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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
Our Cycle Cuba trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 25 reviews in the last year.
Visiting Cuba is a must - no one can explain it to you, you have to experience it yourself. Not only is it a fascinating country, its people make it what it is.
Review submitted 17 Aug 2017