Every mile on our cycling Cuba route will bring you further into the Cuban culture and countryside and away from the constant distractions of an average modern day. We explore Havana but also visit Santiago de Cuba the second largest and culturally vibrant city as we share meals with families, enjoy diverse cultural excursions and truly experience a pace and friendliness that is distinctly Cuban.
We spend most of our time cycling the tropical landscapes, sunny beaches, cities and villages on our route through “El Oriente”. This less-touristed Eastern end of the island is the heart and soul of Cuba. It's where Salsa Music and Dance were invented. Where tobacco was first cultivated. Where rum empires were born and the wars to overthrow colonizers and regimes were started, fought, and won.
Our Cuban-style SAG (Support & Gear) wagon carries luggage, water, food, parts and supplies so riders are free to enjoy the ride. We roll mostly through the countryside on flat sections, rollers and occasional hills. Roads are similar to county roads in the US with a bit more rough patches. However, there are WAAY fewer cars and trucks who are also really courteous to cyclists and pedestrians.
Each bike tour includes:
Born and raised in New York City Herschel has lived in Boulder Colorado since 1968. “Several years ago I fell in love with the culture and lovely people of Cuba. As a bike tour professional, I knew I had to provide an experience for people to connect in the way I had, on the ground and in a very personal way. I wanted travelers, particularly Americans, to form their own stories about Cuba… to set free their curiosity, dispel myths and make connections with the real people of this unique place.”
The resilience of the Cuban people has transformed colonization, revolution and isolation into the rich culture and heritage that permeates the island today. As a boy growing up in a poor multi-ethnic community, as a child of immigrants that fled genocide and as a white man with friends and family members of color, I’ve come to appreciate how history, race and class shape the lives we live every day.