- I took this trip, in Nov 2016. Do not go on this trip unless you enjoy cycling on long boring straight roads. There was too much variation in the distances from day to day. The trip notes for the ride through the "Valley of the Sugar Mills" is misleading, it is 65 k not 60 k, the total ascent is over 450 m not 150 m and on the day we rode it it was into a head wind. The notes indicate a final bus ride of 1 hr but it was around 1.75 hrs. At the end of this ride which was an endurance test, the accommodation was below par with no water in the shower and no hot water in the basin. The good points were the leader, mechanic and the bus driver, all were excellent, as were the walking tours of the various towns/cities. The trip does provide an interesting insight into Cuba outside of Havana. The stops for fruit, some of which we had not tasted before were great but there were not enough stops just for water. We also found the Che Guevara Monument very interesting. The Casa in Trinidad, Hostal "You & Me" was excellent and the owners could not do enough for us. On the other hand when we arrived in Havana we were sent by taxi direct to our Casa, not the joining Casa, we did not know where we were, had no access to food or drink, no local currency and had a room with no windows, it was not the welcome to Cuba that we expected. Had we gone first to the meeting Casa it would have been so much better. For those that enjoy road cycling I am sure that they would prefer longer rides on the first couple of days, for us we would have preferred more interesting roads.
Published on: 06 December 2016