Exploring Trinidad Cuba
- Welcome to Trinidad Cuba
- Historical Center
- Collante Stops
- The Valley of the Sugar Mills
- Recreational Centers
- Shops, museums
- Useful Information
WELCOME TO TRINIDAD
Trinidad Cuba is living in the second economic boom in its history. The first one took place in the first half of the 19th century when it was one of the most prosperous sugar producing centers in the country.
The second one was motivated by the growing affluence of tourists who came to see the relevant architectural testimonies built or consolidated in the city and in the Valley of the Sugar Mills at that moment of splendor that, by chance of history and unlike the rest of the Cuban populations, was stopped in time.
The uniqueness of this city derives precisely from the conservation of its monuments, its urban spaces and its paved streets. This allows the visitor to feel that he or she is entering the past, without breaking with the present, represented by the presence of its inhabitants. This has a unique charm.
The city is located in a privileged site, chosen in remote times by the pre-Hispanic population. To the north, it is surrounded by the Guamuhaya mountain range, the name given by the aborigines to the territory; to the south, the waters of the Caribbean Sea; to the east, the San Luis or Los Ingenios valley; to the west, the rivers that flow down from the mountain range to the sea. In the mountain, you can enjoy the facilities of the Topes de Collantes tourist complex, which offers a formidable encounter with nature; in the Valley of the Sugar Mills, the industrial and architectural testimonies of the nineteenth-century sugar development are preserved, among which examples as relevant as the tower of the Manaca Iznaga Sugar Mill and the remains of the San Isidro de los Destiladeros; On the river side, you can go into the forest until you reach the Javira waterfall accompanied by the birds’ trill and, towards the sea, the marvellous sea beds, the natural pools in its reefs and the beautiful beaches, where there are magnificent hotel facilities and a marina for the enjoyment of nautical activities.
You can understand the interest aroused by a site that offers everything: a historical centre with high heritage values, declared by UNESCO in 1988, World Heritage, and the attractions of an exceptional natural environment of mountains, rivers, beaches and hills. Ceramics, lingerie, textiles, art and music are just some of the attractions of a unique and authentic city, whose inhabitants welcome you with the proverbial kindness and courtesy of the times.
Welcome to Trinidad Cuba!
HISTORICAL CENTER OF TRINIDAD IN CUBA
THE HISTORICAL URBAN CENTER
It is made up of 48.5 hectares, with 93 blocks and 1224 properties and it is precisely the urban area registered and declared as National Monument in 1978 and World Heritage in 1988; it represents 16% of the area of the city which is delimited by the streets, to the north, Santa Ana which extends in Amargura to the Plaza de los Tres Cruces; to the west by the Torneros Alley to Encarnación Street, taking it to San José, to continue to the south by Nueva Street until it joins Boca Street to take Jesús María and continue to the east to San Procopio, to join again to Santa Ana.
The opulent architecture of Trinidad Cuba was forged with the existence of different elements, among which are marbles and furniture from Europe, wrought iron, woodwork, bronzes, ivories, mosaics, stained glass, lattices, among others. But not everything was luxury in that architecture of yesteryear; next to the palace were manufactured the mud houses with walls of clay and roofs of guano and tiles, the dwelling of most of the inhabitants.
The Trinitarian urban complex is distinguished by the one-storey houses, representative of the architectural typologies of anonymous and popular character; the recurrence in the use of Hispanic constructive elements: walls of mamposite, wooden ceilings, roofs of “Spanish” tiles, salt plasters, which provide the city with a strong expressive unity, with a marked sense of time and place.
GUATEQUE, ROMERIA AND PARRANDA
Guateque, fiesta, romería and parranda… are multiple ways to call a country festival by its name; a mixture of joy and rite, unparalleled symbols of the Creole character “Misa en Escena” of the Cuban guajiro, the taste of the countryside like ripe fruit, the sweetness of sugar cane and the aroma of tobacco and coffee.
With the purpose of continuing the promotion, rescue, conservation and development of the most genuine and the best of our dances and country music and to achieve from the artistic point of view a show where the authenticity, the sound, the virtuosity of the music and the guajiro dances are combined, two groups of talented young people with artistic interests and a significant career are united; the sextet “Nueva Imagen” and the dance group “Guaurabo”.
The undisputed seal of the product will be in view of the customer during the “barbecue of pork in spike” located on the right side of the restaurant and from where it will be made in reception to customers who visit us both at lunch and dinner accompanied by the delicious cocktail “Guajirito Soy” emblem of the Villa de Recreo Horizontes Ma Dolores.
The subsequent tasting of the Creole food consisting of bread and butter, vegetable salad, rice congri, tachinos, Creole dessert and Cuban coffee to accompany the aforementioned roast pork with mojo criollo.
MAIN SQUARES IN TRINIDAD CUBA
SANTA ANA SQUARE
In the small square in front of the old Trinidad Royal Prison – today a service complex – and the Santa Ana Church, located between the old streets of Santo Domingo, San Procopio and Santa Ana, there is a small park called Armenteros, in honor of Isidoro de Armenteros who along with Rafael Arcis and Fernando Hernández Echerri were shot on August 18, 1851 for defending the independence of their country from Spanish colonialism.
It is the oldest square in Trinidad Cuba; in front of it the church was built. It is located in the upper part of the city centre, surrounded by majestic palaces, once lit by olive oil lamps. It had several denominations: Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Fernando VII, Plaza de la Constitución and in the years 1856-57 Plaza Serrano and Plaza Martí. Around it, there are several buildings of great architectural value, each with a valuable history to tell.
SQUARE OF THE JIGÜE
An oral legend tells that in the shade of a tree, in the place that today is known as Plazuela del Jigüe, the mass of foundation of the city was celebrated in 1514. It is in this space where the house in the corner with a front door and a facade that houses the Restaurant El Jigüe stands out.
SQUARE OF THE THREE CROSSES
In this square, in Calle de la Amargura, there are three large wooden crosses that mark the place of the Calvary, created by the locals to commemorate the activities of the so-called Semana Santa or Semana Mayor (Holy Week) and where the believers arrive in procession.
The 14 large wooden crosses, embedded in the outer walls of the houses, which mark the route of the processions to the Calvary, are still preserved today.
Original park located in front of the Church of San Francisco de Paula. It was named Plaza de Carrillo in 1840, in honour of Brigadier Don Pedro Carrillo de Albornoz, who was credited with several public works, such as the paving of many streets. Later it was called Plaza de Recreo and then Plaza de Céspedes. Its distinctive symbol is an enormous dome or pergola built of iron pieces, covered by a vine that natural phenomena have knocked down, being put back in its place thanks to the effort and love that the Trinitarian settlers have for it. The Gran Hotel Iberostar Trinidad is located on one of its fronts.
CHAPEL OF OUR LADY CANDELARIA
Known as La Popa hermitage, it is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It consists of a single nave with a high choir at the entrance and a rectangular presbytery at the head. Its roof is a pair and knuckle pottery with paired braces of great simplicity.
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
It is the most important from an architectural point of view. It was bequeathed to the Franciscan Fathers in 1730 and around 1813 they built a church and a new convent: the church was opened for worship and two historic bells were placed in the tower. In the historical centre of the city, the robust baroque tower of the church stands as an attractive watchtower from which a beautiful panorama of the city can be admired.
Today, the National Museum of Anti-Banditry is located there.
CHAPEL OF SANTA ANA
At first it was a guano chapel, around 1719 it was built with tiles and masonry and later it was conceived as a church with three naves, although the whole building was not completed.
SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA
Of solid structure, with thick walls and a tower that rises in complex symmetry above the main entrance, this church was built during the first decade of the 19th century.
In 1830 it was declared an auxiliary church of the Holy Trinidad Cuba, a function it maintains today.
Of neoclassical interior appearance, it has the particular interest of exhibiting in its minor altar an image of the Christ of the Veracruz. The main altar is carved in light wood in the Neogothic style. In the background, like an open fan, a painting by Antonio Herr can be seen.
HOUSES IN TRINIDAD CUBA
Casa de los Machados (House of the Trova)
The house currently treasures pieces of high heritage value and ornamental borders, as well as a valuable collection of national and local records, made available to anyone who wishes to see or acquire them. It is valid to mention the record “Casa de la Trova. Trinidad”, made in 1998 by the record company EGREM, being this the only record production made by the house since its foundation. Since 1974, when the Casa de la Trova opened its doors to the public, there have been many activities that take place daily in this beautiful place, with the sweet purpose of divulging and promoting a greater development of this musical genre that is also part of the tradition and identity of the city of Trinidad. As for the troubadours who systematically perform there, we can mention figures such as: Félix Cintra and Isabel Bécquer.
They also have a regular space of musicians of the stature of Alberto José Zerquera, Clave Cubana, the Dúo Cofradía, and the Cuarteto Siglo Cubano.
It is a 19th century house representative of the Trinitarian colonial architecture. On each side of the room and the salette we find outbuildings. Attached to the right of this structure, there is a hallway that leads to the gallery and communicates directly through doors with the rooms corresponding to the first and second corridors. In this house we find a beautiful, spacious and sunny central courtyard, with porches on all four sides, guarded by Renaissance model galleries and converted into a garden.
The first bay contains the living room and rooms or bedrooms with rectangular hipped roofs and the second bay contains the living room which functions as an extension of the living room and rooms or bedrooms. At the end there is a nave divided into two rooms. The kitchen is distinguished by its large hood over the stove.
The palace has a majestic lookout tower that enhances the beauty of the building, from which you can see the sea and the beauties of a city stopped in time.
Today, the Municipal History Museum, where we find the baptismal font from the church of San Francisco, which possibly belongs to the primitive Parish Major; the flag of Trinidad, from 1848, one of the antecedents of the national ensign, the aviary given by the wise man, Juan Gunlach to Moserrate de Lara, the Luis XVI style bureau – office that probably belonged to Justo German Cantero, among other valuable pieces.
In one of its many rooms, reference is made to the entry of black slaves (1789) on slave ships from Africa (Congo, and Nigeria mainly). A trap used to punish the slaves can be seen. Mention is made of the 56 sugar mills in the region, showing fragments of a cane lifter of the time, a bell and an iron boiler that was used to prepare molasses.
COUNT BRUNET’S PALACE
Today Romantic Museum. It shows through its rooms the way of life of the Creole high society and the European and North American cultural influences.
LA CANCHANCHARA TAVERN
A living example of one of the oldest colonial houses in Trinidad Cuba, with precious wood ceilings and a corridor-shaped hallway to ease warm summer evenings. Nowadays, it has become a tavern with a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best places to enjoy the cocktail known as Canchánchara, used since the time of the mambises as a medicinal drink due to its ingredients: honey, lemon and aguardiente.
JEWELS OF TRINITARIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP
Manual and artistic skills are part of the identity of the Trinitarian, who passes it on from generation to generation, from family to family. Craftsmanship in Trinidad Cuba has origins as remote as the founding of the village itself. Related to identity and heritage, it was first cultivated as a form of entertainment among the housewives of the most economically developed families.
The work with yarey has a lot of development in the area. Trinidad Cuba sets the standards and distinguishes itself as a school of its own in this form of craftsmanship, which was demonstrated by Rafael Zerquera, also known as “Tiembla Tierra” (Earth Shakes), followed by Pedro Pablo Hurtado Varona, who like his predecessor received the Award for Lifetime Achievement. Present, although to a lesser extent, are wood carving, inlay and marquetry, and even furniture.
POTTERY AND CERAMICS
They particularly identify the territory and in this task the Santander family stands out, which also marks a catedra with its creative rattles, plates, vases and a wide catalogue of red clay pieces which today travels all over the world.
It is one of the traditions inherited from the Spanish metropolis, practiced by the women of the family, more than to mitigate the leisure, to fulfill urgent domestic requirements. It was the time when the necessary fluidity was not received from the peninsula for domestic service and clothing. Trinitarian lingerie has characteristic or distinctive features as one of the expressions of the city’s traditional popular culture, which makes it part of its intangible heritage.
In several galleries and markets of craftsmen are found in the city, where different garments are offered in randa, mesh, frivolite, made by local artisans.
Traces of fibreglass fabrics created by our first settlers are printed on pieces of aboriginal pottery. This is demonstrated by the antiquity and the technique. Jabas, hats, mats, wallets, and many other wonders are made by generations of Trinitarians who offer their products in workshops and fairs in the areas of the historical center.
AFRICAN INFLUENCE ON OUR CULTURE
The African contribution to the Trinitarian culture accumulated over three centuries is vital in defining local heritage and identity. The definition of who we are today is not only due to the transformations of Indian roots by the European colonizing action, but also to Africanism, which took root in the population from the first years of crossbreeding. It was the slaves who formed the associations and councils advocating a Catholic saint, with whom they disguised their true origin, while maintaining their African roots. For this reason we have the presence of several town councils since the 19th century located in different areas: 1. “Congos Reales” or San Antonio, of Bantu origin, founded in 1856, being the oldest. 2. 3. Yemaya. 4. San Miguel.
The three great religious beliefs of African origin that are observed in the country have their place in a city developed with the sweat of the black slave: the Regla de Ocha or Santeria, the Palo del Monte and the Abakua Secret Society.
- Saint Helena
- Saint Blaise
- Saint Lazarus
One of the features of the city of Trinidad Cuba, which has long attracted the attention of its visitors, is the custom of numerous neighbors of keeping in captivity and proudly displaying various birds of prey, captured in the coastal, flat and mountainous landscapes that surround the city. The oldest reference to this custom was given in the mid-nineteenth century by the wise Cuban naturalist Ramon de La Saga.
His testimony leads us to state categorically that the capture and breeding of birds for companionship has been practiced in Trinidad for the benefit of its inhabitants for at least a century and a half – perhaps much earlier – and that it was practiced even in the highest layers of society.
Among the birds that the Trinitarians have always preferred to keep in captivity, whether because of their melodious song or their colourful plumage, are the mockingbird, the tomeguin [of the pine forest and the earth], the butterfly, and the tile; but it is “the little black one” that undoubtedly takes the prize in this sense. The capture and breeding of negritos has been since ancient times one of the favourite pastimes of successive generations of Trinitarians, and it is not unusual to observe, hanging from balconies and grilles, on the facades of homes and even in the workplace, the cages from which the powerful song of the “negrito” emerges.
It is very clear from the colonial history of Hispanic America that Spain devoted considerable resources to the defence of its colonies in America, especially those of economic importance. The military fortifications were a constant in Cuba, from the constructive and architectural point of view, and were developed to a greater or lesser extent in the different places of the island according to their importance and resources.
FORTIN DE LA VIGIA
From it was called a wide panorama of the Bay of Casilda, a large part of the Valley of the Sugar Mills and the different roads into Trinidad. It allowed us to observe everything that was happening in the port, whether it was the constant traffic in and out of ships or the threats of attacks by corsairs, pirates or English navies. On the other hand, the fort was an important spectator of all the later economic development that took place in the valley.
FORTIN E VIZCAYA
Also known as Fortín de la Mano del Negro, because of its proximity to the place so named, it was built for the defense of the trinity, since when the war broke out on February 24, 1895, the city needed to be converted into a stronghold of the colonial army, in order to protect the economic and political interests that the trinity represented for the Metropolis, threatened by the war activity and the incendiary mambisa tea.
The old “Dragon Barracks”, is also known as the Cavalry Barracks. In the beginning, a barrack was built to serve as a warehouse for the blacks brought from Africa to avoid possible infections. After a few years, when the slave trade was declared illegal, it was vacated and fell into disuse. Then the Cavalry barracks was built on this site to accommodate the King’s Lancers, as a reinforcement of the city’s garrison. But it was not until 1919 that this barracks was converted into a railway station and today, in the midst of the dynamic process that Trinidad is undergoing, this building is a modern Academy of Plastic Arts.
Site located about 800 meters above sea level, surrounded by a prodigious nature and a pleasant microclimate, 22 kilometers from the city of Trinidad.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Nestled in a villa, lanterns and stained glass windows are integrated into the architecture that now houses an important collection of contemporary Cuban painters of the late 20th century. It has six permanent rooms and one temporary room.
The armchairs and tables of the room are original of this chalet, as are the decorations of the biscuit and porcelains that it treasures. Authors such as Adigio Benítez, Flora Fong, Manuel Mendive, Nelson Domínguez, Mariano Rodríguez, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Rita Longa and Zaida del Rio, among many others, are on the list of artists whose works are exhibited there.
The cultivation of coffee is one of the most important economic activities in the large park Topes de Collantes. Appreciation of the forms of coffee processing and tasting. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of coffee in the world, in Cuba and in the Guamuhaya massif. The garden of coffee varieties is very close by.
THE SUN CLOCK
In 1988, a Bulgarian architect arrived there and the beauty and pleasant microclimate captivated him, so he decided to leave his mark by making a sundial. He chooses for the installation the central area of the mountainous massif, from where he indicates the time. The four entrances to the instrument symbolize an equal number of phases of the moon and between them are seven benches that hint at the days of the week.
In the Altiplano Topes de Collantes there are several places of tourist interest: the Caburní path, a distinctive symbol of the Guamuhaya massif, with its majestic and spectacular Salto del Caburní; the Vegas Grandes path, which will take you to its also impressive waterfall of the same name, surrounded by lush trees and beautiful landscapes. Bordering the banks of a pure and transparent stream is the La Batata trail, with its variety of flora and fauna, perfect companions during the tour in which you can visit a typical adobe house and its inhabitants, as well as a cave lined with deep, fresh natural pools.
The Guanayara Park, located 15 km. from the center of Topes de Collantes, provokes the magic of nature with its Sentinels of the Melodious River trail, which will take you to discover the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the geographical features of the river, with its waterfalls and pools.
For the daring ones, the journey across the river will make them feel like real winners since along 500 m. they will be able to carry out an unrepeatable adventure: to move along the river canyon up to the Poza El Venado, place that will reward their journey by bathing in its pure waters. At the end of the walk you will enjoy a delicious lunch at La Casa de La Gallega, on the river bank, where your dish Pollo a La Gallega will close this excursion.
The Codina Park, located 8 km from Topes de Collantes, is considered an ecological and anti-stress refuge. The Encantos de Codina trail will take you to know its natural values, among which a garden of orchid varieties and a bamboo garden stand out. A natural lookout point together with some caving-turism make it a unique trail. The pig in spike and the inseparable Creole conger, make its restaurant another of the charms of Codina.
El Nicho Park is located 30 km from the center of Topes de Collantes and only 2 km from the Hanabanilla reservoir. On its Reino de las Aguas trail you can enjoy the birth of a river, surrounded by lush trees and with the always pleasant trill of birds, many of them endemic. The river and its abrupt relief create several waterfalls that run in a staggered and impressive way.
THE VALLEY OF THE MILLS
Located southwest of the province of Sancti Spíritus and northeast of the city of Trinidad Cuba, it has an area of approximately 276 square kilometers.
Livestock farming gave the valley its first use as early as the 1600s. The cultivation of tobacco on the banks of the Agabama and Caracusey rivers made it an important trade zone on the island. Towards 1650 Spanish immigrants from Jamaica arrived, with the technology of sugar production. The good conditions that existed for its production allowed that soon this industry became the most important of the region, displacing the others to the point of practically annulling them.
Parallel to the sugar “boom”, there was an increase in population, mainly of the slave force, which brought a gradual growth of settlements around the main mills in the region: Guáimaro, Palmarito, Manaca Iznaga, Magua, La Pastora, and others founded or inhabited by free slaves as San Pedro, Caracusey and Condado, which over the years became the most important population centers of the Valley.
A monumental group whose exponents are the dwelling house, the bell tower, the warehouse – smithy – kitchen, the slave quarters and the infirmary. The tower, majestic, is a faithful witness of what once meant the region. Neither strong winds nor the well-known hurricanes that affect our Caribbean island have been able to destroy this jewel that stands proudly and stately as a symbol of Trinidad.
Traces of the splendorous period of the Valle de los Ingenios appear in the pailas, wheels and mansions like the one at the Guáimaro sugar mill. Its Italian frescoes, enlarged steps at the entrance and semicircular arches show the economic power of this Trinitarian family.
SAN ISIDRO DE LOS DES DESTILADEROS
Very close to the farmhouse, there is a 14 m. high bell tower with three levels, symbolizing the beginning and end of each day, whose decorative elements are typical of 19th century Trinitarian constructions. In recent years various archaeological investigations have been carried out in this place, which has been catalogued by experts as the most complete traditional architectural complex of the sugar industry in the Valle de los Ingenios, declared a World Heritage Site. The old walls of the former sugar mill show the power that was achieved after centuries of agricultural exploitation of the fertile valley and slave labour. It was discovered and protected at the end of the 80s of the last century. There you can see the ruins of the so called “Jamaican train”, which had the function of baking sugar and saved fuel and arms to attend the oven.
Only 10 miles from the city of Trinidad, is this 300-year-old house. It is considered a special site for contemplating the landscape and even for acquiring knowledge about the local culture and archaeology. Saddles, hammocks and stools make up the elements of a house or hacienda. The local farmers will attend to you with kindness and explain to you from their daily struggle between the fruits of their crops, the progress of their animals and the manual milking of the cattle, with traditional methods. It is surrounded by fruit trees, wild flowers and fresh pools. You can enjoy horseback riding, swimming in the river and a Creole lunch that comes from the kitchen of this hacienda house converted into a restaurant. Its juices and fresh fruits are the best option when returning from a happy horseback ride.
Only 15 km away from the city, Ancon treasures one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, bathed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea. In its sea beds you can find gorgonians, sea fans, black corals, sponges and small tropical fish. The surface of the sea looks like a tray most of the year, which makes it possible to enjoy single and double dives at its dive sites. The hotels are located on the front line of the beach. There we find the beach Maria Aguilar, with 4 km. of sand, from where you can see a beautiful sunset, and the hotel Costa Sur, with a beautiful natural pool.
Various nautical activities are available for sea lovers at the Marlin Marina, such as initiation to scuba diving, coral reefs, fishing, boat trips and life on board.
Duration: 2-4 hours. Frequency: Daily
Marina Marlin Trinidad
You can also visit the Blanco and Macho Afuera keys and enjoy these virgin islets more than 1 km. long and 200 meters wide. You can snorkel, see the endemic flora and fauna of the area or simply take a good dip in the delicious waters of the Caribbean Sea.
SPECIAL TRINIDAD IN CUBA
6-hour tour with visit to the Manaca – Iznaga hacienda in the Valley of the Sugar Mills.
- Pick up at the hotels [air-conditioned vehicle and guide service].
- Departure to the Mirador del Valle de los Ingenios. On the way,
- panoramic view of the port and the fishing village of Casilda.
- Stop at the Mirador to enjoy beautiful views of the Valley, the
- Escambray mountains and the Caribbean Sea.
- Panoramic bus ride through the whole area, on the way you can see
- traces of the old sugar production and some rural villages.
- Visit to the Manaca-Iznaga hacienda.
- Return to the city to visit the Casa del Alfarero where the best of
- Trinitarian pottery is displayed.
- Tour of the main streets of the city, including the Plaza Mayor and the
- Plaza Real del Jigüe.
- Entrance to a local museum.
- Visit to La Canchánchara with tasting of typical drink.
- Lunch at a local restaurant.
- Free time at the handicraft market.
- Return to Trinidad in Cuba
STEAM TRAIN RIDE IN TRINIDAD CUBA
Enjoy the journey in this early 20th century jewel and experience the journey from the sugar cane to the mill.
- Pick up at the hotels with transfer to the railway to board the steam train.
- Panoramic steam train ride through the Valle de los Ingenios, where you can see old sugar mills and some rural villages.
- Stop in the town of Manaca-Iznaga to visit the Iznaga family farm, one of the most important of the Trinitarian sacracies of the 19th century.
- Free time.
- Return to Trinidad in Cuba
ADVENTURE IN THE TRINIDAD CUBA MOUNTAINS
Enjoy a real mountain adventure driven by authentic camouflage trucks to Guanayara Park, where you will walk through trails to its waterfall and natural pool.
- Transfer in and out in an all-terrain truck.
- Ecological guide service.
- Stop in the center of the natural park for explanation about the history and importance of the place.
- Visit to the Casa del Café where the process of obtaining coffee is detailed.
- Tour to the Guanayara area including the enjoyment of various views of the rural landscape.
- Upon arrival, welcome cocktail.
- Walk along the Sentinels of the Melodious River trail, where you will be able to see various representative species of endemic flora and fauna.
- Visit to El Rocio waterfall, with time for swimming in the natural pool El Venado.
- Lunch at Casa de la Gallega restaurant with a drink included.
- Return to Trinidad in Cuba
JEEP SEAFARI TO THE NICHE FROM TRINIDAD CUBA
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Cuba’s most impressive waterfall, El Nicho, with easily accessible trails for all ages.
- Pick up from hotels by 4X4 jeep.
- Transfer to Topes de Collantes with a stop at the Casa del Café. Tasting of a real mountain coffee.
- Continuation of the tour through Charco Azul and other communities of Cumanayagua. Excellent opportunity to appreciate the exuberant natural beauty of these places
- Upon arrival at El Nicho Natural Park, presentation of your eco-guide and start of the hike along the Paso de las Mariposas trail.
- Time for photos in waterfalls and pools.
- Time for swimming.
- Creole lunch with a liquid at the park’s restaurant.
- Return to Trinidad in Cuba
VALLEY OF THE SUGAR MILLS BY BUS
- Hotel pick-up (guide not included)
- Visit the Mirador del Valle de los Ingenios to enjoy beautiful views of the valley, the Escambray mountains and the Caribbean Sea.
- Panoramic bus tour of the valley where you can see old sugar mills and some rural villages.
- Visit to the Guáimaro hacienda.
- Visit to the Manaca-Iznaga hacienda
- Visit to the Guachinango Farm (optional horse ride).
- Creole lunch at a local restaurant.
- Free time.
- Return to Trinidad in Cuba
EL CUBANO NATURAL PARK
- Pick up from hotels or Cubanacán bureaus (truck transfer, specialized bilingual guide service)
- Visit to El Cubano Natural Park through the banks of the Guaurabo River, enjoying a panoramic view of the Sierra del Escambray.
- Upon arrival, welcome cocktail.
- Walk along the path “In the footsteps of history” up to the Javira waterfall, where you can see endemic vegetation and animals.
- Free time for swimming in the natural pool.
- Lunch at Los Almendros restaurant.
- Return to Trinidad in Cuba
SEAFARI TO CAYO BLANCO
Enjoy a relaxing sail through the waters of the Caribbean Sea. A great opportunity for snorkeling and a good sunbath.
- Depart from the Marlin Marina on the Ancon Peninsula.
- Boarding and crossing by catamaran or sailboat to Cayo Blanco. On the way you will see the bay, the port and the fishing village of Casilda.
- Snorkeling on the coral reef near Cayo Blanco (equipment included).
- Open bar with national drinks and seafood lunch on the cay.
- Free time to swim and enjoy the local fauna (iguanas).
- Return to Trinidad in Cuba
TRINIDAD CITY TOUR
- Collection from hotels (air-conditioned vehicle and guide service).
- Stop at the Mirador to enjoy beautiful views of the San Luis Valley, the Escambray Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.
- Transfer to the modern area of the city with visit to the Casa del Alfarero, where the best of Trinitarian pottery is shown.
- Transfer to the historical center where a walking tour of the main streets of the city is done. You can admire the most important buildings, squares and squares of the city including the Plaza Mayor and the Plaza Real del Jigüe.
- Entrance to a local museum.
- Visit to La Canchánchara with tasting of the typical drink of the city.
- Free time in the handicraft market.
- Return to Trinidad in Cuba
TRINIDAD IN CUBA: 500 YEARS OF FLAVOR
Mixed cuisine, mixed races, mixed cultures, dense broth of civilization bubbling up in the Caribbean kitchen.
Trinidad de Cuba, a World Cultural Heritage Site, not only has one of the best preserved historical sites in the country, but also an intangible heritage of incalculable wealth.
Walking along its winding streets, paved with white limestone from the early 19th century, is like entering a world where the popular imagination overflows with the possible and the impossible. Many testimonies confirm that visitors are dazzled by so many details that coexist in a singular harmony of time, becoming even more delirious when, on any given corner, a street vendor appears singing an improvised proclamation that invites visitors to taste a delicious hot bread, panetelas dripping with syrup and covered with frizzy meringues, or the sensual tropical fruits with their sweet and juicy pulp.
The result of a very old culinary and commercial tradition, the pregón provokes all the senses. From the first lights of dawn, the Trinitarian baker begins to wake up the neighborhood with his insistent call to taste the sacrosanct food.
Meals, an inseparable element of the development of humanity, have been over time the object of adaptation to the socioeconomic and cultural characteristics of each nation. Trinidad, an important reservoir of stories, legends and traditions, preserves, in the collective memory of its children, a wide repertoire of recipes, the spawn of the complex cultural network formed throughout its 500 years of existence.
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