Day 1 Havana Arrive in Havana at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the casa and enjoy the city. Your CEO will organize a short meeting in the evening.
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.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV).
Arrival Airport Transfer
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.
After the ride, enjoy some free time in Viñales 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 31km, with elevation gains of 340m
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.
Viñales Cycling – Circular Route
Informal Spanish Lesson
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 189km)
Day 3 Viñales (1B, 1L) Cayo Levisa is the quintessential white-sand Caribbean beach that has yet to be found by most travellers to Cuba on an island just off the mainland. Enjoy time this afternoon to relax, go for a swim, or snorkel. Later in the afternoon, return to the mainland and hop in the support vehicle for a lift back to Viñales.
Today's riding distance: approx 60km, with elevation gains of 535m
Cayo Levisa Cycling
Day Trip Cayo Levisa
Ferry (0.50 hour(s), 6km)
Ferry (0.50 hour(s), 6km)
Day 4 Viñales (1B, 1L) Today's ride brings us into the heart of Cuba's tobacco growing region. Start the day in the town on Pons, where we hop in the saddle and begin the day's journey. Cycle through the city of Pinar del Rio before continuing past tobacco vegas to the small town of San Luis. See first hand why this village has a reputation of producing the best tobacco in the world during a tour and lunch at one of the farms.
After lunch, get a lift back to Pinar del Rio in the support vehicle. Due to the richness of the soil, Pinar del Rio is home to 59 percent of Cuba's tobacco plantations, with the first factory opening in 1760. Visit a tobacco fatory to watch cigars being produced before returning to Vinales for the night.
Today's riding distance: approx 60km, with elevation gains of 525m
Cycling Viñales to San Luis – Tobacco Route
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Viñales/Soroa (1B, 1L) Today's ride leads 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. Later, transfer to your accommodation in Soroa.
Today's riding distance: approx 47km, with elevation gains of 560m
Cycling Viñales to Cueva de los Portales
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
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 18km, with elevation gains of 300m
Cycling Las Terrazas
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.
Havana City Walking Tour
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 90km)
Day 8 Havana (1B) Depart at any time.