Photo Essay: Portraits from the Viñales Valley

by Ekua on September 22, 2010 in captured on memory card,Cuba

As I’ve already written and will continue to write about, my group came across a wonderful assortment of characters in the Viñales Valley. Here are portraits of a few of them:

A father and son listening to music and dancing on their porch. We encountered them as we began our hike on our first full day in Viñales.

A farmer we came across during our hike through the valley.

Another farmer we met on our hike. We saw him more than once and he was puffing on the same cigar each time. I wish we had a chance to sit and chat with him… he looked like he would have some great stories tell.

At the ridiculous Mural de la Prehistoria (in the background), this man was trying to sell us bull rides. On the rare occasion that I encountered a wandering salesperson in Cuba, they were extremely calm and not at all pushy about it.

Watching the town clown add a handstand to his strange dance routine in the middle of the town square.

There was just one club in Vinales and each night there was a different kind of performance. On our last night, it was a revue show that included a variety of Cuban song and dance.

The one and only “Mr. Fabulous”.

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Herb September 23, 2010 at 7:47 am

Now that’s a lot of bull……… sorry.
Great photos, enjoyed.

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Ekua September 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

Haha, it is a lot of bull… and there are actually more. I didn’t even notice until I put them all together in a post!

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Andi September 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

AWESOME PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Marsha September 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Love the photos, particularly of Mr. Fabulous!

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Ekua September 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

@ Andi – Thanks 🙂
@ Marsha – You can see how “Mr. Fabulous” is a totally appropriate nickname 😉

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Mary R September 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm

These are great photos. They really make me interested in visiting Cuba… love the pose in the last one. Yes, I can see how there could be no question about him…

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Ekua September 24, 2010 at 10:40 am

Alberto wasn’t quite as flamboyant as Mr. Fab, but yes, there were never any doubts about that particular circle of friends 😉

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Fly Girl September 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

You mean you turned down a bull ride? Sounds like a great adventure to me. THe pix are really engaging, the sprit of the people comes through.

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Ekua September 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Haha, we didn’t really want to linger at that mural but I guess it could’ve been interesting.

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Lola September 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Beautiful shots. My fav is #3
Haaaaaaa….Mr Fabulous 😉

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Ekua September 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Thanks, that means a lot coming from the portrait master herself 😉 The guy from pic #3 was so interesting. He seemed like someone who’d lived through a lot of different changes in Cuba but continued to do everything the same throughout.

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