Trinidad is definitely one of our favorite towns in Cuba, and perhaps the island’s most beautiful with its pastel-colored houses and red tile roofs. Nestled between the foothills of Escambray mountains to the north and the Caribbean coast to the south, this 500-year old city is a UNESCO World Heritage site rich in Spanish colonial architecture built with the massive wealth generated by the sugar trade.
Unlike many other colonial gems in the Americas, however, Trinidad is not just a museum but a living town. Lots of locals live right in the historic center itself, so as you leave your casa particular in the morning to explore the cobblestone streets, be sure to say hello to the neighbors!
Trinidad is a great place to spend a few nights. In addition to exploring the town by day and live music venues by night, the nearby Topes de Collantes national park offers 77 square miles of extraordinary beauty perfect for hiking and observing native birds and tropical plants – a perfect end for the hike is the 250-foot waterfall of Salto del Caburni and the adjacent swimming hole. The former sugar plantations just outside of town offer a look at the history of slavery as the basis for the development of Cuba’s sugar industry. For those interested in the sea, a guided diving excursion to the nearby black coral reefs or deep-sea fishing expedition can also be arranged. Trinidad has a strong artistic tradition and its artists, while not as widely recognized as those from Havana, have made a reputation for themselves and will welcome you into their workshops.
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