Sancti Spiritus is the most central province of Cuba. Its provincial
boundaries enclose a large number of attractions, including the
illustrious town of Trinidad. Actually Trinidad owes its existence to
the sugar industry that flourished in the nearby Valley de los Ingenios
(Valley of the Sugar Mills) from the late 18th century to the late 19th
Vestiges of this period still can be found here, such as the Manaca
Iznaga tower (1750), named after one of the richest people of that time.
A tower of 44 meters was built next to his hacienda to control the
slaves. Today, after climbing it reveals the friendliest panoramas of
the breathtaking environment.
Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios are declared World Heritage Site
by UNESCO (1988).
Situated on the riverbanks of the river Yayabo, the settlement of
Espiritu Santo now Sancti Spíritus (City) is where you can enjoy the
spirit of a quiet colonial city. It was founded by the Spaniards (Diego
Velazquez) in 1514 as one of the original seven Cuban cities.
Historically, Sancti Spíritus City has been somewhat neglected and has
to compete with Trinidad, but the authentic ambience of the place is
certainly worth a visit or stay over.
Just outside Sancti Spíritus is Embalse Zaza, Cuba’s largest manmade
lake. The freshwater lake is popular among fishermen and the areas
around it are now pristine wetlands, home to many (water) birds.
Nature lovers and hikers visiting Sancti Spíritus province will also
enjoy exploring one of the most important mountainous systems in the
Island, the Sierra del Escambray.
But there are also beaches such as Playa Ancon is at about 12km south of Trinidad adjacent to the Caribbean Sea.
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