Brave four hours of bumpy, Cuban highway to get from Havana to Trinidad. You’ll find gum drop colored buildings sitting between mountains and sea. Cobble stoned streets that remind you of Spain (it was a Spanish colony after all). You HAVE to put visiting Trinidad Cuba on your must-visit list.
How to get from Havana to Trinidad
Ask your host if they know someone who can drive you. I explain transportation in Cuba here. Otherwise I can give you the number to call my friend Rolando (let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!)
Driving down Cuban highways, you’ll see a TON of hitchhikers because of how unreliable the bus system is. Your best bet is to split a maquina (old car) with other people. It’s usually about 140-150 CUC.
What to do when visiting Trinidad
1) Visit the Artesian Market in Old Town
Although, Trinidad is best known for its pottery. There’s tons of handmade trinkets you can buy – everything from earrings to art to table runners. All of it are great trinkets to give as gifts. We spent hours perusing the markets.
2) Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco (the Bell Tower for the views)
Just off to the left of Plaza Mayor is this beautiful green and yellow tower. You have to pay a few CUCs to get to the top, but the views are worth it. Get some great shots of the surrounding mountainside, look down on the city, and enjoy the natural beauty of Trinidad.
3) Casa de la Musica or Casa de la Trova
Visiting Trinidad (or any place in Cuba) isn’t complete without some live music. Two great spots for some music, Casa de la Musica gave me a super Spanish vibe. At night, people gather in the square to listen to music and watch as dancers whip around the stage. If you don’t feel like going into the venue, you can buy drinks out of people’s homes.
4) Disco Ayala
Once the drinks are flowing, people begin making their way up the dark, rocky streets to Disco Ayala. It’s a club inside of a cave…. YES. You read that right: it’s INSIDE of a cave. Even if you’re not a huge drinker, it’s worth it to see the stalactites drip over your head as you dance to Reggeton.
5) Galería de Arte
The Cuban government transformed this colonial mansion into a space dedicated to artists. Contemporary artists from all over Cuba display their work– sculptures to paintings– for people to buy and see.
6) Playa Ancón
The drive to Playa Ancón in itself is worth it. About 22 CUC (RT) from Old Town, find an old car to drive you. The beaches are virtually untouched, a long stretch of beach in either direction. Rent an umbrella or a beach chair for about 4 CUC.
7) Valle de Ingenios
This is the one place I didn’t get to visit. We only spent a day and a half in Trinidad, but it’s supposed to be a great way to explore the mountainside nearby.
If you’re thinking of a day trip from Havana, visiting Trinidad is definitely worth the drive. I’d recommend staying at least two days to give yourself time to explore.
What questions do you have about visiting Trinidad? Let me know and I’ll help you out.