Sancti Spíritus

A blue and green lizard partially camoflaged against a wall in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

The old city of Sancti Spíritus was founded by the conquistador Diego Velázquez in 1514. Originally situated on the Tuinucú river, in 1522 it was re-established on the river Yayabo, where it still stands today.

It’s a pretty, relaxed city and a great place to spend a few hours mooching around, wandering into the little shops and sitting on the terrace of a bar, sipping cocktails and watching the world go by.

A bright blue church in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

A mobile fruit stand on a road side in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba


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