- Just returned from a fantastic cycling holiday in Cuba.
I'd recommend the trip as a wonderful way to see and feel Cuba.
I was travelling alone (first time on a group holiday), if I had any reservations before the trip, these were immediately put aside when I met my new travelling friends on arrival at the airport. We were a small group of 8, made up of 2 couples and 4 lone travellers. a great group.
The accomodation was basic, we were made very welcome at the Casa Particulares which were always well located. We were dissapointed at the choice of hotels, mainly because of location - they were usually in the middle of no where with no choices for food other than to eat the hotel buffet. The Casas meant me were able to experience Cuban life, meet the people. eat the food and enjoy the nightlife in the local towns. We made the most of our 3 night stays in Vinales and Trinidad, which are a highlight of my trip (both home stays in Casa) - enjoying the nightlife to the early hours.
Our Guide (Carlos) , Mechanic (Daniel) and driver (Lazerol ) were fantastic, and really made our trip very special, thank you.
1) Make sure you tell people back home that you're unlikely to be in contact. Internet access iss very difficult and limited only to town centres whith the purchase of a card (which requires queing for)
2) ATMS are the easiest solution for currency. If you want to change hard currency expect to que for at least an hour everywhere.
3) Travel light, We all took too much.
3 sets of Cycling gear (can wash out) ,
Toiletries as supermarkets don't stock anything other than RUM!
Travel towel for river swims (bathroom towels were supplied in all rooms)
Insect repellent and suncream
I cycle regularly and found a couple of the 50KM days quite tough, so make sure you are fit for this trip, it does require a reasonable level of fitness as Cuba isn't flat..
This was the dissapointing part of my trip, I chose to book the complete package with Explore including flight but wished now that I had booked my own flight (as 2 others had on our trip). The flight was with Air Europa (2 hours to Madrid, 2 hour wait and 10 hours to Cuba), the long part was on the most uncomfortable plane ever - no in flight entertainment and no leg room. This compared to easy jet and ryan air but for 10 hours is was very uncomfortable. Our friends travelled on Virgin direct from Gatwick for approx £20 more - I think Explore should offer a direct option.
Published on: 09 January 2017