Primarily on paved roads with occasional unpaved sections of plantation roads and areas of maintenance or disrepair. Easily navigated by any experienced touring enthusiast.
There is no better way to engage the people of Cuba than by traveling on two wheels. A ride through the Cuban countryside, stopping in rural villages, tobacco farms, music and art schools, etc., will prove a truly enriching and rewarding experience as we engage in our comprehensive schedule of People-to-People (P2P) exchanges designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with Cubans from all walks of life.
Flights take you directly from Miami to Havana, our point of arrival and departure. Thereafter our exciting itinerary explores Havana—Cuba’s sensual time-warp capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll then journey to the Bay of Pigs and then east to Santa Clara, a city steeped in the cult of revolutionary icon ‘Che’ Guevara… Ride south through the pine-clad Sierra Escambray mountains… Steep two days in the colonial past while strolling the cobbled streets and plazas of Trinidad, founded in 1514. We'll then continue east through the mountains that hid Fidel Castro's gorilla army and onto the notorious city of Guantanamo ending in the historical city of Santiago.
Creaky ox-carts hauling sugarcane, cowboys on horseback, and a never-ending parade of classic Yankee automobiles from the 1950s add to the surreal sense of time arrested. We’ll engage with owners of these vintage cacharros to learn how they’ve managed to keep their antique relics on the road throughout decades of embargo and shortage. And no matter your motorcycle brand preference, Cuba’s harlistas (owners of pre-revolutionary Harleys) are legendary and enjoy a near celebrity status even in their home country. We’ll arrange encounters with members of this affable clan and learn, one on one, how they, too, have managed to keep these machines alive through economic deprivations and a lack of spare parts.
Everywhere we ride we’re surrounded by music and dance—the pulsing undercurrent of life in Cuba. We’ll begin to understand why as we witness a lesson for gifted young musicians being tutored in violin at the Escuela de Arte in San Antonio de los Baños. Plus we’ll enjoy a thorough immersion in popular culture, from son and salsa to santería—the island’s syncretic religion fusing African and Catholic faiths.