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Oriente Cubano

15 Days
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  • 15 Days
  • Cycling Tour
  • 6 to 20 Ppl
  • ALL LEVELS WELCOME
  • Fully Vehicle-Supported Bike Rides
  • English and Spanish
  • Available for Winter 2024
  • 16

Overview

See Cuba by Bike on this US-approved Support for the Cuban People. Bike back in time and visit the first and second settlements founded by the conquistadores, Baracoa (1511), Bayamo (1513) and Cuba’s first capital, Santiago de Cuba (1515). Both as culturally and historically rich today as they were centuries ago, learn why they lie at the core of the fight of Cuba’s identity. The tour also includes one of Lonely Planet’s 200 most scenic and thrilling cycling routes in the world, as well as Fidel’s Hideout in the heart of the mountain range. Check more route details on STRAVA!

Itinerary

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Holguín is a province located in the eastern part of Cuba. The provincial capital is also called Holguín and is known as the “City of Parks” due to its numerous squares and green spaces. This is the third most populated city in Cuba.
We will head out for the Hotel.  You will have time to set up your own bike or meet our mechanic and set up your rental bike to fit you. Our evening meal at the hotel will give us an opportunity to chat and introduce ourselves.

Dinner
Standard Hotel

Villa Cayo Saetia In Holguin, Cuba

Today we begin our cycling adventure! After a very short bus transfer, we jump on our saddles. This route will be rolling gentle ups and downs. It will be a good wake up for our legs. We will also have the first contact with everyday life and the Cuban rural landscape.
Also, we will ride through places that are part of the intangible symbols of the Cuban Music, like Cueto and Mayari. These towns are mentioned in “Chan Chan”, the immortal song that the Buena Vista Social Club turned into World hit, and icon of Cuban traditional rhythms.
Our destination is Cayo Saetía, a small island, located off the northeastern coast of Cuba, in the province of Holguín. The island is known for its pristine beaches, lush vegetation, and diverse wildlife. It was initially developed as a private hunting ground for the former Cuban president, Fulgencio Batista, in the 1940s.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel

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Right after a good night’s sleep and breakfast, we saddle up. This morning, we had ahead of us a similarly long ride. This time, we ride towards Sagua de Tánamo and, if feeling like it, into Moa. By the time we get to Sagua, we already have had a decent ride, about 40 mi. This route along the northern side of Holguín and Guantánamo isn’t hilly or tough but it often has side or headwind.
The Bus will be right there to support at any time! Our destination today is Maguana. It is a rural village located a few kilometers west of Baracoa. It is known for its tranquil atmosphere, beautiful countryside, and friendly locals. The area around Maguana is ideal for exploring nature and experiencing the traditional rural life of Cuba.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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After a couple of rather long rides, today we engage more in the surrounding way of life and culture. We ride to Baracoa.
Baracoa is the oldest city in Cuba, founded in 1511 by the Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. The city is often referred to as the “first city”, “La Primada de Cuba”, due to its historical significance as the first Spanish settlement in Cuba Baracoa has a rich cultural heritage.
“La Primada de Cuba” is home to various historical sites and landmarks, including the Cathedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, a church dating back to the 19th century. Also, because of its location, Baracoa remained somewhat isolated for many years, therefore today, its people, way of speaking, a lot of its traditional local cuisine, and even musical rhythms are unique within Cuba.
This region in general is known for its tropical rainforest, coconut and cacao plantations, and unique flora and fauna, home the UNESCO World Heritage Landscape “Alexander von Humboldt” National Park.
Above all else, today we meet the local Cycling coach, someone whom we have developed a good friendship with. We deeply admire his dedication in the middle of so much scarcity. His struggle to keep cycling, the sport he loves, alive in Baracoa is nothing less than EPIC!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tour Biking In Cuba

Our adventure RIDES on! Today we have a long but amazing ride ahead of us. Our destination is Guantánamo some 90 mi away. We will even go over one of the 7 wonders of Cuban Engineering, the Viaduct “La Farola”, connecting the north and south points of the Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa Mountain Range.
After breakfast, we take the bus and drive to Imίas, a little town on the southern side the mountains, almost by the junction of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. From there, we jump on our bikes and enjoy a gentle rollercoaster with the incentive of the very blue Sea and the rough, partially vegetation-covered marine limestone elevations. There could be arrangements for anyone with the inspiration to ride the whole distance too. We will enjoy mostly a tail wind from here on!
Guantánamo names both the province and its capital city. It dates back to the middle 19th Century and is the source of the most popular demonym in Cuba, to those who are from abroad, of course. “Guantánamera”, the world known song by Joseito Fernández, who never dreamed of his inspiration “Guajira Guantánamera” or “countryside woman from Guantánamo” mixed with José Martί’s verses would end up being an icon of the Cuban music internationally.
However, this city is internationally recognized due to the presence of the notorious Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. The naval base has been a subject of historical controversy and gained attention for its detention camp back in 2002.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel

Cathedral Lights In Santiago De Cuba

This morning, we ride on to Santiago de Cuba. The route will also be undulated, but with a tailwind and the opportunity of riding through numerous small towns and being in contact with a few local private businesses. This ride is from hotel to hotel, all the way! However, the bus will be there for support all along as well, and the moment you feel like relaxing for a while, or for good, with a cold drink, you can jump on it!
Tonight, we make it to Cuba’s second largest city. Founded in 1515, Santiago de Cuba is one of the oldest cities in Cuba and played a pivotal role in the country’s history. It served as the capital of Cuba officially until 1592 when Havana took over that role. Santiago de Cuba has been a center of revolutionary movements, rebellions, and significant events in the struggle for independence and the Cuban Revolution.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel

Learn While Enjoying A Bike Tour In Eastern Cuba

And here we go again. Today we will explore Santiago de Cuba and will learn a lot about the way locals get by and will have contact with private entrepreneurs. It is also an option for a light recovery ride to the beach in Siboney. However, if you feel like taking a challenge, on the way to the beach there is La Gran Piedra.
La Gran Piedra, also known as The Great Stone, is a massive rock formation located in the Sierra Maestra mountains near Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. It is one of the largest stones in the world, with a weight of approximately 70,000 tons.
La Gran Piedra is made of solid granite and measures about 51 meters (167 feet) long, 25 meters (82 feet) wide, and 30 meters (98 feet) high. It sits atop a mountain at an elevation of approximately 1,225 meters (4,019 feet) above sea level, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the Caribbean Sea.
It is a hard climb of about 9 miles at 7.4 % of average gradient. Nevertheless, it is a very rewarding effort in the end. From up there the views are simply spectacular!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel

View Of The Caribbean Sea And La Sierra Maestra Mountains Southernmost Road In Cuba

After a recovery break in Santiago, this morning, we ride on! We will enjoy a biking adventure from Santiago de Cuba to Brisas Sierra Mar and take in the beauty and tranquility of the southeastern coast of Cuba!
This will be the first segment of a ride that has already been included by the Lonely Planet as one of the Epic Rides of the World. Cuba’s Southern Rollercoaster as they call it covers some 170 km/ 106 mi, but today we do the overall easier first 66 km/ 41 mi to warm up for tomorrow.
This part of the journey offers breathtaking views of the sea and the Sierra Maestra mountains. As you approach Brisas Sierra Mar, you’ll be greeted by the beautiful resort area, nestled amidst nature, and offering a relaxing atmosphere.
We will also come across a lifestyle that, in some ways, is even more isolated and challenging than what we have seen so far.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel

A View One Of The Epic Bike Rides Of The World By Lonely Planet, On The Way To Marea Del Portillo, Eastern Cuba

After a good night’s sleep, we get ready for the second part of this amazing “Epic” ride. The bike route from Brisas Sierra Mar to Marea del Portillo offers a stunning and diverse scenery as we journey along the southeastern coast of Cuba. Leaving Brisas Sierra Mar, we’ll be treated to breathtaking coastal views. The sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea will be our constant companion, with stretches of sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. The contrast between the vibrant blue sea and the lush green vegetation along the coastline creates a picturesque backdrop for our ride.
There will be a gradual transition from the coastal plains to the majestic Sierra Maestra mountains. These mountains, Cuba’s highest mountain range, provide an impressive landscape. We’ll be surrounded by verdant hills, dense forests, and cascading waterfalls. The winding roads will take us through valleys and along mountain ridges, offering panoramic views of the rugged terrain.
Due to road conditions in some sectors, this day we will be supported by Eco Tour Santiago Jeeps. Our bus will drive back and around and will wait for us at our destination.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel
Day 10 :
To Niquero

Local Town Transportation Means In Niquero, Cuba

We’ll continue along the picturesque coastline, so make sure to take in the beauty of the coastal landscape, as we pedal alongside the shimmering waters.
Venturing inland from the coast, we’ll pass through rural areas characterized by lush farmland and agricultural plantations. This region is known for its cultivation of sugarcane, coffee, and tropical fruits. We’ll witness vast fields of green, with occasional glimpses of farmers tending to their crops. It’s a great opportunity to observe the traditional agricultural practices and the livelihood of the local communities.
Arriving in Niquero, we’ll find a charming town with a laid-back atmosphere. Niquero is known for its historical significance as the landing point for the Granma yacht, which carried Castro and his rebels during the “Cuban Revolution”, in 1956. The town features a monument commemorating this event. Explore the streets, visit the local market, and interact with the friendly residents to get a taste of everyday life in this coastal town.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel

Cabin At Villa Santo Domingo, Turquino Park, Granma, Cuba

Our adventure takes us to the heart of La Sierra Maestra. One of the most beautiful and naturally well-preserved places in Cuba, and the largest Mountain Range in the country, with El Pico Real del Turquino as its highest point at 1974 m/ 6476 ft.
We will ride on from Campechuela along sugarcane fields, cañaberales, heading towards Manzanillo, and from there to Bartolomé Masó. The second part of the route will lead us into the foothills of La Sierra Maestra mountains, offering glimpses of the majestic peaks in the distance. We will enjoy the scenic sight of the rolling hills and dense forests.
Our destination for the night is Villa Santo Domingo, a small town at some 300 m / 984 ft of altitude. It is the gate to two of the most attractive mountain trails in the country. One leading to the highest point of Cuba, “El Turquino” trail, and the other to La Comandancia de La Plata, or simply Fidel Castro’s Hideout. This f Village introduces the beauty and significance of La Sierra Maestra mountains.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel

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This morning we take jeeps and drive to the Alto del Naranjo where our tail begins. La Comandancia La Plata trail offers an unforgettable adventure through Cuba’s natural and historical treasures. To get to Castro’s Hideouts, it will take a hike of 6 km/ 3.7 mi on an uneven mountain trail, enjoying not only a physical adventure, but also an opportunity to delve into Cuba’s revolutionary history and witness the natural beauty of the region.
The trail will lead us to the specific location where Fidel Castro’s hideout was situated in the Sierra Maestra mountains. The hideout, known as La Comandancia de la Plata, was a secret base and command center for the revolutionaries. Today, it serves as a museum and historical site, offering visitors a glimpse into the revolutionary struggle and the life of Castro during that time.
Right after this “historical hike” surrounded by exuberant nature, we get back to the Hotel in time for shower and lunch. After lunch, we drive to our next destination, Bayamo.
Bayamos foundation dates back to 1513, it was the second settlement created by the Conquistadores. Bayamo is also known as the birthplace of the Cuban nation, on October 10, 1868, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, a prominent Cuban patriot, freed his slaves and invited them to join him as free men to fight and defeat the Spanish colonial rule, marking the start of the Ten Years’ War. It is also the place where the national anthem was written and sung for the first time, as it was where the first Flag and Republic in Arms were given to the Cuban People.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Standard Hotel

Guardalavaca

Today we head back up North to Holguίn. We will drive out from Bayamo, just a short transfer to Cauto Cristo.
This is one of the most fertile plains in the country. It is named after the Cauto River, Río Cauto in Spanish. It is the longest river in Cuba, stretching approximately 343 kilometers (213 miles). It flows from East to West. This River originates in the Sierra Maestra mountains and flows in a northwesterly direction, cutting through valleys and plains, before reaching the coastal plain near Manzanillo.
From there, it meanders towards the northeast and eventually empties into the Gulf of Guacanayabo. The Cauto River is significant to the region in terms of agriculture. Its waters are used for irrigation to support agriculture, particularly the cultivation of sugarcane, citrus fruits, and other crops.
After we ride around Holguίn again, we will head to Guardalavaca. This is a popular beach resort area located on the northeastern coast of Cuba, in the Holguín Province. It boasts beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a range of tourist facilities, including hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Here, you can relax, and enjoy the beach for the next two days!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4 Star Resort Hotel

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This morning, we take a short recovery ride along the northern shore. We will visit Cayo Bariay. This is the original spot where Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba, in October 1492, at least the most accepted one. There is a monument called the Monumento a Cristóbal Colón (Monument to Christopher Columbus) to commemorate the landing. The monument consists of a large statue of Columbus overlooking the bay.
It is up to you whether to drive or ride back. This is our last ride of the tour, let’s make it worth it!
This afternoon, we will be at your disposal to help you to set up your bikes ready for travelling back home, if it is the case.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4 Star Resort Hotel

Bluest Of The Skies With The Whitest Of The Clouds Welcoming You. Travel!

Morning, we wake up with home in mind, packing and making sure we take back all what we brought, as well as a new approach and perspective on reality. It will be very different, but hopefully this past week will have a lasting impact on us and how we approach life. Thanks for riding with us.

Breakfast, Lunch

Included

  • Accommodation in Private Hostels, and Hotels
  • All Breakfast and Meals + 1 Non-alcoholic Drink
  • Professional Staff: Tour Leader, Local Guide, Mechanic and Driver
  • Fully Vehicle Supported Bike Rides
  • Tour Bus for Airport pick-up and drop-off for MAIN GROUP'S FLIGHT

Not-included

  • Gratuities for local STAFF
  • Flights in and out of Cuba
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off, if the flight is not the main group's one
  • Alcoholic Drinks

Trip Departure and Dates

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November 21, 2024 - December 5, 2024 Guaranteed $0
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