Cuba Multisport: Bike, Kayak, and Hike

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Overview

Cycle, hike, snorkel, and kayak your way through Cuba's incredible natural landscapes on a 12-day tour that gets up close to Mother Nature. Ride along the stunning Viñales Valley, passing mogotes (large limestone pincushion hills) and tobacco farms, explore the vast cave network of Cueva de Santo Tomas, go underwater world in the crystal clear Bay of Pigs, and kayak to an 18th-century fortress in Cienfuegos Bay. With all the details taken care of, you can concentrate on soaking in the incredible sights around you.

Itinerary

Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.

Day 2: Havana/Soroa

Head to the bike workshop this morning to get acquainted with the bikes and equipment. Explore the vibrant city of Havana by bike and then on foot. This afternoon, transfer to Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve and spend time exploring this fascinating eco-resort on arrival. Opt to take a dip in the natural pools of the Rio San Juan, zipline (time permitting) or wander through the open studios and pottery workshops of this vibrant art community. Later, transfer to Soroa for the night.

One of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Old Havana has been well-preserved and is often referred to as a “living museum” as it contains a wealth of colonial architecture. The old city and streets around the malecon (ocean-side walkway) are best discovered on foot. Go on a cycling and walking tour of Havana's highlights to revel in the bustle, history, and rhythms of this fascinating Caribbean capital city.

In 1968, Fidel Castro started what was known as a green revolution: reforesting the Sierra del Rosario mountains that were logged by Spanish conquistadors, along with nurturing nearby land damaged by hurricanes, to try and improve the lives of citizens living in this remote region. This also marked the birth of Las Terrazas, a small eco-village that is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy free time here this afternoon.

Today's riding distance: approx 23km with elevation gains of 163m

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Soroa/Viñales

Take the scenic route into the Sierra del Rosario Mountains to Cueva de los Portales by bus this morning. Explore the cave was used by Che Guevara as the headquarters of the Cuban Army during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. After, jump on your bike and set off through the lush countryside to Viñales Valley, enjoying a picnic lunch along the way. This evening is free to explore.

Today's ride will journey into the Pinar del Rio province to the small town of Viñales, beautifully located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, it is affectionely known as the "The Garden Province". Enjoy lush vistas as you ride through the area.

With free time this evening, head out to the many bars and restaurants, and opt to visit the Polo Montañez live music club located on the main square.

Today's riding distance: approx 43km with elevation gains of 466m

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Viñales

Start the day in the saddle and cycle to Rancho San Vicente. From here, make a circular route around the Viñales Valley, one of the most stunning regions in Cuba. The area is famous for it's tobacco cultivation; make a stop at a farm to see how it's grown. After lunch, return to Viñales for a free afternoon.

The Jurassic landscape is known for its mogotes (large limestone pincushion hills) that make for spectacular views. The region has deservedly been deemed a World Heritage Site and is also home to Cuba ́s finest tobacco. Visit a farm to see how it is grown and perhaps pick up a souvenir while you're there.

This afternoon, enjoy some free time in Viñales and opt to go caving, hiking, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. Tonight, try one of the Paladar restaurants along the main stretch of Viñales - ask your CEO for recommendations.

Today's riding distance: approx. 36km, with elevation gains of 353m

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Viñales/Mil Cumbres

Travel to Cueva de Santo Tomas and traverse the network of cave galleries. With galleries spanning 46km, there are eight levels in total and today's excursion will provide an opportunity to explore two or three of them. Transfer to the mountains of Mil Cumbres this afternoon to enjoy a home-cooked meal and relax in a rural mountain lodge.

Cueva de Santo Tomas is Cuba's largest cave network and the second-largest in the Americas. Journey through the cave system, climbing and scrambling over rocks, stopping to admire the impressive rock formations. This thrilling expedition through the complex system is an adventurer's dream.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mil Cumbres

Spend the day hiking though the lush vegetation of the Mil Cubres eco-reserve to San Juan de Luz viewpoint. Be rewarded with an unparalleled view of Pan de Guajaibon, the highest peak on the Western side of the island. Lunch with locals in Sagua before transferring back to the Mil Cumbres lodge.

Located in Western Cuba, Mil Cumbres comprises the Guaniguanico mountain range and a vast expanse of lush flora. Today’s walk is mostly along shaded trails through the reserve. Hike past waterfalls, fields of crops such as beans and tomatoes, and see a variety of bird species.

Share today's experience with locals in Sagua as you join them for lunch. They'll welcome you into their home for a tasty meal, offering an insight into local life and traditions in this region.

Today's trekking distance: approx. 12km

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Mil Cumbres/Playa Larga

Transfer to the Bay of Pigs to stay overnight in beachfront casas on Playa Larga. Relax on the beach on arrival or head out and start exploring.

The Bay of Pigs is an area steeped in history, it was the site of the failed invasion in 1961, where the CIA backed troops attempted a coup d’etat on Fidel Castro’s Revolutionary Government. Travel to this area of significant importance and spend some time learning about its history.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 8: Playa Larga/Cienfuegos

Spend the morning cycling along the coastline and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Bay of Pigs. Grab a mask and start exploring the underwater world with an included snorkel. Later this afternoon, transfer to Cienfuegos and explore the city.

The Bay of Pigs is considered one of the best snorkelling sites in Cuba. Thanks in part to the fantastic visibility in the waters and to the ease of accessibility, you can start your snorkelling adventure just a minute from the shore. Discover the marine life that inhabit the area including wonderful array of soft and hard corals.

Today's riding distance: approx 35km, with elevation gains of 96m.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Cienfuegos/Trinidad

Take to the water with a kayaking excursion in the iconic bay of Cienfuegos. Make a stop at Castillo de Jagua, an 18th century fortress that offers spectacular views of the bay. Once you've worked up an appetite, enjoy lunch at a paladar. Later, transfer to Trinidad, a World Heritage Site and one of Cuba’s most famous cities for a free evening.

The colonial town of Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Spanish-style churches, museums, cobbled streets and pastel coloured houses. The town is a hub of cultural activity, alive with the sounds of musicians playing instruments and locals spilling out of salsa bars. Spend the next two nights here, soaking up the culture and making the most of everything this lively town has to offer.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Trinidad

Travel to the Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve, the starting point of the Caburni trail. Follow this scenic trail to a waterfall and small pool. Take a shortcut that links to Vegas Grandes trail to be rewarded for your efforts. Enjoy a a delicious lunch before transfering back to Trinidad to enjoy free time to continue to explore this vibrant city.

Today's trekking distance: approx. 12km

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Trinidad/Havana

Depart Trinidad and head east to Santa Clara. Step into Cuban history, and visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum. Return to Havana for a final night in Cuba's lively capital.

Pay a visit to Santa Clara today, a key location in the history of the Revolution. The city was the site of the last battle 1958, just before Fidel Castro took Havana. Che Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the revolution. We visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 12: Havana

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

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