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Cuba - Province of Sancti Spiritu - Trinidad

Trinidad is located 60km South-East of Cienfuegos. A shared Citroen Berlingo drives us two plus an other couple from Viņales to Trinidad. Our path goes to Pinar Del Rio, Havana and Cienfuegos before arriving to Trinidad. Be careful there are two streets with similar names in Trinidad. Our host lives on street Pedro Zerquera which is not the same as street Zerquera. There is a nice historic downtown with streets reserved to pedestrians. It is very pleasant to walk in Trinidad. At night we visit Casa Trovalo, there we found musica en vivo (live music) and salsa dancers. It goes without saying that we enjoyed the local drinks : Mojitos and Cuba Libres (rhum & coke).

Twelve km south of Trinidad, Playa Ancon is a nice place to spend a day under the sun and enjoy the beach. Playing beach volleyball there, we learn from a local that the sport is popular in the city. Even if volleyball is popular in Trinidad, it remains that the most popular sport on the whole island is no other than baseball. You can often see kids playing baseball in the street, using a broom stick for bat and a soda bottle cap for ball.

At the time of the day when the sun is not too hot, it is worth the climb to go to Cerro Vigia near downtown Trinidad. From there you have a very nice view over the Valle de los ingenios (valley of the sugar mills) on one side and the Playa Ancon Beach on the other side. The valley was the site of many sugar refineries when the Spanish settlers were controlling the area. The Cerro Vigia was the best place from which to spot upcoming British enemies.

There is an interesting and very complete museum in Trinidad. Is it called the Museo Nacional de la Lucha contra Bandidos (The Struggle against the Counter-revolutionary Insurgents Museum). It presents many weapons and vehicules used during the Cuban Revolution, many of which are russians. You will find there many pictures, texts, objects, strategic maps, related to the Cuban Revolution lead by Castro in 1959.

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