As part of my photography tour with Creative Escapes, we spent a few days outside of La Habana to experience the “real” Cuba. One place we had to see was Viñales (in Pinar del Rio), the heart of rural Cuba, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to many tobacco farms. What makes Viñales different to the rest of the country is the fact that it is a valley with rolling hills and mountains whereas the rest of Cuba, as you will notice when flying in, is pretty flat and underdeveloped. The rolling hills punctuate the landscape, making for a dramatic landscape photograph. Although Cuba is known for its tobacco, being the best in the world, we also saw plenty of livestock, bananas and even a coffee plantation. This was a great location to try out all sorts of photography genres ranging from landscape, to documentary to portrait. Rural life outside of many big cities around the world tends to be more simplistic but here, you really notice the absence of modern machinery or lots of cars and it seems that the basic traditional agricultural techniques including travelling by horse and cart are still the norm.