Trinidad is a charming old open-air museum, a Spanish colonial settlement that is perfectly conserved and where time came to a standstill nearly two centuries ago.
Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988, it is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of the Americas. Thanks to its sugar cane production, it was one of the most prosperous cities in the Antilles. During the times of plenty, in the 18th and 19th centuries, a number of mansions were built in the colonial style.
Trinidad is located in the center of Cuba, between sea and mountains and surrounded by beautiful natural attractions. Here go a few of the essentials of Trinidad:
The colonial city of Trinidad: the best way to explore it is by walking through the labyrinth of cobbled streets, squares and museums. Don’t miss the Plaza Mayor or the Plaza de Santa Ana, and make it a point to visit the Municipal Museum of Trinidad, with historic objects and documents on life in the city. The Guamuhaya Archaeology Museum has on display objects from the pre-Colombian indigenous communities. The Colonial Architecture Museum shows the wealth of domestic architecture among the higher classes in the 17th and 19th centuries. Other monuments are the Romantic Museum and the Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima Trinidad [Parish church of the Holy Trinity].
Another place you should visit is the Art Gallery, located in the Plaza Mayor and featuring quality local works of art, especially embroidery, ceramics and jewelry. The Casa del Alfarero is an atelier where potters work—you can buy some ceramic works here; it is no wonder that Trinidad is renowned for its ceramics.
If you like to go hiking you can walk along the mountains of Escambray, plentiful in tropical birds, palm trees and waterfalls. You can walk through the forest paths of the Topes de Collantes park and take a swim in the transparent waters of the water hole below the Caburní waterfall.
A special excursion you can take is to ride on a steam engine train to the Valle de los Ingenios or Valley of the Sugar Mills. You can visit the Hacienda de Iznaga and go up to the Tower, where you can overlook the entire valley, the undulating hills surrounding it and the Beaches of Ancón and María Aguilar.
These two beaches, Ancón and María Aguilar, with their white sand and turquoise waters, are an ideal resting place after walking through the streets of Trinidad. Ancón is one of the most beautiful beaches of southern Cuba.
If you want to take lessons and learn how to dance salsa you can try it at the Casa de Cultura de Trinidad. There they will show you the secrets of this sensual rhythm filled with energy.
The last of the essentials we propose are the paladares, private restaurants in many parts of the city. They offer delicious dishes such as prawns in garlic, grilled octopus in mango sauce and of course the ubiquitous lobster.
If you want to learn more about Cuba’s magnificent past, you have to stop by this city that has been conserved virtually untouched by the modern world.
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