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Cycle Cuba


     

Cycle Cuba with Intrepid

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 Guevaras 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.

Our Opinion
A real close encounter experience of Cuba. This tour provides the opportunity to visit off the beaten track towns and villages and taste the real Cuba. After a week of cycling, we recommend you take an extension and relax on the beach at the Cayos for longer!

 

Trip Highlights

- 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 worlds smallest bird, the bee hummingbird

- Cycle through the lush valley of Soroa. Known as Cubas Rainbow, the valley is rich in plant and wildlife

- Cuba
 is recognised as the worlds finest cigar manufacturer. Learn how to roll a cigar with a local tobacco farmer in 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 will understand Che Guevaras important role in the Cuban Revolution

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

 

Itinerary in Brief
Havana: 1 Night
Soroa: 1 Night
Las Terrazas: 1 Night
Vinales: 1 Night  
Cayo Jutias: 1 Night
Havana: 1 Night 
  

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Havana
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. Once you have arrived at your accommodation, your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 7 pm. Your evening is then free to relax. Accommodation: Guesthouse for 1 night. No meals included.

Optional Activities

Havana: Ernest Hemingway tour
Havana: Cigar factory tour
Havana: Morro Castle
Havana: Camera Obscura entrance


Day 2: Soroa
This morning take part in a walking tour of Old Havana before meeting our support crew and being fitted to your bike. Get to know your bike with an easy 10 kilometre ride to Outer Havana and then bundle into the support vehicle to be transported to Soroa. Check in to the guesthouse and then take a tour of the spectacular Soroa Orchid Garden. Known as the 'rainbow of Cuba', Soroa is a flourishing landscape of flora and fauna. You will 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 for 1 night. Breakfast included.
Included Activities
Soroa: Orchid garden tour
Havana: Guided walking tour of Old Havana
Havana: Bike fitting


Day 3: Soroa to Las Terrazas
Cycle from Soroa back east 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. Afterwards, continue on to the renowned eco-village of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve set in beautiful green surrounds and home to a lively art community. After our visit to Las Terrazas, return to the banks of the San Juan River for a picnic and perhaps another cooling swim before continuing back to Soroa. Riding distance: approx. 35 kms. Accommodation - Guesthouse for 1 night. Breakfast and lunch included.

Included Activities
Las Terrazas: Eco-village Visit


Day 4: Viñales
Leave Soroa by support vehicle for Entronque de Herradura and then head onto Cueva de los Portales, where Che Guevara stayed and trained farmers. Because this area is very hilly you have the option to either cycle or use the support vehicle between Entronque de Herradura and Cueva de los Portales. You also have the option in Cueva de los Portales to visit the local museum. After some time to explore, cycle on to Vinales. This route is approximately 45 kilometres at amedium to difficult level. On arrivial, get to know the streets on a short orientation walk and enjoy picnic. Afterwards, head to the Vinales Valley for a walking tour where you’ll pass smallholdings which grow tropical fruits, maize, manioc, yucca and the world´s finest tobacco. Visit a tobacco farm, where a local farmer will show you how tobacco is grown, dried and then rolled into cigars. Return to Vinales in the afternoon. At sunset, visit 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 for 1 night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Included Activities
Vinales: Orientation Walk
Vinales: Guided valley walking tour

Optional Activities
Vinales: Salsa lesson (per hour)
Vinales: Bicycle hire (per hour)
Vinales: Live music venues

 

Day 5: Vinales to Cayo Jutias
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 for 1 night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Included Activities
Vinales: Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias

 

 
Day 6: Havana
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 Cubas 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 for 1 night. Breakfast included.
 
Optional Activities
Havana: Jose Martí Memorial Tower


Day 7: 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. Riding distance: none. Breakfast included.

Included Activities
Soroa: Orchid garden tour
Havana: Guided walking tour of Old Havana
Havana: Bike fitting
Las Terrazas: Eco-village Visit
Vinales: Orientation Walk
Vinales: Guided valley walking tour
Vinales: Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias

 

To book this tour or for more details on Intrepids fantastic tours, please call us on 01928 246 243 and we can personally help book your holiday.