ANYTHING EMBODYING THE SPIRIT, STYLE OR FLAVOUR OF CUBA.

Who is
Cubania

We are Cubania Travel and we love what we do. We are the cycling and active travel experts in Cuba. We have an international standard bike workshop and an incredible team of trained cycling guides.

 

For the last 20 years, we have been providing exceptional and meaningful holidays, enriching the lives of active travellers and our community, and exposing them to a unique way of living by sharing the real Cuban experience.

 

We aim for excellence in everything we do – from the quality of our tours to the service we give and the experiences we offer. This is our purpose. It’s why we exist.

Responsible
Travel

Responsible travel is part of everything we do at Cubania; from the local ground staff we employ, to the family-run restaurants and B&Bs that we use, we aim to ensure that your money stays in Cuba and supports local businesses.

CUBA IS
OUR PASSION

We are committed to showing Cuba to the world in an honest way, to reveal the uniqueness of the Cuban culture, by changing the existing perception of Cuba; not just playa, ron, mulatas. This is why we encourage our travellers to Do it the Cuban way!

LOCAL EXPERTISE
& NETWORK

We have been working in Cuba for a long time; long enough to make long lasting friendships with our local partners. We are still the only travel company in Cuba to offer internationally recognised bike leader training (British Cycling) in addition to first aid training , guide training and health and safety training. In a country that’s constantly transforming, we dedicate a lot of time to nourishing our standing relationships and forging new ones.

WE ARE THE
CYCLING EXPERTS

Over the years we have ridden 1000s of kilometres and explored the highroads and backroads of Cuba. We’ve cycled with Cuban Masters and figured out what the best bike is for Cuban roads. We have a team dedicated to caring for them and making sure they are in perfect working condition year-round.

Responsible
Travel

Responsible travel is part of everything we do at Cubania; from the local ground staff we employ, to the family-run restaurants and B&Bs that we use, we aim to ensure that your money stays in Cuba and supports local businesses.

CUBA IS
OUR PASSION

We are committed to showing Cuba to the world in an honest way, to reveal the uniqueness of the Cuban culture, by changing the existing perception of Cuba; not just playa, ron, mulatas. This is why we encourage our travellers to Do it the Cuban way!

LOCAL EXPERTISE
& NETWORK

We have been working in Cuba for a long time; long enough to make long lasting friendships with our local partners. We are still the only travel company in Cuba to offer internationally recognised bike leader training (British Cycling) in addition to first aid training , guide training and health and safety training. In a country that’s constantly transforming, we dedicate a lot of time to nourishing our standing relationships and forging new ones.

WE ARE THE
CYCLING EXPERTS

Over the years we have ridden 1000s of kilometres and explored the highroads and backroads of Cuba. We’ve cycled with Cuban Masters and figured out what the best bike is for Cuban roads. We have a team dedicated to caring for them and making sure they are in perfect working condition year-round.

LUCY DAVIES
DIRECTOR

LUCY DAVIES

Brought up in Latin America, Lucy started tour guiding while studying Modern Languages at Bristol University. After working in educational travel in Europe and the USA, Lucy became a bike guide and led the first charity fundraising bike ride to Cuba in 1997. Instantly charmed by Cuba’s beauty and culture, she cycled the length and breadth of Cuba over the next few years and set up Cubania in 2003, seeing the need for a team that could help people wanting to discover the island. She currently lives in London and works from Cubania’s London Sales office, making frequent trips to Cuba.

ANIBAL PAEZ CRUZ
MARKETING

ANIBAL PAEZ CRUZ

An industrial engineer, Anibal started working in tourism over 25 years ago. He was the director of Specialised Tourism at the Cuban Travel Agency, Cubanacan, before moving becoming Cubania’s Commercial Director in 2015. Anibal´s creativity and experience enable him to create and market new and original programmes for clients, ensuring they get the best out of their Cuban holiday.

LAZARO DE LA MAZA
OPERATIONS

LAZARO DE LA MAZA

Lazaro is from Arroyo Naranjo, just outside Havana. He studied Foreign Languages at Havana University and became an English teacher. The classroom couldn’t compete with the lure of the great outdoors and, when he was selected to train as an adventure tour guide, he was off! 15 years of exploring every corner of Cuba by bike, on foot, in a kayak and on the road has given him the deep knowledge of Cuba which makes him the perfect Head of Operations.
Naturally hyperactive, he still enjoys escaping the office to lead groups and explore new routes and itineraries.

CARLA BRITO PASEIRO
SALES

CARLA BRITO PASEIRO

Carla studied French and English at the University of Havana before starting her career in tourism. Carla joined Cubania in 2013, where she joined the Operations Team. Naturally gifted in IT, she took charge of the in house training and setting up of Cubania´s new software platform, ensuring that clients receive their trip information quickly and accurately.
Carla now focusses on Sales, creating the perfect itinerary for individuals who choose to travel with Cubania. She has travelled all over Cuba with Cubania, but her favourite place is still her hometown, Havana.

LISET CORDERO CENDOYA
ACCOUNTS

LISET CORDERO CENDOYA

Liset studied Economics and Russian before moving into Tourism in 1994. With 17 years of experience in Tourism Accountancy, Liset was more than qualified when she joined Cubania as our in-house accountant in March 2017. Liset loves music and dance, but above all she`s crazy about her two beautiful daughters.

JACKSON HERRERA

JACKSON HERRERA

My name is Jocsan, but most people call me Jackson ever since I was a teenager, let’s blame it on the weird spelling. I was born and raised in Marianao, one of many Havana’s boroughs. As a child there were three things I always felt attracted to, music, languages and time travel. Unfortunately, the Marty McFly lifestyle didn’t pan out, so I replaced it with my love for both ancient and modern history. As a teenager my father pushed me to learn English which eventually became my obsession. By the time I turned 18 I was already teaching other people, and a year later I was running my own ESL private school even before I graduated. More than 10 years went by before I became a tour guide, and teaching gave me the chance to develop the right skills to deal with all kinds of people, be patient and try to give my best. This job is right up my alley, I get to mix my love for both languages and history in one gig and working with Cubania has given me the chance to do so. If you want to discover the ins and outs of this island, ride with me.

RAYSELIS RODRIGUEZ PUPO

RAYSELIS RODRIGUEZ PUPO

My name is Raiselis (Ray, is easier!) and I come from the outskirts of Havana province. I studied languages and literature at the University of Havana. History and Stylistics are my favourite subjects, but I also enjoy reading, dancing. I have been working as a guide for 15 years now, and this has opened up new horizons allowing me to discover other cultures. With my job comes interaction, challenges and spontaneity – that’s what I enjoy the most. With Cubania I have found the way to share the authentic Cuba with my clients. So, join me on a trip and my island will be yours forever!

LAZARO DE LA MAZA

LAZARO DE LA MAZA

I’m from Arroyo Naranjo, a suburb of Havana. My inspiration to learn English was a pretty 6th form teacher; I then went on to university to study English and French, graduating with joint honours, and in my third year I decided to add on German as well. I had many different jobs before becoming a tour guide including working in a bakery, working as a welder, renting out VHS movies, painting tourist handicrafts and of course, working as an English teacher. Anyone who wants to discover something different (and be technology free for a week or two) should visit Cuba. I assure you you’ll go back home with a new understanding of the country and its people who are proud of their culture and heritage. We may be a small island in the Caribbean, but the world certainly knows we exist!

JORGE SANCHEZ FERNANDEZ

JORGE SANCHEZ FERNANDEZ

I am what you call a Villa Clareño, someone who was born in the province of Villa Clara, in a small town called Miller. From a young age I enjoyed going to school and practising sports, in particular Karate. Thanks to my enthusiasm for the sport I was spotted by a sports specialist and continued my education within the educational sporting programme that Cuba offers to those who show a talent in a particular area. I was recruited to the national team but sadly had to cut short my sporting career due to an injury. I decided to go to university in Havana to study languages and graduated with a degree in French, Italian and English. It made sense to use this to my advantage and pursue a career in tourism.
Although I enjoy meeting and working with tourists of all nationalities, I particularly like the British for their great sense of humour. I like walking and spending time outdoors, dancing and generally enjoying the positive and vibrant opportunities that my country offers. I try to put this positive attitude across to all the people I meet during my work.

DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT



DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

The staff at Cubania were very efficient and very professional throughout. Excellent time keeping and very quick to respond to any queries - we would recommend them.

John P

Fantastic knowledge of country, excellent communication, superb organisation/recommendations and brilliant guides/staff. Probably one of our best holidays and certainly the most interesting.

Anna

We booked our first bike tour to Cuba through Cubania Travel and have nothing but good to say about their service. The booking process was smooth and everything promised to us was delivered.

Aslaug

What a wonderful trip. Mary and I loved it. Thank you so much to you and Carla for your outstanding organisation. In short, you excelled. Moreover Jorge and Frank were an absolutely brilliant team - world-class and as good as we have ever experienced anywhere in the world.

James Strachan

Incredible knowledge and guide from Cubania

Simone O'Reilly

Good trip, and a lot more tiring than you'd think in the heat... lots to see and a very varied and different environment. Needed more snacks really at the stops is my only suggestion, but there was plenty of water. The guide and his crew were very good.

Andy Ruban

I did a guided ebike tour with Cubania travelling out of Havana to the gorgeous Cuban countryside and down to the south coast. The guide was great fun and the whole trip was organised seamlessly. Loved riding round the back roads and up a few hills with an electronic boost!

Claire Boobbyer

If you are looking to get a glimpse of the real Cuba, cycling through it with an expert guide is the way to do it. I couldn't recommend Cubania tours more.

Hannah Goodwin

I took a group of pals to Cuba and Cubania organised the whole trip. Right through from pre-planning to conclusion, it went really well and it was FUN as well as a success. Happy Travellers. Thank you everyone at Cubania, well done!

A G

Excellent, tailored to our individual wishes. Advice provided as requested.

Andrew Heald

We loved the itinerary that Cubania put together for our trip to Cuba. Our guide and driver were so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We discovered so much about Cuba's history and saw a lot of beautiful places. A real mixture of city culture and stunning countryside plus a very relaxed couple of days on Cayo Levisa.

Michael Harrison

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