Cuba

The Length of the Island

Jan 2006
1,800 km
1 Month

This was our first cycle-tour in more than 20 years, our first overseas tour, and we’d recently bought our first new bikes in decades. We pedalled westward from Havana through Pinar del Rio province, then took a bus to Baracoa in the southeast. From Baracoa, we crossed the Sierra Maestra over the pass called La Farola to the dry and windy south coast. We worked our way back to Havana across the plains and through central Cuba.

For images, see our Flickr collection. For a description, see 10 Questions on Travelling Two, Top 5 Reasons to Cycle Cuba on Worldbiking, and a trip report on a hiking forum. For accommodation ideas, see a list of Casas we used. Note: There was no official list of casas available in 2006.

Resources

Guidebooks

Cuba, Lonely Planet
Bicycling Cuba, Wally and Barbara Smith

Maps

Guía de Carreteras, una publicación especial del directorio turistico de Cuba
A road atlas in booklet format with table of distances useful for planning. (Click here for scan of 2000 version.) We ordered a copy online before our trip. It was also available for purchase in Cuba.

Cuba, International Travel Maps, 1:650,000 (Available in Canada. Has many inaccuracies.)

Web sites

Bicycling Cuba site by authors of guidebook with recommended accommodation.
Award-winning site for Spanish practice 

Background

Mi Moto Fidel, by Christopher Baker
(But I do not like this author much.)

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