West and Central Cuba by e-bike

    • Havana
    • Viñales
    • Pinar del Río Province
    • Bay of Pigs
    • Cienfuegos City
    • Trinidad
    • Remedios
    • Sancti Spíritus City
    • Cayo Las Brujas
    • Las Terrazas
    • History
    • Culture
    • E-bike
Create fantastic memories on this 13-day e-bike tour through western and central Cuba. Pedal through impressive natural sceneries, along rural roads, past countryside towns and the stunning Caribbean southern shore. Meet fantastic people and learn about their  everyday life on your way across charming Havana, the ecological reserve of Las Terrazas, the tobacco mecca in Vueltabajo, the spectacular mogotes of Viñales, the beautiful coastal area of Bay of Pigs, the peninsula of Punta Gorda in maritime Cienfuegos and the colonial cities of Sancti Spíritus and Trinidad. Your tour ends at the idyllic Cayo Las Brujas, an unforgettable beach.
Highlights:
- Take in the singular laid-back Cuban way of life, while e-biking at a comfortable pace.
- Admire the scenery along little known routes.
- Enjoy some of the most beautiful, yet largely unknown, beaches on the west of the island: Cayo Jutías, Ancón and Las Brujas.
- Visit three National Parks: Viñales, La Güira and Zapata Swamps.
- In case you feel too tired, there is always a support vehicle available for you to rest without missing the tour.
- Guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 pax; 12 pax maximum.
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Departure time
Flexible
Start/finish
Starts and ends in Havana
Character
Private or group
Languages
English, German, Spanish

Day 1: Arrival in Havana

Welcome at the airport and transfer to a casa particular where your lovely hosts await.
Accommodation with breakfast included: Casa Particular La Siguaraya or similar

After breakfast, hop on a cocotaxi to go from downtown Havana to Old Havana. Stroll through the streets and alleys taking in icons, such as the Arms Square, El Templete, the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the Cathedral Square, the Old Square and the Bodeguita del Medio, watering hole of American writer Ernest Hemingway.
After lunch (not included), enjoy a ride in a 1950s American classic car to the Morro Castle, along the famous Malecón, all the way to the neighbourhood of Vedado. Then, after a safety briefing, pick up your e-bike for a tour of modern Havana. Your first stop will be the Revolution Square, where the greatest demonstrations in Cuba have taken place. Admire the imposing José Martí sculpture and “Che” Guevara’s gigantic headshot silhouette wrought in bronze. Continue along the legendary Christopher Columbus cemetery, cross the bridge over the Almendares River and meander through the residential neighbourhood of Miramar to appreciate the magnificent mansions of the old bourgeois families. Later, transfer to your casa particular (B)
Accommodation with breakfast included: Casa Particular La Siguaraya or similar

The tobacco route takes you to Pinar del Río, the greenest of all Cuban provinces, blessed with the best soil for tobacco in the world and spectacular limestone formations called mogotes. Visit a tobacco farm where you will be able to appreciate the entire process, from the cultivation of the crop, to the treatment of the leaves, to the rolling of the cigars. Enjoy a typical Cuban lunch and, after coffee, you will have the opportunity to light one of the exquisite puros made in house.
Later, continue on ebike across the city of Pinar del Río and onto the mountainous road leading to the stunning Viñales Valley. The valley and its iconic mogotes, home to a rich biota, will welcome you to the town, just a few kilometres ahead, where your casa particular accommodation awaits. (B/L)
Accommodation with breakfast included: Casa Particular Joel Prieto or similar

In the morning, the excursion to Cayo Jutías, a small island in the north coast of the province of Pinar del Río, famous for its white-sand beach, begins. Leave Viñales by a sinuous road, across mogotes and fields where farmers and oxen can be seen labouring. Once at the shore, take a 14 km embankment leading to the heavenly island of Cayo Jutías. Free time to bathe. Lunch (not included) can be had directly at the beach. Well into the afternoon, return to Viñales by bus. (B)
Accommodation with breakfast included: Casa Particular Joel Prieto or similar

After breakfast, proceed to the National Park La Guira, passing by Los Portales Cave, headquarters of Argentinian guerrilla fighter Ernesto “Che” Guevara during the Missile Crisis. Amidst the natural environment, enjoy some refreshments. At the national park, admire the various stone sculptures in harmony with the green natural setting. Hit the road back on your e-bike down to thehighway, along paths untouched by tourism.
Get on the bus to continue to Las Terrazas Ecological Reserve, where your Moka Hotel is found. This environmentally friendly hotel, at the heart of a community created to support a forestry project, was designed to integrate into the landscape. The surrounding forest hills are ideal to relax and stroll around leisurely. In a unique atmosphere, learn about the various community projects. (B/BL/D)
Accommodation with breakfast and dinner included: Standard room at Moka Hotel (3.5*)

A full day to enjoy pure nature and fresh air. After breakfast, explore the forest of the Biosphere Reserve on your e-bike. Visit the remains of an old coffee estate, then take a refreshing dip in the San Juan River. Drop off your e-bike to enjoy the afternoon at leisure. You might want to do a canopy excursion or a boat tour on the lake. Dinner at El Romero (subject to availability), one of the first vegetarian restaurants in Cuba. (B/D)
Accommodation with breakfast and dinner included: Standard room at Moka Hotel (3.5*)

Depart for Central Cuba on the bus along the highway. En route, stop at the old sugar mill Australia, where you will be introduced to the sugar cane industry in Cuba. Continue on your e-bike across the National Park Ciénaga de Zapata, a marshland known for its rich birdlife, along Bay of Pigs up to your casa particular in Playa Larga. Your homestay is at a quiet coastal village inhabited by humble people and few tourists, who seek authentic experiences. In the afternoon, time at leisure to explore the community and enjoy the beach. (B)
Accommodation with breakfast included: Casa Particular Villa Playa Tropical or similar

For e-bikers, the seaside road of Bay of Pigs is particularly fun to go along. It runs between the sea and the dense vegetation of the swamps, linking interesting places, such as la Cueva de los Peces, the largest cenote in Cuba, Punta Perdiz, a heavenly diving spot, and Playa Girón, battleground of the infamous CIA-supported invasion in 1961. At the latter, visit the local museum to learn about the historic clash through an exhibition that includes a plane used in the battle.
For the final stretch of your ebike tour head to Caleta Buena, a gorgeous place along the sea, where your lunch will be set up. After a short break, proceed to Cienfuegos on the bus. The “Pearl of the South” was founded by the French and features a modern urban layout and fascinating neoclassical architecture. (B/L)
Accommodation with breakfast included: Casa Particular Maikel or similar

Your day begins with a tour of the centre of the city of Cienfuegos on e-bike. Then head for the city of Trinidad, famous for its well preserved colonial architecture. To your left, appreciate the Escambray Mountain Range, where the National Park Topes de Collantes is. Lunch break at La Vega estate, where you will savour traditional dishes while enjoying the exuberant nature.
Proceed along the panoramic seaside road to Trinidad, crossing over rivers. At the end of a steep hill, a sign indicates you have arrived to your destination: welcome to Trinidad! Here, hundreds of homestays allow you to live with Cuban families. Welcome and check in at your casa particular. In the evening, explore the Trinitarian nightlife enjoying live music and dance at Casa de la Música or Casa de la Trova (optional). (B/L)
Accommodation with breakfast included: Casa Particular Osmari y Alberto or similar

Morning walk through the oldest part of the city, which is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Start at the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by magnificent houses and an old church. Wander along cobblestone streets through craft markets and small squares. Visit a museum showcasing objects that tell the story of the city and indulge your palate with a traditional cocktail. In the afternoon, get on your e-bike for a 11 km transfer to Ancón beach, where you will have the opportunity to relax, swim and sunbathe. (B)
Accommodation with breakfast included: Casa Particular Osmari y Alberto or similar

First stop on your e-bike today is the Sugar Mills Valley, where tens of sugar mills sprung up in the 19th century. Manaca-Iznagais one of them; and its bell tower is an architectural symbol of the region, one that reminisces about the dark times of slavery.
Continue to Sancti Spíritus, the capital city and namesake of the province; one of the first seven Spanish villas founded in Cuba. To best take in the colonial atmosphere, your homestay will be situated near the centre of the city. In the evening, stroll along the Yayabo bridge, an architectural landmark not to be missed. (B/BL)
Accommodation with breakfast included: Hotel E Rijo (3*) or similar

Leave on the bus for the town of Placetas, well off the traditional touristic routes. From there, e-bike through rural roads to Remedios, one of the oldest cities in Cuba. Once at the main square, learn about the Parrandas Remedianas, one of the most popular celebrations on the island, which takes place every year at Christmas. Back to your bus, set out on a trip along a causeway to a beautiful beach in Cayo Las Brujas for your last overnight of the tour. (B/D)
Accommodation with breakfast included: standard room, Villa Las Brujas (3*)

After breakfast, head to Havana via Varadero. The transfer takes several hours. For those wanting more time at the beach, an extension in Cayo Santa María or Varadero is possible. (B)
It is impossible to guarantee timely arrival at the airport for your return flight on the same day. Therefore it is recommended for you to book an extra night in Varadero or Havana.


- Roundtrip in air-conditioned vehicle (microbus/bus) of customary quality with chauffeur:
  With 02 - 03 participants by microbus (7 seats)
  With 04 - 07 participants by minibus (16 seats)
  With 08 - 10 participants by minibus (24 seats)
  From 11 participants by bus (34 seats)
- Transfer from Havana airport to Casa Particular.
- Modern e-bike during the roundtrip days 2 - 12
- 20l of water
- Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the programme
- During the roundtrip days 1 - 13 multilingual Cuban guide.
  (Due to possible guide shortages, the airport transfer might be carried out by a Caribbean Tours representative.
- With more than 7 adults, a mechanic will be included on the tour
- 12 overnight stays at the mentioned accommodations (according to availability)
- 12 breakfasts, 2 lunchbox, 3 lunch, 3 dinners