You Will Never Believe What’s Inside This Cave in Trinidad

You will never believe what’s inside this cave in Trinidad.

This experience is something I’ve never really planned out or expected to do during my 16-day backpacking trip in Cuba almost two weeks ago. My Lonely Planet Guide Book describes it like it’s really no big deal—I suspect, the writer is a terrible dancer! I certainly don’t doubt that. This should be a big deal because this is something that’s very unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that could, perhaps, elevate your party life 5 notches above your fellow hedonists (you know who you are!) who have never been to a cave like this.

Caves are either beautiful or ugly. The beautiful ones are those with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The ugly ones are full of bats and batshit. But, if you have fetish for shit, it’s ok. I’ll still move on with my life.

So, what exactly is the big fuss about this cave? Let me take you there.

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 The cave is 10 minutes walk from the city center of Trinidad, Cuba.

You will never believe what's inside this cave

At the end of the street, you turn right and see this unflattering view. It’s a mess of a view.

You will never believe what's inside this cave

You will never believe what’s inside this cave

Then, you see this big tree on top of the hill.

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

Under the tree is this tiny entrance to the cave. The name says it all.

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

Disco Ayala in Trinidad Cave

After paying $3 (which includes a drink), you go down on these stairs.

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

Then to another flight of stairs in a tunnel.

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

And behold! This is what awaits you when you come out of the tunnel.

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

Disco Ayala in Trinidad, Cuba

Go up 5 more steps and you’ll see the grand beauty of the natural cave.

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

Disco Ayala in a natural cave in Trinidad, Cuba

This is the bar. Most drinks are priced at $3 — mojito, Cuba libre and cerveza (beer).

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

Most drinks are priced at $3.

There are only limited tables and chairs—–for those who come early.

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

Disco Ayala in a cave

And this is the main dance floor.

You Will Never Believe What's Inside This Cave in Trinidad

Disco in a cave in Trinidad, Cuba

Behind the video screen is the DJ’s booth and another stairs that lead up to two smaller dance floors.

Disco Ayala Cave Trinidad Cuba

Disco in a Cave

And this is one of the two. There’s a natural light that comes through the hole during the day.

Disco Ayala Cave Trinidad Cuba

Disco Ayala in a cave

In the first few minutes of your stay, you’ll find yourself gazing up in all directions, trying to absorb the strangeness of it all.

Disco Ayala Cave Trinidad Cuba

Disco Ayala in a cave in Trinidad, Cuba

Disco Ayala has been around for more than 30 years!

Disco Ayala Cave Trinidad Cuba

During high season, this cave can accomodate 3-4,000 people at once. Yes, it’s huge…

Disco Ayala Cave Trinidad Cuba

On the night I was there, they mostly played salsa music. But a German girl I met said they played electronic-ish and pop music a night before that.

Disco Ayala has 5 dance floors (3 small ones) and 3 bars.

Disco Ayala Cave Trinidad Cuba

Disco Ayala

It’s only open from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM but seven days a week.

Disco Ayala Cave Trinidad Cuba

The bathroom

At 1:00 A.M. they have shows that last for 30 minutes. Performances include snakes, eating broken glasses, walking on fire, acrobatics, and removing coconut husks using teeth. And oh, hard muscles and washboard abs, too!

Disco Ayala Cave Trinidad Cuba

This guy is lifting the table using his mouth/teeth.

Tips on visiting: Should you visit during the day, go down to the gate and see if there’s a security guard inside. He’s actually not allowed to do it but hand him $3 and he’ll be happy to open the gate and show you around.

For solo travellers, walking alone all the way up to the cave at night is a scary thought but it’s actually safe. Most parts of the street has lamp posts. But, still, take an extra care. If possible go/walk with other tourists.

Scam/Annoyance: On your way up, there are few people sitting on the street and they might offer you directions to Disco Ayala without even asking them. Before you know it, they’re walking with you until the cave is visible. That’s when they ask you $1 for “guiding”. :)

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28 Responses to “You Will Never Believe What’s Inside This Cave in Trinidad”

  1. Pete
    May 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM #

    Really? This is kinda cool but the cave should have been protected, eh? the entrance is also the exit?

  2. Fran
    May 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM #

    Whoaaaaa!!! Just added one thing to my long bucket list. I’m so slow in fulfilling them though. LOL

    • May 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM #

      Good luck realizing them all. And yeah, this cave rocks–so it should be in your bucket list. :)

  3. Don
    May 15, 2014 at 9:10 AM #

    Ah, never heard of this when I went there. The local guide I was with didn’t even say about this. Damn, I paid him a hefty to show me the best esperience in Trinidad. So, now, I have a reason to go back!

    • May 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM #

      Don,
      Can I be your tour guide? Just pay for my round-trip ticket. LOL….

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