Townsfolk in a small village in Cuba have had to return to an age-old means of survival, growing their own food as the coronavirus pandemic has robbed them of holidaymakers.
Until the global health crisis, tourism provided income for about 80 percent of residents of the town.
Just a decade ago, Vinales's economy was an agrarian one based largely on tobacco farming. But when the tourist dollars started flooding in people turned their attention away from farming to the services industry. The porches of the town's famously multi-colored wooden homes -- many turned into guesthouses, restaurants, cafes, and shops, today are heartbreakingly empty.
The Vinales Valley from which the town takes its name was declared a heritage site in 1999 by UNESCO, which describes it as "an outstanding karst landscape in which traditional methods of agriculture (notably tobacco growing) have survived unchanged for several centuries."