11 Fun Things to do in Trinidad, Cuba [Updated]

Trinidad Cuba Things to do in Trinidad

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Pastel houses, cute cobbled streets, crumbling Colonial buildings, killer sunsets, jumping nightlife and salsa! There are so many things to do in Trinidad, Cuba including sightseeing, cycling and a day trip to a turquoise water postcard-perfect beach. Trinidad, Cuba is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the province of Sancti Spíritus. It can be reached easily from Havana by bus and taxi colectivo (Cuba’s private taxis service). There are a variety of accommodation options including hotels and the local Cuban casas particulares. So let’s dive into our trip to Trinidad tips, try saying that after a few mojitos!

Trinidad’s Top Things To Do

1. Wander Around Plaza Mayor

The palm tree-lined Plaza Mayor is the main square in Trinidad. You literally can’t miss it as you wander about the city as this is where the striking Church of the Holy Trinity is located.

The pale yellow Church of the Holy Trinity (Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima Trinidad), was built in the late 19th century, replacing the previous 17th-century building. It is free to visit but difficult to catch open!

Church of the Holy Trinity | Trinidad, Cuba
Church of the Holy Trinity at Plaza Mayor

2. Visit Brunet Palace

Brunet Palace (Palacio Brunet) is the large yellow building with tall arches to the left of the church. The ex-family mansion has two floors, the upper floor is where you can see nice views of the square.

The Romance Museum (Museo Romatico) can be found at the Palace and houses a number of colonial artefacts.

Multi-language tour guides explain the items in exchange for payment. 

Trinidad Cuba Sunset Brunet Palace Palacio Brunet

3. Climb the Bell Tower

While the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos does have an exhibition, the main attraction is its bell tower which you can see to the left of the church and mansion.

360 views of the city and beyond can be enjoyed from the top for a couple of USD.

Church of the Holy Trinity Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima Trinidad Bell Tower

4. Stay in a Casa Particular

Casas Particulares are private Cuban houses with rented rooms. Casas are popular forms of accommodation and a great way to meet locals.

Many of these homes are beautiful colonial buildings with stunning gardens. We ate breakfast every morning among the flowers at Casa Yaquelín.

Most casas provide a private room with en-suite. Breakfast is offered at an additional $5 USD (approx) which is generally worth it.

You can read more about staying in a casa here.

Casa Particulare Trinidad Cuba | Casa Yaquelin

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5. Take a Salsa Class

There are a variety of dance classes in Trinidad but the most touristic is at Casa de la Musica. Group lessons are accompanied by a teacher and live band. You go book a class with your friend, partner or pay extra for a dance partner.

Barrio Cubano salsa classes also come highly rated.

6. Casa de la Musica

Show off your new moves the nightlife hotspot Casa de la Musica.

Everyone in Trinidad flocks to the steps or seated tables of Trinidad’s most popular tourist attraction at nightfall. Just follow the music to this bouncing corner of the town and join the groups of visitors of all ages as they chat, drink, dance and enjoy the live music.

As to be expected, the cocktails are a little pricier than other places but it isn’t hard to find a 1 USDc cocktail stall closeby. You can pick up some top-up rum from a local store too.

We hung out at the streets close to, and the steps under, Casa de la Musica. It was honestly so much fun, energy levels were high!

Here we swapped Cuba stories and scams, you’ll have lots to share too, and arranged to meet new friends at future stops on our Cuba itinerary. Two of the friends we hung out with in Trinidad not only met us in Varadero during our Cuba trip but also in Scotland for our wedding party!

Casa de la Musica may be the institution but it isn’t the only club in town. Disco Ayala ‘the rave in the cave’ is popular if you can handle sweaty crowds and Cubaton (Reggaeton). 5 USD entry includes one drink. Avoid high heels as the walk there is apparently rocky. Ayala was closed when we visited.

We did, however, pile into a salsa club. The lines were long but we’d latched on to a local who managed to get us in. The doors slammed shut and we were witness to what could only be described as the muse for Dirty Dancing. Mature Western women dancing with young talented Cuban men, I’ll let you use your imagination. I was pulled to the floor but deemed not good enough to keep up.

For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the club. You’ll just have to go and find your own version! Tell us in the comments below if you do.

Cocktails Trinidad Cuba

7. Drink Cocktails

There is no shortage of bars and restaurants selling cocktails in Trinidad. Canchanchara cocktail is one of the popular choices native to the town. Canchanchara is made up of honey, lime and of course, rum!

La Canchánchara is the original bar which claims to have invented them. Reviews are mixed.

La Canchanchara Trinidad Cuba

8. Eat Cuba Ropa Vieja

In Cuba, there are private restaurants and government-run restaurants.

The government-run ones are notorious for slow service, poor quality and a lack of variety on the menu.

We, unknowingly, ate in one government-run restaurant for lunch and it became apparent which type of restaurant we were dining at after an hour’s wait for Ropa Vieja.

As they say, good things come to those who wait and now his Cuban dish has become a staple meal for us back home in Scotland.

Cuba time is not the same as Western time! You just have to go with flow, tranquilo.

Other Trinidad restaurants worth checking out include:

  • Restaurante San José: top-rated by tourists but genuinely a great option. Go before 7pm
  • Taberna la Botija: pork skewers, live music at night, we had lunch here

Trinidad - Salsa and Cycling

Ropa Vieja

9. Day Trip to Playa Ancon

This Trinidad beach is perfection, it’s exactly what you would expect of Cuba with its blue waters, white sand and palm trees. Strangely, I’ve heard other Cuba visitors say it is definitely not the best beach in Cuba. Nonetheless, for us, it was a much needed day away from the Cuban hustle in the city.

You can hire bikes in Trinidad and pedal to Ancon if you want to stretch the legs. The cycle there is relatively easy and takes you past a couple of shops for drink stops. The ride back is brutal, I was ready for giving up. Do not underestimate the heat! Especially after a day of sunbathing and cocktails. Dehydration warning.

How to Get to Playa Ancon By Bike

  • Pre-arrange bike hire so you can collect first thing to avoid the sun
  • Cycle down and along Simon Bolivar (6 miles)
  • Stop, take photos, enjoy the ride which should take less than an hour
  • Bikes are not permitted on the beach, we were charged to lock them up at the side which is pretty typical
  • Wear your swimming gear as there aren’t any huts to change

Playa Ancon near Trinidad Cuba

How to Get to Playa Ancon By Bus/Taxi

There are public buses which go from Trinidad to Playa Ancon throughout the day but the times are not reliable.

Our friend did manage to catch it, you just have to have a relaxed attitude and not be confined by time.

  • When you arrive in Trinidad ask your casa/hotel what time the buses leave and return
  • Expect to pay around 5 USD per person
  • The bus ride takes around 30 mins and stops at Hotel Ancon at the beach
  • Alternatively, enquire about a taxi. Even better if you can get a group together to keep costs down
  • You can ask your casa host about taxis or at the bus station

Playa Ancon Trinidad, Cuba

Playa Ancon – beaches near Trinidad

10. Day Trip to Parque el Cubano

Parque el Cubano is the second most popular day trip from Trinidad and ideal for those who like a short hike surrounded by nature.

The hike includes jumping into swimming holes and views of Javira Waterfall which is perfect because Trinidad can get quite stuffy and dusty.  Note, there are no changing huts.

Visitors contend with forest paths, stones and manmade bridges during this day tour.

As always, arrive early to beat the heat and also the busloads of tourists. This is a popular stop for group tours.

Entry is 10 USD or book a taxi/guide/lunch tour in Trinidad.

Salto de Javira Trinidad Cuba

11. Day Trip to Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos literally means 100 fires and it is known as the Pearl of the South. From Trinidad, you can visit the colonial city to see the highlights such as the central Parque Jose Marti, the unique architecture of Ferrer Palace and the mansions of Punta Gorda.

There are two ways to do a Cienfuegos day trip. Firstly, by pre-booking a seat on the Viazul bus. Secondly, by booking a taxi colectivo when you arrive in Trinidad. See our ‘getting around’ section for more details.

Essential Trinidad Travel Information

Getting Around Trinidad

The best way to get around Trinidad is on foot. As the city is small, there is no need for public transport unless you are taking a day trip to the beach or to hike.

Accessibility will be an issue for those in chairs as the streets are often uneven.

Getting to Trinidad

How to Get From Havana to Trinidad

Buses leave daily from Havana to Trinidad. The journey takes around 6-7 hours, stopping at Cienfuegos too.

See the Viazul bus service website for up to date times. You can pre-book your seats using this website.

Viazul is one of the official bus services in Cuba so don’t be afraid to use it. It is advised that you book a seat in advance where possible to avoid disappointment.

Conectando is another bus company but it has a very limited online presence. Forums pull up this timetable but we can’t say for sure that it is accurate.

Can you? Please tell us in the comments below or use the contact us page. Gracias!

There are, of course, private taxi rides called Taxi Colectivos which will get you between Havana and Trinidad or vice versa.

Colectivos are collective car share rides so it is likely you will meet other tourists in the car. Expect to pay around 30 USD. Don’t be alarmed if cars swap halfway during the journey, this happened to us when we drove from Vinales to Playa Larga. This is basically a taxi from Havana to Trinidad but with other people and a potential swap of vehicles!

You don’t have to book colectivos before you go. Ask your casa host (they will receive a commission) or go to the bus station and speak to the men who hang about outside. It sounds dodgy but it’s not, it’s the Cuban way.

Varadero to Trinidad

Varadero is a popular beach town in Cuba. Here you will find many of the all-inclusive resorts that surround the Carribean coast.

The Viazul bus connects the two areas. See the route and book tickets here.

Alternatively, if you are staying in Varadero and want to take a day trip to Trinidad to escape the resort for a while, this tour leaves Varadero at 6:30 and visits Cienfuegos and Trinidad.

Viazul Bus Trinidad Cuba

WiFi in Trinidad

Now the burning question, is there WiFi in Cuba? Yes, my article will explain how to gain access in detail here.

In short, there is an  ETECSA telecommunications centre in Trinidad where you can purchase a card which you use to sign in on using your own device. Some casas now offer this service too.

You can log on using the card anywhere there are WiFi points like the store itself or Iberostar Hotel or parks. You’ll know the points by the large crowds of locals and tourists.

Although the plush Iberostar has WiFi access, you must buy a drink so it’s an expensive browse on Facebook!

I have heaps of tips on how to save time and money in the article mentioned above.

Places to Stay in Trinidad, Cuba

I know this comes as a surprise but Cuba is not cheap in comparison to the likes of Bolivia in South America. Coming from Peru, Bolivia and Colombia was quite the hit of our daily budget.

Hotels in Trinidad, Cuba are expensive!

The delightfully decorated and gatsby-vibes Iberostar Trinidad starts at $400 (U.S) for one night.

The cheaper alternative to Trinidad hotels is to stay with locals in a casa particular, which is extremely common.

Many advertise as ‘hostals’ but don’t confuse this with a backpacker hostel.

Hostal Casa El Ceramista, Trinidad

Hostal Casa El Ceramista is a friendly family-run casa and a charming house. Alexy, the owner, is a ceramicist which is evident in the decor!

Rooms are bigger than the average in Trinidad and have air conditioning. A microwave, a fridge, toaster, kettle and a coffee machine are available as well as breakfast at an additional daily fee.

This casa has a 5/5 star rating on TripAdvisor and the hosts reply to reviews.

Casa Zenia Ana, Trinidad

Casa Zenia Ana is an older casa that has had a facelift. It is more expensive than typical casas in Trinidad but modern in decor.

Each room has air conditioning, patio, a balcony with city views and a fridge. The room advertised looks super modern, one customer on TripAdvisor states this is not reflective of all rooms however, reviews are all happy.

WiFi is available as of now according to one review. Let us know your experience if you stay there.

Airbnb in Trinidad

There are a variety of casas available via Airbnb in Trinidad, Cuba and the average price for a private room in Trinidad is 30 USD.

However, a few areas I need to make you aware of regarding Airbnb in Cuba.

  • The Airbnb app doesn’t work in Cuba so you can’t use it to contact hosts when you arrive
  • Airbnb has been running in Cuba unofficially since the 90s! Casa owners create a network throughout the island and call ahead to book for you, they get commission in return
  • It is not uncommon for the casa booked for you to get a better deal (a longer stay) so you are moved elsewhere and you might not know it. Naturally, you will know it if you book via Airbnb
  • Read the reviews to check whether amenities promised are provided. Hot tubs, doubt it!
  • Casa owners are now advertising over different search engines like Airbnb, Booking, TripAdvisor, Hostelworld, etc and WiFi is not as readily available so the response may be slower than accustomed to
  • This is also the case for casa owners updating when rooms are booked/casas are sold out

Reasons for booking with Airbnb

  • Pre-booking a casa obviously gives you peace of mind
  • You can pre-pay by credit card with Airbnb, less cash required – read our guide to currency in Cuba here
  • Airbnb is popular, we trust the resource and customer service is generally on the side of the customer
  • Properties have reviews

Trinidad Cuba Houses

How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Cuba?

Cuba is not as cheap as you think.

Our Cuba daily budget was 90 USD per day for two people with limited activities and one week in an all-inclusive resort.

We had plans to tour the whole island in three weeks but ended up checking into an all-inclusive resort to save money.

Here’s a full breakdown of our Cuba travel costs: 3 weeks in Cuba.

Personal Experience

We visited Cuba as part of a long-term travel trip so were restricted by our budget. Cuba was our fourth country out of 16 in total. We visited during our fourth month. We were suffering from major travel burnout by this stage, backpacking around Cuba is not easy.

Learn from my mistakes, here’s what I would do differently:

  • Download the bus times between locations. Locals do not know the times and are quick to offer their family taxi colectivo service which starts to add up at 25 USD per ride, per person
  • Take note of recommended restaurants for each stop. Some restaurants are pretty bad and even Cubans will tell you this
  • Create a loose itinerary. We are so quick to connect to 4G, you will soon see how much you rely on it since you can’t have it
  • Consider activities. I thought I’d use the time in Cuba to switch off so didn’t bother planning anything which is unlike me!
  • Renting a car? You may have to wait a few days in Havana for one to come in but having that flexibility to move around will be liberating
  • Don’t visit Cuba as part of a big multi-destination trip. Not having a kitchen starts to take its toll
  • Accept that the Cuban hustle isn’t going anywhere! Sure, it’s tiring constantly having people trying to sell to you but this two-tier economic system has allowed Cubans to survive and thrive

Trinidad, Cuba Packing List

  • Sunscreen
  • A thin waterproof coat like this Marmot Precip US / UK
  • Comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots – I like my light Salomon Ellipse trek shoes US / UK
  • Camera and battery
  • Battery pack for your phone – See Anker’s range US / UK
  • Osprey bag cover for downpours US / UK
  • Filter and purifying water bottle like Water To Go [quote TSA15 at checkout for 15% off]
  • Bamboo cutlery set US / UK
  • Skross universal travel adaptor with USB slots US / UK
  • Pacsafe safety net US / UK
  • Hydration tablets US / UK if participating in some Cuban rum hangovers!

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70 thoughts on “11 Fun Things to do in Trinidad, Cuba [Updated]

  1. Marie @ Marie Away says:

    I love all the tips sprinkled throughout—I’ve never been to Cuba but I’m sure you’re doing it justice, despite being tired!
    I didn’t realize that it would be so expensive there. A week of relaxing in Cuba sounds heavenly—enjoy!

    • TwoScotsAbroad says:

      I honestly think if you are going as one off trip and not as part as long term travel you may not feel the expense as much. If you are stretching a one year budget to eighteen months on the other hand…

  2. Duke Stewart says:

    Great post and an honest look, I say. I’ve had similar feelings while traveling and have had my fair share of frustrations, with everything just not working out.

    Though the food and coffee were absolutely amazing, my wife and I had a bit of a rough spell during our first few days in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) and were just blown away by the hustle and bustle of the place. Keep in mind that we were fresh off the boat after living in Korea for some time where safety and security are rarely an issue. After a few ripoffs here and there and eventually getting grazed by a car, I broke down and wanted to give up. Luckily, we moved on to Cambodia for a few days before returning and came back refreshed. I think that helps, and I don’t know if I’d have taken a full week there without a break.

    I appreciate you being real about this place and looking back on it objectively. Great post Gemma and Craig! Thanks for sharing:)

    • TwoScotsAbroad says:

      We left the exact same in Hanoi! It felt like hard work and just very different from our normal pace of life. The escape to the Sapa Valley was just what the doctor ordered so sounds similar to your situation. Thanks for sharing Duke.

  3. Michael Huxley says:

    Hustle burnout is a very real thing and it happens to all of us. Sometimes you are too tired to even play the game! The best thing I find (when travelling long term anyway) is just take some time off from your travels and take a ‘holiday’. Get a private room somewhere (if you really want to splurge and flashpack try and find somewhere with a pool) and just take some time out for yourself. Relax, get your mojo back and then head back out on the backpacking trail again. Even travellers need holidays sometimes! ;D

    • TwoScotsAbroad says:

      We did end up doing that at an all inclusive which is not normally our style but saved us a couple of hundred pounds and peace!

  4. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru says:

    As American citizens, we wouldn’t even be allowed on the beach (yet). But I hear you on destination fatigue. We couldn’t abide Fuerteventura and will never return to the Canary Islands. Yet, legions of Brits give it accolade after accolade. Different strokes.

    • TwoScotsAbroad says:

      Different stroke Betsy, good way of putting it. I don’t even like the sand! Now Canadian lakes on the other hand…

  5. Travelwith2ofus says:

    Now that sounds really good. Mojitos, Cuba Libres, Daiquiris, Piña Colada and those perfect beaches. I envy you guys because you made it to Cuba before it changes to a commercial tourist island. Hope I can as well.

  6. Lauren @ Justin Plus Lauren says:

    The beaches do look beautiful, but thank you for posting tips for others to not go to a government run restaurant, for instance. That’s also a bit annoying about people trying to sell you cigars left and right! I’d be a bit bothered by that. It does look like a really gorgeous place though and I’m glad you were able to enjoy some parts of it!

  7. Will says:

    Good honest post on Cuba. Im thinking about going but it’s down the list…still the pics make it look pretty awesome! Cheers – Will

  8. Tanya Harry says:

    I was able to spend Christmas in Havana many years ago, but I never got to Trinidad. The place looks beautiful.

    I was lucky because I stayed with the relatives of a good friend of mine. They did all the negotiations so of course they got the good deals.

    Great post! I wish you guys luck on the rest of this trip!

  9. Claudia says:

    It’s refreshing to read such posts on Cuba. I am seriously fed up of people always loving a country, no matter what, and never writing anything bad about it.

    I HATED Cuba – or shall I say Cubans – when I travelled there. I had a really hard time dealing with them. So much so that the trip is what ultimately inspired me to start blogging. I actually have a post coming soon on this. Yes, travelling in Cuba can be frustrating. It takes a while to digest and metabolize all of it and eventually start reconsidering and wanting to go again. I feel this way now, actually.

    I was talking to my best friend yesterday and she’s been to Cuba years ago (it must have been 2004) and she had a horrible time. It does take some skills to travel there.

    BTW, I did not have problems with food (except in state owned restaurants!) – I found it good, actually.

    • TwoScotsAbroad says:

      Glad it wasn’t just us Claudia but we definitely felt after a few days of leaving Trinidad we could look at it from a far without totally tearing into it.

      We ate in one government restaurant that we know of and it actually become Craig’s favourite meal – ropa vieja (shredded beef), I just stuck to rice!

    • Francesca @onegrloneworld says:

      Really interesting perspective here! I agree, it’s not realistic to love every country or everything about a country, so I really appreciate your honest opinions!

      • TwoScotsAbroad says:

        Thanks Francesca, I did worry that I was being too hard but happy with the overall vibe of the post! Loving life in Canada!

  10. lindsay nieminen says:

    I’ve never been to cuba but would like o step not the history one day, to see the old cars etc. but it sounds like it is a bit of a frustrating place to visit! thanks for the info. we plan to stay away from the “hustle” type place for a bit. they are just so exhausting sometimes!

  11. Hugo says:

    Hi guys,

    I was recently in Cuba as well and was reading some of the stuff you wrote.

    Although I don’t agree 100% with it to the point to say I hated Cuba or Cubans, I must say that I really understand what you went through.

    Hustlers and Jineteros are a major issue and I believe the problem is only going to get worth with the growth of tourism.

    Yes, I was bothered countless times, even insulted and followed a couple of times in more remote towns. It sucks. On the bright side I speak Spanish as well and that was the easiest way to keep them from insisting any further. They obviously target more the English speaking tourists.

    It’s one the topics from the highlights I wrote about road tripping in Cuba.

    I also think Cuba has a tremendous potential as a destination. I visited incredible places and also met lots of honest and genuine people.


    • TwoScotsAbroad says:

      Thanks for stopping by to read our post Hugo. I would never say we hated Cubans, our tour guide was awesome in Havana! It was just tiring. Our travelling friend did speak fluent Spanish and was sucked in a lot more than us but then that’s personality trait, she’s a self confessed lover of latin men!

      • Hugo says:

        It’s her fault then! 🙂

        One thing I forgot to say and since you mentioned Havana, is that I found it to be far more easy on the hustling side compared to other places we went to. Maybe because it’s where 90% of the tourists go.

        Oh, and driving in Cuba is also a very interesting experience! I also found Cuba to be a safe country.

        Happy travels!

        *obviously meant “get worse” on the previous comment*

  12. Emily Kydd says:

    I definitely agree with many of your pints. I travelled Cuba solo for three weeks in January and was surprised at how expensive it was, especially as a solo! A room at the casa is the same price for a single that it is for a couple! Trinidad was charming, but I had to move casas twice because it was so busy with tourists and everything seemed to cost, even getting a decent table at a restaurant (as a single female they always tried to get me to sit at the worst tables, eye roll)

    Of course the music and drinks? On point! I drank the strongest mojito of my life in Trinidad after a day in the sun on Ancon and cut myself off after that one! I felt pretty safe in Trinidad as a solo lady, much more so than in Havana. I definitely got burned out by the end of my three weeks and was ready to either go home or just lay on a beach. Tried to do to Isla de la Juventud via boat, tried many times, never managed to buy a ticket, this was enraging! I would love to go back to Cuba and see more of the Eastern side of the island as well as the Isla, but have roundtrip flights booked well ahead of time! And don’t worry Craig, I thought of Dirty Dancing constantly!

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      It sounds like we had a similar trip bar the solo seating! I can’t deny how beautiful Playa Acon was. I don’t think I’ll be rushing back to Cuba mind you, not my favourite place to travel (and I hate saying that!) That’s really useful to hear about solo safety, we met a group of travellers in Viñales and travelled with them then another group in Trinidad who we met again up north (and hopefully in Scotland next April!)

  13. Rachel says:

    Hi! Going to Cuba in April and wondering about a few days at a beach all inclusive but there’s so many … would you recommend brisas del Caribe as a relaxing but budget friendly place?! Thanks

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      I would for a few days, the first few days were great but then the masses came and the getting into the food area was harder and they ran out of large towels. Nice staff and great sunsets though! Let me know what you think.

  14. Nicola says:

    Loved the article! We are heading there for three nights during our two week holiday in June. How did you find a taxi so cheap to get from Trinidad to Varadero???

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      In true Cuban style we went to investigate how much the bus was and the customer service rep suggested we just got a taxi collectivo from his pal. We shared with another couple. This is very typical for Cuba!

  15. Stefanie says:

    Woow, this looks really amazing,
    This is really on my have to do list before i get into my 40’s

    Keep posting,
    Kind regards

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Thanks Stefanie – before I’m 40 I want to see the NC500 in Scotland, a lagoon in Iceland and get back to Asia for some decent food!

  16. Les Wrona says:

    I traveled from Havana all the way to Holgin., and back. It is very difficult to travel independently in Cuba due to lack of reliable state run buses or trains. In fact, you can’t even make a reservation for a bus or train, unless you are leaving from the start point. You are asked to arrive one hour before the scheduled departure hoping that there will be an available seat. So, private taxi drivers are preying on this system and offering overpriced rides in they old cars. I refused this and traveled on local massive dump trucks called “camiones”. Those are trucks that are converted to carry people instead of cargo. They are very crowded with zero comfort. The biggest challenge is that it difficult to find were to board those “monsters”. Even with my descent Spanish, I was getting confusing answers. Many Cubans that are using them say it is a matter of good luck. After a trip on one of those “camiones”, I was very tired.
    The other think that annoyed me, was difficulty of finding a descent restaurant with food I would enjoy. Authough, those places exist, but it may take a lot of leg work to locate one.
    I love Cuban music and dance so much and traveled there to experience it the first hand. I learned a lot about Cuban culture particularity music and dance. Nevertheless, those basic necessities as a backpacker independent traveler, make me sometimes wonder , should I have gone somewhere else in Latin America?

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      I really felt the same about public transport. No one could tell you when the buses came in our experience but they were all to quick to recommend their friend who ran a collectivo company. It ended up costing us $25 each every time we needed to move on. Appreciate your comment. Cuba was the hardest country for me to backpack around for sure!

      PS. I love Colombia if you are looking for inspiration check out our guide.

  17. Caroline says:

    Good article! We didn’t like Trinidad as much as we thought beforehand, as everything is so tourist oriented. Compared to India or Indonesia however, the hustling was at an acceptable level for us. On the food I have to agree though! We had some excellent meals in Havana and Cienfuegos (affordable too), amazing fresh shrimps at our casa particular in La Boca near Trinidad, but did not find any decent meals in Trinidad.

    • Gemma I Two Scots Abroad says:

      Mmm shrimps! I did really like Playa Ancon near Trinidad, really was a postcard (or Instagram I suppose now!) beach. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Where’s next?

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