The continuation of the post Time travel through the 50s | Cuba Part 1 | La Habana & Cienfuegos. Click here to read the part 1.
Trinidad together with the nearby Valle de los Ingenios, have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. The center of Trinidad is paved with cobblestones and packed with colourful colonial architecture. The Plaza Mayor is centrally located in Trinidad as you’ll find in most colonial cities and it is an open-air museum of Spanish Colonial Architecture. The nearby areas are filled with shops, restaurants, casas de musica, Spanish schools, markets and so much more going on in this little place. There is also salsa dancing in the square at night, a small platform centrally located in the square where bands perform. All guests are invited to dance in the open area if you wish to have a fun night or after couple of cocktails.
After checking into Casa Noel y Nury, we were greeted with a delicious Piña Calada on our arrival. With the cocktail in hand we sat on the terrace of the casa enjoying the sunset that brought us some peace and relaxation with the darkness of the evening slowly approaching.
Next morning we took a very old train that still runs daily out to the sugar plantations. This route to visit Valle de los Ingenios is very touristy but still very enjoyable to see the countryside and on board you will find a bar where you can buy cocktails of course! Also there was a singer on board who will play Cuban music which made it a joyful train journey. The train leaves at 9:30am and returns at 2:00pm from main train station, it was within walking distance from where we stayed. You will have to buy tickets at around 9:10am on the same day as no reservation beforehand can be made. Price is 10 CUC per passenger.
However we had a very interesting adventure during the train journey. While my friend Mari and I were keeping a interesting conversation with a Cuban lady who spoke perfect Japanese, much better level than mine, we were chased by a track trolley. Allegedly it’s a track taxi that takes locals from Trinidad to Valle de los Ingenios. The trolley conductor jumped on the back of our train while moving. Just like those James Bond movies, jumping between the train (although our fancy old steam train moved fairly slow). He managed to convince our train capitan to change the track so as to let his little “taxi” go pass first. Here we go, Mari and I both were invited to have an adventure in his fancy trolley that will take us to Valle de los Ingenios. To be honest, I had no idea where were we going at the time, we were off the train while the train moved to a side track to let this trolley to pass first. We waved off at our friends who were still sitting on the train not knowing what’s happening and why we were abandoning them.
Cycling in Trinidad itself can be very dangerous as there isn’t any traffic lights! Mari crashed 3 times due to a poorly maintained bike and in the end she had the flat tire and had to walk back to the casa. I don’t think we enjoyed our bike trip to the beach after all.
The beaches in Trinidad are great and we picked the perfect quiet spot to sit down and relax. There was a guy who sits in the area claiming to be the security, and he will make sure our bike doesn’t get stolen when there was absolutely no one else around. We paid our 2 CUC and sit back and chilled on the beach with no other tourists. This “security” guy happened to be the bar too and offers some cold fizzy drink and fresh coconut.
After spending 3 hours on the beach we went back to casa and we set off again to our next stop Santa Clara where I was to study the most about Che Guevara.
Click here to continue the journey to Time Travel Through the 50s part 3 | Cuba | Santa Clara & Varadero.