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  • 10

    Cuban Highlights Ride

    I'm not really much of a cyclist but I'd decided that seeing Cuba from the seat of my saddle was the only way to experience this fascinating destination. In the end, I fell in love with Cuba and fell in love with cycling too! The holiday was just the right mix of culture, history and beach and it was all done at our own pace. Each day we saw or did different things and I'd wake up each morning, looking forward to whatever the next day would bring! Also, I felt very safe on my bike. The traffic was very light and always gave us a wide berth.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting the Cuban people. They seem to have very little but they give you so much. Some of us brought small gifts (toys, toiletries, pens, books) which we gave to our hosts in the 'Casas Particulares'. Seeing their smiles was very uplifting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose was excellent. He was very helpful (cycling off at one point to get more currency for the group). He was a proud Cuban with a good sense of humour and was always on hand to sort any issues which arose.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    About half way through the holiday, quite a few members of the group ran out of Cuban money or needed to top up their currency. Changing money wasn't quite as easy as in other parts of the world, so I would advise changing more than the £150 which we were advised to change on arrival at the airport. Oh...and some of my twenty pound notes were refused by the cashiers because they weren't 'perfect'. Make sure the cash you bring into Cuba has no small tears. They will be refused.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'm not a cyclist but I completed the course! At times, the hills presented a real challenge but that just added to the sense of achievement at the end of the day. The food was quite ordinary really but nobody in our group was ill. However, my advice would be - just go!...before Cuba changes!

  • 10

    Amazing cycling in beautiful countryside - go before it's too late

    This was my first cycling holiday, and I couldn't fault it. The roads are almost void of cars, making riding peaceful and safe. Also the scenery is ever changing, one day we were cycling in open farmland, another along the coast and another in the lush valleys of the interior of the island. The cycle days aren't too long giving you a bit of the afternoon to either, relax, swim, or take in some local sights.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling though small towns and villages, where the local children would run out to give you a wave - cliché I know, but lovely when it happens.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were a full group, but our guide Jazel had a great command, while still being warm and friendly.  His knowledge of Cuba was next to none. He went way beyond what I expect from a leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Snacks, like nuts, crisps and sweets, are quite hard to come by, so take some with you. The casa's can be quite noisy, so make sure you take some ear plugs.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    While we were there, Presidents Castro and Obama made their historic speeches, announcing a renewal of relations between Cuba and The USA. This will no doubt change Cuba beyond recognition; go now, before it's too late.

  • 10

    CUBA HIGHLIGHTS

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  • 10

    Cuban Highlights October 2014

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  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS

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  • 10

    Cuban Highlights - Cycling

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  • 8

    A good quick cycle through Cuba, avoid the crabs !

    Cuban Highlights is a good leisurely trip through Cuba. The cycling itself is fun, fairly easy and the views are great, certainly the highlight being when the crabs are crossing the roads and you try to avoid them!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making it up the highest climb with the sun beating down in 35c heat was an inspiration. Along with the locals who always have a band striking up nearby, always do salsa and smoke cigars.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tony was very informed, knew everyone was funny and kept everyone organised involved.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go, definitely go while the Castro's are in power as without doubt the country will change drastically after that point.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Cuba is like stepping back in time, vintage cars, Old Havana hasn't changed much and is full of charm, like the locals. Go !

  • 10

    Cuban Highlights late April 2016

    What it says on the tin, and much more! A well chosen itinerary, allowing us to see a good mix of coast, countryside and beautifully preserved towns. There were well timed stops along the way, especially the refreshment stops, sweet coffee and chocolate on day 1, fruit tasting on another and the heavenly peanut butter fudge stall to fuel our final uphill stretch. In addition the hotels, casas and restaurants provided a good mix of local cuisine and accommodation, the hotels surpassing my expectations. Even the last day, a tour around Havana, was fun and interesting, avoiding the sad 'end of holiday' feeling.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to pick, but the gentle, patient encouragement of Ali, our mechanic and experienced competitive cyclist, who more or less dragged us up the last hill, and made us feel like champions for finishing. The dynamics of the group, much enhanced by our group leader, made every shared experience a highlight in some way or another. We came away, each with a dozen new friends from around the globe.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Freddy was excellent. His depth of knowledge was vast, and imparted with a humour that made the facts more memorable. His outlook on the exciting future of Cuba at present, was measured, sensible and very informative. He 'shepherded us' brilliantly, providing appropriate warnings of, and then encouragement through the tougher cycling, and added to everyone's sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Relax, and enjoy the ride. You will be well taken care of, all 'hitches' easily dealt with, and don't stress yourself about the speed or keeping up with the front riders. This is everyone's holiday to be enjoyed. Practically, some 'once daily' sunblock and some cool long sleeves if you can find them are useful. Also, give yourself a couple of extra days to see more of Havana if you can.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first organised tour since schooldays. I was apprehensive, especially seeing fleets of buses disgorging lanyard wearing tourists in and out of our hotels. but the cycling made this so different. It was a fantastic way to get into the countryside and 'feel' Cuba, complemented by brief periods of bus travel with well presented information.

  • 10

    Cuban Highlights Ride (MAC) 11-18 Feb 2016

    A most enjoyable 8 days with a perfect combination of cycling and cultural activities. The guide (Laz) was excellent, as a cycling leader, with knowledge of Cuba, and with melding and helping out the group. The cycles were in very good condition (nearly new) and ideal for the task and the mechanic/safety cyclist (Guillaume) was ever cheerful - and had the biggest thighs we've ever seen. The bus was very comfortable and the driver (Ivan) very safe. The weather, the music, the accommodation, and the cocktails were always excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wandering around Trinidad and the excellent home stay (Hostal Slovenia ~ Margarita). Music everywhere.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Laz was a perfect tour guide; relaxed, patient, knowledgeable and with excellent English. We were never hassled to move on, never chased to keep up, yet there seemed to be time to do everything. He tolerated our inability to remember timing, restaurant and food options with a smile. Many on the tour were going on to other locations in Cuba or elsewhere and he sorted out all accommodation, directions and transport issues.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are thinking about it - go for it! We were concerned that we would not cope with the cycling - we are very irregular cyclists. The cycling was occasionally hard (temperature and hills) but we managed very well. The roads are very quiet, we were always on tarmac (if occasionally potholed) and it was possible to opt out and get on the bus at any time - though we hardly ever did. Seriously, you will cope

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food was always good and plentiful in quantity and choice. Sandwich lunches on the move were always fine and water was always available from the bus. But is almost impossible to get 'snacks' - it is worth taking a few cereal bars and/or dried fruit to nibble on the road.

  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS RIDE

    A trip full of excellent memories with the experience heightened by the enthusiastic guide and his colleague who drove the bus. A thought provoking view of a different type of society, with a recent and impressive history. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Che monument at Santa Clara: not the monument but the explantions and understand that occured while we were there. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    superb

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    go

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    go and then you'll go back

  • 8

    Cuban Highlights Ride

    A very well organised trip with a great leader who kept us motivated and entertained. Cuba is changing fast so great to see it firsthand. Cycling conditions were pretty good although it got hot afternoon when the combination of the heat and the hills meant the going got tough from time to time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The feeling on achievement after a good ride and seeing Cuba close up. Cycling means you can see details close up.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A great leader who kept us motivated and entertained.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take lots of suncream ! Some basic cycling gear makes all the difference (good gloves, cycling tops and padded shorts or a gel saddle).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A couple of ideas for the future: get a good detailed map so the route can be shared with the group members each day so they can see the context for the ride: a couple of earlier starts would mean the group can finish before it gets too hot: and some evening cycling once it gets cooler would also have been a good variation.

  • 10

    Cuban Highlights Ride 11FEB2016

    A really interesting insight into this amazing country, viewed from two wheels! We've never experienced such a different culture and way of life, and doing it on a bike, gave us a genuine feeling of connection and involvement. Everyday was different and varied. The cycling was moderate for non-regular cyclists, but the excellent bikes with good gears made the routes easily doable

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to choose one moment. The scenery is lovely, but not spectacular. The inspiration was really for us the insight into Cuba and the way Cubans organise their lives

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Laz is a knowledgable and amazingly patient guy. He was always ready to answer any questions and change his plans to fit with our requests. We were a very diverse group, with different interests and abilities, and he managed to make sure we all had a good holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring everything you want or think you will need, there are NO shops! Well, of course there are some, but they are not as we know them and they don't sell the odds and ends that you would expect in a tourist destination. Bring snacks, there is nowhere to buy sweets or chocolate, etc. (our guide was always very grateful for a sweet offering!) Food is filling and healthy, but not very varied. Do not expect to have a gourmet experience in Cuba ! Bring sterling or Euros to change rather than rely on ATMs, they are few and far between, and some people had trouble making them work. Wifi is very limited, although there did seem to be good mobile phone reception.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't forget your swimming kit, snorkles and goggles: most of the hotels have good pools and there was plenty of opportunity for a swim in the sea.

  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS RIDE

    I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end! Lovely group, a beautiful place to cycle to and a vibrant and friendly place, and a brilliantly organized itinerary. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Well, I loved the evening out in Trinidad when the group meal included dancing and joining in with the band on percussion! Such a laugh! An evening that makes me smile just to think about it! After that we  found a bar where we watched some gorgeous camp young men (great fun!) do synchronized salsa and they invited us to join in with them, and then danced salsa in the street as there was a festival on. The locals are great fun and have a real love of dancing and for life and love dancing with the tourists! I also loved the cycling, especially the fourth day, a fabulous way to see the country. Last but not least the day on the catamaran where we did some snorkelling and then had lunch on a Caribbean island was also to die for!!! Can't think of a better way to spend a holiday! 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lovely! Tony is a cool Cuban knew all about the island and could answer any question. (and could salsa, as could everyone from what we could see)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, when I arrived at Havana airport and was waiting for the rest of the group to get through immigration (a long process) I went to exchange some money. As I was a bit confused to begin with the girl on the exchange pretended that I had given her less money than I had. She went through an elaborate procedure of looking for the extra 50 euro note that she said I hadn't given her. Eventually, when I wouldn't back down, she 'found' the missing 50 euro, just in front of her underneath a shelf. So be careful! The locals don't ask for money but all would appreciate pens and soap, if you want to take some extra!! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The cycling isn't too difficult, only the first day I was slightly under 'duress', (and I'm not fit) but I think it was because it was the day after a long flight and I wasn't used to the heat. I loved the 'home-stay'.  One week isn't enough, better to stay a few extra days, it's a really friendly place, even on your own it would be fun.  The first hotel didn't do a good breakfast and food, and generally the food is a bit plain for my liking but you get used to it! 

  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS RIDE

    Wow! My first trip with Exodus and it won't be my last. My first trip to Cuba and it won't be my last. My first Group holiday and it won't be my last. Taking this trip ranks alongside some of the very best decisions I've taken and I can't recommend this trip highly enough!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really can't single out one inspirational moment, so I've identified 10 reasons why this trip will live in my memory for a long, long time and why I would recommend this trip to anyone reading this review. 1. Exodus made everything so easy. As a first time group holiday traveller, I was unsure what to expect but the support from Exodus staff, the quality of the Trip Notes and the joining instructions, the help with additional extras like airport hotel/parking made this so so easy. I will never use any other company for the many more trips I now plan to take. 2. Cuba - wow, what a fascinating country to visit. Full of contradiction, full of authenticity, full of inspiration and warmth, full of beauty and of history and full of fun and laughter. The scenery was beautiful, the climate warm and pleasant for cycling. I can't recommend Cuba enough - go now before it gets spolit by westernisation in the future. 3. Cycling - I've never experienced such pleasurable cycling. The roads are a joy to cycle in as there is so little traffic on much of the roads this trip uses. What traffic there is respects cyclists and is quite content to stay behind the riders and only overtake when it is very safe to do so. Even then, they give you a wide birth and you never feel at risk like you do in the UK much of the time. The weather was great, the scenery stunning, the amount of cycling generally ok if a little light (for me) on day 1 and day 4. The level is mostly 'easy' with occasional 'moderate' patches such as the final 8k uphill climb on day 5. The bus was never far away if anyone wanted to take a rest, so have no fear about joining this trip if you are concerned about your ability to keep up. This really is accessible to all who have a reasonable base fitness. 4. Food - I read much about Cuba being a 'poor' culinary experience. Nonsense! Sure, if you're expecting nouvel cuisine or gastronomic delights and michelin standards then you will probably be disappointed. But the food was in the main very tasty, plentiful, nutricious and satisfying. Exactly what you want when cycling in my opinion. My only quibble would be the lack of option for vegetarians since most meals had simple chicken or beef to go with the rice, beans and potatoes. 5. Fellow Travellers - what can I say about my fellow travellers? As this was my first group holiday, I was a little apprehensive that I would be joining lots of couples or big groups travelling together. I also feared my fitness would be short of the group's, or that I would be the 'old man' of the group. I needn't have feared. This trip seems to attract people of all ages, from 20s/30s right through to a gentleman in his 70s who was more than able to keep pace. There were couples, there were solo travellers, there were cyclists and there were non-cyclists. It really was a mixed group. What everyone had in common was that they were fun people to be with. I never for one moment felt alone, and the trip was undoubtedly made so amazing by the people I had the pleasure of being with.   6. The Trip Leader - Tony was a great trip leader. Excellent English, great knowledge of Cuba, warm and friendly, sensitive to the level of the group and their needs, supportive and helpful at all times, Tony did a lot to make this trip feel safe, well organised, fun and interesting. I particularly liked the way Tony listened to what the group wanted to do on the last night in Havana, and rather than insisting that the whole group did the same thing, he supported everyone's desire to make the most of the last night and do thier own thing in old havana. Given that many didn't have extra nights to explore, this was definitely very welcome by most of the group. 7. The Music - I've never listened much to Cuban music, and I'm not much of a dancer. But I was overwhelmed by the stunning music in Cuba. From street music in and around squares and next restaurants to the huge array of restaurants, bars and clubs where music is the soul of the place. Highlights included having a performance by Son Malibran while the group had dinner in Trinidad, a group so engaging and fun that they had us joining them as honorary band members for a song. Then there was the Legendarios del Guajirito show in Havana which seems to be associated to the Buena Vista Social Club, sharing many of the same musicians. Stunning show, stunning music and just impossible not to get off your feet and dance. I can count on one hand the number of times I've danced in the last 10 years, and that night was the best of them without a doubt. 8. The logistical support - Our bus was always close by and always there in case anyone needed a rest, some water, some fruit or to get sun screen or anything else off the bus. We had a great technical support man who was quickly able to deal with the very few issues we had; punctures, chains coming off, severed pedal. At times, he was also able to lend a hand 'pushing' flaggers up the 'undulations', very welcome by those who were close to getting on the bus on the hills but really didn't want to. 9. Trinidad and the Casa Particular - Trinidad is such a fun and authentic place to spend a couple of nights. The personal owners of the Casa could not have been more welcoming, could not have done more to make our stay in their home fun and memorable. I would always choose a Casa for future Cuban trips. The atmosphere on the streets was one of fun - not the faintest undercurrent of tension or trouble, just masses of people happy to dance, laugh, chat, engage and welcome us into their town. Everywhere there were vintage cars, delightful little stalls and shops, music coming from yet another bar / club / restaurant. Fantastic place. 10. The fire eating, glass treading, salsa teaching mad-man who provided the brooding, mysterious entertainment in the hotel at Yuguanabo. Turns out he's also the egg chef at breakfast the next day. Great fun!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tony was a great trip leader. Excellent English, great knowledge of Cuba, warm and friendly, sensitive to the level of the group and their needs, supportive and helpful at all times, Tony did a lot to make this trip feel safe, well organised, fun and interesting. I particularly liked the way Tony listened to what the group wanted to do on the last night in Havana, and rather than insisting that the whole group did the same thing, he supported everyone's desire to make the most of the last night and do thier own thing in old havana. Given that many didn't have extra nights to explore, this was definitely very welcome by most of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go to Cuba now before it changes! Take some snacks for the flight out to Cuba if travelling direct from Gatwick to Havana. The Virgin food, while tasty, is meagre in portion size and given the flight is into prevailing winds, quite a long one and so I felt overly hungry by the time we finally got through immigration. Be patient when going through immigration, it's slow.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just the most amazing trip. I'm a convert to exodus, to group holidays, to Cuba and to activity holidays. I can't wait to do more of all of these!! 

  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS RIDE

    What better way to justify another mojito than by burning off the calories cycling along the amazing Caribbean coast of Cuba! With great views, an amazing and informative guide and not too many hills to spoil the rest of the holiday!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting the locals and having the opportunity to stay in a Casa was the best part of the trip for me.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had Freddy, a local Cuban with 20 years experience as a guide in Cuba and the cycling proesse of the pros! With a wicked sense of humour and a relaxed antitude it was great to hear his views about the country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The cycling isn't as bad as some had expected.  All of the the bikes are boy bikes however, so if you do a lot of cycling yourself you may want to consider bringing your own seat. I also took a handlebar with me so I could put my camera in it.  This was the only thing I needed close to hand as the bus was always not far behind.  Many people didn't even have a rucksack with them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip and I'd really recommend it to anybody!!

  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS RIDE

    What an amazing country to cycle in.  Pretty much traffic free.  Fascinating history.  Beautiful landscapes, especially through the national parks.  Cheap rum.  Lovely people.  An hilarious, funny tour guide who made the trip extra special and an amazing bunch of guys we cycled with.  A memorable holiday

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not sure if inspirational is the right word.  All of it was amazing.  Havanah fascinating and a perfect end to the trip.  Driving and cycling thru the national park, the scenery was awesome. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hose was extremely helpful, funny, entertaining, courteous and kind.  He went beyond the call of duty to make the holiday special and smooth flowing for everybody.  It was wonderful seeing the passion and pride that he had in his country.  We all wanted to take him home at the end.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If they can try to extend their stay at the end in Havanah.  Perhaps even for just one more night.  Also they should try and discover more of the island themselves.  The usual - plenty of high factor, padded bike seats.  they should not worry as we felt extremely safe there.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food is not one of the highlights.   Perhaps some of the heavy lunches could be swopped for a more lighter fare or even not include lunches and people can decide for themselves what they want to eat.  some of the food was not edible.  the final lunch in havanah should be omitted so that people can go and chose a nice place to have a drink and a bite to eat.

  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS RIDE

    Excellent and well organised trip. Perfect way to see various parts of Cuba in a short space of time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last days cycle to Hanabanillia was particularly good, however the whole country is intoxicating. Trinidad is a beautiful town providing ample opportunity to practice your salsa moves after the days cycle. I highly recommend the 'cave disco' after a few mojitos.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    José was a supportive and informative leader. He entertained us with Cuban history and the odd joke between transfers. Get him to tell you the canary one, it still makes me giggle.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The bikes are well maintained but I'd recommend a pair of cycling shorts or a gel seat and camelback for hydration. Both will make the undulations more enjoyable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The route takes you through a number of villages, along coastal paths and up to the Emcambray mountains. Take plenty of photos because you won't get the chance later on. I would also recommend buying a Lonely Planet or alternative guide book and staying in Cuba after the tour is over. Several members of our group did so with José's help and I regret not doing the same. 

  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS RIDE

    An excellent trip which exceeded our expectations. We had a great time in a country in which we always felt very safe. Cuba is wonderful, such a fascinating country, well worth visiting before Western influences and an increase in tourism change it irrevocably.  As others have commented, you cycle with some really nice people on these trips.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The caves in Guajimico, the music in Trinidad and Havana, the constant backdrop of the Escambray mountains, the iridescent turquoise waters of the Caribbean or the sunset in Hanabanilla, but there wasn’t just one inspirational moment, there were lots of them throughout the trip. For us the best day’s cycling was the optional ride in the Valle de los Ingenios, the best place visited was Trinidad and the loveliest location for a hotel was Guajimico on the south coast or Hanabanilla beside a lake in the Escambray hills. If you have extra time in Havana, it is a truly inspirational city.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very good – professional, patient and well organised and offered us some very interesting insights into Cuban life.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would support much of the advice given by other contributors to these reviews. 1. Take plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent and toiletries, toilet rolls and plenty of cash (ATMs are few and far between). Also take a padded seat cover to put over your seat and padded shorts. We would also strongly recommend that you take immodium with you. 2. If you enjoy snorkelling, take a snorkel – a number of people in our group regretted not having one when we stopped at a couple of excellent spots for snorkelling. 3. In Guajimico we were offered a trek in the afternoon of our arrival.  It is excellent, not a ‘trek’ but a leisurely one and a half hours stroll through the woods along the coast, a swimming opportunity in an idyllic little cove and a visit to some caves where we saw some bats. 4. In Trinidad there is a rest day which gives you the opportunity to have a rest, go on a catamaran trip or cycling in the Valle de los Ingenios. Most went on the catamaran trip (the usual boat trip with bar facilities, lunch and some free time on a beach) but my wife and I cycled in the Valle de los Ingenios  – for us it was the best day’s cycling as the valley with the Manaca Iznaga tower is a Unesco World Heritage site and the views were wonderful. 5. At the Havana hotel, the Occidental Miramar, we would recommend the à la carte restaurant El Patio – it was our best meal in Cuba, a little more expensive than other meals but still under 50$ for two. 6. The group tour of Havana at the end of the trip is too short for such a fascinating city.  My wife and I booked a two weeks holiday in Cuba – 3 nights in a hotel in old Havana, the 8 nights cycling holiday and 4 nights in an all inclusive hotel beach hotel in Varadero – and would thoroughly recommend it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The holiday is advertised as a leisurely cycling holiday and I think that this is an accurate reflection of the degree of difficulty of the terrain with only the last 8km to Hanabanilla moderately difficult. However, on two of the cycle days all the cycling (45km) is done before lunch and therefore completed in little over three hours, which is not a particularly leisurely pace. I would repeat the comments of an earlier contributor. When cycling don't be deterred by others who seem keen to travel quickly through the terrain – you’ll catch them up when they stop at the planned resting places every 15km or so. You are there 'to see Cuba by bicycle'.. you can't see much if you are cycling without pausing to have a closer look at the more interesting things you pass . Stop en route to take photos: you will be surrounded by wonders. Just enjoy!

  • 10

    Cycling and Salsa

    Cycling in Cuba is the only way to do it! Beautiful scenery on quiet roads. Combines a Caribbean adventure with sightseeing, history, salsa and beach.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I would call myself a 'social cyclist' but cycling in such a wonderful place and with such a fun group makes me want to cycle more now that I am back home. For me, a real sense of achievement.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I know everyone makes favourable comments about their guide, but Freddy was absolutely amazing. He really could not have done more for us. His first hand knowledge of his homeland was excellent. He has a brilliant sense of humour. He looked after us so well, even on the evenings we had 'on our own'. Our group was truly great and inseparable. All 17 plus Freddy dined together every night, and we all did the optional bike ride to the lovely Playa Ancon.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I read all the reviews. Great advice. I would add: wheelie case useful for all the moving, and don't pack full....you are literally living out of a suitcase. Also take quick drying stuff e.g. Travel towel. Sink plug useful. I got to use my mask and snorkel but could have managed without the fins, which take up space. A friend told me to take boiled sweets....thank you, they helped me up those hills. Spare water bottle, yes dropped and broke one. Changing money is easy, we did ours after exciting the airport before getting on the bus (we asked Freddy if we had time). But we underestimated how much. We had to change more later in the week. Although most food in, and drinks cheap, you will want to buy soft drinks, coffees, beer and cocktails! The trip notes say 20 to 30 CUCs per day per person for days when food not provided. I would budget 20 per day! And if you want to buy a lot souvenirs, more. Finally, wish we'd taken a Go Pro!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All hotels very clean with air conditioning. Casa charming. Food plentiful. Fantastic holiday. Wish I was still there!

  • 10

    CUBAN HIGHLIGHTS RIDE

    A wonderful trip: varied, well organised, challenging and relaxing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

     many highlights: cycling though the countryside and in the rolling hills meeting lots of very friendly, honest and lively Cubans the bustle and beauty of Trinadad and Havana strolling, eating and drinking in the evenings and at night swimming and snorkelling in the Caribbean a great group  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tony was very helpful, knowledgeable and passionate. Always very responsive to requests and feedback.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I'm glad I took my saddle, and saddle bag, as it meant I did not need anything on my back. If you have clip-on pedals and shoes then bring them- they helped on the hills, especially on the "moderate" last 8k climb!  Bring sweets and snacks for the rides, and then give them away to kids at the end. I took unused soap and shampoo from  hotels to give to people- much appreciated.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food and accommodation were much much better than hinted at in the trip notes. The trip would have been perfect if it could have included some visits to Cubans in their home, and perhaps a meal with them.

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