We made it to Trinidad from Havana after a hairy 6 hour car ride! The police pulled us over, we drove through a massive rain storm, the speedometer was stuck on 20mph, we drove past cowboys and bulls, horses and ducks and saw a few eagles! Trinidad is just as colourful as Havana but much smaller and we loved it so much, we extended our stay by another night. The salsa music and dancing, mojitos, cigars, energetic nightclubs and friendliness of the locals encaptured our hearts and we fell in love with the city instantly.
Salto del Caburni Excursion
As I mentioned in my 48 Hours in Cuba blog, casa hosts are more than happy to help organise excursions or tours when requested. We asked our host in Trinidad, Humberto, to look into the Salto del Caburni Excursion and he was delighted to help. After going off to make a phone call for us, he had the whole day organised within the next 10 minutes. A few moments later, a horse and carriage was waiting promptly outside the door of our casa. Horse-riding was the first part of the excursion and a highlight for me as I have had a passion for horses since I was a child. We rode through Trinidad village and into the countryside stopping along the way at a secluded farm where we were made freshly pressed sugar cane fruit juice. After the quick break, we rode through rivers, swinging trees and mud paths until we reached the mouth of a rainforest. We left the horses and hiked to a spectacular waterfall with two natural swimming pools where we relaxed and swam for an hour – it was absolutely divine. After we had finished there, we embarked on the journey back to our casa, exactly the way we had got there – let’s just say the ride home on the horses was a bit sore on the legs!
I must admit, I did take a few salsa classes in Dublin a few months ago but let’s just say I wasn’t much of a natural so I didn’t go back. However, while in Trinidad, salsa was absolutely everywhere and we didn’t turn down the chance when we found salsa classes for 8 CUC each per hour. We got a private lesson from two highly experienced salsa dancers and this time, I picked it up very quickly and found it highly enjoyable! We found an energetic nightclub, Rincon de la Salsa that night and put our moves to the test!
The Bell Tower
Whilst exploring the narrow cobble-stoned streets of Trinidad, our explorations brought us to Museo de Historia Municipal on the corner of a quaint, picturesque square, Plaza Mayor. We climbed up endless steep staircases to the top of the museum’s bell tower and took in the breath-taking views of the city we had fallen in love with. It was a beautiful sight to see before we had to leave for a whirlwind 24 Hours in Santa Clara.