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Cuba Cycling Tour tour

Cuba Cycling Tour

Adventure Unbound
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Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 3,885 $ 486 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy cycling from Cycle Havana to Las Terrazas and Las Terrazas to Viñales
  • Visit Havana
  • Explore Puerto Esperanza and Viñales
  • Enjoy ride of Vereda, Caimito, Guayabal and Cayajabos

Short Description

Quintessential Cuba:

This Cuba cycling tour we call "Quintessential Cuba."  A tour designed and inspired by cycle enthusiasts.

Cuba creates legends and imbues folklore. Everyday items such as a rolled cigar, a glass of rum spiked with sugarcane juice, a colorful classic car become more—gain a near-mythical status and a story that endured in the American consciousness even when Cuba’s doors were closed. With its pulsating physicality, soulful music, and evocative landscapes, it’s not surprising that Hemingway, Graham Greene, Sinatra, and Churchill—legends in their own right—were drawn to Cuba.

Join us on our new Cuba cycling tour and see for yourself why Cuba is not only breathtaking, but legendary. Explore vivacious Havana and its streets paved in revolution. Pedal through spring green fields of tobacco plants where the haunting sounds of vagueros harmonize with the rustling leaves. Stand in front of caves whose eroded faces tell stories of former indigenous inhabitants hiding from invaders or towering walls of limestone in Valle de Viñales. Cycle along white-sand beaches, by crumbling but lavish buildings, and through verdant biospheres on a trip that might leave you speechless even as it turns you into a storyteller.

Our cycling tour through western Cuba takes you off the well-traveled tourist track and onto roads where Cuba’s history may not have been made, but where it was lived every day. It reveals to you to Cuba’s true resource, it’s true legend: its people.

*Compare this tour with our other cycle tour in Cuba: Classic Cuba Bike Tour ~ Experience Biking through Cuba's Corazón

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Havana
End City Havana

Travel Theme

Cultural Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Cuba

Cities & Attractions

Havana Miami

Age Requirement

12

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Trip Includes

  • Experienced English-speaking guide(s)
  • Specialized activity guides based on activity of trip (kayaking, biking, hiking, etc.)
  • Specialized equipment needed for activities such as kayaks, bikes, helmets, paddles, personal flotation devices, etc.
  • Private pre-tour orientation meeting
  • Cuba Unbound hand-crafted itineraries
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in itinerary
  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of Treasury general license
  • Small group size (Custom tours for 2, group tours are 16-18)
  • All entrance fees to include events and activities
  • All in-country ground transportation
  • Clean drinking water available at all times
  • Gratuities for presenters, luggage handling, and restaurant staff

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Havana!

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Havana Hotel

Bienvenido a Cuba! Once we’ve all gathered at the Havana airport, we travel deeper into Havana for our first day of Cuban adventure.

We begin our tour by finding our way to a local paladar, a privately owned restaurant, where we can delve into Cuban culture by trying its Caribbean-tinged cuisine. Once we’ve satisfied our appetites, we begin our walking tour of the city. The highlight of our afternoon is Habana Vieja, or Colonial/Old Habana. It’s a burgeoning downtown area where it’s turbulent history is evident in every colonial plaza and Cuba’s future can be seen on the still-bustling streets. Unlike many other colonial city-centers throughout the island, Habana Vieja appears very much sentient to the present rather than being lolled into a slumbering past.  Rich in history, colorful in daily life, the vibrancy is palpable.

After a full afternoon exploring Havana Vieja’s many sights, we sit down to dinner at another local paladar. Then, you have the choice to return to your hotel for a good night’s rest in preparation for tomorrow or stay out a bit to see what the music scene in Havana is all about.

Day 2: Cycle Havana to Las Terrazas

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Las Terrazas

We rise early and drive out of the urban sprawl toward San Antonio de Los Baños, known to Cubans as the capital of humor due to the city’s idiosyncratic humor museum and film school founded in part by famous novelist Gabriel García Márquez. We don’t spend much time in the eccentric town as we start our day’s cycle toward Las Terrazas.

Our peaceful ride today takes us past Vereda, Caimito, Guayabal and Cayajabos. The undulating path is fairly smooth as we travel along verdant citrus plantations and plots of various other crops. As Artemisa Province is one of the best citrus producers in the country, there are plenty of cooperatives peppering the towns and we stop at one to sample some of the famed fruit as well as meet with a manager. In this People-to-People experience, learn about Cuba’s agriculture, the role of cooperatives in the market, and the people who manage these resources—with a fresh snack on the side—before we continue on our ride.

Our trail concludes in Las Terrazas, a UNESCO protected biosphere originally created as part of Castro’s 1968 reforestation proposal. The region, which had been over-logged since the enterprising days of Spanish conquistadors and coffee plantations, is now a verdant haven for over 117 different bird species including the endemic tocororo and zorzal. Stretch your legs after a day on the cycle and explore the flourishing pastures. If we have time, we may visit a local artist workshop where we learn about how politics of the environment blend with artistic passions within the small community.

Later, we make our way to our accommodations for the evening. Hotel Moka embodies the spirit of Las Terrazas with its teak tree backdrop and 100-year-old rain tree thrusting up through the lobby’s rooftop. Enjoy the cool, invigorating night air as well as a delectable dinner before turning in.

  • Biking Distance: 30.9 Miles
  • Elevation: + 1233 / - 939 ft.

Day 3: Cycle Las Terrazas to Viñales

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Valle de Viñales Casas Particulares

Today we cycle rough roads, rolling roads, and smooth roads that take you through some of Cuba’s most lush landscapes. It’s a fun ride with new adventures at every turn! We set off early, and we pedal through La Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve and stretches of forests and grasslands, rounded hills and waving royal palm trees. Keep an eye out for some incredible rock formations jutting out of the earth. Our meandering path takes us to Bahía Honda, where we stop for lunch, and passes through several beautiful towns such as Cabañas, Palma Rubia, and La Palma as we make our way to Viñales. 

We pause at La Palma, where we are picked up and transferred to Viñales, a region encircled by the misty, pine-covered hills of the Sierra de los Órganos. Valley de Viñales has a fantastical appearance with its stocky limestone mogotes abruptly rearing from flat plains and labyrinths of caves secreted away in cragged overhangs. Explore some nearby paths and take in the immersive scenery before we get some well-deserved R&R with dinner and a drink before bed.

  • Biking Distance: 38.4 Miles
  • Elevation: + 1953 / - 2400 ft.

Day 4: Explore Puerto Esperanza and Viñales

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Valle de Viñales Casas Particulares

We enjoy a hearty breakfast before once again climbing onto our bikes to explore more of the sprawling karst landscape. On our way toward Puerto Esperanza, we peddle our way through plantations with bright green swathes of tobacco leaves and recently turned rust-colored earth, rural villages with their sillo bedecked porches. It’s a peaceful morning ride through one of Cuba’s most serene corners.

Around lunchtime we land in the Puerto Esperanza, a fishing village which serves as a primary port for Viñales. Expansive mango trees said to have been planted in the 1800s bound the entry road, and the gentle crash of waves greets your entrance into the placid town largely untouched by the last 50 years. We stop for lunch in the seafront town before getting picked up for a transfer back to our lodgings in Viñales.

Once we’re back in the valley with the afternoon before us, we have the opportunity to walk along the arbitrary “train systems” that unfurl throughout the valley or visit a nearby organic farm. The trail systems may lead to the rising, vertical walls of mogotes, the pock-marked faces of the caverns, or obscure river systems—arresting sights that comprise the unique landscape. Visiting an organic farm allows us to engage with the local people who tend to the land that sustains them and gives us insight into their everyday livelihood.

Later, we enjoy another dinner of fresh ingredients prepared with Cuban authenticity before retiring for the evening.

  • Biking Distance: 20.9 Miles
  • Elevation: + 853 / - 1295 ft.

Day 5: Cycle Viñales to Pinar del Río

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

ACCOMMODATION : Pinar del Río Hotel

Greet the morning in verdant Viñales before we transfer to Puente de Cabezas, a rural town surrounded by swathes of undulating green fields. Our cycle today takes us through the San Carlos Valley, where you’ll be surrounded by incredible views. Limestone bluffs blanketed in foliage look over isolated huts and rust-colored tobacco fields. Palm fringes rustle in the wind and birds call to one another. With the smooth road unwinding before you, you can soak in the bucolic scenery as we cycle along and do some exploring when we pause for a box lunch en route.

Our ride takes us to Cuba’s tobacco mecca San Juan y Martínez, whose abundant rainfall produces some of the country’s finest tobacco leaves. There, we take to our feet and visit the Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Planation. Though the vegas (fields) have been producing quality tobacco since 1845, the Vegas Robaina cigars didn’t launch into international acclaim until the late 1990s. Tour the grounds and gain insight into the cigar-production process from sprouting plant to fragrant-wrapper rolled treat.

After our tour, we continue our Cuba cycling tour to Pinar del Río. The city lives up to its name, as pines adorn its river banks. Though the city has a bit of a reputation for its wealth of jinteros, it has an intriguing energy and an abundance of well-maintained neoclassical architecture. Check into your hotel before meeting for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Biking Distance: 43 Miles
  • Elevation: + 1467 / - 1760 ft.

Day 6: Cycle Pinar del Río to San Diego de Los Banos and shuttle to Havana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Presidente, Riviera, Havana Libre, Telegrafo or similar

We continue our travels through rural Cuba as our cycle today take us along the La Carretera Central highway passing through Herradura, Capilla, and Paseo Real de San Diego until we arrive in Fierro. We enjoy a picnic at a scenic spot en route and have the opportunity for a People-to-People interaction with local beekeepers.  Other surprises await us as we discover and learn from local Cubans we meet along the way.

After our ride we board our bus and head into Havana for the night.  After getting settled into our hotel we dine of one of the city’s fine paladars and for those who wish, there’s plenty of music to explore later in the evening.

  • Biking Distance: 31.8 Miles
  • Elevation: + 1175 / - 1122 ft.

Day 7: A Day in Havana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Presidente, Riviera, Havana Libre, Telegrafo or similar

Today is a day on foot as we explore Havana.  In the morning we drive a short distance west to Jaimanitas  where we find the fantasy-world of artist José Rodriguez Fuster. Fuster took the streets of the formerly average town and shaped it into a widespread art exhibition Picasso would have felt at home in. We walk through Fusterlandia and witness the incredible world where roofs, doorways, benches, and city blocks become expressions of the artist and iconic Cuban images.

Driving east back through Miramar, we see leafy suburbs where embassies line the streets, and upscale Havana plays.  Our next stop is the the Museo de Ernesto Hemingway located in his former home at Finca Vigía. With a local guide, we tour the restored facilities to gain insight the life and mind of Cuba’s favorite literary expatriate. Afterwards we visit the seaside hamlet of Cojimar where Hemingway kept his boat, Pilar, and we find a couple of excellent paladars to choose from for lunch.

In the afternoon we have time to explore more of old Havana on foot.  Walk along the Malecón, amble along the narrow streets of Habana Vieja, and if you wish, visit one of several excellent museums in the city.  It’s an immersive day of architecture, history, and the ever-evolving Cuban culture as we follow the labyrinthine paths of Havana’s history.

Late in the day, we start our final night out on the town. We explore the city as night falls as Cubans do—in classic cars that haven’t lost their 1950s glamour—before making our way to a paladar for dinner. Enjoy Havana’s salsa-filled nightlife before returning to the hotel to rest up for tomorrow’s flight!

*Optional Ride 10-15 miles on mostly level terrain

Day 8: Adios Habana!

Meals: Breakfast

We wake early and enjoy a final Cuban breakfast before heading to the airport. There, meet your departing flights for home!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Additional Information:

What if my bike breaks down?

A trained guide will be able to make repairs to bikes on the tour and will have the necessary tools and equipment.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes! But we unfortunately cannot offer a discount for guests who choose to bring their own bike. In addition, you will need to bring any spare parts, tubes, etc. as these will not be available in Cuba. Checking your bike to Cuba must fall under specific guidelines for our charter company, as follows:

  • Boxes and irregularly shaped luggage will be charged at $3 per lb plus $20 per piece,
  • No piece of luggage may weigh over 70 lbs.

If you do not take our charter flight to Havana, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the policies for checking a bike for the airline with which you are flying.

Is there time to rest? What happens if I get tired?

There will be options to rest in the van for anyone who wants to take a break and/or hitch a ride to the next location. We will definitely take breaks as needed (how often and duration will depend on the group), but there is always an option of taking a break in the support van.

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Trip Excludes

  • Round-trip air to/from Cuba
  • Cuba Tourist Visa Fee  (ranges from $50-$100 depending on where you buy it)
  • Guide and driver gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, gifts, additional drinks/entertainment, and incidentals

 

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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