13.08.2007 - 16.08.2007 32 °C
After Veradero, we headed to Trinidad, a UNESCO declared work heritage sight. Trinidad is a postcard picture perfect cobblestreet town filled with colourful houses and colonial mansions. It´s a town that is now totally built around tourism yet still retains an old world villagey feel, with horse drawn carts sharing the roads with 50´s cars. Everyday, hundereds of day trippers descend on the town looking for that perfect 50´s car photo opportunity!
It´s a pretty small place, with not a whole lot to do but soak up the atmosphere, visit museums - on the revolution and colonial furniture, although you can get the latter for free by just wandering the streets and peeking into the seemingly always opened doors of the houses. Wicker rocking chairs and art deco decor abound.
We spent 3 days in Trinidad and practically felt like locals by the time we left. We kept running into the same people who always had a ready smile and offers of salsa lessons! One day we visited the Valle de los Ingenios, home to most of the sugar plantations that the region made most of it´s money from back in the day. Another afternoon we went to the beach, Playa Ancon, which wasn´t nearly as nice as Verdero but still, it was good to escape the afternoon heat under a palmtree and with a swim. Apart from that we spent most of our time just soaking up the atmosphere, drinking in the bars, listening to the live music that Cuba is so famous for, and a few dances with some particularly persistent suitors! Trinidad has some very memorable watering holes, from the Casa de la Musica, to a bar in an old ruined theatre and my favourite, someones backyard complete with a muscial trio and chickens running about!
We had a great time in Trinidad and it could be said that we spent longer in Trinidad than first planned due to some sore heads and missed buses after some big nights out!
tower at sugar estate
another car shot
Gill and I with some of our dancing partners!