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One of the best-preserved Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas, Trinidad feels as if it slipped into a deep slumber in 1860 and has only just woken up. Recent renovation efforts in conjunction with the city’s 500th anniversary in 2014, along with Cuba’s ongoing economic reforms, have given visitors to this Unesco World Heritage Site plenty of reasons to stay awake, particularly on the gastronomic front.
Trinidad’s picture-perfect location, between mountains and the Caribbean coastline, offers an abundance of natural attractions. Climb the mountains of the nearby Sierra del Escambray, refresh yourself at the immaculate Ancón Beach, or go bass fishing in the Embalse Zaza.
The high, cool mountains of the Escambray shelter coffee bushes, tropical birds, palms and waterfalls. Hike the forested trails of the Topes de Collantes Park with a Cuban amid bird sing-song and fluttering hummingbirds, before cooling off in the turquoise green pool of the Caburní waterfall.
New private restaurants fuel the town's nightlife, which happily parties through to the early hours with Afro-Cuban moves, disco, salsa and son.


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