North east of Viñales on the road to San Vicente, a few km before the Cueva del Indio and on the left.
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Just beyond where the road passes through a narrow canyon between two mogotes, the left hand side of the canyon has some fine stalactites where a bisected passage can clearly be seen running along the cliff wall.
Not really a show cave but a bar-cum-discotheque/cabaret built into a series of natural chambers in the side of the mogote. The lavatories are in their own little entrances - hate to think about the plumbing arrangements though!
Behind the main chambers is a network of small twisty passages that a few of us spent half an hour exploring with torches in 1988. About 5 or 6 years ago one of these was enlarged, and a few sections blasted through, to create a route of a few hundred meters through the mogote and out the other side where there is a palenque which serves as a restaurant - a palenque was a place where runaway slaves lived in the mountains and carried out small-scale farming. This one is definitely modern though.
Text by Bob Wilkins (2003). With kind permission.