we started our first day in trinidad with a talk from a local city architect at our hotel. since trinidad is a huge tourist destination, we listened to the architect's opinion on needs of the city in order to accommodate the level of demand. when the city was first named a UNESCO heritage site in 1988, there were only two hotels. now there are six hotels but water and other resources continue to be tight compared to tourist demand.
we then took a walking tour of the square area with the architect and after the organized tour, we all went our separate ways to explore the city. many people visited the large church in the middle of the square. mom and I stumbled upon an open air market, did some shopping and topped off our purchases with a round of mojitos!