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Trinidad founded by Conquistador Diego Velazquez in 1514. Town romantic atmosphere is mix with slavery colonial past. Unique architecture, maze of narrow cobblestone streets. Magnificent location nestled between high mountains of Escambray Range, and lovely coast of the Caribbean Sea.
Pure white sand and clean turquoise water is making Trinidad a unique and fascinating destination, inspiring tourist interest from around the world.

The historic town architecture is Neo Classical and Baroque, with a Moorish flavor. Red tiles roofed houses painted on pastel colors, ornamented with artistic balconies, iron wrought railings and multicolor facades. If you walk over the cobbled streets of the Trinidad, it makes you feel like going back into Colonial time.

Romantic Museum and Cantero Museum near the Parque Mayor, the Main Square.
The Cathedral, Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad, built between 1817 and 1892 is the largest church in Cuba.
An excellent view of Trinidad tower, on Escambray mountains and Caribbean Sea, the tower is located at theMain Square.   USA For American Tourists go
Hotel accommodation in Trindad
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Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad Brisas Trinidad del Mar HOTEL ANCON LAS CUEVAS Hotel Costa Sur info
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Heart of Trinidad, place to experience colonial town. Room & Breakfast Ä 69
 Brisas Trinidad del Mar
Right on Ancon long white beach near Trinidad town.
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          Club Ancon
Place of unique beauty, at withe beautiful long beach.
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          Las Cuevas
Over Trinidad historical center, it looks over town.
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On the beach near the Trinidad, swimming pool.
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cobbled street
Town structure consists of a gorgeous Main Square that has a statue of the Terpsichore - Muse of Music and Dance, to bring inspiration to dancers. The square is flanked by Holy Trinity Church. Spanish conquistador Cortes set out from here for Mexico in 1518.

Trinidad was declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 along with the Valle los Ingenios.
In 1790 there were 56 sugar mills operates and 12,000 slaves work in the sugar cane fields. At the time region had a population of 28,000 inhabitants.

In the early 19th century slaves revolt in Haiti caused French planters to flee to Trinidad. Slaves contributed to the formation of Cuban nationality, as they brought along their African customs, traditions, songs and dances, as well as their African religions.
In addition to its cultural wealth and exuberant nature, Trinidad also brags spectacular Valle de los Ingenios, a unique Sugar Valley, the best view is from Iznaga Tower.


Museum of Colonial Architecture
Tourists who are interesting of the Colonial architecture the Museo de Arquitectura Colonial is the place to visit. Museum has collections of architectural decoration as: doors, handles, locks, windows, grills, Museum also offers guided tours through the historic streets of Trinidad. The museum is housed in two 18th Century buildings, Sanchez Iznaga residence. Located right at the town main town square.

Museum of Guamuhaya Archaeology
The museum offer a view of the developments from Cuban pre Columbian past. This building was originally two houses in the 18th century, both owned by the sugar barons of the Sanchez Iznaga family, two houses joined in the 19th century show the typical grilled and shuttered windows, feature an elegant portico with slim columns and a delicate wrought iron balustrade.

Inside, the museum features items from Trinidad's architectural history including an elaborate 19th century shower. Located at Plaza Mayor-Simon Bolivar #457.
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Palacio Cantero
Municipal Museum, is the most interesting museum in Trinidad, built in 1827. Since 1980, the museum's halls have exhibited collections on the extraordinary history of the region.

Including archeological artifacts from aboriginal cultures, furniture, arts from slave trade era, weapons from wars of independence.
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Museo de Arquitectura Colonial exhibits architecture of Trinidad of the 18th and 19th centuries. Located Desengano 83 - town center.
All the museums are open: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
If you in Trinidad area, you must visit Valle de los Ingenios and see the spectacular view over the valley from the Iznaga Iznaga tower go

Viazul buses link Havana and Trinidad is 5 h trip. Viazul busline go
Driving is the best option to experience Trinidad and Ancon regions.
Trinidad is 80 km east of Cienfuegos, 106 km south of Santa Clara. About 335 km from Havana, and 262 km from Varadero.

Romantic Museum - Museo Romantico
The museum is overlooking the Trinidad main square.
Has excellent exhibition of romantic style porcelain, glass, paintings and decorative furniture which belonged to the Conde de Brunet family, dating from 1830. Street Hernandez #52

Valle de los Ingenios a World Heritage Site, also known as Valle de San Luis, on the road to Sancti Spiritus, east of Trinidad. Stretched out over 25 miles between Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus, the valley offers views of a gorgeous countryside with old haciendas, castels and slaves houses.
Stunning view of the landscape, and the best way to see the entire Valley is from Mirador de La Loma del Puertos. High lookout, located on the road from the Trinidad to the Sancti Spiritus.
In the center of the valley rise Torre Manacas Iznaga symbol of the former glory of the sugar aristocracy. Manaca Iznaga Tower, stands next to the Pedro Iznaga hacienda, it was used to watch slaves. Today his house is well-known restaurant.
It is possible to tour the valley by car or horseback, with or without a guide. Valley horse riding tours are a popular way to see the sights. Tourists can explore Valle de los Ingenios by fantastic Old Steam Train.  
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Those who are looking for beaches, will find a four kilometers peninsula of fine sands and shallow clean waters. You can get there by air condition mini bus, from Trinidad Colonial center to Ancon beach, round trip cost CUC$ 2.

Ancon Beach, the beach is lovely, pure white sand and clean turquoise water, just 8 km from Trinidad. You can hire a Taxi for $CUC 19 from Trinidad to Playa Ancon via La Boca. Small fishing village "La Boca" located about 6 km south of Trinidad, where there are lots of birds at the coast. Ancone peninsula offer an excellent Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. 
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Cayo Blanco, south of Trinidad, Anconís offshore has more than 30 dive spots, and the attraction of sunken vessels. Cayo is famous for its kaleidoscopic variety of corals, sea fans, sponges and gorgonians.  Cayo Blanco go

Cayo Iguana located about 20 miles of the Trinidad shore, and is one of the most breathtaking destinations. Diversity of
the marine live and natural beauty of the Iguana Island attracts many tourists seeking relaxation and adventure.
Every day at 9 am Yacht is leaving from Marlin Marina, Ancon beach to Cayo Iguana and Cayo Balnco, cost CUC$ 40 per person, if purchase at the hotel. Lunch and snorkeling equipment are included.
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Topes de Collantes National Park, five kilometers to the west, a road leads north and climbs into the Escambray Range
swathed in Caribbean Pines and an abundance of tree ferns, bamboo and eucalyptus. At Topes de Collantes, visit Vega Grande Waterfalls and Batata Cave, where an underground river form numerous pools.
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La Canchanchara tavern


La Canchanchara
is famous Trinidad tavern, itís housed in a mansion
that was build in 1723 the house has its original cedar roof.
Canchanchara itís is a drink of the region, made from lemon juice, honey and Santero Cuban rum, serve in glazed ceramic pots.

This blend mixes with the magic of a place frozen in colonial time, this was the drink of the Mambises - Cuban Liberating Army.
address: Real entrance Boca and San Jose street, old Trinidad town.

Casa de la Trova, offer excellent live Cuban music in open air and warm atmosphere. Colonial Bar is a place where to have a Mojito drink. Located block from Main Square, entrance street Marquez.

Palenque de los Congos Reales, performances of Cuban folkloric group Afro Cuban dance and music. Address: #35 del Cristo Str.
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Disco "Cueva" is located in Trinidad famous cave, at the hotel Las Cuevas, above the old town. Discotheque is open nightly until 3am.

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