We are off to Cuba, perhaps the last great bicycling paradise. Superb scenery for sure but the best thing is mile upon mile of traffic free roads. Cuba is a cycling nation...everyone rides, mostly for practical reasons but they ride nonetheless. Add that to warm and welcoming people, a vibrant culture and loads of right beside the ocean riding and you have the basics of a memorable bike trip.
In preparation for this trip we have researched three great areas of the island from the seat of our bikes and we love Oriente best. We tour the eastern tip of Cuba from Holguin, along the deserted south coast to Santiago, the exciting capital of the area and on past Guantanamo over the sierra to Baracoa. This seaside town is a gem with an ancient history and some of the best food in Cuba. Then we loop back along the north shore to Holguin.
You need to know that this tour might not be for everyone. It is about the riding, not about fancy hotels, antique shopping or afternoon tea. You will bring your sense of adventure and expect to experience the unexpected. We will stay in a mix of clean humble casas and a couple of nice hotels. Food is fresh and plentiful but also mostly very simple. Roads vary from perfect empty pavement to pretty darn bumpy with huge potholes. As there are no bikes to rent in Cuba, you’ll need to bring your own. One idea might be to refurbish an older bike and leave it in Cuba for a deserving local. Travel to Cuba still requires US citizens to arrive through another country. There are direct flights from the busy airports of Toronto Canada or Cancun Mexico to our recommended arrival destination at Holguin International Airport. As well there are flights through the Bahamas to Havana
Once on the ground in Cuba Eastwind Cycle along with our local partner Bayamo Travel will take care of all the details from pick up at Holguin through every day on road support to hotels, meals, luggage transfer and experienced guiding.
Cuba Oriiente: For questions, travel advice or bookings, please get in touch with Peter. Our inagaural trip begins November 26 2016 and runs for 11 wonderful relaxed days of biking. Ask about a private trip on your own dates.
Yes... our sag wagon will be something like this