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4.- Pinar del Rio, The valley of Isabel Maria.

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Let's walk down this winding road in the valley of Isabel Maria. The valley is one of the most beautiful in the province but the land is fortunate in that regard for there are many. The foliage on the side of the road is 'Marabu' scrub. Originally introduced by the Spaniards in the Colonial Era, it was used as fencing but in recent decades there has been a serious infestation problem in formerly cultivated areas. It is tough and the three-inch thorns make it difficult to remove. It does, however, make excellent charcoal and is a source of cooking fuel.

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