Visiting Cuba, of course, you will see and hear about Che Guevara everywhere. The revolution is such a big part of the country history, and in Santa Clare the Mausoleum of Che is build. This monument is not only a tribute to Che – but also to all the men who fought for Cuba as it is today. Is its a great experience to walk the tour of the mausoleum, and get the stories under your skin. The museum offers a lot more western and nice experience than the revolution-museum in Havana – so if you need to choose where to go, the Che Guevara Mausoleum must be your top priority.
We took a quick plunge into Santa Clara, arriving late evening, and the next day we drove around in the city, and saw the mausoleum. Due to the fact that one of us had a torn ligament, we where unfortunately very stuck in the car, and to see things which was easy to walk at.
After our tour at Santa Clara, we went on to Trinidad at the southern coast of middlepart-Cuba.
Trinidad is a very beautiful city, grounded in 1514, buy the spanish and a very important city in the new world, due to the large production of sugar. Today the city is mainly UNESCO protected and you will find a lot of beautiful buildings, and surrounding nature outside the city.
We stayed at the Hotel Cuevas, which is like most cuban hotels, not of a nice european standard. BUT the location, on the hillside of Trinidad is fantastic, and while we were resting the broken knee, we could see the sun set in the ocean. Again, the nature is breathtaking, and you should use your time around the city. The few buildings and museums are not where you should spend your time.
South of the city, at the sea, you will find Playa Ancón, a very well known beach. But do yourself a great favor, and drive a little further east at the beach, and you will find some really nice, cosy and relaxing places. It is worth looking for. In Trinidad city, you will also find quite a lot of beggars and people trying to make some quick money. Again – remember what you read in our “Cubanize” post – or read it now 😉 Don’t be fooled, and enjoy the nature around you instead.
Outside Trinidad, you will find the same small societies and cities, where the moneyless world works for everyone. Here you will find a lot of small sugar farms, with families living in small wooden houses, which looks like the could collapse any second, but with solar-panels on the roof. The government provides all farmers with solar panels, a radio, tv set, a light bulb and a car battery, so the have light a night in the houses. So crazy compared to the houses, some have no windows, doors, plumbing and water – but the have solar-panels! You will see that there is quite a lot of small pyramid-shaped huts at the fields, and that is actually hut to hide from tornados. it is more safe that the houses, when it is tornado-season over there.
For Santa Clara and Trinidad, you can spend 3-4 days, and the head on as we did… Where we went, you can read in our next post. But I can tell you that is it going to be “pink”