From Havana, it takes 4.5 hours by Viazul bus to get to Cienfuegos, a city whose urban center shows its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city’s old, historical buildings which are mostly art deco and colonial French are stunningly a visual feast to the eye. There’s really not much to see and do here in Cienfuegos–but if you dig into architecture, then, this city is your paradise. Though buildings (both business and residential) are attached from wall to wall (as any other houses around Cuba), there are still distinct differences from one door to another.
Cienfuegos can be explored in a day. Or even 5 hours if you are only planning to drop by before heading to Trinidad, a must-see city, and an hour from Cienfuegos. Next to Havana, Cienfuegos is also heavily-loaded with government propaganda murals. They’re ubiquitous around the city. While the urban center is coated with shiny, multi-colored paints, few blocks are houses waiting to collapse. I should know because I walked to the farthest end of the city (for lack of better things to do) and saw buildings which I thought were abandoned but was surprised when doors swung open and residents came out.