There is so much to do in the area surrounding Trinidad, especially within a short drive from the city. Below are five musts when exploring the area.
Want to know more about the magnificent things to do in Trinidad proper? You can read our post on that here.
Only 6 miles away from Trinidad is a beautiful beach named Playa Ancon. The turquoise water is crystal clear and the white-sand beach is fairly uncrowded. You can easily reach Playa Ancon via taxi. Or if you are feeling adventurous, you can rent a bike and take a ride over. Once you arrive it is easy to relax under the sun listening to the waves.
While at Playa Ancon, you can take the opportunity to scuba dive. There are nearly 30 areas to dive in the area. The coral reef (coralline barrier) is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. Overwhelmed by the choices? There is a dive shop directly across the road from Hotel Ancon. They will help you decide where to dive.
If the mountains are more your speed, try heading to Topes de Collantes. This beautiful nature preserve is located in Sierra del Escambray, Cuba’s second largest mountain range. The drive up is rather steep. Once you reach the visitor’s center, I recommend hiking to Vegas Grandes. The 2-hour round trip hike will take you to a stunning blue waterfall and swimming hole. It is a perfect way to cool off part way through your hike.
Another activity you can try during your visit to the National Park is to go horseback riding. You can ride into the mountains for hours – past tobacco farms, up the hills, and towards waterfalls. It is a relaxing way to see the area’s natural beauty.
Valle de los Ingenios, or the Valley of the Sugar Mills, is the reason Trinidad became one of the most prosperous cities in Cuba during the 18th and 19th centuries. Valle de los Ingenios is actually a series of three interconnected valleys. They once were home to over 50 working sugar mills, which resulted in the areas becoming the sugar producing capital of the world. Today, there are only a few working sugar plantations left. If you visit this World Heritage Site, be sure to stop at the Manaca Iznaga Plantation. You can see the remains of the slave quarters, the plantation’s main house turned restaurant, and the impressive bell tower. Speaking of the bell tower, Torre de Manaca Iznaga is a seven-story (45 m high) tower. For a small fee, you can climb up and see some spectacular views of the valley. There are a few ways to get to Valle de los Ingenios. You can either drive or take the classic steam train from Trinidad.
Trinidad and the surrounding areas is one thing you shouldn’t miss while traveling to Cuba. The mix of historical significance, breathtaking scenery, and fun things to do makes it a must see.
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