Location: Havana, Vinales
Depart Havana after breakfast and transfer west to Viñales in Pinar del Río, the “Garden Province” of Cuba. Head out on the first ride – a circular route around Viñales, cycling past the famous mogotes (limestone pincushion hills) of the region.
Leave Havana this morning and drive to the small village of Viñales. This region is one of the most stunning in Cuba, know for its mogotes (large limestone pincushion hills) that make for spectacular views. In the afternoon, get fitted on a bike and hop in the saddle for the first ride in the area. Although we're not covering much distance today, it's a great opportunity to get accustomed to the conditions and prepared for the days ahead.
After the ride, visit a tobacco farm. Enjoy some free time in Viñales and opt to go caving, hiking, or relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.
Today's riding distance: approximately 26km, with elevation gains of 276m
Additional Information: This trip is considered a 'Moderate' cycling level and requires good fitness and skill level. Expect daily cycling to be between 25-46kms on a mixture of paved and rustic roads to experience the true Cuban countryside – you never know when you may end up sharing the road with vintage cars or horse-drawn carriages! Heat and humidity can add unique challenges to cycling in Cuba, but a support vehicle will accompany the group for all biking segments in case you get tired and want to hitch a ride. 3 litres of bottled water per person and basic snacks are provided on cycling days.
TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
ACTIVITY: Sit down with the CEO for a brief lesson on some important words and phrases in español to prepare for the upcoming adventure.
ACTIVITY: Cycle through the small village of Viñales and out among the limestone mogotes (hills) that make up the landscape. Get ready to get your heart pumping – the cycling here involves some ascents and descents and can be challenging at times. There is a support vehicle if you choose to not ride the entire journey.
ACTIVITY: Pinar del Rio is tobacco country. Fans of the ubiquitous Cuban cigar will be hard-pressed not to be impressed by the fields of green plants punctuated by thatch roof drying hut. Then witness a demonstration of how the cured leaves are hand-rolled, cut and packaged. Prepare for the heady smell of tobacco. Opt to buy a box to bring home to friends or enjoy them all by yourself.
Accommodation: ,Homestay Haydee Chiroles (or similar)