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Varadero to Trinidad Cuba

Posted April 22, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Travel.
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by Anika Van Wyk | Travel Editor | [url=http://www.fyicalgary.com]http://www.fyicalgary.com[/url]

Cuba’s beauty is more than just beach deep.

Yes, the beaches of the touristy Varadero are enough to keep most visitors content for their week-long stay, but there is so much more to enjoy.
Time travel is just a day trip away.

Trinidad is only 300 km from the all-inclusive resort capital, but visually it’s centuries away.

The Colonial city was founded in 1514 by Diego Velazquez and is located in the central part of the Cuban island on the south coast.

Time seems to have stood still here ó something UNESCO recognized in 1988 when it declared Trinidad a World Heritage Site.

The beautifully restored buildings are impressive as one strolls along the cobbled river-stone streets.

Since Trinidad was once a bustling city, popular for its trade in sugar and slaves, the private homes are palatial.

Many of these mansions have been converted into museums. The best example being the Palacio Cantero. The Neo-Classical beauty is now the Municipal Historic Museum, with a fascinating collection of furniture, handicrafts and art. But best of all is the view of the town and surrounding mountains from its tower.

The residents of Trinidad are amazingly friendly and proudly leave their curtains open so visitors can admire their homes, most of which are filled with pieces that any North American museum would be proud to display.

Tours to Trinidad often include a brief stop in Cienfuegos. The provincial capital is home to an impressive centre square of jaw-dropping architecture.

The best view can be had by climbing the wrought-iron stairs at the fanciful Palacio Ferrer.

And don’t miss the nearby Palacio de Valle. The former casino (now a restaurant) mixes gothic, Venetian, neo-Moorish and Spanish styles in a way that mostly works, but definitely wows.

GETTING THERE

Air Canada Vacations offers a variety of Cuban packages including air and accommodation at the many different all-inclusives in Varadero. See the website: [url=http://www.aircanadavacations.com]http://www.aircanadavacations.com[/url]

Member Comments

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On April 22, 2004, publisher wrote:

Sounds like a great trip.

How would you see Cuba?

Havana to Pinar del Rio ?

or

Havana to Varadero ?

or

stay in Santiago de Cuba ?

or

stay in Havana ?