Sancti Spíritus Travel Guide

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    Parque Serafin Sanchez.
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Sancti Spíritus Things to Do

  • Calle Llano, S.S.

    The prettiest street in Sancti Spiritus, has also been pronounced National Monument for its tiny colonial houses. Still maintaining its cobbles this was the main street from the banks of the river for merchants landing goods and then moving them up to the shops and wharehouses near the church.

  • Another viewpoint of the bridge.

    The Puente Yayabo with its unique brick arches in Cuba has now been standing 185 years. Very medieval in its aspect, it was pronounced National Monument in 1995. There are two other ways of getting a look at the bridge, apart from standing on it of course. The first is to pop into the bar "La Taberna" on the eastern side of the river and have a...

  • Walk around the park and down to the...

    Around the Parque Serafin Sanchez are situated the best colonial houses of the town. And as the town doesn't have the benefit of Unesco.......From the square it is an easy walk down to the Puente Yayabo passing in front of the parish church. The square has the best (and most expensive) hotel on one side and also the Municipal library and the...

  • Iglesia Parroquial Mayor, S.S.

    Whatever is said elsewhere this is not the original church from 1522 but a later version from 1680. The belfry, some 30 metres high was added in 1764. Unfortunately the strange opening times didn't permit us to have a look inside. Although from outside it is finished in this astonishing blue, very pretty.Only open from 9h00 - 11h00 and 14h00 -...

  • Cuba's Oldest Bridge

    Puente Yayabo Bridge which was built by the Spanish between 1817 - 1831 was declared a National Monument in 1995.The base of the bridge's five rounded arches are set deep into the river bed.The span of the middle arch measures 10.5 m and the smaller one 6.8 m.The bridge is 60 m long and 6 m wide.It is said that some 200,000 bricks were used in the...

  • Calle Maximo Gomez

    Along Calle Maximo Gomez, which goes from Parque Serafin Sanchez towards the Yayabo bridge stand monuments from the 18th and 19th century, musea, beautiful mansions, and the Casa de la Trova. There is also a little square 'Placita' where you will find a statue of Dr. Rijo.

  • Parque Serafin Sanchez

    In the heart of the city lies a quiet square with a gazebo, trees and benches where the locals come at night to socialize. The square is surrounded by neo-classical buildings. It is named after a local hero in the War for Independence.

  • Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu...

    Dating from the early 16th century this is the oldest church in Cuba. The 30-meter-high tower was added later in the 18th century. It is listed on the national heritage list.

  • During the day U can go around...

    During the day U can go around and have a look at the great arquiecture of the city. U also can go to the craft makets and by some stuff for frends and relatives!They will love it!!And mayby U will see this picture somewhere in town,well not the pic but the place!!

  • Going up to the watter falls

    In truck ,and goin up for about half an hour to get to Topes de Collantes , then 45 minutes walk to get there but the trip is great and more ther watter-falls

  • The Market

    Go to the market and find this artist!!His name: DanielHis painting are one of the best in Trinidad or I dare to say the best naive painting in town.he is in Ingland now with and exhivit of his work but U cand find some of his paintings there!!

  • school

    all around the town centre there were "schools" : not a formal educational structure - groups of pupils were studying in spacious rooms of old colonial buildings and taking breaks on a floor of hallways....


Sancti Spíritus Hotels

  • Hotel Villa Los Laureles

    This place is a cab ride (see transport tips for warnings about that) away from the bus station and...

  • Cubanacan Hostal del Rijo Cuba

    Honorato del Castillo No 12 esq a Maximo Gomez, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • La Pantera

    Independencia 50, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Caribbean

Sancti Spíritus Restaurants

  • Hostal del Rijo

    The food was nothing special, just good according to state restaurant norms. But the reason for eating here is the location. It is located in the Hostal del Rijo, a lovely colonial mansion. You can sit in the patio around a fountain to enjoy your food by candlelight. There are not many tables so you'd better make reservations.

  • Minerva's

    To tell U the truth I can't go to Trinidad!!Why ??Well,because they make me eat so much that I come back to havana with some extra kilos!!The food is great!! What ever U eat there it will be the best!!

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Sancti Spíritus Nightlife

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    There are some places where...

    by Branco Written Oct 4, 2002

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    There are some places where You can see “country” shows. They are fun, with nice plays and music (all the Cuban artists have studies on what they do). In the “play” they can ask You to step up to the stage… Careful or You end up bringing a girl with You… it was not my case... well... my wife was taking pictures... so I couldn't run away with the pretty girl that is on my back... my wife had the ”motive” in photo on her hands...

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Sancti Spíritus Transportation

  • No surprise about taxi rip offs

    I arrived at the bus station and was asked by some sort of official what it was I was after. He directed me to a cabbie when I told him I needed a taxi to my hotel. My hotel according to my guidebook was approx 4 km. When I asked for a quote on how much, I was quoted 5 cuc. I didn't feel in the strongest negotiating position so I agreed. This must...

  • By car

    Coming from Havana, the fastest route is along the Autopista Nacional (A1) to Santa Clara, and then along the Carretera Central to Sancti Spíritus. It's about 5 hours (380 km / 240 miles).Coming from Trinidad, you should go along the Circuito Sur, which is one of the prettiest in Cuba. The road goes along fields of sugar cane with the Sierra del...

  • Bicking around is not...

    Bicking around is not expencive and is easyer!!and everybody go to the beack by bick!!Playa Ancon is no so far :just 10km ahead!!


Sancti Spíritus Warnings and Dangers

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    Be aware that ...

    by Helga67 Updated Jul 21, 2007

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    ... because of the years of neglect the city doesn't look very attractive outside the historical center and because of the lack of tourists, people are more eager to earn some extra "tourist" money from the few that wander their streets. However, I want to point out that people never "annoyed" us. They are not the so called "jineteros" (see my Cuba page warning tip for more info), they are just véry helpful.

    For example we asked somebody the way to our hotel. Instead of telling us it was just around the corner, he took his bicycle and told us to follow. He did not really ask for money but politely waited next to our car when we arrived.

    Another example: the next morning when we came out of the hotel, our car standing in front of the hotel was washed. The guy just stood close to the car so we would know it was him, but he never asked for money. He just hoped we would give him some of these very precious convertible pesos, which we did.

    Just give them 1 CUC and you have made their day.

    Sancti Spiritus

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Sancti Spíritus Tourist Traps

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    Cubans have usually more...

    by Branco Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Cubans have usually more culture than occidental people... so, they can convince You that is the occident that is wrong!!! Be careful because they are right and You must stay confused... by the way, as I said before: Careful... this is a land full of growing terrorists!!! They grow up in the banana and the cigar trees!!! They are full of atomic bombs, bioawepons and toxic waste... they are the people that most consume on earth, so, they have lots of toxic waste that they are trying to send in missiles to the clean United States!!!

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Sancti Spíritus Off The Beaten Path

  • Pub Crawl from Hotel...

    Pub Crawl from Hotel AnconEven if you don't drink, this is a great way to see the city of Trinidad. The bars in this city are absolutely breathtaking. There are a number of open air bars, restaurants and hotels that are part of the tour. A must-do activity for anyone visiting Hotel Ancon!!That's me in the tie-dye shirt!

  • Rentting a horse and going out...

    Rentting a horse and going out of the city,to the countryside, or hicking around in a wonderful mornning is great and if U can go to any of these bridges on the chore to see the dawn.Oh god U will love it!!Looking at ladscapes like these is when U realice that there must be a god somewhere!!

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Sancti Spíritus Favorites

  • The real Cuban life

    Sancti Spiritus is not an essential stop in Cuba but if you have an extra half-day or day, do visit it. Most of the city is run-down but the historical center, which is being renovated, is worth the stop-over. It really is a hidden gem where you can still absorb the real Cuban life.

  • Sancti Spiritus

    Here I'm walking in the hot and sunny coloured streets of Sancti Spiritus a little town based most of all on agricoltural resources, built in 1514....

  • Iglesia Parroquial del Espiritu Santo

    This church is the oldest building in Sancti Spiritus; has several different styles - the main part was built in the 16th century.


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