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Trinidad Travel Information
The city of Trinidad stands preserved against time, just as if the city is a living Museum. In addition to the historical and cultural values, Trinidad allows you to enjoy fascinating natural surroundings, white sand beaches, a startling seabed and the a welcoming hospitality witnessed all over Cuba.
Trinidad has the privilege to possess the perfect combination: colonial architecture, beach and nature. Its main attraction is the Old Town or Centro Histórico, one of the best preserved on the island. Here's the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) which holds one the most homogenous architectonic groups from the colonial era in America. That's why, it is considered as the second most important in the country, next to the Cathedral Square in Havana.
Arrays of specialized museums document the history of the region from its early inhabitants to our days. All the museums are located in an area of easy access, paved with the cobblestones that once served as ship ballast in the Spanish galleons and above all, this section is free from the modern dynamic life, so much the visitor feels like having traveled in time. Among the museums surrounding the square, there´s the Architecture Museum (9am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday / 9am-1pm Sunday) originally consisting of two buildings, 1738 and 1785 respectively which fusioned during the 19th century, which explains its long façade. The museum documents the development of the local architecture in the 18th and 19th centuries, whose main example is this construction itself.
Towards the northern section of the square, the majestic Count Brunet Palace or popularly known as Romantic Museum (9am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday / 9am-1pm Sunday) stands on the corner, built by its owner between 1740 and 1808. The mansion recreates the opulent atmosphere of a 19th century sugar-owning family in Trinidad, loaded with fine furniture, china and European porcelains, as well as many other items of the time. Across form the square, featuring its long wooden balcony, the once House of the Governor hosts nowadays Benito Ortiz Art Gallery.
A few meters down the side street, Cantero Palace or City Museum awaits the visitor (9am-5pm except Friday / 9am-1pm Sunday), which shows not only the life style of the sugar-owning class, but also the city's history and its prominent personalities. Besides, the mansion offers its look-out tower from where to enjoy or photograph one of the most astounding views of the town, the mountains and the coastline.
Back in the square and turning left in the direction of El Jigüe Square, place chosen for the village founding ceremony, the Temple of Yemayá, the African sea goddess, opens to any visitors interested in this Cuban popular religion. The temple is a vivid example of the fusion between the Christian and Yoruba religions.
From the Jigüe Square to the right, the picturesque tower of the ancient St. Francis of Asis Convent draws everybody's attention, whose original construction modified over the course of the years, with the exception of the tower, is today the seat of the Museum of the Struggle against the Bandits (9am-5pm except Friday / 9am-1pm Sunday). Here the visitors find documentation of this period, characterized by a fierce struggle against the counterrevolutionary armed groups supported by the CIA in Trinidad's mountain region. Such armed groups attempted to destabilized the emerging Revolution from 1961 to 1965. The museum also presents other historical events of those years, such the Missile Crisis. It also offers the magnificent vista from the bell tower.
In this same area, there are also some Cultural Centers, where the Cuban music, either traditional or modern, guides the steps of the locals and newcomers. Moreover, the town possesses a spectrum of restaurants which offer the best of Cuban and international cuisines.
Outside the Old Town, Trinidad proposes attractions like the Sugar Mills Valley (Valle de los Ingenios). Located to the city's north-east, in the direction of the provincial capital, Sancti-Spíritus, this breath-taking landscape has also been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, due to the preservation of several of the former sugar plantations mansions, together with sections of the sugar presses and slave barracks, which constitute important archeological sites and vivid examples of this past era.
Some 15 Km to the south, the Ancon Peninsula extends into the sea, featuring a long white sand beach on its Caribbean shore and so far three resorts, accounting for 500 rooms. From this point of Trinidad's geography, it is possible to practice water sports and enjoy the beauty of the coralline sea bed, explore small islets, or just go fishing or sailing.
Northbound, barely 20 Km from the city and inside the mountain area, Topes de Collantes Natural Park offers possibilities to come into close contact with nature. Eco-tourist activities such as bird watching, canyoning, horse-back riding and the hikes through the forests and coffee plantations, are among the options for an active sojourn in the Museum City of the Caribbean.
Another advantage of Trinidad's geographical location is short distance it lies from other interesting places in Cuba's central region: the city of Cienfuegos (80 Km, 1 hour drive), known as The Pearl of the South and declared since the summer 2005, a Cultural Heritage by UNESCO and the city of Santa Clara (160 Km, 2 hours drive), place where the remains of the guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara rest in its majestic memorial, besides being the seat of the country's second largest University.