Tour description provided by G Adventures

Leave the resorts of Varadero behind and discover the real Cuba on this eight-day active adventure. Get your blood pumping cycling the hills of the Guaniguanico and El Rosario mountain ranges and marvel at scenic vistas that will take your breath away. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture. With its lush scenery, vibrant culture, and incredible beaches, this active cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of this island few get to know.

Itinerary

Day 1 Havana

Arrive in Havana at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Your CEO will organize a short meeting in the evening. Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day

Day 2 Havana/Viñales (1B, 1D)

Leave Havana this morning and drive to the small village of Viñales. This region is one of the most stunning in Cuba, know for its mogotes (large limestone pincushion hills) that make for spectacular views. In the afternoon, get fitted on a bike and hop in the saddle for the first ride in the area. Although we're not covering much distance today, it's a great opportunity to get accustomed to the conditions and prepared for the days ahead. Enjoy some free time in Viñales after lunch and opt to go caving, hiking, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. Viñales is the base for the next three days of cycling, so unpack and get comfortable. Have dinner in the hotel and meet with the CEO in the evening to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure. Today's riding distance: approx 20kms Additional Notes: This trip is considered a 'Moderate' cycling level and requires good fitness and skill level. Expect daily cycling to be between 20-65 kms on a mixture of paved and rustic roads to experience the true Cuban countryside – you never know when you may end up sharing the road with vintage cars or horse-drawn carriages! Heat and humidity can add unique challenges to cycling in Cuba, but a support vehicle will accompany the group for all biking segments in case you get tired and want to hitch a ride. Included Activities: Viñales Cycling Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 189km) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 14km)

Day 3 Viñales (1B, 1L)

Cayo Jutias is the quintessential white-sand Caribbean beach that has yet to be found by most travellers to Cuba. The journey today is just as impressive as the destination; prepare for a longer day in the saddle with a variety to ascents and descents along the beautiful, hilly terrain. En route, stop at the Diego Rivera inspired Mural de la Prehistoria – a 120m long mural that took four years to paint. Once you reach the coast, cycle along a stunning coastal route that leads to the crystal clear water of the Caribbean sea. Enjoy time this afternoon to relax, go for a swim, or snorkel. Later in the afternoon, hop in the support vehicle for a lift back to Viñales. Today's riding distance: approx 65kms Included Activities: Cayo Jutías Cycling Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 Viñales (1B, 1D)

Today's ride starts in the Acón Valley, a scenic area with similar landscapes to Viñales that is relatively untouched from tourism. Expect a leisurely ride to begin, before finishing the day on some of the larger hills in the area. This area is primarily rural farmland, giving a unique glimpse into the daily life of Cubans outside of larger towns. Today's riding distance: approx 30kms Included Activities: Cycling La Palma to Vinales Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Viñales/Soroa (1B, 1L)

Due to the richness of the soil, Pinar del Río accounts for 59 per cent of Cuba’s tobacco plantation, with the first factory opening in 1760. Visit a tobacco factory to watch cigars being produced before transferring to Cueva de los Portales, a cave where Che Guevara commanded Cuba’s occidental army during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Take time wandering the grounds and check out some of Che's artifacts that were left behind. Enjoy a picnic lunch before an afternoon bike ride to La Güira, the ruins of a former politician's mansion that is now a National Park. Make sure to check out the impressive gates to the park and keep an eye out for the many species of birds that call this area home. Later, transfer to your accommodation in Soroa. Today's riding distance: approx 17kms Included Activities: Cigar Factory Tour Cycling to La Güira Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 6 Soroa (1B, 1D)

In 1968, Fidel Castro started what was known as a green revolution: reforesting the Sierra del Rosario mountains that were logged by Spanish conquistadors, along with nurturing nearby land damaged by hurricanes, to try and improve the lives of citizens living in this remote region. This also marked the birth of Las Terrazas, a small eco-village that is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Start the day back in the saddle and cycle from Soroa to Las Terrazas. Throughout the ride, stop at some local communities to see rural Cuban life and learn about the history of the region. Most of the cycling today is moderate, with one steep hill to climb. After arriving in Las Terrazas, enjoy free time to explore the beautiful natural surroundings. Go for a hike, bird-watching, or wander through the open studios and pottery workshops of this vibrant art community. Today's riding distance: approx 23kms Included Activities: Cycling Las Terrazas Transport: Private Vehicle (23km)

Day 7 Soroa/Havana (1B, 1L)

One of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. It contains a wealth of colonial architecture, and the old city and streets around the malecon (ocean-side walkway) are best discovered on foot. After arriving back to the city, go on a walking tour of Havana's highlights. Revel in the bustle, history, and rhythms of this fascinating Caribbean capital city. Included Activities: Havana City Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km)

Day 8 Havana (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day