Explore Cuba by bike, from Havana to Vinales and the beauty of Soroa

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 vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages and get a taste of Cuba beyond the rum and cigar scene. Swim in Cayo Jutias’ clear blue waters, explore Che Guevara’s former HQ at the Cueva de los Portales and cool off in the bubbling river pools in Las Terrazas. Soak up the best of Cuba as you traverse this fascinating country.


Start
Havana, Cuba
Finish
Havana, Cuba
Country
Cuba
Style
Original
Theme
Cycling
Code
QBXC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Cycling through Caribbean Cuba gives you unique access to parts of the island that are off the beaten track

  • See animals in their natural habitat, including the Cuban crocodile, an abundance of marine life and the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird

  • Cycle through the lush valley of Soroa. Known as Cuba's Rainbow, the valley is rich in plant and wildlife

  • Cuba is recognised as the world’s finest cigar manufacturer. Learn how to roll a cigar with a local tobacco farmer near the small town of Vinales

  • 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

  • Indulge in some sun, sand and sea on the pristine beaches of Cayo Jutias.

Is this trip right for you?

  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.

  • This is a cycling trip, so it requires a certain amount of cycling fitness. This being said, there’s always a support vehicle following close by. If your knees are locked up one day for example, you’ll be able to travel in the vehicle.

  • Cash is difficult to access in Cuba. Credit cards (not debit cards) are essential – ideally multiple credit cards from several different banks.

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  • The Caribbean climate can be very hot and humid. It's important to wear the appropriate clothing, drink plenty of water and apply sun protection regularly. Lycra cycling shorts are ideal for warmer temperatures. 

  • Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it's available it's often unreliable and expensive. This is, on the other hand, a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.

  • Cuba's roads aren't always paved, but when they are they can be fairly busy and slow. It’s a fun experience to share the road with tractors, vintage American cars and horse-drawn carriages.

  • While Cuban food can seem limited due to a ban on imported goods, your guide will steer you towards the best eateries in each destination you visit.

  • Western luxuries such as air conditioning and certain kitchen facilities are fairly sparse in Cuba. You'll come to appreciate the resourcefulness of the locals.

  • Cuba is different and that’s what makes it such a fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Regulations concerning foreigners and currency may appear strange to you, buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. Cuba may not be wealthy in a monetary sense, however if you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Cubans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.

  • Import restrictions make the purchase of new bicycles a difficult challenge - our bikes come from a variety of different manufacturers but are all mechanically sound.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Bienvenido a Cuba! A complimentary transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised. The driver will have the address of your guesthouse. After collecting your luggage, continue through the 'Main Arrivals Hall' of the airport (do not exit through the side door). An Intrepid representative holding a sign with your name on it will be waiting to take you to your pre-arranged transfer. If you can't locate the Intrepid representative, please call +53 52506496. Do not rely on somebody else to call for you as they may be seeking commission to direct you to another transfer company.

Once you've arrived at your accommodation, your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Your evening is then free to relax.

Riding distance: none
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Havana - Ernest Hemingway tour - CUC70
  • Havana - Cigar factory tour - CUC12
  • Havana - Morro Castle - CUC3
  • Havana - Camera Obscura entrance - CUC2
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Notes: Please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel. This is to ensure your transfer from the airport is organised.
This morning you leave our guesthouse early for an Old Havana city walking tour before meeting our transport in the Plaza de la Recollection and driving out of Havana to meet your support crew and be fitted to your bike. Take a short test ride in Outer Havana to ensure everything is working smoothly.

After lunch we bundle into the support vehicle to be transported to Soroa. Known as the 'rainbow of Cuba', Soroa is a flourishing landscape of flora and fauna. You’ll share the road with local traffic of tractors, bicycles, vintage American cars, old Ladas and horse drawn carriages.

Riding distance: approx. 10 kms
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Havana - Bike fitting
  • Cycling Outer Havana
  • Havana - Guided walking tour of Old Havana
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Cycle from Soroa to the renowned eco-village of Comunidad Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve set in beautiful green surrounds and home to a lively art community. After our visit to Las Terrazas, continue to the cascading waterfalls of the San Juan River with time for a refreshing swim in the same waters that irrigate the local coffee plantations before continuing back to Soroa (by bus).

This afternoon we take a tour of the spectacular Soroa Orchid Garden.

Riding distance: approx. 25 kms
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Las Terrazas - Eco-village Visit
  • Soroa - Orchid garden tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Leave Soroa by bus to hilly Cueva de los Portales, where Che Guevara stayed and trained farmers. Once there ride your bike in this beautiful remote area then cycle on to Vinales. This route is approximately 45 kilometres at a medium to difficult level. Along the way enjoy a picnic and visit a tobacco farm, where a local farmer will show you how tobacco is grown, dried and then rolled into cigars.

On arrival into Vinales, check into our accommodation before visiting a hillside organic farm for dinner. The rest of the evening is free to take at your leisure- why not try one of the many live music venues or salsa the night away.

Riding distance: approx. 45 kms
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Vinales - Salsa lesson (per hour) - CUC10
  • Vinales - Bicycle hire (per day) - CUC5
  • Vinales - Live music venues - CUC2
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast we cycle to Cayo Jutias. With its surreal white beaches and pale blue waters, Cayo Jutias is one of those Caribbean beaches you only dream about. After your ride stretch out on the sands and enjoy a packed lunch away from from the usual tourist crowds, with plenty of time to do some swimming in the warm waters. After some time to snooze and splash about, take the support vehicle back to Vinales.

Riding distance: approx. 65 kms
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vinales - Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information

Cycle from Vinales to Consolacion del Sur, a journey of approximately 40 kilometres, then transport back to Havana. On the way we visit the Diego Rivera-inspired Mural de la Prehistoria. Painted on a cliff at the foot of the Sierra de Vinales, the huge eye-catching mural took 18 people four years to finish! On arrival in Havana, make the most of a free afternoon to reacquaint yourself with Cuba's charming capital. Perhaps visit the Jose Marti Memorial Tower or, if it suits you, your guide can help organise a final group meal in one of the many paladars in Old Havana.

Riding distance: approx. 40 kms
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Havana - Jose Marti Memorial Tower - CUC2
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information

Your Cycle Cuba adventure comes to an end this morning. There are no more activities planned and you're free to depart after breakfast.

Riding distance: none
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Bicycle, Support Vehicle

Accommodation

Guesthouse (6 nts)

Included activities

  • Havana - Bike fitting
  • Cycling Outer Havana
  • Havana - Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • Las Terrazas - Eco-village Visit
  • Soroa - Orchid garden tour
  • Vinales - Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
3. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. You are unable to purchase or hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
5. There are unprecedented changes happening in Cuba right now. It is an exciting time but it also means some patience and understanding is required for the heightened demand of infrastructure, accommodation and crowds.

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Reviews

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