Cuba cycling vacation
This trip is ideal for anyone who wants to dip their toes into Cuba and into cycling, with four days in the saddle and plenty of time to explore the countryside and colonial towns.
Havana Playa Larga Bay of Pigs Cienfuegos Cycling the Caribbean coast Trinidad Topes de Collantes National Park Che Guevara Monument Santa Clara Optional catamaran tour
US $2249ToUS $2549excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £336 - £376.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 29 Apr
Description of Cuba cycling vacation
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Cuba may be famous for its classic cars, yet one of the best things about cycling here is the absence of vehicles once you pedal beyond Havana. Along ...
Stepping into Havana for the first time is a world of classic cars, crackling transistor radios and clacking dominoes. As you meander into the country...
Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Bring energy snacks. They're hard to come by anywhere in Cuba, and rural areas lack shops and cafes altogether.
Small group, 4-18 people (average of 12). Min age 16.
Moderate. 4 days cycling at leisurely pace, 30-60km/day.
5 nights hotels, 2 homestays.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Accommodation, guide, support vehicle, listed activities, transfers. Flights if booked. Cycle hire extra.
7 breakfasts, 4 packed lunches, 3 dinners.
4 Reviews of Cuba cycling vacation
4.5 out of 5 stars
In depth story review
“Music and dancing broke out wherever we were. It was great fun. The sun goes down, the music starts, and the rum comes out. Automatically.”
Learn more about this itinerary in Responsible Travel's interview with Stan and Susan Hills, travelers on this tripRead full interview
Reviewed on 22 Aug 2017 by Helen BarrThe cycling was exhilarating even if there were a few challenging hills. It was also wonderful to learn about the history of Cuba and how Cubans currently feel about the country. Alex, our tour leader, was a wonderful guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 May 2017 by John DeliaThe trip was well run and the head guide was able to make small adjustments as needed. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Feb 2017 by Cynthia GilliamMost memorable for me was the window into the lives of Cubans. I learned a lot from our guide and the staff, but I had the chance to talk to many Cubans throughout the course of the tour. I will remember Cuba as a place with great untapped potential for economic development and growth. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Feb 2017 by Lois MartinHearing about the way of life/history from the guide was the most memorable. Excellent, loved the way the guide introduced the whole country and way of life to us. Read full review
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Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage visitors to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We operate on a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy and local guides enforce this through responsible tourism briefings. These should help visitors to better understand the living situation for many and the environmental issues in the area. We also aim to benefit Cuban communities as much as possible by frequently stopping to use local restaurants, cafes and services.
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We spend 3 nights in hotels and 4 nights in ‘Casas Particulares.’ These are privately owned Bed and Breakfast properties which enable you to have a rewarding insight into the local lifestyle by staying in a family home. Where meals are provided, fresh and local ingredients are always used. Although this is largely out of necessity, we can ensure that local farmers and vendors benefit. We visit a number of local, family-run restaurants called ‘Paladares’ throughout the trip. These sell a variety of authentic Cuban dishes like fresh lobster, black beans and rice, roast pork and chickpea stew.
Local Craft and Culture:
We visit several important cultural and historical sites on this tour, where our entrance fees contribute towards the preservation of artefacts and monuments that commemorate events integral to Cuban heritage. These include the Bay of Pigs museum and Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara. We encounter small handicraft stalls in most towns, so guests are able to purchase local crafts. Trinidad is famous for ceramic and lacework, and Havana’s Almacenes de San Juan is a great place to buy art, crafts, shoes, clothes, hats, instruments and food. A huge part of Cuban culture is music and dance so there will also be ample opportunity to experience this in some local bars and clubs. In Havana we visit a second hand book shop and talk to the staff about different projects that they are involved in, such as promoting creative writing and poetry, rescuing unwanted dogs and helping vulnerable women in the capital. We also spend a day with veteran Cuban cyclists, who will provide the group with an insight into competitive cycling in Cuba.
Our local operator sponsors a school in the Matanzas Province. Here, they have made a number of donations- from school materials and clothes to fans and sheets. We discourage giving to beggars on the trip as we don’t want to encourage this behaviour. Instead, our guides will help visitors to donate presents and supplies where the goods can really be utilised. Currently it is not possible to organise school visits for clients.
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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