Taberna la Canchánchara

Historically, a nation’s defining moments are linked to the actions of one man or group of men, a series of culminating events and traditions that have emerged from those moments. In this case, the tradition is a beverage with a deep historical connection to the Cuban war of independence fought in 1898 to 1902. The drink is called, cánchanchara.

A mixture of citrus fruit juices, fermented sugarcane juice- producing rum and honey, the drink is a concoction that dictates a history through its mere ingredients. All ingredients of the drink are what was most easy to come by in the forest for Cuban independence fighters, the Mambise. The drink was used to reduce the cold during the night and to lessen the irritation caused by mosquitos. It is traditionally drunk from coconut shells or a Cuba-specific nutshell named jícara.

In the 1980s, with the purpose of showing this patriotic drink to the tourists, Palmares, a corporative Cuban Group managing tourist establishments, acquired a beautiful farmhouse whose roof was constructed in 1735.

In 1984, Palmares inaugurated La Canchánchara, offering visitors a delightful clay pot of canchánchara, in an environment surrounded by beautiful stretching landscapes and melodic traditional live Cuban music.

As a result, it is not surprising that a trip to La Canchánchara has become a pilgrimage of sorts for travellers from far and wide.

The taste of the liquor, the wealth of the Cuban music, the virtuosity of its interpreters and the appeal of the atmosphere, make La Canchánchara a bewitching place.

Open Hours: From 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. Every day.

Address:  90 Calle Real del Jigüe, Trinidad