Casilda Bay, Trinidad, Cuba

Dec 25, 2017 - Harmony V

This morning we woke up in Casilda Bay en route to the port city of Trinidad. Reaching the center of Trinidad by bus, we visited the office of the city architect, where we had a presentation on the history and development of the city. Afterward, we walked towards the city center where the main plaza is surrounded by historical buildings of major importance such as the cathedral and various homes of prominent sugar cane barons of the 18th and 19th century. These homes have been turned into museums. 

Next we visited the studio of Lazaro Niebla, a young sculptor with a particular woodcarving style that focuses on creating portraits of the older members of society in Trinidad. Afterward, we continued to the local Santeria house where we interacted with a priest who devotes his life to Yemaya, the Santeria saint of water. We then spent time interacting with local townspeople and shopkeepers.

Lunch was held at Guitarra Mia, where paella was served by the friendly staff. After lunch, we headed by bus to the Valle de los Ingenios, where more than 38 sugar mill plantations once engaged in the world’s largest sugar production during the 18th and 19th centuries. Here, we enjoyed a walking tour of Guimaro plantation and learned about the extraordinary family who owned and operated the plantation. 

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Fabio Amador

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Fabio Esteban Amador is an archaeologist and explorer and a host of the National Geographic Mundo television series Mysteries of the Underworld. Originally from El Salvador, Fabio Esteban studied fine arts at the Art Student League of New York and the School of Visual Arts. Following his dream to become an expedition artist, he then studied archaeology at Rutgers University and went on to earn Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Mesoamerican archaeology at the State University of New York, Buffalo. His doctoral research involved excavating and mapping ancient Maya settlements in the Yalahau region of the Northern Yucatan peninsula, seeking clues into how these early societies expressed their identity through art and iconography.

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