Saturday, April 30, 2016

Trinidad de Cuba (Cuba) - In Another Minute (Week 313)

Trinidad de Cuba is a picturesque town on the Caribbean coast of central Cuba.

Trinidad de Cuba - In Another Minute (Week 313)

Since 1988, the entire town of Trinidad de Cuba has been a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's only a 15-minute Classic Car Taxi ride away from the beach Playa Ancón, where you can swim, snorkel, fish and sip cocktails on the beach to your heart's delight. With that combination, Trinidad de Cuba and Playa Ancón were Scott's and my natural choice as the "other place besides Havana" to visit during our first trip to Cuba.

Trinidad de Cuba was one of the original seven villages of Cuba, established by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in 1514. Its boom happened during the height of the local sugar industry in the early to mid 1800s. During this time, most of the beautiful colonial residences and churches were built along the cobblestone streets. These buildings are the main reason Trinidad is considered an outdoor museum, especially around Plaza Mayor.

But I'm sure I'm not the only one who felt more drawn to the colorful side streets where neighbors, school children, dogs and horses follow their everyday life without (hopefully) too much disturbance from all the tourists flocking to the more official attractions. I'm grateful to the Lonely Planet Cuba book, which offered a map with some of the more photogenic side streets away from the Plaza.

Because we tried to catch the Trinidad Bus that is supposed to connect Trinidad with Playa Ancón, Parque el Cubano and La Boca for only 4 CUC a day, I didn't get to see everything and didn't stick around for a night at the Casa Musica. However, that bus didn't show up anyway. Probably because it doesn't exist and is just a Lonely Planet myth. At least, I never got to see it - despite waiting for it on three different occasions for an hour each.

We did however enjoy a few Cristal beers Ruinas del Teatro Brunet (in the video) and Bodeguita Fando Brothers. Mmm cerveza frio!

To make a video only 1 minute long and for it not to be cut too fast, I could only include very few images of what I shot in Trinidad de Cuba. There may be a longer version of this video in the future - that will be up to my supporters' votes on Patreon. If you would like to vote on upcoming videos and receive exclusive content, please become a supporter of this series on Patreon.com/LuciWest.

My original plan was to also visit the Valle de los Ingenios with its abandoned sugar refineries. But then I figured out that with the limited time I had, I would only get to see the restored plantation homes (full-on tourist attractions) and not be able to freely roam the area to seek out truly abandoned buildings. So I opted for an exploration of the fishing village La Boca instead. I will share that video in the future... And I sincerely hope, I'll get to visit Cuba again to see even more...

Trinidad de Cuba
Cuba

The song in the video is "El Perro Loco" by Bruno Bassi of Los Hermanos, which I discovered via the royalty-free music website GoSoundtrack.com. Their collection is available via a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

Later this week, I will publish photos of Trinidad de Cuba here on my blog and on Flickr. Patreon supporters will get a first look...