In our quest to find new rides, we have this new two week expedition, in the far east of our beautiful island.
Starting in the city of Holguin and heading east to Cuba’s first village “Baracoa”, where Columbus first laid eyes on Cuba. We have in the past just used Baracoa as a staring point for CicloTemba & Trans Cuba rides but this time we linger at a wonderful beach, take in the city and also a river boat up the Rio Yumuri to a riverside restaurant for lunch.
Beyond Baracoa we enter the city of Guantanamo and even spend one night down in the bay with the American base in full view.
On to Santiago for another lingering 3 day stay to better absorb this historic city and it’s surroundings
From the city we head into the back of beyond and visit Biran, the homestead of the Castro Family and Fidel’s birthplace, this is no simple house and really worth the ride down an 8k back road. We will spend the next 2 nights up in the mountains of the Mayari forest at hotel so far from civilization, you will love it. Here we spend the second day riding to and from Cuba’s highest waterfall.
From the high mountain retreat we head to Guardalavaca for two days of beach before heading home
Friday, January 6th. Arrive in Holguin. Pick up at the airport by bus to Mayabe Mountain Hotel, spend the afternoon relaxing and building bikes for the start of your trip.
Monday, January 9th. Journey to hotel Rio Miel on a 30k stony road.
Thursday, January 12th. Ride 25k to Guantanamo Bay. The route is on a flat easy road along one of the best roads in Cuba. Stay in Hotel Caimanera.
Friday, January 13th. Ride to Santiago de Cuba with your personal choice of 95k. This is a very easy ride. If a little too far for you just hop in the bus. Hotel Las Americas
Saturday, January 14th. Enjoy a relaxing day by touring Santiago de Cuba by bus. Hotel Las Americas
Sunday, January 15th. Ride up La Gran Piedra, then on to Playa Siboney; the total ride of the day is 60k. Hotel Las Americas
Monday, January 16th. On this 82k journey, we visit the birthplace of Fidel Castro in the village of Biran. It is an option to cut the first 30k and start in Palma Soriano. Spend the night in a mountain hideaway, Stay overnight at Villa Pinares De Mayari.
Tuesday, January 17th. Enjoy lunch at the highest waterfall in Cuba, Salto Del Guayabo. The total journey is 30k on a good quality dirt road 🙂 Stay overnight at Villa Pinares De Mayari.
Friday, January 20th. Fly out of Holguin. Fly home
John Giokas is a retired lawyer who worked for three decades in Vancouver and Ottawa in the areas of Aboriginal law and policy and criminal law. He is married to Marie Cocking, is a member of the Ottawa Bike Club and is an avid recreational cyclist. He speaks English, French and Spanish, is a frequent visitor to Cuba and an enthusiastic supporter of CanBiCuba. To reach John you can call his cell @ (613) 261-5467 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Holguin / Baracoa / Guantanamo / Santiago De Cuba / Guardalavaca
All hotels are 3 star and include breakfast and dinner each day. Good packed lunches are difficult to guarantee and we find it much better to utilize roadside cafes and because these vary so much we do not include.
The use of energy bars and power drinks is common on our rides. However these commodities are not readily available in the shops of Cuba and rider bring from home
Your bus is your sanctuary. Ride any distance you wish. People hop on and off the bus as they see fit. There is a good supply of ride water on the bus and you can top up your bottles along the way
Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. This is often covered by the high-end credit cards, but please check with your specific provider.
Cuban health insurance is not mandatory on our rides. Your travel provider in your country of origin can best advise you in this regard. Cuba does sell health insurance and it is not expensive at approximately US$3;50 per day for US citizens. If you have questions, please contact us.
With a group or 10 or more riders CanBiCuba can offer the ability to customize a tour to suit your needs. Contact us to start planning your next great adventure.