8 Days Cycling Tour in West Cuba

Cycling tour in Cuba

Did you know a lot of Cubans use their bikes to get around? – It’s healthier, cheaper and it’s one of the best ways to see the real Cuba. The roads aren’t busy, traffic is slow in the country and travelling on two wheels is a great way to get around.

That’s why we’ve designed this Vamos Cuba cycling holiday so you get up close and personal with every aspect of Cuban life; from the old guy dancing in the street, to the brightly coloured American classic cars, the fascinating architecture and the stunning scenery.

You don’t need to be a professional rider either, we’ve tailored our holiday itinerary to suit anyone who enjoys cycling.

The cycling tour lasts 8 days and you will be accompanied by an experienced cyclist, who will be your guide and maintain your bike throughout the journey. The distance covered varies daily, but there are only two long days where you will cover 55 and 45 kilometres respectively. The other days you will ride a distance of between 20 and 30 kilometres.

Here at Vamos Cuba, we like to keep things simple, so our cycling groups are small – A maximum of 10 people and a minimum of 2.

You can also add more days either at the beginning or at the end of the tour. Just let us know your requirements and we will help you to create the perfect holiday in Cuba.

  • Itinerary
  • accommodation
  • What’s included
  • visited Places

1 Day: Arrival

Arrival in Havana with a transfer to your accommodation and a meeting with your Vamos Cuba Guide.

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Havana

2 Day: Havana to the tobacco centre of Valle Viñales – Pinar Del Rio 

Campesino, tobacco Vinales in Cuba

Campesino Vinales in Cuba

You will be picked up by your guide after breakfast and taken to the town of Pinar Del Rio, which is where most of Cuba’s tobacco is manufactured. There’s a visit to a tobacco factory to see how the world famous Cuban cigars are made and then you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the city.

After that you’ll get to cycle through the countryside to Viñales and on the way you’ll see the tobacco plantations and the famous Mogotes rock formations. There’s a stop for lunch, where you don’t need to worry about the calories because afterwards you’ll have 10 kilometre cycle taking in the sights which include the Indian Caves ‘Cuevas de Indio’ where you can take a boat trip on the river San Vicente, which runs through the caves. 

At the end of the journey you’ll be introduced to you hosts and you can relax over a home cooked Cuban supper. You’ll spend two nights here.

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Vinales

3 Day Swimming at Cayo Jutías

Today’s cycling trip covers around 55 kilometres and you will be taken by your guide through the Viñales Valley surrounded by the gently rolling hills of the Sierra Organos and on to the beach at Cayo Jutías, where you will have lunch. Afterwards there’s plenty of time to have a swim or take a boat ride before cycling back. Who will be tired can take the supported bus back to Viñales for another evening with your host family.

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Vinales

Cayo Jutias, Cuba

Cayo Jutias, Cuba

4 DAY: The Ancon Valley – Make sure you’re camera ready!

It’s time to say goodbye to your hosts and take your bikes to Palma in the Ancon Valley. It’s a 30 kilometre tour and along the way you’ll see tiny villages and landscapes that have been the same for centuries. Don’t forget your camera, here, more than anywhere you’ll have the chance to take some beautiful photographs of authentic Cuba, a world away from the beaches and hotels at the popular tourist resorts. After a picnic lunch you’ll continue your ride and eventually arrive at the home of your hosts for tonight, where a warm welcome and a good meal will be waiting for you.

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Soroa

5Che Guevera’s Hideout & the village of Soroa 

Today starts off with a short rest from cycling, while you’re taken to the Cuevas de los Portales to see where Che Guevera was based during Cuba’s stand-off with the Americans during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. You can also visit the beautiful Orchids in the Botanical Gardens at Soroa, there are over 20,000 plants from Cuba and the rest of the world. No doubt you’ll be pleased to relax at the end of the day with your new host and recharge your batteries for tomorrow’s ride.

Accommodation: Casa Particular in Soroa

6Las Terrazas – A UNESCO Biosphere Resort 

Today’s route only covers 20 kilometres to the village of Las Terrazas On the way you’ll stop at a farmhouse to eat lunch and then, when you’ve had a rest, continue on to Las Terrazas. It is a community in the Sierra Rosario, which was declared a biosphere resort by UNESCO in 1984.

There are around a thousand people living in the village and they live off the money that’s received due to tourism and from the timber industry. 

Las Terrazas, Cuba

Las Terrazas, Cuba

Las Terrazas is interesting and educational, you can take a walk by the lake, explore the forest, see the pools and waterfalls created by the San Juan River and try and spot Cuba’s national bird, the Tocororo. If you are feeling brave take the Canopy Tour. Put on your safety gear and zip along above the treetops, it’s definitely the best way to enjoy the view.

Accommodation: Casa Particular Comfort in Las Terrazas

7 Day Havana – A Step Back in Time 

Today you return to Havana, where you’ll get a guided tour of the sights and sounds of Old Havana, See the faded glory of its colonial architecture and glimpse into the past at the grand city it used to be. After lunch you will get some time to explore the city at your leisure.Accommodation: Casa Particular in Havana

8 Day – It’s Time to Say Goodbye 

You’ve come to the end of your cycling holiday, enjoy a relaxed morning, taking in a few more sights or shopping for souvenirs, before heading for the airport, or on to a new resort.

The cycling tour is classified as a Difficulty Level 2 tour. On this tour you will be on tarred roads where traffic is limited. Cycling routes are mostly on flat terrain, however some uphill cycling over short distances is also possible.

Private houses

Accommodation is provided at various Homestays along the route, this is so that you get to talk to real Cuban families and sample authentic Cuban food. You’ll pick up bits and pieces of local knowledge and history from your host families, which will help to make your trip more enjoyable.

2 pax (1 room)

3 pax (2 rooms)

4 pax (2 rooms)

4+

£830 per person

£790 per person

£720 per person

£720 per person

£110 Single supplement

What’s included

  • 7 overnights including breakfast
  • 5 x lunch, 5 x dinner
  • English speaking tour guide & mechanic (6 days)
  • Rental bike for 6 days
  • Supporting car/minivan for 6 days of the cycling part
  • Transportation of bicycle and luggage

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Tourist card, Departure tax
  • Personal spending
  • Everything not specifically mentioned above

Extra/Optional

  • Single supplement: £110
  • Extra day in Cuba: £40

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Places you will visit on this cycling tour in West Cuba:

During the trip you’ll get to experience the beauty of the Cuban countryside with trips to Soroa to see the Orchids, The Unesco Reserve, Las Terrazas and the tobacco plantations in Viñales Valley, as well as the visiting the beach at Caya Jutias and the lush greenery of the Ancon Valley.

Vinales-valley Cuba

Viñales Valley

Vinales valley CubaThe Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a lush green landscape of fertile soil, bringing life to the tobacco plant and producing those famous cigars.

Cycling through the rolling hills, stopping to investigate the caves and admiring the Mogotes Mountains.

Watch the farmers at work and the colourful birds and soaring up above. Take a well- earned rest on a boat in Cuevas Indio and dip your hands into the cool waters of the San Vicente River.

Soroa

Soroa is where you’ll find the Orchid Gardens and the Salto Waterfall, which has a 99 foot drop. It’s a place renowned for its beauty and tranquillity. Sometimes the water vapour from the falls create wonderful rainbows and many Cubans call this area the “Rainbow of Cuba.”

Las Terrazas

Not far from Soroa, the Biosphere resort of Las Terrazas is a village, where nature and tourism blend together to create sustainable living conditions for its 1000 residents, the wildlife and the flora and fauna. It is a nature lover’s paradise and there are numerous outdoor activities to pursue.

Price

From £750/person 

When

Contact us for exact dates

Participants

Min: 2        Max: 10

Other

Difficulty Level 2 – Easy

You need basic physical fitness for this tour. The route might be relatively long, but not difficult.

profile-picAlfred RoseUK, Lincolnshire

Cycling in Cuba

My wife and I are relevantly keen cyclists. We do not do great miles but could comfortably do four hours in the saddle at a leisurely pace. We wanted to organise a week of cycling in Cuba without getting involved in large groups with buses following you. Vamos Cuba were able to find a guide and organise us to stay in comfortable Casas for our five day trip. I have to say that the guide that was with us was first class. Conscientious, non imposing , polite and made the whole week a huge success. The bikes provided were better than I expected and well maintained. This style of cycling for a week enabled us to see and experience a Cuba that other tourists might not find.

Trying to organise something out of the ordinary can be frustrating in Cuba and I would I would highly recommend Vamos Cuba as a starting point if you have a similar challenge to fulfil.”

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Price: from £750 Based on 2 sharing

Cycling Holiday & tour through the best of the West region of Cuba. Visiting Vinales, Soroa, Las Terrazas and more. The roads aren’t busy, traffic is slow in the country and travelling on two wheels is a great way to get around.

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