Western Skyline Ride

8 days cycling holiday through Western Cuban visiting Las Terrazas and the Viñales Valley via the spectacular Skyline Tr


Description

A week long cycling holiday to experience the beautiful nature, sights and everyday life of Cubans in Western Cuba. Get to know Cuba’s exciting and picturesque capital city, Havana, stay in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Las Terrazas, in the Viñales Valley with its tobacco plantations and the imposing "Mogotes" (limestone cliffs), and enjoy a day excursion to the pristine Caribbean beach at Cayo Jutías.


Places visited during this trip

Day
Place
Place
Activities:
  • Arrival in Havana and transfer to Hotel.

    Included services:

    • Transfer

    Included meals today: -

    Total km today: 30 km

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel Memories Miramar**** or similar in Havana

Activities:
  • After the bike fitting we set off on a panoramic sightseeing of the City covering the following areas; Miramar, Parque Metropolitano de la Habana, Nuevo Vedado, stop at the Revolution Square. Continue through Vedado passing by the Hotel Nacional de Cuba down to the Malecon via Centro Habana.

  • Stop at the Capitolio building, continue biking down Prado promenade, then on to the remains of the wall and to the Arms square. From here we continue on foot visiting the four most important colonial squares in Old Havana. Lunch in the area. After lunch, return to the hotel along the Malecon promenade. Evening free to relax.

    Included services:

    • City cycling tour in modern Havana,
    • City walking tour in Old Havana

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

    Cycling distance: 34 km, elevation: +210m / -209m

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel Memories Miramar**** or similar in Havana

Activities:
  • After breakfast we check out and set off by bike directly from the hotel. Our route today takes us West and finishes in the Biosphere Reserve of Las Terrazas, just 75 km from Havana. Once out of Havana, expect very little traffic, despite being a highway! Reaching Mariel after about 35km from your hotel, we head inland taking back roads and the undulations (and potholes!) begin, as we cycle towards the Sierra del Rosario Mountain range.

  • This impressive range of mountains forms part of the Guamuhaya range, which stretches across the Western part of Cuba and provides the spectacular tropical scenery for the next few days. Today we’ll have a picnic lunch along the way somewhere. On arrival in Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve, cycle a further 8km to reach your hotel or continue to the Baños de San Juan where you can enjoy a swim in a crystal clear mountain river before heading back to the Hotel for check in and overnight.

    Included services: -

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

    Cycling distance: 75 km, elevation: +580m / -417m

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel Moka**(*) or similar in Las Terrazas

Activities:
  • Setting off early from Las Terrazas, enjoy riding through the hilly Biosphere Reserve. After about 20 km you reach the exit gate and continue cycling uphill for approximately 2km and until you reach a junction where you join the skyline road through the Guaniguanico Hills. This will be certainly one of the most challenging and rewarding days cycling through the mountains on a rollercoaster road with spectacular views across the width of Cuba. On a clear day it may be possible to see both the Northern and the Southern Coastlines. Once you descend from the mountains and rejoin the main Havana - Pinar del Río road, there will still be very little traffic. Expect to share the road with Vintage American cars, Chinese Bikes and horses and carts! Finish the ride in San Diego de los Baños where you can enjoy a drink before transferring 1½ hours by bus to Viñales.

    Included services: -

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Cycling distance: 78 km, elevation: +1334m / -1445m

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Viñales

Activities:
  • After breakfast in your Casa, we set off towards Rancho San Vicente and take the Puerto Esperanza road until we turn off towards Santa Lucia. This is very rural Cuba and the road quality is quite poor but relatively flat and a change after yesterday’s undulations.

  • Our destination today is Cayo Jutías, a picture perfect beach which is reached by taking a causeway over the islets until you reach the beach. There is a simple restaurant on the beach where you can have lunch and change for a swim. Either spend the afternoon at the beach or get back on the bike and return to Viñales via Minas de Matahambre and Pons. Dinner tonight will be in an organic farm where local products are used to cook delicious (and organic!) Creole food.

    Included services: * Excursion to Cayo Jutías

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Cycling distance: 56 km, elevation: +324 / -462

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Viñales

Activities:
  • After breakfast set off by bike towards Rancho San Vicente to make a circular route round the Viñales Valley. The Jurassic Landscape is one of Cuba´s finest and has deservedly been deemed a World Heritage Site. Cuba´s - and possibly the world´s - finest tobacco is grown here, we´ll make a stop to see how it´s grown in one of the farms nestling close to Viñales’ mogotes. Mogotes are unusually steep mountains rising sheer out of the valley floor, creating a spectacular lush landscape. After a picnic lunch we continue by bus to Havana.

    Included services:

    • Visit to a tobacco farm

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

    Cycling distance: 41 km, elevation: +441m / -440m

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Havana

Activities:
  • Enjoy a day at leisure and discover this beautiful city.

    Included services: -

    Included meals today: breakfast

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Havana

Activities:
  • We dedicate the morning to sightseeing in Old Havana, taking a walking tour of its historical center. In the afternoon transfer to Havana airport.

    Included services:

    • City walking tour in Old Havana,
    • Transfer

    Included meals today: breakfast

Additional information

Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

Maximum number of participants: 18 persons

Services not included:

*All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program * Extending nights in city or beach hotel * Transfer to Havana airport after extending nights * Personal expenses and tips