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Central Cuba Bicycle Trip

Rural riding by day, Colonial cities by night

Colonial villas, lush countryside, coastline and mountains, this tour features a broad cross-section of Cuba. Forging a path to true off-the-beaten-path adventure in Cuba in 1994, we are the original pioneers of cycle touring in Cuba. WoWCuba’s trips are geared to more sophisticated, experienced travelers who appreciate certain creature comforts, are looking to recharge and understand Cuba’s culture, history and lush natural resources far beyond the ordinary reach of the country’s visitors.

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Highlights: Indulging in rural riding by day, and colonial cities by night, on this trip you’ll be afforded the unique opportunity to explore, up close & slowly, Santa Clara, the 500+ year-old colonial villas of Sancti Spiritus & Trinidad, French-influenced Cienfuegos known as the Pearl of the Caribbean, snorkel amongst tropical fish in Caleta Buena, nestled in a National Park, Managed Resource Protected Area and designated Ramsar Site for the international importance of its wetlands, and discover the wonders and nostalgia of photogenic Havana, including a ride through a Natural Protected Landscape in Escaleras de Jaruco.

Days 1-2 Overnight in historic Santa Clara, then we’ll ride to Placetas before visiting a family permaculture operation for a true farm-to-table lunch. Lodging at Don Florencio boutique inn in the historic center of Sancti Spiritus.

Days 3-4 Tour a genetic cattle farm, a former slave tower from colonial sugar production days, continue to Trinidad, a wonderfully-preserved UNESCO World Monument and artisan capital. Visit a colonial art museum, exchange with Cuban artisans in their galleries, take a dip in the Caribbean, attend a Cuban cultural performance at night.

Days 5-6 Cycle bordering the southern coastline, tour the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden and their considerable palm tree collection, snorkel amidst tropical fish in a natural breakwater in the Bay of Pigs.

Days 7-8 Ride through the Escaleras de Jaruco Park, a natural protected landscape, indulge in Cuba’s finest pizza in the beach town of Guanabo, then partake in some free time to explore Havana’s wonders before experiencing meals at some of its finest paladars, in the company of our capable team.

Legal US Travelers: Have a read through our Bicycle Tour FAQ’s and also our US Participants page for more information on how to travel to Cuba on one of these trips. We recommend the following license category:

  • Support the Cuban People License a self-certifying category where pre/post trip extensions may be also included, providing they comply with license criteria. WoWCuba’s cycle trip itineraries and venues are designed to be in compliance with this category.
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Note: In the summer/rainy season we suspend our group cycling programs. Summer temperatures are usually not the most favorable for cycling in this destination, in addition to the higher probability of rain which can result in slick road conditions with the high # of diesel vehicles on the roads in Cuba. For those interested in exploring Cuba’s roads on 2 wheels in the summer, we highly recommend the independent bicycle rental services available at CicloCuba in Old Havana.

Book a tour date just for your party. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single traveler or an entire extended family. Or inquire to see whether we can create a new tour date to suit your schedule. Pricing is scaled depending on season and group size. The larger the group, the lower the price and vice versa.

To view pricing for your group size: click below on your preferred tour date and then on Request.

Exclusivity is available on any scheduled tour date for which WoWCuba has not yet accepted deposits from confirmed participants.

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WoWCuba can tailor-make your bespoke itinerary. If only the most deluxe hotels available in Cuba will do, or if you prefer to end your days in the comfort of unique small-scale private inns with a private chef, if you dream of adding in a cooking class, dance lesson, a morning paddle in the Cienfuegos Bay, or a meeting with organic gardeners or beekeepers…Our team can curate your custom Cuban travel experience exactly to your specifications. Call or email us to get started with the planning.

Our friendly, down-to-earth professional team appreciates the art of hospitality and treats you as extended family members. We know our stuff – we have unparalleled cycling expertise, high quality and well-maintained bikes. We’re experts at unobtrusively picking up on subtle details, giving just the right amount of support without coddling you, and we can get you into places that others don’t even know about. Expect us to go the extra mile and do things like baking, catering to individual needs, to be hard-working and committed. Even when things don’t go as expected, we make changing gears seem like a piece of cake. Our act is together and the details all ironed out, so you get to relax and concentrate on riding on diverse routes, having fun, discovering locals and their real way of life.

National parks, nature reserves, small villages and colonial towns are the backdrop to soaking in Cuba’s rich history, farm culture, local food, striking natural scenery and conservation efforts. You’ll have a unique opportunity to engage and get an authentic insider’s view on how Cubans live, and what makes them tick. The balance of group and individual activities & time on our cycling trips means that besides riding, you can use free time to delve deeper into whatever interests you most, or simply relax and recharge. Arts, activity, music, nature, history, culinary focus, political perspectives. Our supported bicycle trips have it all, and they’re good value to boot. We’ve got your back.

All tour dates are guaranteed to operate for paid participants with the following condition: If the minimum number of cyclists on a group 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)

Back-to-Back Tours:
Second consecutive cycle tour, Deduct $95 CUC per person, plus 10% discount. Bicycle jersey excluded from 2nd tour.

Alumni Discount:
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.

Included:

  • 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 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.

Excluded (Extra):

  • Additional beverages
  • Additional gratuities
  • Medical and cancellation insurance
  • 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 reserving.
  • View our Equipment & Bicycle Rental fleet
  • High quality, professionally maintained 27-speed hybrid bicycles outfitted for touring. Our current touring fleet consists mainly of 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 o one 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.
  • 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)

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