The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is a fascinating country. With relatively little traffic, friendly and curious locals, an eternal summer, endless unspoiled coastline and a fascinating blend of cultures, it’s an ideal place to explore by bicycle. On this educational People-to-People group tour, we have many interchanges with the Cuban people we meet along the way, as well as a number of scheduled experiences designed to provide you with more insight into the culture and history of the country. We are accompanied by Cuban Cyclists who share their experiences of cycling in Cuba and give us an insight into the cycling culture of the country as well as the challenges that cyclists face.
Now is undoubtedly a fantastic time to visit Cuba to see and experience the island. Visiting Cuba is like stepping back in time as little has changed over the past 50 years. Its a fascinating place to see: a very different culture and a step back in time.
To fully enjoy the Cuban experience you should travel with a willingness to expect the unexpected and, above all, an adventurous spirit. In our opinion go now and experience this unique destination before it changes.
In city centres, from Havana to Santiago, ramshackle streets are lined with decaying colonial mansions and art deco towers, while rectangular Soviet apartment blocks dominate the suburbs. 1950s Cadillacs chug alongside horse-drawn carriages, arthritic rickshaws and sleek diplomats’ saloons, swiftly overtaken by bright yellow eggshells on motorbike chassis. Out in the countryside, from the tobacco fields to the Sierra Maestra, the highways are lined with billboards extolling the virtues of the Revolution.
Our tour starts in Havana, the capital city that was once larger than New York City! It is always a good place to gain insight into the culture of the island. The old town, Habana Vieja, is being painstakingly renovated and many of the colonial palaces have been converted into desirable boutique hotels. Others are museums and art galleries containing unrivaled treasures or Revolutionary memorabilia.
On the south coast, Trinidad is one of the best-preserved towns in the Americas and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It remains in a time warp from the Spanish colony of the 19th century, with its cobbled streets, tiled roofs, wrought-iron railings, churches, palaces and humble dwellings. We also visit the beautiful city of Cienfuegos, set on a beautiful bay and filled with historic architecture.
Generally speaking, the tour is a fairly flat course over 300 miles in 5 days with a few challenges thrown in for good measure! We are engaging with the Cuban people and Cuban cyclists as much as possible. Expect very active and full days as we immerse ourselves into the different world that is Cuba!
Storm and the Cycle Caribbean Team