Trinidad is located about 350 km from Havana in the province of Sancti Spiritus.

It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Cuba and, along with the Valley de los Ingenios, is a World Heritage Site since 1988.

It was founded in 1514 by Diego Velazquez, and in the 18th and 19th centuries, it became an important center for the production and exportation of sugar. The rich soils of Trinidad and the easy access to slaves (due to its link with Jamaica) were decisive for the emergence of this industry, one of Cuba’s most important.

The centers of sugar production were located in Valley de los Ingeions, 3 valleys that are located 26 km about Trinidad: San Luis, Santa Rosa and Meyer. These places once had 50 sugar mills and more than 300.00 slaves working on its plantations, under the Spanish rule.
Over the years, the sugar remained Cuba’s number one product to trade and export, first to the US and then to the Soviet Union and the other nations of the socialist block.

In Trinidad, one can still feel a unique atmosphere dating back from the golden period of the sugar industry, as time seems to have stopped.

It´s a real open-air museum.

In this place you can find about 1120 buildings of historical value, with the colonial architecture set being the most beautiful and well-preserved in all Latin America. These are romantic squares with beautiful palaces, churches and low houses, painted with vivid colors. We highlight the following sites:

  • La Plaza Mayor – the heart of the historic center. Its configuration is the same of when it was built, between 1856 and 1857;
  • Parish Church de la Santíssima Trinidad;
  • Museo Historico Municipal (Palacio Cantero) – the view from its tower is one of the best in Trinidad;
  • Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria – former house of the Iznaga family;
  • Museo Romantico (Palacio Brunet) – owned by Conde Brunet

The Palacio Cantero once belonged to the Borrel family between 1827 and 1830 and, after that, it was owned by a German doctor (Kanter) who acquired several sugar plantations. This doctor, known as Justo Cantero, poisoned a slave merchant and married his widow.

When I was in Cuba I visited this gorgeous city. I truly liked it. It’s a place with lots of colors and a unique atmosphere. It’s really worth to “lose ourselves” over there. I didn’t visit the Valley de los Ingenios. Next time…

I also recommend you to read about Havana and about Cuba music.