After spending a few days in Havana our next stop was Trinidad, which is about a 5 hour drive from Havana. Our original plan to get there was to take the bus though that changed quickly when the day before we were to leave we asked our Casa how to get to the bus station to get tickets. She basically laughed at us (I mean nicer than that but it was the general feeling) and told us the bus needs to be booked about 5 days in advance. My friend and I were worried for a second until she told us that she could arrange a collective taxi for us at about $35USD per person, which turns out is only a few dollars more than the bus and more convenient. (It also seemed like the prices between towns were rather standard after we were talking to other travelers later on in our trip.) With no other choice we had her arrange the car to pick us up the next morning at the early hour of 8:30am.
The next morning our driver met us at our Casa with one other Cuban passenger and we were off to Trinidad. Our trip was rather direct, there was a quick stop off for gas at the weirdest ‘gas’ station I’ve ever been to (just some guy’s farm with gas containers…) and then a bathroom break. While the drive was rather pretty I ended up sleeping through most of it due to our late night and early morning. Once we arrived in Trinidad our driver was kind enough to drop us off at our Casa and helped arrange our car from Trinidad to Viñales for a few days later, which was great.
Our time in Trinidad was mostly spent between wandering around while taking photos, horseback riding, and drinking mojitos at our casa and around town. My favorite spots will be in the list below, we did wish that we spent another day in town to go to the beach and have more time to photograph but we were still super happy with what we did get to do!
As with the Havana guide I have created a Google map that has all the destinations on this list on it with a special addition of the wifi spots we found as well! You can access the map ‘ Intro to Cuba’ via this link! Additionally if you missed it I created a detailed Intro to Cuba guide with all the basic info you might need before going that you can visit here!
Hostal Azalea y Alfredo
504 Frank País, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
I highly recommend this Casa run by the lovely Azalea and Alfredo. We had great food here and Azalea was an amazing and hilarious host. She helped arrange our horseback riding adventure and told us what things were worth doing in town. Her Casa can easily booked on Airbnb as well.
Calle Simon Bolivar (just below the Plaza Mayor), Trinidad 62600, Cuba
The main museum in town has some displays on Cuban history and slave trade in a beautiful old building. You can access the roof from stairs on the inside and get a lovely view of the sunset!
Casa de la Músíca
Calle Cristo, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
+53 41 93414
Know for its music you can hear from the square while drinking mojitos and using wifi or you can pay a cover to watch up close
Disco Ayala I.E. the Cave Disco
Las Cuevas | top of the hill, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
Best on a Saturday when it is a mix of locals and tourists, come early to avoid the line (doors at 10). It is literally a giant natural cave with a club in it, cover is only a few dollars and comes with one drink, there is also a mojito stall outside for when you are waiting in line…
We did not really try any of the restaurants in Trinidad as we ate at our casa for breakfast and dinner, and where we did have lunch was nothing special. That being said these are some good spots for drinks
Mojito & Beer Stands
Near Plaza Mayor
On the square next to Plaza Mayor there are a few stands selling Mojito’s and Beer. If you want to hang out, use wifi, and listen to music these are the stands to go to.
Calle Rosario and Calle Real del Jigüe
24 hr coffee shop with cocktails. Seemed to be mostly travelers but good vibes and interesting people. A good spot to stop off before going out for the night.
The entire town is a photographer’s paradise, the buildings are all sorts of lovely colors and the locals are pretty nice about taking their photos. We brought a Fujifilm Instax Camera and gave anyone we took photos of a photo of themselves so it was a win win situation.
There are 2 main activities to do in Trinidad, go to the beach or go horseback riding to the waterfall and swimming hole. As we only had 1 full day we choose to go horseback riding, our Casa arranged the guide and horses for us and as with the cars the price seemed pretty standard (about $40 per person). If you choose to go horseback riding do know it is a full day commitment, your cowboy will pick you up early in the morning with the ride being done around 6pm. The typical itinerary for this trip is as follows (in order of events, not exact time)
Morning – Pick up at Casa and walk to edge of town to meet horses
~1hr – Ride to the first stop. Depending on your cowboy this is either a sugar cane stop or coffee. Our guy took us to coffee.
~30 min – Ride to the entrance of the National Park. This is a pretty unassuming entrance but once you are there you will disembark from your horse and pay a few dollars for entrance into the park.
~10min – Walk from where you dropped the horse off to the waterfall area. Your guide will not come with you for this, you just walk along the path to the swimming area.
~1-2hrs – Chill at the Waterfall. The amount of time you have will depend on what you and your guide discuss. Once there you can swim and there are some little bars set up so you can have a beer or cocktail as well. When we went the waterfall wasn’t too impressive since there had been a drought in the area.
~45min – Ride to the restaurant for lunch. You are sort of obligated to get something, we shared a dish and had a cocktail
~1hr – After lunch you ride back to where you were picked up and end your journey. If you are us you head back to the Casa sore and ready for dinner!