The West of Cuba by e-bike and BMW Enduro

    • Havana
    • Las Terrazas
    • Viñales
    • Outdoors
    • Culture, Nature, History
    • Adventure
    • E-bike
    • Motorcycle

Meet Cuba at the pace that suits Cuba. On foot, on your e-bike and on your Enduro. 
El ritmo de Cuba

Two cycling routes have been composed for you, in and around Havana, with unbeaten paths. Special features that you see best on a bicycle. Your e-bike is super cool with a fancy European design. Your guide tells his stories. He knows the way.

With your Enduro you are a true 'king of the road' on the winding, provincial track. On your way for two days, there are about 600 kilometers (373 miles) to cover. Challenging roads, pristine landscape, villages, coastlines, views.
Cuba muy auténtica

The engine hums the way it must hum, a party for the motorcycle enthusiast.

El ritmo del Enduro

After an exciting journey, you will find your bed made in the peaceful Valley of Viñales. The serene rhythm of the countryside.
El ritmo del Campo

Back in Havana, your guide will show you the east side of the bay of Havana. You can easily get there on your e-bike. Rather a miracle that so few travelers visit this area. You will see it all passing by at an appropriate pace.
El ritmo del e-bike
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Departure time
Flexible
Start/finish
Begins and ends in Havana
Character
Individual/Private
Languages
English, German, Other languages on request, Spanish

Day 1: Arrival in Havana

Welcome to Havana airport. Transfer to your accommodation. You will stay in a Cuban homestay, a casa particular.
Wander through this fascinating backdrop of monumental sights and enjoy this vibrant city. 

Accommodation: Casa particular, Havana

    • Havana
    • No meals included today

 approx. 40 km/25 mi

Have breakfast on time at your casa particular. The guide will knock on your door at 9 am.

After a short introduction to the e-bikes, handlebars and saddle will be adjusted to your size. You will receive instructions and explanations, about the roads, the traffic, the rules and what you should pay attention to as a cyclist.

Let’s start our e-bikes for a matchless tour through Havana. A cruising speed of 20 to 25 kilometers (12 to 15 miles) per hour can be reached without too much effort, the ideal pace to absorb Havana. This enchanting city is one major attraction. What to think of Callejón de Hamel, a colorful alley, where the Afro-Cuban Santería religion is kept alive with rituals and rhythms, dance and street art, a tribute to the ancient Yoruba culture.

We also stop at El Capitolio, El Parque Central, the Gran Teatro, at the Perfume house, at El Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Your guide will describe the sights.

We must get off the e-bikes in the historic center. It is largely car-free, and the narrow streets are filled with pedestrians. Besides, this UNESCO world heritage site is best to be explored on foot. Wander through the labyrinth of Havana, through lively alleys and over the most beautiful squares; Plaza Vieja, Plaza San Francisco de Asís, Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza de Armas. Beautifully restored monumental buildings.

You can cycle again. Pedal over the Paseo del Prado, a wide boulevard with green rows of trees and an enormous diversity of architecture.

After lunch, it’s time for the Malecón; a 7-kilometer-long seawall annex boulevard. The outdoor living room of the Habaneros. We cycle past Hotel Nacional de Cuba, through the elegant residential area of Vedado with its architectural diversity. We will be cycling on the street Calle 23, not far from the Rampa and finally reach, via the Avenida Paseo, the historic revolution square. Try to imagine how Fidel fervently spoke here many hours for a mass of enthusiastic Cubans. Hasta La Victoria Siempre.

Time for a refreshment. Let’s make a final stop to recover, perhaps not from cycling, more because of the many impressions of today.

The evening is yours. You will spend the night in the same accommodation.

    • Havana
    • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

There will be breakfast. Only take the essentials with you, we take care of your other luggage.

Did your e-bike feel cool, attracting many admiring glances, today you will trade it in for the bigger work. From ponypower to horsepower. In the Miramar district you will pick up your motorcycle; a BMW-Enduro, German reliability and technology in a sub-tropical setting.

We will head westwards, and it is good to know that the most beautiful roads are not always the best. Through smaller roads near the north coast, we will ride inland to Las Terrazas, a dream spot in the middle of the Sierra del Rosario.

Las Terrazas is one of the oldest and most successful projects in the field of small-scale eco-tourism, when Cuba, with a slight reluctance, opened itself up to international tourism. From motorcycle suit to swimwear for a refreshing dip in the Rio San Juan. Las Terrazas also has perfect choices for a good lunch (optional).

In the afternoon, travel through the lovely landscape of the Sierra del Rosario to the Valley of Viñales. The road conditions are getting less but your BMW is built for it. That makes life beautiful. Drive with respect for the environment, many plant species here are rare, even for Cuba.

After a short stop at San Diego de los Baños, a spa town with medicinal water sources since the end of the 19th century, the route leads to National Park La Güira. Pass the Cueva de los Portales, a large cave where Che Guevara had its headquarters during the Cuba crisis in the ‘60s, with a small museum.

Viñales is one hour away. Watch out for potholes, watch out for slow traffic, be wise with your Enduro. The landscape will reward you. The best view of the valley can be achieved from Hotel Los Jazmines. 
Then you descend softly to the village to be welcomed in your casa particular.

In the evening, Viñales is full of promise, there are several dining options.

Accommodation: Casa particular, Viñales

    • Havana
    • Viñales
    • Meals included: breakfast

After breakfast you will leave Viñales behind. A stop has been planned at the cemetery of the Milicien in La Moncada. A little further you will pass the Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás, one of the largest cave systems in Cuba and in Latin America. The road from Sumidero to Isabel Rubio winds through a small valley. It is a pleasure to take the curves. Little traffic, a lonely  car, a farmer with his ox.

The provincial motorway, the Carretera Central, is surrounded by extensive tobacco fields on red soil, producing the best tobacco in the world.

Lunch (optional) could be taken in San Juan y Martinez.
We still have to ride quite a distance to reach our casa in Havana, but road conditions are in our favor.

Experience the contrast between the rustic countryside and the hectic city.
In the Miramar district you have to say goodbye to your motorcycle, perhaps with pain in your heart. However, there is a consolation; your e-bike the next day.

A transfer will bring you to your overnight address in Havana. A beautiful evening awaits.

Accommodation: Casa particular, Havana

    • Havana
    • Viñales
    • Meals included: breakfast

 approx. 40-50 km/25-31 mi

After breakfast, a reuniting with your e-bike. What a beauty it is. Even with a headwind, you don’t feel the headwind.

Pedaling, we will explore the east side of the city, mistakenly undervalued by travelers. There is much to see. We will take La Lanchita, a ferry that is almost exclusively used by Habaneros. First a visit to the church of Nuestra Señora de Regla, housing the black Madonna, iconic for both Christianity and the Afro-Cuban Santería.

Pass through Cojímar, a fishing village where Hemingway liked to come. Next, El Cristo with an exceptional view over Havana. Finally, you will see the forts, the castle of the Three Magical Kings of Morro, simply called El Morro, a fortress from 1585. It is situated at a 20-meter-high cliff at the entrance of the bay. Imagine yourself in the 16th century. Most of the spaces behind those thick walls are now dedicated to culture, but you can also order a drink. From high above, the Havana lighthouse is signaling.

The Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña is more recent (1774). It lies inland on the same hill as El Morro. Here you will also find La Comandancia del Che with original furniture and attributes from Che Guevara.

Time to go to your casa. The boat adventure back. A unique view of Havana. From the pier you will cycle a little further for some historic places and over the Malecón, as a farewell, before saying good-bye to your e-bike.

The evening in Havana is in front of you, plenty of time for a nice final chord in this beautiful place. You have seen a lot, experienced a lot in a short time. 

Accommodation: Casa particular, Havana 

    • Havana
    • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Breakfast is included. So is your departure transfer. The remaining time before your departure is yours. To pack your luggage, to enjoy yourself or to purchase souvenirs. 
 
We wish you a safe trip back home and hope to see you back soon. 
Hasta Cuba siempre!
 

    • Havana
    • Meals included: breakfast


  • Arrival transfer
  • 5 overnight stays in a casa particular, including breakfast
  • 2-day rental of e-bike including battery, bicycle lock, helmet
  • 2-day BMW-Enduro motorbike rental
  • Multilingual guide (English, German, Spanish, other languages on request) during cycling tours. English speaking guide during motorcycle days
  • Escort vehicle with mechanic, luggage, spare parts and spare bicycles during the cycling days
  • 3 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)
  • 2 x lunch (including 2 drinks per meal, local beer or soft drinks)
  • Program according to description
  • Departure transfer
Not included in the price
  • Other consumptions
  • Fuel motorcycle
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
 

You can adapt this travel program to your personal wishes. You can extend your trip. Would you like to book a longer stay in Havana? Add activities or excursions? Do you need any other travel services? We are happy to help you. Contact us. With your specific wishes and our knowledge, together we create the perfect trip. 

More remarks

  • The active time en-route is approximately 3 to 5 hours per day.
  • Clothing: sports or closed shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, (motor) jacket.
  • In order to provide a customized bike, we need some information from you. Are you male or female? Are there any specifics with regard to your size? Or is there perhaps a physical problem that we can help you with? 
  • A valid motorcycle license is required for the BMW-Enduro.
  • If possible, bring a motorcycle helmet and gloves. They can be rented locally but in a sober "Cuba variant". (Rent a motorcycle helmet and gloves costs €30 for two days. Co-riders will receive a 30% discount).
  • Visits to the described landmarks depend on opening times. If an entrance fee is requested, you can pay for it on the spot. 
  • Weather: Although Cuba has more than 300 days of sunshine per year, tropical rain shower may occur. We will decide whether we cycle on with or without a poncho, otherwise we will add an extra break.
  • Participants are advised to take out a travel accident, medical and liability insurance. The executing agency accepts no liability for damage that is not caused by them. All bicycles and motorcycles are delivered in perfect technical condition. 
  • The program may be subject to changes due to local conditions, such as closures (repair works), weather and road conditions, etc.