Your 2.5-3 hour night-time tour of Port of Spain starts with a pickup from your hotel 8:30 p.m.
Trinidad is the only country in the world that invented its own National Instrument the Steel-drum. Created over 75 years ago from discarded oil-drums, this versatile instrument is now known and used all over the world, well-suited to play any type of music. Tonight you will experience the steel-bands practice in their neighborhood pan-yards.
During the short drive to your first 20 minute stop, the friendly guide will tell you all about the history and evolution of the pan this is how the Trinidadian people lovingly call their instrument. The Renegades pan-yard is a popular stop with locals who practice pan-yard hopping. Listen to the sounds of the steel-band it could comprise of 120 players or more during Carnival. During regular practice over the rest of the year there will be 20+ players. The sounds of local Calypso or Soca will fascinate you! Sometimes you are treated to some Classical music as well. It is fascinating and amazing that such a sophisticated instrument was made out of a simple oil-drum. Our guide will explain how this is done.
The pan-yards are mostly open-air and spacious, seating is provided if required. Enjoy a refreshing drink, try the local beer or rum, or even a delicious coconut water 1 drink is included in the cost of the tour.
Your belly is grumbling? You are looking forward to the typical local specialties? Now its your time, we are sampling some street food! Taste a doubles, a roti, a corn-soup, a whole fried fish or BBQ or Caribbean Gyros its all up to you and your taste buds! Due to its cosmopolitan nature, our island has a wide range of culinary delights to offer!
Lets continue your pan-yard hopping experience. We make stops at a few other pan-yards in different areas of Port of Spain, where we listen to the Steel-bands practice - each one with another level of musical expression and arrangement. Every yard has its own atmosphere and typical flair. Just please remember, this is not a concert, it is a spontaneous practice!
Hang out with the locals, Trinidadian people (Trinis) are friendly and always up for a chat! If available we will stop at a mascamp where Carnival costumes are displayed and you will learn all about our fascinating Carnival.
We will also introduce you to our most popular nightlife areas, lined with bars, pubs, casinos, restaurants, if you feel like liming (hanging out), we will give you the latest insider tips. Epic, believe me!
Our return to the hotel is at between 10.30-11.30pm according to the season.
During Carnival Season Jan/Feb/March - on a daily basis.8.30-11.30pm
Out of Carnival Season - every Tues/Wed/Thursday. 8.30-10.30pm