22 (optionally 15) days, starting from € 1.590,-
Sierra Maestra: Harsh Mountain Range
The East of Cuba is one of the most diverse regions in terms of scenery and climate. At the same time, its touristic development is relatively low. Here you can find the Sierra Maestra, the Humboldt National Park and - as a contrast - the nickel pits of Moa. In the easternmost corner lays Baracoa, oldest town and first capital of the country, with its special flair and spectacular surroundings.
This bike trip guides mostly along the coastline through rural areas. Some stages guide through hilly to mountainous territory, while about 85% of the roads are bituminized. A good condition is favorable. The roads' surface quality varies a lot, and so does the quality of the accommodations in these parts, ranging from solid middle class hotels to simple huts (so-called Campismos).
The tour takes 22 days, but we also offer a variant of 15 days duration with a finish in Baracoa and a transfer back to Holguín.
|Our bicycle tour at a glance|
|Total duration (days)||22 resp. 15|
|Bike stages / Days off||14 / 8 resp. 10 / 5|
|Length of stage (km), Ø||70|
|Total length (km), approx.||1000 resp. 700|
|Cycling time per stage, Ø||5 hrs|
|Participants (min / max)*||2 / 12|
Days 1 and 2: Arrival
Check-In into the hotel or casa particular in Holguín is in the afternoon. We use the first and second day in the nice city of Holguín to acclimatize and get a feel for our bikes.
Day 3 (80 km): Towards the Sierra Maestra
Early in the morning we start our tour towards Bayamo, capital of the province Granma. The road is mostly plain and of good quality, we'll reach our destination in a couple of hours. The foothills of the Western Sierra Maestra appear at the horizon.
Day 4 (70 km): An old port
Today we reach the old town Manzanillo, and with it the sea. Manzanillo is known for its moorish architecture.
Days 5 and 6 (77 km): Along the coastline
Our bike tour continues alongside Cuba's coastline. We spend two nights in Niquero, a friendly and untouristic little town.
Day 7 (61 km): Reaching the Caribbean
After breakfast we're heading to Pilón. This stage offers some inclines as we'll be crossing the Western foothils of the Sierra Maestra, but the descent leads through a spectacular scenery. We'll be spending the night in a nice little holiday site.
Day 8 (60 km): Passing the Pico Turquino
The street proceeds between the mountains to the left and the ocean to the right, and there's almost no traffic. At Rio Turquino's embouchure we will spend the night in one of Cuba's campismos.
Day 9 (53 km): Heading for Santiago
We are on our way to Santiago, but won't be able to reach it for another day.
Days 10 and 11 (78 km) Santiago, cradle of the Cuban Revolution
At the end of a small stage along the shore we reach Santiago de Cuba, the country's second biggest town. We still have enough time for a stroll through town. The next day we will explore Santiago's sights; the Moncada barracks, the stronghold El Morro, the oldtown, the Casa de la Trova and more...
Day 12 (85 km): Guantanamera, Guajira Guantanamera ...
Continuing our bike trip we'll be reaching Guantanamo today, mostly known for the lady in the popular song.
Day 13 (80 km): Cuban savanna
The landscape changes; the southern coast is more dry and full of cacti. Adventuresome roads lead us to the small village of Imías. Here we'll be spending another night in a campismo. From this point, the Farola pass is only 20 km in front.
Days 14 to 16 (75 km): La Farola and Baracoa
The pass "La Farola" leads across the Sierra, from dry savanna to tropical rainforest. This stages contains massive inclines, but easily manageable with some breaks. In the afternoon of day 16 we reach Baracoa after a joyous descent. The next two days we can explore the city, enjoy the beach and the nightlife or undertake some excursions (optional), like ascenting table mountain "El Yunque" or experience Cuba's wildest jungle river (Rio Toa) in the Humboldt National Park.
For those who book the 15-day version of this trip, the journey ends in Baracoa. After the breakfast of day 15 we will organize a transfer for you and your bike and bring you back to Holguín.
Day 17 (80 km): Passing Humboldt National Park
The bike tour continues towards Moa with an option for a bathing stop at Playa Maguana. Later on we will reach the nickel pits of Moa.
Days 18 and 19 (72 km): Mayarí
We are crossing a hilly cultivated landscape towards Mayarí or Cayo Saetía (subject to disposability). We spend two nights with the possibility for some hikes.
Day 20 (78 km): To reach the beach
Another stage and we reach Guardalavaca, East Cuba's beach holiday site.
Day 21 (57 km): Back to Holguín
We're closing the circle and cycle back to Holguín for our last night.
Day 22: Farewell
We can take a last stroll through the city before departing.
Please note: We usually book the hotels mentioned in our travel information. Unfortunately, it is possible that we have to alter the reservation at short notice because of the current capacity situation. This could occasionally lead to changes in the itinerary.