West and Central Cuba by e-bike
Meet amazing people and learn about their daily lives. Cycle leisurely through Havana, to the ecological reserve of Las Terrazas or the tobacco mecca in Vueltabajo, near the spectacular mogotes of Viñales. It is a pleasure to pedal in the coastal area of the Bay of Pigs and through maritime Cienfuegos. Walk and cycle through colonial towns such as Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad and Remedios.
All in all, you cycle about 600 kilometers, (373 mi), an average of 50 km per day (31 mi), with some exceptions), alternating from flat to hilly. The solid German e-bikes have 8 gears and are of outstanding quality. Always remember that a 'support vehicle' will accompany you throughout the journey. If the fatigue (or heat) strikes, you continue comfortably in a car or minivan.
- 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 tranquil, beaches: Cayo Jutías, Ancón and Las Brujas.
- Visit four National Parks: Viñales, La Güira, Las Terrazas and Zapata Swamps.
- In case you need a break, there is always a support vehicle available for you to rest without missing the tour.
- Departure time
- Starts and ends in Havana (can also end in Cayo Santa Maria or Varadero)
- Private or group
- English, German, Spanish
Day 1: Arrival in Havana
Day 2: Havana
approx. 15 km, flat
After breakfast, hop on a cocotaxi, a funny egg-shaped motor vehicle. The cocotaxi takes you from the city-center to car-free historic Old Havana.
Stroll through the streets and alleys together with your guide. You'll pass landmarks like Plaza de Armas, El Templete, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, and American writer Ernest Hemingway's bar, the Bodeguita del Medio.
After lunch (not included), an American classic car from the 1950s drives you to the fortress of El Morro over the beloved promenade the Malecón.
Time to pick up your e-bike in the Vedado district and hear a safety briefing.
You will cycle your first (kilo) meters towards the Square of the Revolution, where for many decades large gatherings have taken place. Admire the imposing sculpture of José Martí and 'Che' Guevara's giant headshot silhouette, made in bronze.
Cycle on, past Havana's imposing cemetery. Cross the bridge over the Almendares River and pedal through the Miramar residential area with beautiful mansions of former bourgeois families. Afterwards you will be taken to your homestay.
Accommodation: Casa Particular in Havana (La Siguaraya or similar)
Day 3: Havana - San Juan y Martínez - Viñales (210 km / 130 mi)
approx. 50 km, hilly (e-bike from Héctor Luis’ farm to Viñales)
The Tobacco Route takes you to Pinar del Río, Cuba's greenest province, blessed with the best tobacco soil in the world and spectacular limestone formations called mogotes.
Visit a tobacco farm where you can follow the entire process, from growing the crop to handling the leaves, to rolling the cigars. Enjoy a typical Cuban lunch. After the coffee, you may want to light one home-made exquisite puro.
Continue on your e-bike through the town of Pinar del Río and along the pretty winding and hilly road that leads to the serene Viñales Valley.
The valley and its iconic mogotes, home to a rich flora and fauna, welcome you. So does your host family in their casa.
Accommodation: Casa Particular in Viñales (Joel Prieto or similar)
Day 4: Viñales - Cayo Jutías - Viñales (120 km / 75 mi)
approx. 60 km, hilly (e-bike from Viñales to Cayo Jutías)
In the morning you will depart by e-bike to Cayo Jutías, a small island on the north coast of the Pinar del Río province, popular for its white sandy beach.
Cycle out of the valley over a winding road, past mogotes and fields where farmers and oxen are plowing. Once at the coast, follow a 14 km long dike that leads to the paradise island of Cayo Jutías.
The afternoon, the sea and the beach are yours! Lunch is not included, but you can order it on site and eat it on the beach.
Later in the afternoon you will return to Viñales by bus.
Accommodation: Casa Particular in Viñales (Joel Prieto or similar)
Day 5: Viñales - Fierro - Las Terrazas (150 km / 93 mi)
approx. 90 km, hilly (e-bike from Viñales to Fierro)
After a hearty breakfast, cycle towards the La Güira National Park, passing the cave Los Portales. This was the headquarters of Argentine guerrilla fighter Ernesto "Che" Guevara during the 1962 missile crisis. Several stone sculptures are in harmony with the green surroundings. Enjoy a picnic in the middle of nature.
Cycle back to the highway, along paths hardly ever visited by tourists. It's a tough bike-ride today of no less than 90 km (56 mi), so time to continue by bus. Incidentally, for the entire journey and especially today, if you are tired from cycling, please be aware that you can always hop on the bus.
Today's final stop is the Las Terrazas Ecological Reserve, where the environmentally friendly hotel Moka utterly integrates with its environment. In 1968, the Cuban government started a reforestation project on the surrounding hills. This became an international success. Many workers continued to stay in Las Terrazas after the project was completed. The surrounding forest hills are ideal for relaxing and ambling. Many artists live here with open studios. Learn about the various community projects.
Accommodation: Standard room in Hotel Moka in Las Terrazas (3.5*)
Day 6: Las Terrazas
approx. 25 km, hilly
Serene day today! Enjoy a full day of 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, take a refreshing dip in the San Juan River.
Drop off your e-bike and spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may want to take a canopy excursion (Zipline) or a boat trip on the lake.
Dinner at El Romero (subject to availability), one of the first vegetarian restaurants in Cuba.
Accommodation: Standard room in Hotel Moka in Las Terrazas (3.5*)
Day 7: Las Terrazas - Australia - Playa Larga (250 km / 155 mi)
approx. 30 km, flat (e-bike from Australia to Playa Larga)
You leave by bus, over the highway to Central Cuba. On the road, there is an old sugar mill called Australia. Here, you will learn more about the sugar cane industry in Cuba, once so important.
Leaving Australia, hop on your e-bike and cycle through the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park, a wetland area known for its rich birdlife, past the Bay of Pigs to your casa particular in Playa Larga.
Your host family lives in a quiet coastal town inhabited by unpretentious people and few tourists, who are looking for authentic experiences.
In the afternoon explore the town or chill on the beach.
Accommodation: Casa Particular in Playa Larga (Villa Playa Tropical or similar)
Day 8: Playa Larga - Caleta Buena - Cienfuegos (120 km / 74 mi)
approx. 54 km, flat (e-bike from Playa Larga to Caleta Buena)
The Bay of Pigs coastal road is great fun for e-bikers. It is a flat road, which runs between the sea and the dense vegetation of the swamps. The road links places of interest such as la Cueva de los Peces, the largest cenote in Cuba, Punta Perdiz, a heavenly dive site, and Playa Girón, the battleground of the infamous CIA-backed invasion in 1961, with a victory for Cuba. In Playa Girón, learn about the historic clash at the local museum.
For the last part of your e-bike tour today, cycle to Caleta Buena, a beautiful spot along the sea, where your lunch will be prepared and served.
Get on the bus to Cienfuegos. Founded by the French, the 'Pearl of the South' has a modern urban design and fascinating neoclassical architecture.
Accommodation: Casa Particular in Cienfuegos (Maikel or similar)
Day 9: Cienfuegos - Trinidad (90 km / 60 mi)
approx. 80 km, hilly and flat (e-bike all the way through to Trinidad)
Your day begins with a guided tour of Cienfuegos city center. Of course, on your e-bike. Cienfuegos has beautiful wide streets and avenues for cycling.
You cycle all the way to colonial Trinidad, here and there a bit hilly. To the right is the Caribbean Sea, to the left the Escambray Mountains, with the pleasant nature park Topes de Collantes.
Lunch will be prepared and served on the La Vega estate; traditional dishes in exuberant nature.
A stretch of panoramic coastal road, crossing a river and at the end of a steep hill is the 'Welcome to Trinidad' sign. Traditionally, Trinidad has always had many casas particulares, therefore a long hospitality experience. Check-in at your private guesthouse and meet your host family.
Every night, the small town is bustling. Once a rather sleepy place at night, today Trinidad has become a swinging spot. Explore the Trinitarian nightlife and enjoy live music and dancing at Casa de la Música or Casa de la Trova (optional).
Accommodation: Casa Particular in Trinidad (Casa Osmari y Alberto or similar)
Day 10: Trinidad
approx. 22 km, flat (e-bike to and from Playa Ancón)
See how beautiful Trinidad is in the morning, as you amble through the oldest part of the town, a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Start at the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by beautiful houses and an old church. Meander over cobbled streets, gleaming given the countless few footsteps set here during ages. Walk over craft markets and small squares. Visit the city museum and indulge your palate with a traditional cocktail.
In the afternoon, it's time for your e-bike again. Cycle about 11 km to get to Playa Ancón, for a laid-back afternoon of swimming and sunbathing.
Accommodation: Casa Particular in Trinidad (Osmari y Alberto or similar)
Day 11: Trinidad - Sancti Spíritus (80 km / 50 mi)
approx 80 km, hilly (e-bike from Trinidad to Sancti Spíritus)
Leave Trinidad biking, heading for Valle de los Ingenios or Sugar Mill Valley. Dozens of sugar mills were built here in the 19th century. Manaca-Iznaga is one of them; the clock tower is an architectural symbol of the region, one that evokes memories of the dark times of slavery.
You are on your way to Sancti Spíritus, the capital and namesake of the province; one of the first seven places (called villas) that the Spanish founded in Cuba.
Sancti Spíritus is a quiet colonial town. It is sometimes said that it resembles Trinidad, although without the touristic crowds.
Your homestay is located near the center of the city.
Accommodation: Hotel E Rijo (3*) in Sancti Spíritus or similar
Day 12: Sancti Spíritus - Remedios - Cayo Las Brujas (160 km / 199 mi)
approx. 40 km, slightly hilly (e-bike from Placetas to Remedios)
The bus takes you to the town of Placetas, far from the traditional tourist routes. From there, you'll e-bike along country roads to Remedios, a very cute town, one of the oldest in Cuba. In the main square you will learn about the Parrandas Remedianas, one of the most popular parties on the island, carnivalesque, and taking place every year around Christmas.
The last part is also by bus, along a causeway to the beautiful beach of Cayo Las Brujas for your last night of the tour.
Accommodation: standard room, Villa Las Brujas (3*), Cayo Las Brujas
- Transfer from Havana airport to Casa Particular
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicle (microbus) of customary quality with chauffeur:
With 02 - 03 participants by microbus (7 seats)
With 04 - 07 participants by minibus (16 seats)
- Modern e-bike during the roundtrip days 2 - 12
- Local guide service all 13 days of the tour (transfers from airport might be attended by a representative)
- Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program
- If your travel company exists of more than 7 adults, a mechanic will be included on the tour
- 20l of bottled water
- 12 overnight stays at the mentioned accommodations (according to availability)
- 12 breakfasts, 2 lunchboxes, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
- Any extension after the tour
- Departure transfer to airport
Personal expenses and tips
Customise your trip
- It is also possible to make this trip in a small group (maximum number of international participants 12). Please contact us for prices and departure dates.
- We are very proud of our e-bikes! There are no e-bike stores in Cuba, therefore we imported them from Germany. We have chosen an electric bike with a Bosch engine system, which is very easy to ride. With 28” rim, 4 power modes, and 8 speeds, these e-bikes are ideal for hilly stretches. The shock-absorbing fork makes them ideal for the bumps and hard asphalt of Cuban roads.
- Participants are responsible for their own insurance arrangements as required.
- For your own safety, we recommend bringing and wearing a bike helmet. We will also have helmets at your disposal subject to availability.
- The use of e-bikes is only permitted with the supervision of the guide.
- The published price concerns a private trip, is per person, based on room occupancy with 2 people, and does not include international flights and any extension. The minimum number of people is 2.
- Not all Casas Particulares have a triple room. In that case, a double and single room will be reserved.
- Timely connection to an international return flight directly after the tour, cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, it is strongly advised to book an extra night between the end of the tour and your flight back home.