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Destination: Trinidad de Cuba

Victory Sailing Dates Which Call Here:

Local Info and Resources:

  • History – Local Partner 1 Tour guide and historical perspective.
  • Nightlife – Local Partner 2 Private parties at local hotspots.
  • Food – Local Partner 3 Dining and reservations guide.
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Getting to know Trinidad de Cuba

Trinidad is a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city, with rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. As a result, it is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba.” It was founded by the Spanish in 1514 and named for the Holy Trinity. It flourished in the late 18th and early 19th century, when sugar production in the Valley de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) was at its peak, with more than 11,000 slaves and 50 sugar mills in operation.

Our All-inclusive Visit

Our tour of Casilda and the larger Trinidad area begins with a visit to Manaca Iznaga Sugar Cane Plantation where you can try the Guarapo (gwa-ra-paw) – the sweet juice of the sugar cane. We will continue to a majestic Mirador overlooking of the Valle de los Ingenios. This UNESCO Heritage Site – which is actually a series of three interconnecting valleys consisting of San Luis, Santa Rosa, and Meyer – is home to three sugar mills in-production from the late 18th century until the late 19th century.

Your People to People tour includes a connection with one of the most artistic families of Trinidad. Ever since the 19th century, when Modesto Santander learned pottery from a Spanish immigrant, the Santander family has been synonymous with the clay pottery of the region. You’ll visit the pottery studio and learn how the family trade has been passed down through generations.

Walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with artisans like Lazaro Niebla, who preserves his heritage through beautiful reverse wood carvings of his elders and ancestors. You’ll also visit the Casa del Crochet, a collaborative project of 35 local women. Next, you can stop in to see Yudit Vidal and her Pincelada Colonial Cuban Art Gallery to browse local artist’s handiwork.

Finally, we’ll survey the Museo Romántico (Romantic Museum), where we are transported back to sugar plantation life. Housed in one of the former private mansions, you can see a well-preserved example of how 18th Century plantation owners would have lived.

Destination: Trinidad de Cuba

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Victory Sailing Dates Which Call Here:

Local Info and Resources:

  • History – Local Partner 1 Tour guide and historical perspective.
  • Nightlife – Local Partner 2 Private parties at local hotspots.
  • Food – Local Partner 3 Dining and reservations guide.

Getting to know Trinidad de Cuba

Trinidad is a meticulously well-preserved Spanish colonial city, with rich architecture, cobblestone streets, palaces and plazas. As a result, it is sometimes referred to as the “museum city of Cuba.” It was founded by the Spanish in 1514 and named for the Holy Trinity. It flourished in the late 18th and early 19th century, when sugar production in the Valley de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) was at its peak, with more than 11,000 slaves and 50 sugar mills in operation.

Our All-inclusive Visit

Our tour of Casilda and the larger Trinidad area begins with a visit to Manaca Iznaga Sugar Cane Plantation where you can try the Guarapo (gwa-ra-paw) – the sweet juice of the sugar cane. We will continue to a majestic Mirador overlooking of the Valle de los Ingenios. This UNESCO Heritage Site – which is actually a series of three interconnecting valleys consisting of San Luis, Santa Rosa, and Meyer – is home to three sugar mills in-production from the late 18th century until the late 19th century.

Your People to People tour includes a connection with one of the most artistic families of Trinidad. Ever since the 19th century, when Modesto Santander learned pottery from a Spanish immigrant, the Santander family has been synonymous with the clay pottery of the region. You’ll visit the pottery studio and learn how the family trade has been passed down through generations.

Walk through the town with a representative of the Office of the City Historian, interacting with artisans like Lazaro Niebla, who preserves his heritage through beautiful reverse wood carvings of his elders and ancestors. You’ll also visit the Casa del Crochet, a collaborative project of 35 local women. Next, you can stop in to see Yudit Vidal and her Pincelada Colonial Cuban Art Gallery to browse local artist’s handiwork.

Finally, we’ll survey the Museo Romántico (Romantic Museum), where we are transported back to sugar plantation life. Housed in one of the former private mansions, you can see a well-preserved example of how 18th Century plantation owners would have lived.

More about Trinidad de Cuba…

Today, tobacco and cigar production have replaced sugar as the major export of the city. The Fábrica de Tabacos, where cigars are hand rolled, is only a few minutes walk from the Plaza Mayor.