Your cycle tour begins with a visit to the 500+ colonial villa of Sancti Spiritus and the charming Don Florencio inn. We’ll continue to Cuba’s most colonial city Trinidad before continuing to one of our favorite cities in Cuba, Cienfuegos, the “Pearl of the Caribbean”.
Spend an all inclusive afternoon snorkeling amongst tropical fish inside a natural breakwater in the Bay of Pigs area before heading to historic Old Havana. Back in Havana, we’ll show you some of the city’s best restaurants and partake in the capital’s many cultural opportunities before it’s time to bid farewell (or hasta pronto) to the friendly people in Cuba.
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Central Cuba Bicycle Tour Detailed Itinerary
The tour bus & trailer depart our outfitting facility in the Kohly neighborhood of Havana this morning at 08:30 for ground transfer to Sancti Spiritus. Any tour participants interested in transferring along with our tour team should be at the Centro de Negocios Kohly by 08:20 with their belongings.
Some trip members arrange to transfer independently from other points in Cuba (or fly into Santa Clara) and meet the group in Sancti Spiritus, thereby avoiding the longish ground transfer from Havana. A lunch stop will be recommended enroute by our team (extra, local $). During the trip and outfitting your WoWCuba team will brief you on local etiquette including currency, bathrooms, lineups, water, personal safety and safe cycling. Our group riding system includes a lead rider, a sweep rider and a support bus that accompanies the group at all times, provides refreshment stops and advances to points of navigational difficulty as required.
Accommodation at the charming new Don Florencio inn.
Dinner in town at Meson de la Plaza.
DB | 0 km/mi
Cycle to Banao, an agricultural town, and visit a specialist in genetic cattle breeding for a brief conference. Our ride ends at the Manaca Iznaga entrance. Lunch in one of our favorite Trinidad paladars. Walking tour of the colonial center including visits to and exchanges with local artists in their private galleries.
BB, LB, DB (53 km / 32 mi)
Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll catch a former sugar train through the fields (former plantations) to Manaca Iznaga. The 45-m tower was built in 1816 by Alejo Iznaga Borrell to oversee slaves in the surrounding sugarcane fields. In its day, the area’s irrigation system built by his brother was extensive and integral for the family’s agricultural expansion.
Free time for exploring colonial Trinidad or snorkeling/swimming in the Caribbean at the Ancon Peninsula.
Dinner tonight in town at a local paladar.
This evening: soak up an authentic Cuban cultural performance at the Casa de la Musica.
BB, LB, DB (45 km / 27 mi)
An early breakfast is followed by a ride southwest towards Montemar Natural Park and Caleta Buena, a natural breakwater with great snorkeling and diving, rife with tropical fish swimming in plain view. The Zapata Peninsula, one of the largest wetlands in the Antilles attracting migratory and endemic bird life, is a Biosphere Reserve. The area features one of the largest freshwater reservoirs in the country, and is also of historical importance (Bay of Pigs Invasion).
We highly recommend the optional purchase of snorkeling or diving packages available on site. Lunch in Caleta Buena. Your tour leader will provide background on one of Cuba’s staples and primary export products, rum, and lead a sampling session to enable participants to appreciate the various varieties available in the local marketplace and their unique nuances. Late afternoon transfer to Cuba’s capital, Havana with dinner enroute at El Ajiaco, a Cuban specialty restaurant in the fishing village of Cojimar.
Accommodation in Havana at Hotel Copacabana (or similar).
BB, LB, DB (50km / 31 mi)
After breakfast, transfer east of Havana. We’ll ride from the Escaleras de Jaruco Park (a Natural Protected Landscape) north to the towns of Hershey and Santa Cruz with elevated views of the north coast enroute. Some of the plants in the park include male cedar, mahogany, white quava, cigua, caisimón, white oak, and a local shiny-leafed poison ivy plant called “guao”.
Among the endemic species are the manuí spur, guairaje, Cuban platanillo, cat’s tai, walnut and more. Near our stop at El Árabe you can appreciate the Orchid Tree (Bauhinia), curujeyes, ferns, epiphytes and many other species. Our ride ends with lunch in Guanabo beach at El Piccolo, a paladar restaurant where wood-fired brick oven pizza’s the specialty. They feature a small-scale urban agriculture project with sale of fruit, vegetables, in-house cured meats, plus a fowl/small animal collection.
Guanabo or Santa Maria beach time can be provided. Dune protection programs are in place here; climate change regulations and enforcement regarding coastal reconstruction limitations will eventually change the face of the community. Continue into Havana for a panoramic city orientation by bus before cleaning up for your farewell dinner tonight at San Cristobal paladar in Central Havana.
BB, LB, DB (45 km / 27 mi)
- B: Breakfast
- L: Lunch
- D: Dinner
- BB: Breakfast w/beverage
- LB: Lunch w/beverage
- DB: Dinner w/beverage
- AI: All Inclusive
Itinerary and hotels subject to availability.
Central Cuba Bicycle Tour – Hotel list by tour date
|10-dec-17||12-dec-17||Don Florencio||Sancti Spiritus|
|14-dec-17||15-dec-17||Hotel Jagua, Hotel La Union, Hotel Faro Luna or Pasacaballos||Cienfuegos|
|02-jan-18||04-jan-18||Don Florencio||Sancti Spiritus|
|04-jan-18||06-jan-18||Hostal Lola & La Casona||Trinidad|
|06-jan-18||07-jan-18||Hotel Jagua, Hotel La Union, Hotel Faro Luna or Pasacaballos||Cienfuegos|
|11-feb-18||13-feb-18||Don Florencio||Sancti Spiritus|
|13-feb-18||15-feb-18||Hostal Lola & La Casona||Trinidad|
|15-feb-18||16-feb-18||Hotel Jagua, Hotel La Union, Hotel Faro Luna or Pasacaballos||Cienfuegos|
|04-mar-18||06-mar-18||Don Florencio||Sancti Spiritus|
|06-mar-18||08-mar-18||Hostal Lola & La Casona||Trinidad|
|08-mar-18||09-mar-18||Hotel Jagua, Hotel La Union, Hotel Faro Luna or Pasacaballos||Cienfuegos|
|18-mar-18||20-mar-18||Don Florencio||Sancti Spiritus|
|20-mar-18||22-mar-18||Hostal Lola & La Casona||Trinidad|
|22-mar-18||23-mar-18||Hotel Jagua, Hotel La Union, Hotel Faro Luna or Pasacaballos||Cienfuegos|
- Experienced Canadian company representatives for in-country reception and support
- Souvenir water bottle, rental of handlebar map bag or rear insulated trunk bag & helmet (some clients prefer to bring their own helmets, saddles, and clipless pedal/shoe systems and we have no problem with installing those on our equipment)
- Professional mechanic on tour
- Experienced bilingual Cuban and Canadian guides
- Air conditioned support bus
- Accommodations as per itinerary, mainly 3-4* properties, all with private bath & a/c
- Meals as per itinerary (all meals include minimum of one drink)
- Cuba cycle jersey (includes shipping to your home)
- WoWCuba reps take care of tips for restaurants and accommodations (porters, reception staff, musicians, etc.) while on tour with you. If you feel the services of your Havanatur tour guide, Transtur driver and WoWCuba/MacQueen’s Island Tours tour leader warrant recognition, gratuities are welcomed. Click here for more info on tipping etiquette in Cuba.
- Snacks and cold beverages provided for rides
- High quality, professionally maintained 27-speed hybrid bicycles outfitted for touring. Our current touring fleet consists mainly of the the Specialized Sirrus Comp, the Specialized Vita Comp and Specialized Vita Pro although we do have other options available to satisfy the individual needs of our clients. We also have a limited number of Evox electric-assist bikes available for a small upgrade fee. Other companies may claim that their bikes are the best in Cuba, but we are certain those in the know will agree that noone offers a comparable rental fleet to ours. Our Specialized bikes have a MSRP of $1000+ and are maintained by one of the most experienced, knowledgeable bicycle mechanics we know.
What’s not included
- Additional beverages
- Additional gratuities
- Medical and cancellation insurance
- Cuban departure tax
- International flights
- Tourist visa
- Passport fees
- Optional excursions, museum fees, theatre and items of a personal nature etc.
- Private or collective transfers from/to airport upon your international arrival/departure. Inquire when requesting quotation.
Guaranteed Departures & Available Discounts
All tour dates are guaranteed to operate for paid participants with the following condition:
If the minimum number of cyclists on a tour (5, except 10 for Vuelta) is not met, then MacQueen’s Island Tours/WoWCuba reserves the right to offer the advertised itinerary accompanied only by our tour leader/mechanic in a support car/van.
Unsold tour space is normally released 30 days prior to tour departure.
Cycle Tour Early Booking Bonus:
$50 USD/person discount to the first 4 cyclists to register and pay deposit on any group cycle tour (may be combined with alumni discount) Not available. View details here.
Second consecutive cycle tour, Deduct $95 CUC per person, plus 10% discount. Bicycle jersey excluded from 2nd tour.
5% off the land only price for repeat participants. View details here.
Early Bird Group Discount:
5% off the land only price for groups of 6 or more booking together 90+ days prior to tour start. View details here.
What Clients Are Saying About WoWCuba Bicycle Tours
If you want to have the trip of a lifetime in one of the most friendly countries I've ever been, with excellent staff, great food and spectacular scenery, this would be the trip to take. And do so before Trump screws it up and sends the country back into a tailspin!
How well organized and smooth everything ran, from riding to snacking to info about National Parks to the culture, very professional in every way. Danny and his crew want everyone to be happy and satisfied. They were quick to change things when conditions warranted and always looked after the welfare of the group. This is the way to see Cuba, step out of Havana after a few days there before the trip and learn the Cuban landscape and friendliness of the countryside. You will be surprised by the accommodations, food and open roads on the trip. You will not find friendlier, more knowledgeable and helpful staff; and the miles will glide by.
The most pleasurable part of the trip was the team Danny, Dayan, George, and (in the background) Kristen. There seems to be a perfect sense of coordination, personalities, abilities and sensitivity to individual participants in the group, attending to details. They all made the trip, really, one of the best trips I have ever been on. The route chosen, too, was remarkable. The combination of country, villages, city were perfectly balanced and there was never too much of one over another experience. Arts, music and history and political perspectives were nicely related by all three group leaders. George did a beautiful job relating his knowledge. I feel fortunate to have been a part of this group. I am already planning to go on another bike trip with WoWCuba. Anyone who is interested in having an unforgettable experience in Cuba, must explore the possibility of WoWCuba.
If you're looking for a great way to tour Cuba, choose WoWCuba cycling tours. There is no better way to see the country than cycling through sugar cane and rice fields, waving and shouting "Hola" to farmers on their horse-drawn buggies, exploring small villages and towns as well as the larger cities. The bikes were excellent and the guides were exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable, being Cubans or Cuban/Americans themselves. They even arranged for salsa dance lessons before heading out to tour Trinidad's nightly music and dance events!
We are experienced world travelers and would normally never take an organized group tour. WoWCuba came highly recommended to us from our close friends. Given the potential challenges of traveling in Cuba, combined with bike touring, we choose to try WoWCuba - with minimal research. We went with our Spanish speaking adult children and 2 friends. We can't say enough positive things about the trip - the bikes were very high quality and well maintained, every restaurant and hotel exceeded our expectations - almost daily I would joke that this was a culinary tour that used bikes for transportation. The staff were like extended members of our family. We have absolutely no regrets or complaints about any part of the trip. If you are thinking of going - do it and if you are trying to decide between 1 week or 2 - go for 2!
If you have been thinking about visiting Cuba before tourism turns it into just another Latin American destination do it now, and do a bike tour so you can get out into the countryside and see how real Cubans live & get some exercise to boot.
If you want to see Cuba, going by bike on a WoWCuba tour has to be one of the very best ways to do it. There’s nothing to compare with a warm breeze on your face as you ride by horses, motorcyclists and other bikers, exchanging “buenos dias!” as they go about their day. WoWCuba staff are knowledgeable, helpful and good-natured. I loved getting to know the warm and kind people of Cuba and will always be grateful to WoWCuba for my wonderful trip.
I enthusiastically recommend WoWCuba, and would be glad to be a personal reference. The tour was very well planned and supported, the guides were extremely competent and fun to be with, meals and accommodations were very good to excellent, and this was a great mix of group activity, individual time, biking in beautiful countryside while learning about and appreciating Cuba, in all its complexity and possibilities. The trip is very suitable for an individual, a couple or a family (we were a family of 4 with 2 grown kids, different biking levels, different interests, and all of us really had a great time). Definitely recommend WoWCuba and hope to come back.
The leaders were terrific–they were dedicated to giving us the best experience possible (riding support, tour guiding, great snacks and terrific restaurants). The trip was so well organized and thoughtfully planned that I was convinced I saw the best of everything in a week– from riding along vast farming areas to exploring national park land to encountering local people in the small towns wherever we went–this trip had it all. I believe it is the only tour where all the guides actually live there. They are either native-born Cubans or are connected to the Cuban community through living there for decades. This makes for a very authentic experience and if you had any problems, they would be the best equipped to handle it. They've been running these tours for so many years and have ironed out all the details for the most ideal routes and getting you the most exposure to the Cuban way of life.
It was clear in comparing different operators that WoWCuba has longstanding relationships and deep knowledge of Cuba, much more than competitors who operate globally and are just adding Cuba to their catalogs. As well, the itinerary, the level of riding, and the quality of support were a good fit for my (mid-winter!) level of fitness, as well as providing great value for the money. And your bikes are great! WoWCuba has plenty of skill, local knowledge, and logistical smarts; they will take you on the most beautiful routes, where you'll stay in great hotels and eat fantastic food. But they also have heart; the company is led by people who have deep connections to Cuba, and who have lived and worked here through hard times and good times. It is clear that for WoWCuba, Cuba is not just a shiny new business opportunity - it is a home that they graciously share with us fortunate guests.