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Manaca Iznaga

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.

The Valley of the Sugar Mills
  It had a real community spirit and sense of life that I felt was lacking in Santiago. 

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.

Museo de la lucha contra Bandidos
  It's beautiful and it's relativey quiet too.  The only thing we hadn't prepaed for was the giant storm that rolled in and made us run for cover in the nearby 5* hotel!  Tough!  The staff were lovely and friendly and let us watch the World Cup matches in the bar whilst we waited for a lift.  Nice!

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!

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Manaca Iznaga
Manaca Iznaga
The Valley of the Sugar Mills
The Valley of the Sugar Mills
Museo de la lucha contra Bandidos
Museo de la lucha contra Bandidos
Las Cuevas pool ... High de High!
Las Cuevas pool ... High de High!
The cave nightclub
The cave nightclub
The sugar cane press
The sugar cane press
Bienvenida a Trinidad!
Bienvenida a Trinidad!
A typical Trinidad street
A typical Trinidad street
Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor
Hic!
Hic!
Amanda having cocktails by the pool
Amanda having cocktails by the pool
A trypical veggie meal in Cuba ...…
A trypical veggie meal in Cuba ..…
La Playa
La Playa
Gizelle, Amanda and I post dance!
Gizelle, Amanda and I post dance!
I got a feeling .... ooooooh ooooo…
I got a feeling .... ooooooh oooo…
World Cup dance move
World Cup dance move
The national park
The national park
Elephant towel!
Elephant towel!
Trinidad Hotels & Accommodations review
Great hotel. Great views of the city, a bit of a walk but not too out of the way. It's got a great swimming pool and the food is suprisingly good an… read entire review
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