enjoy a little African dance show.
Written June 23, 2018
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Mariel Noemí I
Olivos, Argentina153 contributions
Tourist Trap disguised as historical site..
Apr 2018 • Couples
We were taken to this place with a group, and basically thet lure you to the restaurant and try to sell you a "traditional cimarron drink". The restaurant is set inside the cave, and they also have a stage because during the night it works as a disco.

I will say that they are honest and they tell you that the place is a representation of a real palenque (so its not a real one), and the purpose of the "tour" is to show you how the cimarrones lived inside while hiding from their masters, etc.
Once you go inside the cave, they show you a figure of a cimarron, and later you go through a tunnel in the cave.. at the end of the tunnel there is a cuban hidden who uses a tree branch and tosses it to the feet of tourists as if there was a snake...
After that you will see a show of 3 cubans dressed as slaves dancing and doing stuff with fire.. then of course they expect you to pay a tip for the touristy show.
And that´s all folks... end of the tour. Right outside you will find some souvenir shops, a restaurant with cuban musicians, etc.

The cave is nice, and surely it was nicer before they built this "restaurant / bar / disco" thing... it seems wrong to have those huge speakers inside a cave where many birds find refuge. I expected something more natural, but it all seemed so artifical..
If you want to make a stop for a drink somewhere, then sure you can try this place,
but as an attraction on itself.. there are better places in Viñales
Written May 10, 2018
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BJCamada
64 contributions
Interesting pitstop
Apr 2018 • Friends
We had a large meal at the state-owned restaurant onsite before entering the cave system. Meal ok, service uninspired.

The caves themselves are sort of cool, by no means the best in the Valle, however you could definitely believe that runaways took shelter here. Just as we were entering the cave, the power went off, which actually enhanced the experience of being alone in a strange world. Not a must-see, but entertaining enough if you're in the area.
Written April 26, 2018
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