Today we spent time exploring the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad, and we ventured into the surrounding countryside. It was founded in 1514 by Spaniards, and then sugar cane plantations and mills were built, the town’s wealth grew, and by 1827 Trinidad had become the top producer of sugar in the world. Near the town square, the homes of the wealthiest sugar barons still stand, and the streets are lined with pastel, one-story buildings. Horse-drawn carts ply the cobblestone streets, which are lined by dwellings, restaurants, shops, and galleries with enormous windows protected by elegant ironwork. The core of the town is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is very much alive. We met with a local artist who creates bas relief portraits in recycled wood; they are stunningly detailed and realistic. Some of us visited the home of a practioner of Santeria, a religion with origins in Africa. We then went to the Valley of the Sugar Mills, where we visited a prominent plantation house, and had a demonstration of sugar cane processing.