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Places We Go

Read up on some of the places we will visit .

Trinidad

Founded in 1514 and declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 the town has been painstakingly preserved and offers a unique vista into life as it would have been in the 1500s. You can immerse yourself in the rich Spanish colonial architecture as you walk along cobblestone streets, and be enchanted by the many colonial palaces and plazas as well as see the remnants of the sugar mills and slave barracks.

If you are eager to learn more about this beautiful town then there are many museums such as the Museo de Arquitectura, renowned for its architecture, Museo Romantico where you can learn more about the life of the wealthy landowners and Museo Historico Municipal which also allows you to get a picture perfect view of the town and surrounds. There are many places to stop and eat or just enjoy a cool drink and be serenaded by a live band before heading out again to explore this truly beautiful town. The seafood in Trinidad is mouth-watering and you cannot get any fresher that lobster caught just hours before.

If you're a beach lover then there is no better place to relax and enjoy the warm inviting waters of the Atlantic Ocean than at Playa Ancon all of which is within easy reach of your beautiful homestay accommodation. If on the other hand you are keen to explore more, then there are many options available including a hike through the beautiful Sierra del Escambray.

At night, the town comes alive, whether it's dancing Son with the locals at La Casa de La Trova or Reggaeton in the caves, the options are all there. If after you have danced the night away and worked up an appetite you can always stop off for piece of pizza before getting some well-earned rest before a new day begins! 

Trinidad is perfectly placed between the mountains and the sea and why it is a destination of choice for many travellers.

Havana

When you arrive in Havana you feel like you have stepped into a time warp, there are no fast food chains or amusement parks - what you get is 100% Cubano from the 900 plus landmarks to the cameo buses and vintage cars

It will take you more than one trip to Havana to see all it has to offer.

There are an abundance of castles, cathedrals, museums and Plazas to see each one more beautiful than the next. In Habana Vieja (old Havana) you will find the Presidential Palace, Cathedral Square and Hemingway’s La Bodeguita del Medio. The cobblestone streets are lined with unique art galleries, buildings and Cuban women smoking cigars.

You will also find bars and restaurants on every corner with live bands to serenade you while you enjoy a cool drink and if the mood takes you, which it probably will, have a dance too. 

In central Havana you will find one of Cuba’s oldest cigar factories, Tabacos Partagas as well as the Capitolio. The fort, El Morro, is always well worth a visit as the view from the top is nothing short of spectacular especially at sunset when the canons are fired.
If that’s not enough you have some of the best dance schools and companies based in Havana from ballet to Afro Cuban folkloric. 
The waterfront of Havana known as el Malecon is stunning. During the day you can walk and walk admiring the architecture, parks, monuments and most of all, the ocean whilst taking advantage of cooling sea breezes. If you want to take a break you can grab a bite to eat and a drink along the way or even stop at the one of Cuba’s most beautiful hotels, Hotel Nacional. At night the balmy weather brings out the tourists and locals alike and you get a completely different experience. Now it’s the sound of music, laughter, singing and what you see are people dancing and having fun. The combination delights your senses and produces an energy that invigorates your soul. If you tire of walking there are always coco taxis to be found which are a cool way to get around. 

If you haven’t already worked it out, Cuba’s love of music and dance is everywhere! You can dance whenever and wherever, from the many bars and restaurants along the streets to the nightclubs including Casa de la Musica where live Cuban bands play matinee sessions as well evening you can get your fill of the best Cuban music and dance to your hearts content. If you want to dance under the stars then head to1830 or Marina Hemingway. If you’re lucky you may even come across a street party and if you do, don’t be surprised if the locals ask you to join in. If Rumba is more your thing then go to Palenque, Callejon del jamel,Las vegas orPalacio de la rumba where you will be blown away by this very sensual dance.
Havana is a city not to be missed but beware you may not want to leave...