Four hours from Havana, this traditional Caribbean city is filled with music and art. Its rolling cobblestone streets, traditional island architecture and pristine beaches will keep you enthralled.
Enjoy music, arts, and coastal Cuba February 17-20th, 2021
Add this to the regular trip to learn more about the Cuban economy outside of Havana. Here we’ll have a chance to learn about the tourism, music and arts industries. We’ll also have an opportunity to learn about Cuba’s marine biology. Intimate conversations with entrepreneurs and artists will be combined with visits to cultural heritage sites. You’ll walk away rested and more knowledgeable about what it’s like to be a Cuban.
Learn more about Trinidad from Lonely Planet.
Travel to a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Trinidad, Cuba
Early afternoon depart for Trinidad, known for its cobblestoned streets, pastel-colored homes and small-town feel.
Late dinner at Los Conspiradores paladar. Located at the foot of the main plaza, the lively Casa de la Musica features live music all night.
Trinidad Arts & Crafts
Explore Trinidad’s tradition of arts and crafts
Business site visits to learn about city traditions: arts and crafts, embroidery and pottery. Our tour guide will provide an overview of the architecture, economy, and infrastructure.
Lunch at Paladar San Jose
a nice restaurant with a diverse menu featuring everything from lobster to pizza.
Explore the sugar mills and communities built by freed slaves
Excursion to Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and the long-gone sugar cane fields.
Visit the local Afro-Cuban village “Manaca Iznaga”, whose heritage ties back to the first groups of freed slaves—a unique opportunity to learn about the Afro-Cuban religion and history.
Spend the morning learning about marine biology
Visit Playa Ancon to learn from the local marine biologists about the current conservation practices and research taking place. Snorkeling opportunity to explore the underwater environment.
Meet the locals during a beach cleanup with locals and group lunch.
Art & Culture
Spend the afternoon with an artist
Visit with artist and collector, Carlos Mata, “the painter of the night,” who collects and restores antiques. Mr. Mata will discuss his passion for antiques and show you part of his collection as well as his superb artwork.
Music & Dancing
Spend the evening listening to music and dancing
Dinner at the Bar Restaurant Esquerra located in the very heart of the historic center—it offers a great meal and the ambiance to match.
Head out to Casa de la Trova, an arts center where you will interact with local musicians including the town’s best trovadores (traditional singer-songwriter), a popular genre in Trinidad.
The next morning, depart for Havana
February 13-17th, 2021
Join Us in Cuba
Take 5 days this spring to explore Cuban entrepreneurship and design culture. Tack on 3 days to explore music, art, and marine ecology in Trinidad, Cuba. Walk away with inspiration and a few new friends.