See Cuba from two wheels as you cycle around this laidback Caribbean island. Travel the colourful streets of Havana, along dusty roads past farms and tobacco plantations in Vinales, beside coastal paths and through the Bay of Pigs and get a taste of Cuba beyond the rum and cigar scene. Swim in Playa Larga’s clear blue waters, explore Che Guevara’s former HQ at the Cueva de los Portales and relax in the healing thermal pools in San Diego de los Banos. Soak up the best of Cuba as you traverse this fascinating country. Note - this trip has changed for 2017 - please see trip code QBXC for the new itinerary
- After a visit to the temporary HQ of Cueva de los Portales and a guided walking tour of Old Havana, you’ll understand Che Guevara's important role in the Cuban Revolution
- Cuba is recognised as the world’s finest cigar manufacturer. Learn how to roll a cigar with a local tobacco farmer in the small town of Vinales
- Cycle through the lush valley of Soroa. Known as Cuba's Rainbow, the valley is rich in plant and wildlife
- Cycling through Caribbean Cuba gives you unique access to parts of the island that are off the beaten track
- Indulge in some sun, sand and sea on the historic Playa Larga in the Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs)
- See animals in their natural habitat, including the Cuban crocodile, an abundance of marine life and the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird
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- Start Date:18 Dec 16
- End Date:25 Dec 16
- Availability:2 spaces
Day - 1
Location: Havana - A complimentary transfer is included with your trip. After collecting your luggage, please locate the Cubanacan Office in the arrivals hall of the International Airport. You need to quote your name and a pre-paid taxi transfer will be assigned to you. If there is an issue, please call +53 5 287 0805. Don't rely on somebody else to call for you, as they may be seeking commissions to direct you to another transfer company. The driver will have the address of your guesthouse. Once you've arrived at your accommodation, your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 7 pm. Your evening is then free to relax.
Day - 2
Location: Las Terrazas - After breakfast this morning check out of the guesthouse (casa) - meeting your guide and travel group in the headquarters of the guesthouse. After any missed introductions, board the bus for an arrival briefing and transfer to the starting point of your cycling journey (approximately 30 minutes). On arrival, undergo a bike fitting and begin your ride through country back roads. Reach Las Terrazas around lunchtime and dine in one of the community restaurants (price not included). Continue cycling and arrive by the banks of San Juan in the late afternoon. Check in to the rustic huts that you’ll be staying in tonight. Accommodation is fairly basic, but comfortable mattresses, sheets and fans are provided. The river is also a great spot for swimming and, as evening falls, you and your travel group will be the only people there. This evening enjoy a traditional Cuban dinner at a local farm (Tito’s Farm), which is close by.
Day - 3
Location: San Diego de los Baños - After breakfast beside the river, board the bus and transfer approximately 20 kilometres to today's starting point in Soroa. Known as the 'rainbow of Cuba', Soroa is a flourishing landscape of flora and fauna. After a brief stop, jump back on your bike and enjoy a 7 kilometre downhill ride to the valley floor in Candelaria. This is where the group will join Old Havana to Pinar del Rio road, cycling through small agricultural communities in rural Cuba. You’ll share the road with local traffic of tractors, bicycles, vintage American cars, old Ladas and horse drawn carriages. Arrive in time for a late lunch in San Diego de los Banos, which was once home to Cuba´s most important thermal baths. After lunch at the hotel, enjoy the rest of the day to explore the town or relax by the hotel pool.
Day - 4
Location: Viñales - After breakfast the group will head to Vinales by bus, which should take approximately 1.5-2 hours depending on the road conditions. The ride this morning will take a circular cycle route around the World Heritage listed Vinales Valley, starting with a visit to the underground cave system of Cueva del Indio (you won’t take your bike down here). After emerging from the caves, cycle east by taking the back roads. You’ll pass smallholdings along the way, which grow tropical fruits, maize, manioc, yucca and the world´s finest tobacco. After some free time for lunch in Vinales village, check in to your guesthouse for the night. In the late afternoon, head out into the fields of Vinales and enjoy a visit to a tobacco farm. A local farmer will show you how tobacco is grown, dried and then rolled into cigars. Perched on a hillside overlooking Vinales Valley, dinner this evening will be served on the organic farm of Finca Wilfredo.
Day - 5
Location: Bay of Pigs - After an early breakfast set off by bike, retracing some of the route taken yesterday before riding thru one of the most scenic parts the island has to offer. The landscape of lush mogotes (haystacks) rises on each side of the road, making for an eye-catching setting during your ride along the valley floor. After a visit of Cueva de los Portales (a vast cave system), where Che Guevara set up headquarters during the Cuban Missile Crisis we will stop at some point for a picnic lunch. Please expect a long bus journey to our final destination for today, the Bay of Pigs (approximately five hours).
Day - 6
Location: Bay of Pigs - Today, cycle around 40 kilometres through the Bay of Pigs to Caleta Buena in Playa Giron. Located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) is one of the most important wetland habitats in the area. It’s also the natural environment of the world´s smallest bird – the bee hummingbird – as well as being home to the Cuban crocodile. From here, take a leisurely ride along the coastline to Caleta Buena where you can enjoy a variety of activities, including snorkelling or relaxing by the sea. There's a simple restaurant where the group will have a buffet lunch and drinks. Return to Playa Larga by bus later in the afternoon, with the evening then free to do as you wish.
Day - 7
Location: Havana - Drive back to Havana after breakfast, leaving Playa Larga behind (approximately 2-3 hours). On arrival to the Cuban capital, the group will head out on the bikes for the last time. Take a cycling tour around the city before finishing in the Old Town for a walking tour. Stroll through Plaza de Armas (the oldest square in Havana) and to some of the city’s iconic sites, including the neo-classical El Templete and the Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana. After lunch, check in to your accommodation and prepare for a free evening. If it suits you, your guide will help organise a final group meal in one of the many paladars in Old Havana.
Day - 8
Location: Havana - Your Cycle Cuba adventure comes to an end this morning. There are no more activities planned and you're free to depart after breakfast.