Amateur historian? Take a stroll down the mansion-lined streets of Trinidad. The grandeur of Trinidad’s 19th century colonial architecture comes from the wealth of the sugar plantations nearby. In fact, you can take a tour of the Valle de Ingenious, which was the epicenter of Cuba’s sugar trade in the early 19th century, producing a third of the country’s production. The resulting wealth is revealed in the opulent architecture, with great examples of wrought iron windows and stained glass arches. A host of plazas and charmingly odd streets confirm Trinidad’s reputation as one of the finest colonial towns in all of the Americas. Try and stay in a casa particular, likely to be a mini palace of faded glory.