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Ancon on peninsula of same name, down the road, about 9km from center of Trinidad; Aguilar thru La Boca, (7km), tiny local La Boca beach (4km) in town of same name.
PALADARES & RESTAURANTS
:•: Latest and best is the new Sol Ananda right on Plaza Mayor; run by Sol y Son's owner Lazaro : fabulous decor and gustative fare presented in notable fashion :•: La Estela on Simon Bolivar past the church on Plaza Mayor. Boasts good reputation for its typically-Cuban comidas criollas :•: San Jose, calle Maceo 382E in the casa particular of Jose Ricardo Valladares : great bbq fare, live music; meal for two including a bottle of vino for 25cuc tel. (41) 99-47-02 :•: Some will prefer the Sol y Son for its setting in a stunning colonial decor with a lovely patio Others : Colonial, Daniel, Don Antonio, El Jigue, La Coruña, Plaza Mayor. The two busiest during the day are El Meson del Regidor on Plaza Mayor and La Cachancharra, these last two fill up every day from 11h to 15h00 with busloads of tourists from La Habana.
A BASIC MINIMUM OF 5
:•: Convento San Francisco de Asís or Museo de Lucha contra los Bandidos its tower is symbol of the town,
:•: Iglesia Santísima Trinidad, superbly restaured
:•: Museo Arquitectura Colonial
:•: Museo Romántico (Palacio Brunet),
:•: Palacio Cantero, (Museo de Historia)
:•: Busses Astro & Viazul (41) 99-44-48,
:•: Café Internet Las Begonias corner Maceo y Rosario. 2cuc = 10 mins. 8h-20h
:•: Horseback : beware of street offers; most local horses are badly treated; local casa owner Julio Muñoz is trying to improve situation; link here
:•: Servi Cupet 24 hr food and gas (41) 99-64-28
:•: Sala Internet Etecsa, Parque Central, 7h-18h. Access by coded card sold in office : 6cuc = 60 mins., remainder can be used elsewhere on the island. etecsa.cu
(RE-)NEW BUS SERVICE TO THE CAYOS
The very popular Circuito Norte bus circuit leaving daily from here at 07:30 through Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Camajuani, Remedios and Caibarien has been restaured and extended to cayos Las Brujas, Ensenachos and all the way to Santa Maria on the Cayeria del Norte, about 185km north of Trinidad. Sked here
ROLLING WITH THE TORCEDOR
:: Seen at local art gallery El Caguan, this watercolor of a torcedor, the man or woman in charge of actually rolling the cigar called a tabaco in Cuba. Photo © sogestour Read Cigar Aficionado's "A Day at the La Corona Factory" Dec 2012 Issue here
DEALING WITH THE MELANCHOLY
We took this picture some 20 years ago, in front of the Cubatur office. What happened to this lovely bunch of youngsters and what kind of life have they had ? Even their teacher and passersby seem ecstatic at this Carpe Diem, no ? © sogestour
After the stormy presence of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10, the so-called « Museum Town », showed scars. A few hours after, power was back and streets were cleared © carlos luis sotolongo / escambray, 10.09.17
Architecture & Map Guide of City Centre : 16 places
Calle Simon Bolivar leading to the Plaza Major © Guillaume Thomassin, chuchi.zoy.org •|• In the mountains of the Escambray : Cascada de Rocio © Guillaume Thomassin, chuchi.zoy.org
:•: Take a walk on the nice side : discover Trinidad's surrounding nature (free of noise, pollution and hustlers) on foot with Señora Maypu Calzada Simó who lives at #1 on calle Esperanza, off-center; call her on her new (Sept. 2011) cell 05-341-9102 so she can meet you for a half-day (2-5 hour) walk in the valley; speaks a bit of English; some pix here
:•: Best Mountain Hiking Trail Sendero 'Centinelas del Río Melodioso hike in Topes de Collantes from Lonely Planet It'a a 5km return walk in the woods - in the Parque Guanayara, situated 15 km from the reception area, along a series of rough and heavily rutted tracks. Best organized with a guide or as part of an organized tour from Trinidad with Cubatur (CUC$43 with lunch). More here
TOUR DE PEDRERO
:•: 4x4 ride from sunrise to sunset - we named it Tour de Pedrero our own creation, so don't go ask for it. Tell your chauffeur or DIY : Drive your rented car to Manaca Iznaga near Condado, go passed the famous tower some 42 km to lovely Guinia de Miranda (fabulous mountain roads) then another 20k to Fomento; south 15k to El Guineo, the most unknown memorial to Che Guevara on this planet; then the "fun" part : 20k of bad road & stupendous scenery to Cabaiguan. Finally, some 69 km of "normal" roads downhill facing the setting sun to Trinidad via Sancti Spiritus and Banao : use this map
:•: Cayo Blanco, catamaran ride for scuba, playa, lunch, cocktail : 27cuc + 30cuc diving with air bottle. 41-99-62-05
:•: Playa Ancón : At the eastern end, three all-inclusives. Only paying guests can get in but the beaches are public. Up from these, on Playa Aguilar, the Grill Caribe (beach, parasols, lobster at 28cuc : no thanks !). Right by that, a shaded beach spot with a parking attendant.
:•: Salto Cuba : see the waterfall on horseback, 10cuc Photos of Parque El Cubano here
:•: Topes de Collantes in the mountains of the Escambray : trekking to the (salto) Caburni, horseback, swimming in fresh-water lagunas. Photos of the 8 areas of Topes here.
:•: Valle de Los Ingenios (San Luis) by motorized train or by steam train. Our page here.
Plaza Mayor and Palmas © Wolfgang Glebe, treakearth.com •|• Cascada escondida, a Topes de Collantes waterfall discovered in 2004 © canyoning-quebec.com
RENTALS : CARS, SCOOTERS, BIKES
:•: Solution to traditional car rental Our page here :•: Cubacar (41) 99-62-57 :•: Havanautos (41) 99-63-01 :•: Transtur Taxis (41) 99-64-54 Autos 419-66-33 :•: Scooters/vespas Cubatur (41) 99-63-14,
EVENINGS : MUSIC, DANCE, SHOWS
Nowhere else except La Habana, is there more choice : Bands, shows, dancing and singing from 10 a.m.
:•: Artex (daily dance lessons)
:•: Casa de la Trova (band and dancing to son)
:•: Casa de la Musica Egrem, the most popular : three stages, one of which outdoors, on the steps, by the Iglesia Santisima.
:•: Casa de la Musica (daily dance lessons)
:•: Ciné Romelio Cornelio, Parque Central
:•: Disco Las Cuevas (extraordinary cave)
:•: Las Ruinas (of Teatro Brunet) : open sky
:•: Palenque de Congos Reales (afro-cuban rhythms).
GETTING TO AND AROUND
:•: By taxi, 3 hours 30 mins., from and to La Habana via Cienfuegos : figure 25cuc per person, minimum 4 passengers; where to book ? Every square meter of town seems to be filled with taxi hustlers : if you cannot find one, start praying, 'cause it's the end of the world.
La Popesa, disaffected church on the hill side overlooking the town © Elio Delgado HTorg •|• La Cotorra de la Felicidad, an ara caught digitally © sogestour Click to enlarge
Transportation in Trinidad © Linda Klipp, category winner of Havana Times 2013 Photo Contest : "an old man followed by the next generation _ walking to scootering_ indicates the progress being made in this colorful, well preserved city"
Favorite excursion by far is Valle de Los Ingenios by steam train to see Manaca Iznaga and other slave drivers' homes on their huge sugar plantations. Cubanacan tour details on click.
A varied choice of nightlife spots (below), a fabulous mountain range and parks nearby in Topes de Collantes,
many stupendous colonial casas to stay in (our list below) a 5 kilometer-long playa on the Ancon peninsula and a loverly fishing village at La Boca (above) : could Trinidad be THE spot to visit on La Isla Grande ? Go figure. © unk AyL
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Three aircon br's, ensuites, patio, roof terrace
F. Javier Zerquera (Rosario) 266, (41) 99-66-69
Upstairs double; ground single; ensuites, patio
Maceo (Gutiérrez) 425, (41) 99-43-72
Two ac br's (one upstairs), ensuites, patio
Maceo #553, (41) 99-33-20
Two upstairs ac bedrooms, ensuites, patio
Jesus Menendez (Alameda) 156, (41) 99-82-98
Two ac bedrooms, ensuite, patio
Gustavo Izquierdo (Gloria) 111, (41) 99-34-44
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, patio
Gustavo Izquierdo (Gloria) 105, (41) 99-36-83
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuite baths
Piro Guinart (Boca) 210, (41) 99-34-26.
|ELDA y ROBERTO
Four aircon bedrooms, ensuite baths
Jesús Menéndez (Alameda) 166, (41) 99-3283
|BURI y ERNESTINA
Two ac bedrooms, ensuites, roof terrace
Antonio Maceo #390, (41) 99-3916
One aircon bedroom, ensuite bath
Gustavo Izquierdo (Gloria) 42 (41) 99-2919
Three upstairs ac bedrooms, ensuites, terraces
Camilo Cienfuegos 256 (41) 99-2873
Two upstairs aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Lino Pérez (San Procopio) 207, (41) 99-3558
|LAURA y RUBEN
Three aircon bedrooms, ensuite baths
Ciro Redondo 279, 52 74 35 26
|OSCAR y PATRICIA
Upstairs, three aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Pablo Pichs Giron 260, (41) 99-4344
Upstairs, two aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Maceo (Gutierrez) 554, (41) 99-3320
Upstairs, two ac bedrooms, ensuites, terraces
Piro Guinart (Boca) 106, (41) 99-3430
|MISLEYDIS y GUSTAVO
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites, terrace & patio
Antonio Guiteras 10A, 52 95 22 38
One ground floor ac bedroom, ensuite, patio
Pedro Zerquera (Aguacate) 205 Tel. (41) 99-3902
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Simon Bolivar (Desengano) 166, (41) 99-4807
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Jesús Menéndez (Alameda) # 62, (41) 99-2330
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Piro Guinart (Boca) 239, (41) 99-3620
One aircon bedroom, ensuite
Simon Bolivar (Desengano) 506, (41) 99-2343
Two aircon bedrooms, ensuites
Ernesto V. Munoz (Media Luna) #52 (41) 99-4194
RECOMMENDED CASAS IN THE MAIN GUIDEBOOKS
Recent editions of these paperback guidebooks : DK Eyewitness Top 10 (DK), Footprint (FH), Frommers Easy Guide (FG), Lonely Planet (LP), Michelin (MC), Moon (MH), Nelles Verlag (NV) and Petit Futé (PF) ::: DK : Font, Munoz ::: FH : Munoz, Rogelio Inchauspi Bastida, Gisela Borrell Bastida, Hostal Lola, Marilu y Carlos, Carlos Sotolongo, Maria y Enddy, Orbea, Sandra y Victor, Hugo P Bastida Saenz de Buruaga, Jose y Fatima ::: FG : Hostal Alameda, Oasis, Mauri, Bastida, Elda y Roberto, Sotolongo, Font, Meyer, Munoz ::: LP : Munoz, Nelson Fernandez Rodriguez, Hostal Colina, Gil Lemes, Jose y Fatima, El Rustico, Casa de Victor, El Suizo, Casa de Aracely ::: MC : Carmen Luisa (Hostal Font), Balbina, Lagunilla, Las Jimaguas, Hostal Oasis, Amigos del Mundo, Colina, Tamargo, El Patio, Rita, Sol y Son, Carlos Sotolongo, Arandia, Gil Lemes, Julio Munoz ::: MH : Munoz, Nelson y Marilu, Sotolongo, Sara Sanjuan, Sandra y Victor, El Patio ::: NV : José y Fatima, Ana Margarita San Juan Mitri ::: PF : Carlos y Iraida, Carlos y Yani, Aracely, Bernardo, Munoz, Smith, Sarahi, Tamargo, Adiary y Carlos, Balbina Cadahia, Hermanos Reyes, La lluvia de oro, Mamma Mia, Manuel y Miriam, Mayra Gonzalez, La Navarra, Sara San Juan, La Casona
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