Begin in Cuba’s capital, Havana, in the heart of the historic old city. Marvel at the antique cars, stunning architectural restoration projects and engage yourself with the friendly locals as we make our way to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range and National Natural Monument Viñales.
At Soroa, spend your afternoon in the orchid garden, visit the waterfall or indulge in a fantastic massage after your ride. Continue through rural countryside to National Natural Monument, Viñales Valley, and Los Jazmines with a panoramic view of the pincushion hills (mogotes) and valley below. Back in Havana, we like to wrap up our week with an afternoon cultural activity, and a farewell dinner hosted by your rep at a local paladar restaurant.
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Western Cuba Bicycle Tour Detailed Itinerary
Accommodations overlooking the ocean in Miramar at Hotel Copacabana (or similar). As flight arrivals are generally staggered, participants normally take taxis between the airport and hotel. While prepaid taxis are available through WoWCuba (optional, $), in our experience they’re not necessarily the best option. You’ll be contacted by a WoWCuba representative at your hotel.
Coffee is a staple to Cuban social interactions. So for those with morning/afternoon arrivals, our suggested afternoon activity is Cuban Coffee 101 partaken nearby in Miramar at Chucheria (a cafe on the corner of 1st & 28 owned by Cuban cultural icon Chucho Valdes – pianist, band leader, composer, arranger and Latin Grammy award winner), or at Café Fortuna, a funky slow spot on 3rd between 28 & 26 (lower level), providing you with the valuable opportunity to gain firsthand insight into Cuban café culture at leisure.
A buffet evening meal is included at your hotel if required. However, if you’ll be in town in time to explore tonight, for any participants able/wishing to get together at an alternative venue for a meet & greet we usually offer to coordinate a 7:30 group dinner restaurant at somewhere like Magic Flute for drinks overlooking the iconic Malecon/Hotel Nacional/US Embassy in Vedado or Rio Mar with its prime balcony seating overlooking the mouth of the Almendares River and back onto the city in Miramar.
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Breakfast at the hotel, depart by van then cycle inland to the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve featuring a mesic forest with evergreen, semi-deciduous environments and 35% endemic plants.
On Feb. 15, 1984, the area was one of the first to be classified in Cuba as a Biosphere Reserve and an IUCN Managed Resource Protected Area. Our ride ends at Soroa Hotel where we have lunch at the entrance to the waterfall. This afternoon: take a guided tour of the orchid gardens, or go hiking. On your hike you may sight bats, birds including the bee hummingbird or the yellow-striped Pygmy Eleuth, or one the smallest frogs in the world.
Late afternoon transfer to the town of San Diego de los Baños for lodging at Mirador de San Diego. San Diego’s medicinal sulphur spring baths are worth noting. They are available to visitors and often combined with acupuncture, mud treatments, massage and more as part of traditional medicine techniques.
Dinner at the hotel.
BB, LB, DB | (25 km/15 mi)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Escogida to learn of the tobacco selection process & de-veining. Begin cycling the central road through small villages to Viñales for lunch at the Palenque de los Cimarrones before checking out the view of the valley from the Los Jazmines lookout.
Viñales is a National Park and National Monument, and since 1999, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is distinguished by an “outstanding karst landscape in which traditional methods of agriculture (notably tobacco growing) have survived unchanged for several centuries. The region also preserves a rich vernacular tradition in its architecture, crafts and music”. This afternoon your tour leaders will offer the opportunity to explore the valley’s back roads by horseback, discovering local rivers, growers, and coffee plantations enroute.
BB, LB, DB | (54 km/33 mi)
Breakfast at the hotel. Cycle along the north shore in Bahia Honda municipality with its tropical rainforest climate. The Sierra del Rosario has been a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1985 and has an Ecological Research Station. Las Terrazas is a very successful experiment in sustainable development and its reforestation is characterized by the presence of evergreen, deciduous, xeromorphic, scrub and pine forests.
The Ecological Station is dedicated to constant monitoring of ecosystem research related to ecological restoration, forestry development, environmental education, birds, local development, conservation of agricultural biodiversity and various scientific projects, while simultaneously offering specialized ecotourism tours. It links the local community to projects related to the rescue of genetic plant resources, contributing to food security as well as sustainable tourism and the biological diversity of its ecosystems. The station conducts activities geared to community children and youth. The Las Terrazas Environmental Interest Circle features Bird and Educational lectures, Workshops, Participatory Contests, and Celebration of World Environment Day as part of their grassroots efforts to elevate the environmental education level of its inhabitants and achieve sustainable development in the region.
Specialized ecotourism tours include birdwatching, hiking to French coffee plantation ruins, learning Cuban coffee traditions and sampling at Café Maria, zip lines with a scenic view over the lake and vibrant community with its own microeconomy, swimming at the hotel pool, San Juan or Bayate rivers and more.
Accommodations and dinner at La Moka eco lodge.
BB, LB, DB | (45 km/27 mi)
Breakfast and ride the central road through Artemisa towards Havana. Artemisa, formerly of Pinar del Rio province, is the area from which many of the fighters for Cuban independence as part of the 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks originated. The Martyrs Mausoleum there is a National Monument.
Exposure to Havana’s history, culture, music is on today’s menu. Family-style chicken & all the trimmings are on the lunch menu at El Aljibe restaurant in Miramar.
Check in to Hotel Copacabana. Your tour leader will provide background 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.
Clean up for farewell dinner hosted by your representative tonight at San Cristobal paladar in Central Havana.
BB, LB, DB | (40 km/24 mi)
- BB: breakfast w/ beverage
- LB: lunch w/ beverage
- DB: dinner w/ beverage
- AI: All Inclusive
Itinerary and hotels subject to availability.
Western Cuba Bicycle Tour – Hotel list by tour date
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|13-mar-18||14-mar-18||Mirador de San Diego||San Diego de los Baños|
|16-mar-18||17-mar-18||La Moka||Las Terrazas (Artemisa)|
- 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 day 2-7
- Accommodations as per itinerary, mainly 3-4* properties, all with private bath & a/c
- Meals as per itinerary (all meals except dinner on Day 1 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 CUC/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
All staff were great. Knowledgable, capable, friendly, dedicated to having our experience the best….
Come for the entree into Cuban culture, and explore it by bicycle. You can rely on the experience and expertise of this Canadian/Cuban family-owned company.
I was very impressed with the staff at MacQueen's Island Tours. They were knowledgeable, hospitable and always ready to meet your every need. Local guides really added to the authentic flavour of the trip and I felt that they were always looking for ways to make the trip more enjoyable. Right down to the bus driver everyone was fun, professional, positive, hard working and committed. If you want to see part of the real Cuba I would suggest taking this trip! Cycling through rural areas, small towns and villages gave me a very good understanding of life in Cuba. It was a worthwhile positive experience and I am grateful to those who provided it.
WoWCuba is the best way to experience the country for the first time. Being on a bike allows you to get a good feel for the landscape and the people. These guys run a great tour - fun, informative and a great value. The guides are friendly and down to earth, but also very professional and organized.
If you want to see a true picture of Cuba a cycling adventure with WoWCuba is a must-do. The amazing MacQueen's staff go above and beyond to exceed your expectations. This is resort living without being confined to a few acres by the sea. You'll see how Cubans live and how hospitable they really are.
WoWCuba does it up right. Great itinerary, great price, nice bicycles, good accommodations and meals. Very relaxing trip and well organized.
We've already recommended you to members of our bicycle club in Arizona. "They really have their act together. The staff was super-attentive to everyone's needs and it made the trip really easy."
See Cuba now. Getting back into the US was easier for me than getting back in from Canada last summer. The people, music, rum and sights will draw me back. It is totally safe and we had no qualms walking around Havana at night. This had been a pre-trip concern. Don't expect exquisite meals. Know the terrain you will be biking on and get ready for a great experience. You will be going back in time!
WowCuba has got it all figured out after so many years of experience managing tours in Cuba. The cycling routes are well thought out...riding in the mornings...onto a great lunch in an interesting location and restaurant...and then time enough for a group or individual activity in late afternoon before yet another great restaurant for supper. Cuban people are friendly, particularly in the rural areas. Hotel accomodations are good. Staff in PEI very helpful, and staff of 4 in Cuba are excellent...the best of personalities you can find leading tourists/cyclists. Visiting Cuba is taking a step back in time and is well worth simply observing a country with a different culture and political governance. Roger Frey, 3/12-18, 2017
This is a well run organization that has all of the oddities of Cuba figured out. Bikes are excellent and the guides superb. You need to be with an experienced tour operator to handle Cuba.
WoWCuba exceeded my expectations, with great humor, panache, service, hospitality and care.
The staff was exceptional and provided just the right amount of support. We never felt under supported or over coddled. Your folks from Danny on down know how people like to be treated. Our group was small 8 total and it seemed like they truly cared individually for each person and their special requirements. Don't wait. And don't book with anyone else.
Great bikes, interesting itinerary, beautiful scenery, fabulous staff, well organized and good food. It is a wonderful way to see the Cuban countryside and way of life.
The staff and the care we received far exceeded my expectations.
Seeing Cuba from a bicycle, rolling through the countryside and small towns, sharing the road with oxcarts and tractors, hearing from Jorge and Dayan and Danny the history and significance of what we were seeing, and the details of the Cubans’ lives, education, duties, responsibilities, and the transitions their society is undergoing was fascinating. You will be looked after and included as if you were family. You can trust these guys to show you the best time available. The equipment and experiences are well chosen and thoughtfully provided. They bend over backward to accommodate their guests
Cuba does not have to be a resort only vacation. Cuba is a unique destination and to see it by bicycle is the greatest. The people are friendly and appreciative and the country deserves our interest and curiosity. The nature reserves, the colonial towns, the history, the farm culture, the mix of belief and the music and dance all draw a visitor in and make you glad you came.
WoWCuba has great relationships with the hotels and restaurants so we received the best services. Also, the staff did everything they could to make the trip enjoyable.
The tour crew makes or breaks this type of trip. Ours were first rate. They provided great background about the history of Cuba and personal stories that illuminated the Cuba of today. They took wonderful care of us. I can’t say enough about how great this trip was. The bike expert really knew his stuff, the driver was excellent, the tour guide provided fascinating information and the tour leader just never seemed to stop thinking about what we might need. And so much fun! I’m telling everyone I know about WoWCuba. Itinerary is well thought-out and takes you through small towns, so you get a feel for how people live. The crew were very professional, very friendly and very knowledgeable. They genuinely want you to have a good time and you feel quite taken care of in the best possible way. They take you to restaurants they they know and like. And the trip has a great balance of riding time and free time.
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.
These guys know their stuff and have the disposition to show you the best time you could possibly have on a bike in Cuba. What a way to see the land, eat fabulous food, engage with the citizens and learn the rich history of this land. Go and take your friends and family!
If you want to see the real Cuba; do it on a bike and do it with WOW. The staff, equipment, and support is amazing. All you have to do is arrive, be prepared to bike, and enjoy the Cuban environment and people. Everything is taken care of.
These guys really know the area and more importantly really know the people. They can get you in to places that other don't even know about.
Not knowing much about Cuba besides knowing we couldn't go there for my whole life, I had the time of my life! You should consider looking into WowCuba to see what they have to offer for trips. The Western route had a lot of variety and yes, some hills, but there were a bunch of us who walked them. The reward was a delicious feast of snacks and drink refreshments. If I could turn around and do it over again for another week, I would, but I want to go to another area and do that one. If you want to consider it, I'll go with you 🙂
Very well organized, good accommodations, good food, excellent service overall. The staff was very flexible and attentive to our needs. Riding through the country side is a lot of fun. Going through the towns is very interesting. The following bus is comforting as well as the lead and follow up ride leaders.
Wow Cuba were amazing. Itinerary was great with just the right amount of difficulty for me. Tour guides so caring with the group and checked the bikes every day. They were also lots of fun, but always looking after us. Nothing was too much trouble, even going to the airport in search of lost luggage.
good deal - can't miss
I love this company and do not think you could do better. You get good value for the money spent, get to see the real Cuba and are looked after so well. I have never eaten better in my life than on WowCuba trips, despite Cuba's reputation for bland, uninteresting food. The company has sourced the best accommodations and places to eat, as well as the best cycling routes. The bikes they provide are great and there is always a technician along to solve any problems with the bikes. (This is basically what I told my four friends who came on this trip, their first to Cuba, their first cycling trip anywhere and their first exposure to WowCuba. All of them thanked me at the end of the trip for recommending it to them.)
Go with WowCuba. They've been doing these tours for over 20 years. They totally know what they're doing. They have relationships throughout the country - when we'd go to a restaurant, invariably the owner would come and kiss or hug Danny. They're knowledgeable about bikes and cycling - Danny has worked with bikes since he was a kid. They go the extra mile - they really take care of their guests, even baking birthday cakes, ensuring there's good wine at dinner, introducing us to Cuban specialties. Between their expertise in cycling, knowledge of Cuba itself, and caliber of service, you can't go wrong.