Sancti Spiritus Region

Located in the center of the island of Cuba, the Sancti Spiritus region offers visitors a combination of mountains, valleys and beaches.

Its capital, which gives its name to the region, Sancti Spiritus was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez Tuinucú on the banks of a river in the current town of Pueblo Viejo. Together with Sancti Spiritus and Trinidad town (Village of the Holy Trinity) these are among the first settlements founded by the Spaniards on the Island of Cuba.

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The major cities of the province are, Sancti Spiritus and Trinidad.

Sancti Spiritus

Founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez Tuinucú on the banks of the river in the current settlement of Pueblo Viejo and moved in 1522 to its current location next to the Yayabo river.

The Yayabo River Bridge, declared a National monument, is the only one in the whole island. The Mayor Parish Church built in 1680, the Museum of Colonial Art (XVII century) with later amendments and the Regional History Museum, are the most important places to visit in town.

Trinidad

parque Trinidad CubaDeclared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in 1988, and maintained in very good condition, the town contains numerous buildings, squares, palaces and churches. It represents a unique cultural heritage on the island.

The town of Trinidad has a magnificent colonial legacy. The Main Square with the National Historical Museum, the Museum of Architecture and the Church of the Holy Trinity are classic examples of this.

Nature

The province of Sancti Spiritus is washed to the north by the Caribbean Atlantic and on the south by the Caribbean Sea. The beautiful beaches and coral reefs in both directions, make it an excellent option for diving and snorkeling.

Mountain lovers will appreciate the Sierra Escambray Range, one of the most important mountain systems in Cuba. Includes the famous Potrerillo Peak National Park rising to over 900 meters above the sea.

Sugar Mills Valley

torre ingenios Trinidad Cultural World Heritage (1988), The Sugar Mills Valley is an extensive area of over 250 square kilometers where more than 60 important archeological remains can be found, including 13 farms. Some of these estates still preserve their original boilers, towers and systems used in sugar production from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The best known of these is the Mill Tower Manaca Iznaga. Visitors can even take a trip on a nineteenth century steam train. Departure is from Trinidad and lasts half a day.

Topes de Collantes National Park

In the Mountain range of Sierra Escambray, Topes de Collantes National Park is a World Reserve of the Biosphere (UNESCO). Its vegetation, steep trails and lush green forest make it ideal for trekking and nature lovers. You can take guided trips or go on your own. One of the most exciting spots on the trail is Salto Caburní with its impressive waterfall - over 60 meters wide during the rainy season. It is easily reached by taxi from Trinidad.

Codina Park

The Park is located in an old coffee estate 5 kilometers from Topes de Collantes. Codina park features the incredible pathway "Encantos de Codina" a 1200 meter journey, lined with the beauty of large ferns and delicate orchids.

Beaches

playa Ancon TrinidadThe major beaches are just 15 Km from Trinidad connected by a good road running through the pretty little village of Casilda. The popular beaches are Ancon and La Boca, both bathed by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, featuring white sand and turquoise waters. Equally perfect for relaxing, enjoying the sun and for water sports lovers such as snorkeling and diving.

One of the most sought after hotels in the area is the Ancon Hotel.

From the Main Square (Plaza Mayor) in Trinidad a tourist bus leaves several times a day, targeting the beaches, its price is around 3 CUC. Another option is a private taxi costing around 6 CUC roundtrip.