Trip Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Trip Type: Cultural, Urban biking, Rugged and raw exploratory mountain biking
Highlights: Visit Cuba with an authorized US company and legal itinerary; bike the gritty urban streets of Havana (founded in the 1500’s); visit Cuba’s only all-female bike store (fledgling entrepreneurs); possibly participate in getting a local into the Guinness Book of World Records for tallest bike; roll around classic American convertibles from the 1950’s; transfer to the Sierra Maestra (“mother mountains”) in the east; 3 days (combo of shuttles, pedal, and push a bike up) rugged mountain trails in the country’s mountain bike scene which is in its infancy; Possible ascent of Pico Turquino, Cuba’s highest mountain; Enjoy fresh local Cuban cuisine and interact with the locals
Fixed Dates: Feb 2nd to Feb 11th, 2018; and March 24th to April 1st, 2018 (*pro trip with MTB legend Aaron Chase)
Trip Price: Starting at just $1799 per person including inter-island flights; roundtrip air to/from Cuba not included
Day 1, Monday – Arrive to Havana airport, where our private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide will all be waiting for you! Short transfer into city center, check into your casa, build bikes, late afternoon city cruise
Day 2, Sunday – Full day in Havana ! After breakfast of local fresh fruit, coffee, breads and eggs we will go out and ride the city all day long
This photo, casually snapped from our cell phone while taking place in the 2017 Havana Marathon, is one of our favorites and shows the diverse and rich culture with one shot: A old military fort dating from the 1500’s in the background; an arriving cruise ship (first year allowed) in the mid-ground, and then finally two locals, fishing in the foreground.
Day 3 – Monday, fly east, to the mountains and our base for the next week: Holguin. There will still be time to ride this afternoon.
Day 4 -Tuesday, ride all day
Day 5 -Wednesday, ride all day
Day 6 -Thursday, ride all day, if we do Pico Turquino it would be today and tomorrow
Day 7 – Friday PIco Turquino summit, or ride Holguin
Day 8 -Saturday. Race.
Day 9 – Sunday, Depart from Holguin International Airport (HOG) to the USA.
Trip Inclusions: Private transportation and English speaking guide, the entire week from airport pickup to airport dropoff; 9 nights private casa, (comfortable and well located, you will share a room, private bath hot water etc ) 24/7 support in English to a toll free US number while you are in Cuba.