Guantanamo Mango 2017

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

Day 1 – Arrival

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.

Day 2

Saturday, January 7th. Ride 50k  on an easy terrain. Arriving at Cayo Saetia game reserve.

Route

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8160005

Day 3

Sunday, January 8th, Ride from Moa to a small quiet beach 20k from Baracoa. Overnight in VILLA MAGUANA

The ride is only 47k but it is not a good road

Route

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8160308

Day 4

Monday, January 9th. Journey to hotel Rio Miel on a 30k stony road.

Day 5

Tuesday, January 10th. A 27k ride to a scenic  boat ride, along the Yumuri river. Lunch on river bank. Return to Hotel Miel on the Malecon in Baracoa

Route

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8160863

Day 6

Wednesday, January 11th. 85k Great coastal ride with beach stop for lunch. Overnight in Hotel Guantanamo

Route

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8160935

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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

Day 9

Saturday, January 14th. Enjoy a relaxing day by touring Santiago de Cuba by bus. Hotel Las Americas

Day 10

Sunday, January 15th. Ride up La Gran Piedra, then on to Playa Siboney; the total ride of the day is 60k. Hotel Las Americas

Day 11

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.

Route

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8161711

Day 12

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.

Route

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8162391

Day 13

Wednesday, January 18th. Ride to Banes with an optional extra 35k on to Guardalavaca The last part is hilly.

Morning route to Banes http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8162424

Optional extra afternoon ride http://ridewithgps.com/routes/816245

Day 14

Thursday, January 19th. 22k ride to a small village outside of Guardalavaca.

Route

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8162525

Day 15

Friday, January 20th. Fly out of Holguin. Fly home

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Tour Leader

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 john.giokas@sympatico.ca

 

Cities

Holguin / Baracoa / Guantanamo / Santiago De Cuba / Guardalavaca

Accommodation

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

Support Bus

support bus support busYour 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

 

 

 

Cost

The land cost is US$1900 for double occupancy on this tour.
The land cost is US$2200  for a single occupancy. Should you register looking to share with an another and we are not able to find an acceptable companion, you will need to pay the Single Supplement charge.

Insurance

Travel Insurance

Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. This is often covered by the high-end credit cards, but please check with your specific provider.

Health Insurance

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.

Customize This Tour

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.