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Cycling

Western Cuba by
E-bike

Cycling

Western Cuba by
E-bike

  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity level Moderate
  • Includedaccomodation gear meals transport staff

A week long ride through vibrant Havana and the spectacular scenery of Western Cuba before relaxing on the white sands of Cayo Levisa.

From £949.00 / per person
  • Day 1
    Day 1

    Arrival in Havana

    Welcome to Havana! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your casa particular (private B&B service with a more personal touch)…

    • Casa Particular, Havana
  • Day 2
    Day 2

    Bike fitting and City Tour

    This morning your tour guide will officially introduce themselves to the group and we’ll start off in style by getting picked up in classic…

    • 15 km
    • Casa particular, Havana
    • Breakfast
  • Day 3
    Day 3

    To Las Terrazas Eco-Community

    This morning we start our ride in the Vedado district of Havana, heading west out of the city towards Mariel, home to the biggest…

    • 80 km
    • Hotel La Moka
    • Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 4
    Day 4

    Las Terrazas to Viñales

    Today we start early and cycle south through beautiful mountain landscapes towards Viñales in Cuba’s westernmost province, Pinar del Rio. Pinar del Rio produces…

    • 120 km
    • Casas Particulares, Viñales
    • Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 5
    Day 5

    To Cayo Levisa

    In the morning we’ll visit a tobacco farmer and receive explanations on the process of turning a tobacco plant into a cigar. Try your…

    • 70 km
    • Hotel Cayo Levisa
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 6
    Day 6

    Cayo Levisa

    Enjoy a day relaxing on this tropical island, relax on the beach and soak up some sun.

    • Hotel Cayo Levisa
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 7
    Day 7

    Cayo Levisa to Havana

    After breakfast, we take the ferry back to the mainland and continue by bus to Havana. In the capital we pick up our e-bikes…

    • 25 km
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
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  • Day 1

    Day 1: Arrival in Havana

  • Day 2

    Day 2: Bike fitting and City Tour

  • Day 3

    Day 3: To Las Terrazas Eco-Community

  • Day 4

    Day 4: Las Terrazas to Viñales

  • Day 5

    Day 5: To Cayo Levisa

  • Day 6

    Day 6: Cayo Levisa

  • Day 7

    Day 7: Cayo Levisa to Havana

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FAQ

What is included?

  • Transfers from airport upon arrival and departure if on first and last days of tour
  • Transfer of luggage throughout but not hotel porterage
  • Bike Hire: Corratec E-Power with a Bosch Active Motor.  4 support grades and 8 gears, front fork suspension.  Male and female styles frames available.
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in hotels, 3 nights in casas particulares on B&B basis
  • Meals: all breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners.  Lunches will be in restaurants or picnics depending on the day. 
  • Classic American car tour; entrances to Las Terrazas Biosphere; visit to tobacco farm; Santo Tomas cave, maritime transport to Cayo Levisa; visits to ceramics workshop, medicinal plants organisation and agricultural unit in Havana. 
  • Staff:  Local English-speaking Cuban guide/mechanic throughout, and driver.  Professional mechanic for bike fitting on Day 2.  For groups of 8 pax or more, the mechanic will accompany group throughout.
  • Transport in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Support: 100% vehicle support during rides
  • Mineral water on cycling days

What is not included?

  • Flights to and from Cuba
  • Travel/medical Insurance (compulsory to provide proof of cover for entry into Cuba)
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc)
  • Extension nights (e.g. in Havana) and transfers to airports thereafter
  • Vaccinations
  • Visas (Tourist Cards)
  • Cycling Helmet (compulsory) and water bottle
  • Tips for guide, driver and local staff.  We recommend that each participant contributes a minimum of CUC 25 – CUC 30 to be shared between the local staff.

Is this tour right for me?

  • Group Size 2 – 12 people of mixed nationalities and cycling ability. Minimum age 16 years (accompanied by an adult).
  • Mostly on paved, quiet rural roads, with some pot-holes. Hot and humid conditions, especially during summer months.    
  • A good level of fitness is required. 
  • Mostly on paved, quiet rural roads, with some pot-holes.
  • Some challenging climb sections (see daily ride profiles in itinerary)
  • No. of days cycling: 5
  • Total Distance: 310 km
  • Average Daily Distance: 62km
  • Moderate Pace: approx. 20-25 kmph
  • 100% vehicle support throughout rides—jump on the bus whenever you like!

Essential packing list

  • Cycling helmet compulsory
  • Water bottle
  • Padded cycling shorts (with loose ‘over-shorts’ if you prefer)
  • Lightweight waterproof /windproof top or jacket
  • Breathable clothing
  • High factor sun cream (50+), sunglasses and sun hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent – tropical strength
  • Long sleeved shirts and light trousers for the evenings
  • A sense of humour and patience are useful in Cuba!

If you would like to buy one of our Cubania Travel cycling tops or a pair of cycling shorts ready for your trip, see our online store!

Optional items

  • Most people bring a small back pack which they keep on the bus for easy access during the day. Typically they will carry a spare T shirt, their valuables, snacks and a camera.
  • Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking but are not essential
  • Cycling gloves
  • Comfortable trainers for walking
  • Torch
  • You may like to bring your own gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes.

Throughout the tour we stay in a range of accommodation typical to any trip to Cuba, with a mixture of hotels and private accommodation (Casas particulares). It’s fair to say that the standard of Cuban accommodation is not always comparable to that which you would expect in other countries owing to years of isolation, under-investment in the country’s infrastructure and effect of the US trade Embargo. Anyone travelling to the island should be prepared to rough it a bit at times! Décor tends to be a little dated, there might be the occasional power cut, and you may find that your water pressure isn’t all it could be. Fortunately, it’s warm enough most days that the lack of hot water is not a major problem!

Hotel La Moka and Hotel Cayo Levisa are both 3 star with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. We will use Casas Particulares in Viñales and in Havana. Most people love the opportunity this gives to stay in a relatively normal Cuban home and see how Cubans live. These homes are simple compared to ours but the welcome is warm and rooms clean. All the casas also have air conditioning an en suite bathrooms. You’ll be spoilt at breakfast in the mornings.

Cuba doesn’t have the same variety of international cuisine we might be used to although in recent years lots of privately run restaurants (“paladars”) have opened (particularly in Havana) offering a wider choice and better quality food than the government run establishments. Think soul food – rice, black beans, slow roast pork and chicken, fresh fish, lobster and plenty of tropical fruit.

For those with special dietary requirements, be prepared for a very limited menu while you are in Cuba. There are very few vegetarians and vegans in Cuba so there are sometimes misperceptions as to what you can eat. Vegetarians often bring snacks and spreads to liven up their meals.

It can also be difficult to find a decent sandwich in Cuba so please don’t give your guide a hard time if he recommends a proper sit-down meal for lunch! Cubans generally eat two full meals a day and don’t have many places that cater for snack lunches yet, so the sandwiches tend to be pretty basic. Some people bring snacks such as protein bars from home, but this is not strictly necessary as we provide local snacks such as fresh fruit and peanuts on all our rides.

Cuba is the land of the Mojito, Daiquiri and Cuba Libre. You’ll find that plenty of rum-based drinks all over the country with prices ranging from 2-6 CUC for most cocktails. But beware, they don’t use measuring glasses, so they might be stronger than the ones you have tried at home!

All our guides at Cubania are Cuban nationals who are registered with and trained by Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism. They come from all kinds of different personal and professional backgrounds. They’ve been teachers, I.T. professionals, bakers, vets, army officers and even underwear salesmen! What they have in common is that they are all highly educated graduates who are passionate about guiding and proud of their beautiful country. They all speak excellent English and receive annual training in First Aid. Our bike guides are trained in leading E-biking trips.

Day 1: Arrival in Havana

  • Casa Particular, Havana

Welcome to Havana! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your casa particular (private B&B service with a more personal touch) in a central location in vibrant Havana. Enjoy a rest after your flight and take your time this evening to soak up the atmosphere.

Day 2: Bike fitting and City Tour

  • 15 km
  • Casa particular, Havana
  • Breakfast

This morning your tour guide will officially introduce themselves to the group and we’ll start off in style by getting picked up in classic American cars for a memorable tour of Old Havana. Once the key to the New World, Havana’s elegant colonial townhouses and opulent plazas are vivid reminders of its past splendour. Enjoy lunch at a local paladar in the old town before having a bike fitting and safety briefing as we jump on to our e-bikes for the first time. Our ride will be through the modern neighbourhoods of Vedado and Miramar. We’ll stop on the way at Revolution Square, the face of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary Cuba, before continuing to Colon Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Latin America. After a spin around the impressive mansion-lined streets of Miramar district, we’ll head back east, stopping at the iconic Hotel Nacional for a cocktail. The Hotel Nacional opened in 1930 and has since hosted many famous (and infamous) personalities. Its splendid gardens overlook the Malecón sea wall and are the perfect place to enjoy a sunset Mojito. Later on this evening there’s the option of visiting the legendary Tropicana show or other venues that your guide will suggest.

Day 3: To Las Terrazas Eco-Community

  • 80 km
  • Hotel La Moka
  • Breakfast, lunch

This morning we start our ride in the Vedado district of Havana, heading west out of the city towards Mariel, home to the biggest construction project in Cuba since the triumph of the Revolution. As we continue westwards towards Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range, the landscape will grow progressively greener and hillier. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy lunch at a scenic restaurant set in a former coffee plantation, Buenavista. This afternoon we’ll have a tour of Las Terrazas, an eco-village that was founded in 1968 and is dedicated to reforestation, ecological improvement and ecotourism. As well as being a subtropical paradise, it has a vibrant arts and crafts scene with plenty of opportunity to get to know local artisans. Tonight we’ll be staying in La Moka, an ecological hotel that has managed to adapt perfectly to the surrounding landscape. Overlooking the small community of Las Terrazas, the hotel is surrounded by wooded hills and inspiring natural scenery. La Moka’s unique atmosphere, mixing contemporary elements with colonial Spanish architecture, makes it the perfect place to relax and enjoy this beautiful biosphere reserve. You may want to have dinner at the hotel, or instead try Las Terrazas’ pioneering vegetarian restaurant, El Romero.

Day 4: Las Terrazas to Viñales

  • 120 km
  • Casas Particulares, Viñales
  • Breakfast, lunch

Today we start early and cycle south through beautiful mountain landscapes towards Viñales in Cuba’s westernmost province, Pinar del Rio. Pinar del Rio produces the best tobacco in the world, and you’ll soon start to notice fields filled with leafy tobacco plants. We’ll be biking through tiny rural villages, taking in lush and verdant landscapes as well as the many quirks of country life in Cuba. Today’s ride involves plenty of challenging hills, but it’s worth it for the breath-taking views! We’ll stop somewhere scenic en route for a picnic lunch. Enjoy this evening at leisure in Viñales, there are a host of bars and restaurants to choose from in the town centre, and you may even find some live music just off the main plaza.

Day 5: To Cayo Levisa

  • 70 km
  • Hotel Cayo Levisa
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning we’ll visit a tobacco farmer and receive explanations on the process of turning a tobacco plant into a cigar. Try your hand at rolling! We’ll then take a walking tour through a short section of the Cueva Santo Tomás, one of the largest cave systems in the Caribbean. Afterwards, we cycle through wonderful landscapes of tobacco, sugar cane and palm until reaching the northern coastline at Puerto Esperanza. In this small fishing village, barely touched by tourism, we’ll enjoy lunch before jumping on to our support vehicle for a short transfer to Palma Rubia port. Here we’ll take a ferry to the small island of Cayo Levisa, a beautiful secluded slice of beach paradise. Relax and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening on the beach.

Day 6: Cayo Levisa

  • Hotel Cayo Levisa
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy a day relaxing on this tropical island, relax on the beach and soak up some sun.

Day 7: Cayo Levisa to Havana

  • 25 km
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, we take the ferry back to the mainland and continue by bus to Havana. In the capital we pick up our e-bikes again and head out on an excursion to some lesser-visited places just outside the city. We’ll stop in the suburban community of El Cano, where many inhabitants live off making pottery and we’ll visit a local ceramics workshop. We’ll continue our exploration of the area by visiting an organization for the research and development of medicinal plants, as well as a local agricultural factory. Our tour ends at a local farm, or finca, which produces seasonal fruit and vegetables and sells them at market in Havana. We’ll be shown around the farm by an employee, who’ll explain a little about Cuba’s state-run agricultural system. Then we’ll celebrate a Fiesta Campesina with our hosts, tucking into delicious creole food and cocktails made with fresh ingredients from the farm. Afterwards we return to Havana.

What's included?

Accommodation

3 nights in hotels, 3 nights in casas particulares

Gear

Bike Hire

Meals

All Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners

100% vehicle support

during rides, Cubania office 24 hour contact

Staff

English-Speaking Cuban tour guide, bus driver, mechanic (day 2 only)

What's not included: Flights, travel insurance, vaccinations, visas, gratuities

What to bring

1. Cycling helmet

compulsory

2. Water bottle

standard water bottle holder on each bike

3. Sun protection

high strength sunscreen, sunglasses for cycling, sun hat

4. Cycling clothes

You should bring light cotton and linen clothing suitable for tropical climates. For the evenings bring lightweight clothes, some mosquito repellent and a jacket or fleece.   Cubans dress casually but are always impeccably turned out. Avoid bringing expensive or flashy jewellery.

Is this tour for me?

Travel style: Cycling

Discover Cuba on a bike while immersing yourself in local culture.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

You are used to exercising, have a good level of fitness and enjoy being active.

Group style: Small

2 - 12 people, mixed nationalities and cycling ability. Minimum age 16 years (accompanied by an adult)

Notes:

Mostly on paved, quiet rural roads, with some pot-holes. Hot and humid conditions, especially during summer months

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