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The sleeping Beauty city lived up to it's name and reputation. Many people talk about how beautiful the city is and many of my freinds (Maggie!) made sure to tell me to go. En route we stopped at Manaca Iznaga -one of the few remaining sugar mills in the area. The whole valley is known as the "Valley of the Sugar Mills" and it is truly stunning, although sadly only this sugar mill survives.
We finally arrived in Trinidad and checked into our Hi de Hi style hotel complete with a swimming pool and amazing views - Las Cuevas didn't dissapoint. We headed down into town with Abel and wandered along the atmospheric cobbled streets with residents on their porches and steps chatting to each other.
We visited Parque Cespedes, La Esquina del Bergonias, Plaza Mayor and saw the site where Trinidad was founded. The tree El Jigue still stands there. Museo de la Luncho contra Bandidos is the most iconic image of the city, just as lovely as I had imagined. As the clouds rolled in we headed to La Can chanchoria - a drink made of honey, fire water, lime and rum given to soilders before battle to give them courage. Possibly to also to get them seriously drunk so they were less scared of dying ... we were certainly pretty drunk!
The following day we headed down to Anacon beach - one of the few that Cubans are allowed onto as well as tourists.
That night we visited the local club - The Cave. Literally a cave where they have built a club complete with an amazing sound system. The music played, we danced and we also scared a few Cubans who clearly hadn't encountered "the shopping trolley", "fishing", "playing cards", "running man" or newly designed "world cup" dance moves before. They got their own back trying to teach us salsa moves which we clearly hadn't encountered before. 1 all.
The last day in Trinidad we visited the local national park Sendro Huellas de la Historia where there were some lovely waterfalls and swimming lakes. Pretty cold but very beautiful. A lovely way to end our time in the beautiful city of Trinidad!