Experience biking through Cuba’s corazón on our new tour through Central Cuba that takes you off the beaten path and Cuba’s tourist track. Havana, with its syncopated rhythms blending with the sultry tension of salsa. Remedios, Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus with their cobbled streets and tranquil country seats. Cienfuegos’ glimmering bays, Matanzas’ living stage of poets and plays. It’s a tour through Cuba’s heritage and homeland from the best seat in the house—a bicycle seat. We’ve also included two leisurely kayak paddles suitable for novice paddlers.
Pedal and paddle your way through Cuba’s far-flung and less-traveled countryside on a tour that begins and ends in Havana. We’ll take you on routes rich in scenic views, wildlife and meaningful interactions with Cuba’s people. Each day takes you not only across Cuba, but through it.
Please note: this itinerary and activities are subject to change due to factors such as weather, transportation schedules and availability of guest speakers. We always attempt to replace missed activities with similar opportunities that maintain the same spirit of the tour as well as our focus on People-to-People exchanges. This tour is run in partnership with Cuba Aventuras, a local Cuban outfitter.
Havana's bright culture
Museo de Ernesto Hemingway
Glittering Caribbean coastlines
Iglesia Mayor de San Juan Bautista
Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata
Hotel Las Americanas
or similar accommodation
Day 1: Bienvenido Cuba! Meet your Cuban bike tour leader and take a tour of Havana’s colonial buildings and sunny plazas.
Day 2: Havana, Palpite to Playa Larga. We breakfast together, then embark on our Cuban cycling journey from Jaguey Grande, stopping for lunch at Finca Fiesta Campesina – a quirky zoo where peacocks, deer and ducks mingle with jutía and manjuarí. Then we enter Zapata National Park and the beachside town of Playa Larga for a stroll on the beach before dinner.
Day 3: Snorkeling in the Bay of Pigs, morning ride, Remedios. We get up early to snorkel one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean, on the Bay of Pigs. Then we’ll hit the road for the day’s ride from Bermuda toward Yaguaramas. We’ll have a picnic lunch with local fruit juices from our amigos who run a café near our route. Then we’ll shuttle to Remedios and explore the city on foot later in the evening.
Day 4: Remedios to Sancti Spiritus. Our tour takes us through rolling hills and the city of Yaguajay as well as several other villages. The road is smooth, but we can see the rugged lines of a small cordillera and the uncultivated verdant of the Caguanes National Park in the distance. Before dinner, take the opportunity to walk the city.
Day 5: Sancti Spíritus to Trinidad. One of our favorite rides on the tour! After a nice, flat pastoral stretch we start a gradual ascent through farmlands with the verdant Escambray Mountains in the distance. We’ll stop in the town of Banao for an ice cream and mingle with the locals to learn from regular Cubans about their daily lives. Enjoy lunch at an 18th century colonial estate, then check into your lodging and enjoy the 16th century town of Trinidad with its wonderfully preserved Spanish architecture.
Day 6: Optional Morning Kayak OR Biking, Hiking Topes Collantes National Park. Today, you can choose to give your legs a rest and enjoy the charming flavor of historic Trinidad. Your morning highlight is a paddle on a beautiful river that flows past Trinidad. If you choose to bike instead, it’s a moderate 15 mile ride this morning. After lunch it’s a short drive into the mountains and the park Topes de Collantes, for a hike through the forest to a tropical waterfall.
Day 7: Trinidad to Cienfuegos. Today’s ride is filled with scenic views as you pedal along the coast, through rolling foothills and fields. It’s a stunning ride along the coast with mountains on one side and sea on the other. We take a break in Yaguanabo, where you can watch the turquoise waters of the ocean brush up against the looping beaches and take a dip in the water if you’d like. After the ride, Cienfuegos is a perfect place to relax and watch the setting sun spread its glow on the ocean.
Day 8: Morning Kayak, and then explore Cienfuegos before we return to Havana. We’ll tour the Museo de Ernesto Hemingway, then enjoy a final night and dinner together – reminiscing about the incredible memories made.
Day 9: Unless you have made plans to stay on your own and explore Cuba further, you will bid farewell to this lively country and fly home.
8 Breakfasts | 8 Lunches | 7 Dinners
PP Double Occupancy
Single Supplement fee*
*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.