Mir Visa Travel in Cuba, March 16 – April 1, 2019. Part VI – Trinidad.
If one day my fate brings me to live in Cuba, then I will most likely settle in Trinidad.
After a long 6-hours ride from Viñales in a collective taxi (which was pretty awful as we had to change the nice comfortable minibus into an old shabby car near Havana just after 2 hours drive and spent another 4 hours in a sauna without aircon), we finally arrived in Trinidad.
We booked accommodation in Trinidad via AirBnb. It was spacious with separate Bathroom, aircon and lovely breakfast in the morning. If you are looking for cheaper private accommodation for your vacation, click on the link and get a small discount on your new booking from me.
Trinidad is Cuba’s best-preserved colonial city, a unique mix of 1850’s architecture & 1950’s cars that feels frozen in time. This was the third most important city in Cuba in the 16th Century. Founded by the Spanish in 1514, it was named Villa de la Santisima Trinidad. Trinidad was among the main sugar trade centers during that time. But then sugar beet grown in France replaced the sugar cane imported from Cuba. As a result, Trinidad lost its importance and was somewhat forgotten.
Nowadays, Trinidad's main industry is tobacco processing. The older parts of town are well preserved, as the Cuban tourism industry sees benefit from tour groups. In contrast, some parts of town outside the tourist areas are very run down and in disrepair, especially in the center. Tourism from Western nations is a major source of income in the city.
The Plaza Mayor is the heart of Trinidad. Like many Spanish colonial cities, the plaza is the center of the city with green spaces and lovely churches. The flat pavement stones in the center of the square actually originate in Germany. They were used as balance weights on empty ships on their way from Europe to Cuba. The ships then sailed back loaded with sugar and tobacco.
Next to the Cathedral, there are “the steps”. It is where people meet up and after the sunset it turns into a great dancing place. We used to begin our nightlife here and continued a bit later at the Disco Ayala, also known as La Cueva, a dance club built into a natural cave. Inside, the scene is marvelously unique, if somewhat tacky. A mix of techno and salsa music explodes from the speakers, while videos of spring breakers and Cuban dancers play on suspended screens above the crowded floor. Stalactites and stalagmites surround the room, illuminated by colored lights.
We also passed by the Bar Yesterday. The decor is dedicated exclusively to the Beatles, including four life-sized statues. An excellent venue to hide from Latin beats and to enjoy rock.
We spent 2 days in Trinidad. On day one we got ourselves a taxi and proceeded to nearby points of interest: Parque El Cubano is located about 5km outside Trinidad. It's 10 CUC to get inside the park and it's a 3.6km walk which includes a few swimming spots and a waterfall. There we saw a black snake but found out later that it was a non-poisonous adder. But we screamed as loud as if we saw a black mamba J After being in the park for about 3 hours the same taxi brought us to the platinum-blond Playa Ancón, the best beach of Cuba’s south coast, around 12 km outside the town. Water was sparkling clean and very warm.
From our 2 weeks in Cuba, I had the best memories from Trinidad and would gladly be back there for another few days.
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