A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 5)

Today we will spend hours exploring the wonders of Trinidad, Cuba.  This historical gem is a UNESCO world heritage site.

You can catch up with the tour here:

Day 1 and Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

 

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Day 6

  • Visit the Valle de los Ingenios and Manaca Iznaga
  • Explore the city with your guide
  • Walk the cobblestone streets containing treasure-troves of small and grand colonial homes, churches, and quiet squares

 

The Plaza Mayor of Trinidad is a historic plaza area and veritable open-air museum of Spanish Colonial architecture. It is a few square blocks in size.  Walking through the plaza, visitors can step back in time and enjoy the cobblestone streets and houses in pastel colours with wrought-iron grilles.  Tours of the colonial-era edifices such as the Santísima Trinidad Cathedral and Convento de San Francisco will delight lovers of art, history and culture. The Municipal History Museum is also located in the plaza.

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Cuba’s Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) is a series of three interconnected valleys (San Luis, Santa Rosa, and Meyer) which formed the centre of the island’s sugar production from the 1700s to late 1800s.

The Manaca Iznaga Tower in the Valle de los Ingenios is a reminder of these sugar plantations that were Cuba’s life blood in colonial times, and of the enslaved who sustained it.  The tower was erected in 1750 in order to observe and control the slaves working in the sugar cane fields around the plantation.  The bells that once regulated the mill’s daily life are still intact.  The tower is 7 stories high and takes 136 steps to the top.  The views of the valley from the summit is worth the climb.

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Our Cuba tour is almost at an end.  One of our last stops will be Santa Clara and the very famous memorial located there…

 

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6 thoughts on “A CUBAN ITINERARY (PART 5)

  1. Trinidad is beautiful! Thank you for being a wonderful tour guide and I look forward to Santa Clara.

      1. Doesn’t matter when you finish it; I’ll be reading it.

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