Experience LIVE music in Port of Spain by night! From 8.30pm we will tour you through the energetic capital of Trinidad to various “steel pan yards” where the local steel-bands practice. Trinidad is the birthplace of the versatile "steel-drum" and we hear Soca, Calypso and sometimes even some Classical music - the steel-bands are everywhere! Listen to the pulsating rhythms of "Phase 2 Pan Groove" and others in their authentic neighborhoods - and of course taste some delicious street food as well. Let's check out the busy night strips (optional), we will give excellent insider tips. After the tour you can choose to stay and "lime" (hang out) or we drop you back to your hotel by 10.30pm. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.Description
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 it’s 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 – it’s all up to you and your taste buds! Due to its cosmopolitan nature, our island has a wide range of culinary delights to offer!
Let’s 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. 8.30-10.30pmHighlights
- Small group ensures personal service
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Led by a local guide
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- Small-group tour
: Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and TobagoDuration
: 2.5 to 3.0 hrs Voucher Redembtion
: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.