The compact colonial centre of Trinidad is one of the most sublime in Latin America, and the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The cobbled streets, terracotta rooftops and pastel coloured houses are easily explored in a morning when the light is good for photography and the temperature is still comfortable.

The walking tour is completely flexible as you have a private guide so if you have anything specific you want to see just ask. Typically you will take in the Palacio Cantero, an impressive neo‐classical palace owned by a wealthy doctor who used to treat the sugar barons. The building is now the Museo Historico Municipal and has a beautiful courtyard. If you climb the rickety steps to the tower you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the city and the Escambray mountain range which provides a stunning backdrop to the city. The city is situated between the mountains and the Caribbean sea.

The Canchanchara is an 18th century town house with lively music and a bar serving a traditional drink of the same name which is made from lime, water, honey and a healthy portion of rum.

The Palacio Brunet overlooks the tranquil main square, the Plaza Mayor with its distinctive wrought iron railings, towering royal palms and colourful buildings. The palace now houses the Museo Romantico which displays a fine collection of antique furniture from the colonial period. If you pay the entrance fee to get to the 2nd floor you can take a beautiful picture of terracotta rooftops stretching away to the tower of the church, which is framed by the mountains in the background.