Historic cobble-stoned streets in colourful Trinidad de Cuba.
Trinidad de Cuba nestles under the Escambray Mountains on the Mediterranean coast of central Cuba. Surrounded by lush plantations growing sugar, tobacco and coffee Trinidad, which dates back to 1514, and its famous Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) were World Heritage listed in 1988. The cobbled-stone streets, colourful original buildings and white, palm-fringed sandy beaches of Trinidad make it a favourite with tourists.
The famous watch tower in Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills).
Looking out over the plantations.
Travellers can enjoy a variety of activities in the city like learning to salsa, or Cuban drumming, swimming under waterfalls or horse riding through the plantations. Our choice of the latter had a serendipitous outcome – notwithstanding having to contend with a single-minded steed with a penchant for prickly bushes: our ride culminated in one of the best and most unconventional cups of coffee I have ever enjoyed.
My single-minded steed.
Deep in the valley at a simple thatch-roofed and rude timber lean-to a local plantation owner played host to caffeine-deprived visitors with the freshest of drops, grinding anew for each guest fresh beans to the sounds of an African plantation workers’ song that had been passed down through the decades. The grounds were then added to water boiling on a simple flame and brewed to perfection for serving to the waiting guests. Delicioso!
Grinding to the beat.
The best cup of coffee ever!