Spiritus to Trinidad and Ancón
visitors merely stop in Sancti Spiritus on their way to somewhere
else. However, it is a pleasant city that should reward you for
time spent hanging around there.
any case, one of the loveliest rides in central Cuba begins in Sancti
Spiritus city. So often the most scenic routes owe their beauty
to hills that the cyclist must climb, but this time less work is
required. From Sancti Spiritus to Trinidad, you ride beside the
Sierra del Escambray much of the time, but you do not have to climb
the mountains to enjoy the view.
settled by a few Spanish families in 1513, Trinidad is a hugely
popular tourist destination. Trinidad surely has more museums, galleries,
and restaurants than any other Cuban town of its size. Strolling
through its maze of ancient streets and pastel buildings, especially
in early morning, in the glowing light of late afternoon, or the
cool of dusk, is a delight. The narrow cobblestoned streets are
better suited for four legged transportation than for cars and trucks.
Trinidad, it is easy to visit Playa Ancón, the only beach
we know of on the south coast that compares with Cuba's superb northern
beaches. There were three tourist hotels on the beach in 2002 and
at least one more under construction. This still bay is behind the
barrier beach, along the road from Playa Ancón to La Boca,
a nearby fishing village.
love Trinidad, but we love the beach as well, so we have twice chosen
to stay in La Boca. It is only a short ride from either Trinidad
or Ancón. There are several casas particulares in
La Boca. This one, Hostal Sol y Mar with kindly hosts Joaquín
and Olga, is one of our favorites in all of Cuba.