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Cyclists for Cultural Exchange

Cuba 2023

Ever ridden on a bamboo bike? 

Experience the beautiful tropical island guided by our local friends Ana-Beatriz, Roberto and some of their riding buddies to get a real feel for this fascinating country. 





We will enjoy scenic rides through rolling farmlands. Along with our rides, we will swim in cenotes, have a pig roast at Ana's family country farm, swim in a river, have a "Cuban soup" picnic and hike to the top of a limestone mountain. We will also visit renowned botanical gardens and have the option of sailing and snorkeling in the crystal-clear Atlantic warmed by the Gulf Stream. 


This is a deep cultural immersion tour. Our accommodations are in local homes, and we will be enjoying local cuisine. On one evening, we will host a party with a band and invite our local friends.


Some of the daily rides are paved and some are not. The terrain is not very hilly. Mountain bikes are ideal, especially if there’s mud. It can rain, but usually not for long, and people are accustomed to providing shelter to travelers to wait out a downpour.

The bamboo rental bikes are non-suspended and run 27.5″ x 2.5″ tires that are perfect for the terrain. Local riders get by with much less.

On hold until future notice.

Eligibility: This trip is open to all cyclists.

Cost: $1000 (double occupancy)



7 nights, 8 days all-inclusive in Cuba: Lodging, meals, water, taxi airport transfer. Rides are supported daily with a SAG vehicle, ride leader and mechanic on duty.

Not included:

Airfare to and from Cuba, visa.

Bike rental: A few Cuban-built bamboo mountain bikes are available! Fee: $100.

Flight & visa tips: See below.

Itinerary: See below.

Contact the organizer Craig Calfee (


The weather is tropical. Daytime temperatures range between 75-95 F with thunder showers very likely. I do not bring sweaters, but I carry a very light raincoat. Our Cuban cycling friends from previous rides will join us and offer insight and flavor to the experience.


Ana B. is our very able and wonderful hostess at Luz del Norte in Gibara. She and our local cycling friends will ride with us while in the Gibara area.  Ana speaks Spanish, English, German and some Italian.


If you are an "A" rider, this will be a very gentle trip. If you are a "C" rider, it will be a little challenging but entirely doable. Basic requirement is that you be able to ride up to 40 miles for two days in a row.

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(7 nights, 8 days)

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Day 1

Arrive Holguin Airport (HOG). Taxi or bike ride to Gibara

km: 50

Lunch: Holguin or Gibara, depending on arrival time

Arrivals and Bike fitting. Local rides around town. Program discussion

Dinner: Luz del Norte

Note: On hold until further notice.

Day 2

Ride to Caletones beach town

km: 46

Lunch: Caletones restaurants

Excursion to Taugues and blue cenotes, return to Gibara

Dinner: Luz del Norte

Day 3

Ride to Cesar's shop

km: 35

Lunch: Cesar's bamboo bike shop visit

Country ride on small roads back to Gibara, cave tour

Dinner: Restaurant in Gibara

Day 4

Excursion to Yabazon. Swimming in "Poso del Loro"

km: 50

Lunch: Picnic or restaurant nearby

Ride small roads back to Gibara

Dinner: Restaurant in Gibara

Day 5

Boat across bay, ride to Park Bariay

km: 50

Lunch: TBD

Visit sites around Park Bariay

Dinner: Luz del Norte

Day 6


km: TBD

Lunch: TBD

Dinner: Luz del Norte

Day 7

Ride to Holguin

km: 57

Lunch: Along the route

Nightlife in Holguin with live music

Dinner: "Don Santiago El Escapao" Cuban traditional food

Day 8


km: 15

Lunch: Holguin

Holguin city tour, craft shopping in La Marqueta market square

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