Trinidad: the most colonial city of Cuba

Not to miss
Visit the colonial zone including The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, the Valle de los Ingenios (aka Valley of the Sugar Mills) and don't forget to try la canchánchara.
Recommended time spend
2 days
How to get there
By road through the Circuito Sur, the road connecting Cienfuegos and Trinidad. You can rent a car or use private or group transport services.

History, architecture and friendly locals make Trinidad a stand out destination. Without a doubt, walking around this city, with its beautifully conserved buildings, lets you enjoy a different type of life, as if you had travelled back in time. Founded in 1514 by the Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez, Trinidad’s appearance suggests that its been preserved in a bubble.  From the Mirador Valle de los Ingenios, 4kms outside the city, you can see in its entirety the impressive Valle de los Ingenios, with its old haciendas and slave settlements. You can discover both the Museo de Lucha contra Bandidos – one of the most photographed spots in the city - and even go out dancing in a club that is inside a cave. Trinidad is the land of the great sugar mills of yesteryear, of the canchánchara cocktail, colored facades, cobblestones ... And it’s also a great first stop before you continue on to National Park Topes de Collantes.

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Highlights
  • La canchánchara, a typical drink of Trinidad. The famous cocktail contains honey, lemon, aguardiente, ice and water. You can give it a taste in certain cafes around the Plaza Mayor and at the La Canchánchara Tavern.
  • Zip lining in Trinidad. You'll have an adrenaline surge as you enjoy the view from the air of the Valle de los Ingenios and part of the Sierra del Escambray. Get ready for a new perspective of the beautiful landscape of Trinidad.
  • Much of Cuba’s history relates back to its colonial period. The Valle de los Ingenios was a production center for sugar, built by the Spaniards in the 19th century. During a guided tour, you can learn about the slave presence in the area, as well as its great influence on the culture.
  • If you want to know about the religious syncretism that exists in Cuba, visit Casa de Yemayá. You can observe some Yoruba rituals and understand a little more about the Cuban mystic imagination.
  • The Museum of Trinidad architecture. This installation was completed in 1819, and you’ll find historical and architectural pieces that date back to the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.
  • The History Museum.  The building was built in the nineteenth century, with Renaissance-inspired central courtyards. It has a tower / lookout that gives you broader perspective of the city.
  • La Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima Trinidad.  A sacred place for locals, it was rebuilt in 1892, on the Plaza Mayor, and many sacred objects are preserved there, such as the revered Christ of La Vera Cruz (1731).
  • The Salto del Caburní. This is located in the Great Topes de Collantes Park, just 30 kilometers from the city. Its beauty places it among the most visited spots in the country and is well worth the intense walk.

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