Cycling route Cienfuegos – Santa Clara – Remedios – Caibarien – Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad – Cienfuegos.

Route Cienfuegos – Santa Clara – Remedios – Caibarien – Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad – Cienfuegos.
(Similar to that suggested by clients: Lana Klein, James Patrick Klein, Emelia Schiller & Rick Closs)

Route type: Suitable for all bicycle types, preferably hybrids

  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Road safety level (traffic): Moderate (caution advised for the section from Santa Clara – Remedios)
  • Route distance: approximately 369 km (229 miles)
  • Highest elevation: 257 meters at Kilometer#169 between Yaguajay & Jarahueca.

Stops and places of interest:
1) Cienfuegos City.  (Palacio del Valle, Jose Martí Park, Botanical Garden)
2) Santa Clara City. (Che Guevara Mausoleum, La Caridad Theater, Armored Train)
3) Towns of Remedios & Caibarien. (Cayo Conuco, Parrandas Museum)
4) Sancti Spiritus City. (Museum branch of the Antonio Núñez Jimenez Foundation)
5) Trinidad City. (Romantic Museum, Plaza Mayor)
6) Villa Guajimico (Dive Center
7) Cienfuegos City.

  • Suggested duration: 8 nights & 9 days
  • Traveling to Cienfuegos: Viazul bus (they accept carriage of bicycles with a supplementary fee). It’s recommended to reserve in advance. New web bookings are disabled at one week prior to trip dates and last minute reservations are normally only accepted on a standby basis.
  • How to return from Cienfuegos: Viazul bus

To depart Havana from  CicloCuba to the Viazul bus station:

Take San Pedro avenue (Port Avenue) south to the Tallapiedra thermoelectric plan, turn right and cross the train tracks (under the elevated bridge) to Atares street. Cross Cristina avenue at the lights and Monte (Maximo Gomez), continue on Calle Arroyo, crossing Infanta at the intersection and continuing straight. When you arrive at the intersection of Ayestarán, continue straight on Aranguren and then turn right at Avenida de la Independencia (Boyeros). 100 meters ahead on your right you’ll see the Central Bus Station (Estación Central de Ómnibus) and Viazul.

Route map to the Viazul Bus Station

Route map for Cycling From CicloCuba To Viazul Bus Station by Abel Pez on plotaroute.com

Cienfuegos – Santa Clara (72 km)

Departing from Boutique Hotel La Unión (at 31 & 54), take Avenue 31 to 52 and ride to the Paseo del Prado boulevard where you’ll turn left onto the opposite side of the separator, and take this road (without turns) to leave the city. This road will take you to Ranchuelo, where you should head to the rigth to take a section of the National Highway (Autopista Nacional) to the entrance of the city of Santa Clara. The route will take you past the Ernesto Che Guevara Square to the center of the city and Vidal Park.

Santa Clara – Remedios – Caibarien (52 km)

Leave Vidal Park via Céspedes Street, and in La Cruz Street take a left, then immediate right on Avenida Liberación, which will take you to the road to Camajuaní & Remedios. You can overnight in Remedios or continue to Caibarien. From Remedios you might continue your ride the next day to Sancti Spiritus. From Caibarien some cyclists have opted to ride to Cayo Santa Maria – the causeway is on the left after you leave Caibarien and it’s about 62 kilómetros (~38,5 miles) to the key.

Caibarien – Sancti Spiritus (94 km)

From Caibarien there are two routes you might consider to arrive to Sancti Spiritus: one returning to Remedios and taking the road to Zulueta-Placetas-Cabaiguán-Sancti Spiritus and the other leaving directly from Caibarien via the North Circuit (Circuito Norte) to Yaguajay-Jarahueca-Sancti Spiritus. The latter is the route we’ll plot on the map. In Caibarien take Avenue (Avenida) 21 that hooks up with the North Circuit road that will take you directly to Yaguajay, where you will take a right on the General Peraza road to head to Sancti Spiritus. Pass the town of Meneses and continue to the Jarahueca intersection, where you will turn right towards the town. Entering the town, turn left, and about 700 meters ahead you’ll see the Jarahueca cemetery. Continue on this road, passing the towns of Minas Arriba, and Jíquima de Peláez. Continue straight, passing over a bridge that crosses the National Highway and continue to the entrance to Sancti Spiritus, where you’ll descend the bridge in a southerly direction to the center of the city. Here you’ll have different accommodation options in hotels and B&B’s. We propose riding to Serafin Sanchez Park in the center of the city.

Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad (71 km)

On one side of Serafín Sanchez Park you’ll find Máximo Gomez Street which you’ll take following the sign to Trinidad, riding onto Jesus Menendez Street towards the Colon neighborhood, and then after you cross a small bridge on Jesus Menendez it turns into a Boulevard. Take a left and an immediate right to reach 26 de julio Street. Follow the signs to Trinidad. You’ll pass the town of Banao, then Fidel Claro & Caracusey before reaching the Valley of the Sugarmills (Valle de los Ingenios), and the  Manaca – Iznaga Tower. Follow this road to Trinidad.

Arriving in Trinidad, take a left at Camilo Cienfuegos Street, pass the Santa Ana church and continue, turning right on Antonio Maceo Street to arrive at the center of town. If you prefer to continue to La Boca, you must ride as far as Simón Bolívar avenue and take a left. This road will take you directly to La Boca town & beach. There are an infinite number of accommodation options in the city in B&B’s and also Hotels.

If you prefer to ride to the Ancon Peninsula, then once on Camilo Cienfuegos Street you should continue to Ignacio Agramonte avenue and turn left, following the signs to Península Ancón and beach hotels.

Trinidad – Cienfuegos (83 km)
If you’re not prepared to ride the complete 83 kilómetros, then Villa Guajimico is a good option for mid-way accommodations, just 40 km from Trinidad.
Coming from the city, look for the intersection of Simón Bolívar & Anastasio Cardenas, and take Cardenas street to the right. If coming from La Boca via Simón Bolívar, then take Cardenas to the left. Si coming from the Ancon Peninsula via Agramonte, continue to Simón Bolívar and go straight to meet up with Cardenas. Stay on this road following the signs to Cienfuegos.
You’ll pass the shrimp breeding station, the Yaguanabo River where there are accommodations at Villa Yaguanabo, pass Villa Guajimico, where there’s also a dive center. This rustic hotel offers accommodations if you’re tired and features an attractive seaside setting.
Continue the route and at Kilometer 63 you’ll see a road on your left. Take this road until just before the CUPET (gas station), where you’ll turn right and then right again at the end to hook up with the road to Cienfuegos. If you continue straight at Kilometer 63, you’ll also arrive to Cienfuegos, but the route is slightly longer.

Route Map

Route map for Cycling Cienfuegos-Sta Clara-S. Spiritus-Trinidad by Abel Pez on plotaroute.com

Cienfuegos – La Habana

Santiago de Cuba – Bayamo – Holguin route

Route type: A mix of dirt roads and paved streets, suitable preferable for hybrids & mountain bikes
Stops: Santiago de Cuba city, Hotel Sierra Mar, El Jigüe (La Plata), Pilón, Media Luna, Manzanillo, Bayamo, Holguín
Distances: 70 km, 65 km, 50 km. 38 km, 50 km, 67 km. 71 km
Total length: 408,5 km (254 miles)
Highest elevation283 meters
Suggested Duration: 8 nights & 9 days
Vehicular traffic: low
To begin route: Take the Viazul bus to Santiago de Cuba. Return to Havana on the Viazul bus via Holguin.
Difficulty rating: Hard.

This is a scenic route, especially the section from Santiago de Cuba to Pilón which borders the southern coastline on your left and the Sierra Maestra mountains on your right with spectacular scenery.
To reach Santiago de Cuba you should take the Viazul bus, overnighting in the city on arrival. We suggest planning on discovering the city of Santiago de Cuba the following day. Recommended historical-cultural sites include the Moncada Barracs, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Céspedes Park, the El Cobre Sanctuary, the Emilio Bacardí Provincial Museum, and more. In Santiago de Cuba you’ll discover varied accommodation options including Hotel Meliá Santiago, Hotel REX, Hotel Las Américas, Hotel Hotel San Juan, hotel Hotel Libertad, and more, in addition to many Private Accommodation options. Begin your route to Sierra Mar the following day.

Route map

Route map for Cycling From Santiago De Cuba To Bayamo Or Holguin by Abel Pez on plotaroute.com

Santiago de Cuba – Sierra Mar (70 km)

You must leave Santiago de Cuba via the Paseo Marti. Coming from the Provincial Train Station, the road parallels (at a distance of roughly 500 meters) the historic Santa Ifigenia Cemetery where National Hero Jose Marti and Cuban Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro’s remains rest. At the end of Paseo Marti, turn left and another 800 meters ahead turn right onto the Guama road. The road is completely paved and will take you past Mar Verde, 17 kms from Santiago de Cuba, and later Caletón Blanco beach, 29 kms from Santiago de Cuba. You can observe the remains of Spanish galleons enroute, relics from the Naval Battle of Santiago de Cuba, from the end of the 19th century. The difficulty level is relatively easy to Hotel Sierra Mar, and 12 kms ahead you’ll find Los Galeones perched atop a hill. The paved road to Chivirico has few elevations and wonderful vistas. Diving is available from Sierra Mar and the wrecks of the galleons may be explored.

Sierra Mar – El Jigüe (La Plata) (65 km)

Continue west on the coastal road passing the villages of Chivirico, El Uvero, and La Mula campground located 54 kms past Sierra Mar. At La Mula you can rest or overnight. There are also private accommodation options in the área. About 4 kms past La Mula, the road condition deteriorates and some sections will be unpaved and difficult for vehicular acces, but transitable via bicycle. The remaining trip to Marea del Portillo will be slower, and is dotted with coastal elevations.

El Jigüe – Pilón (50 km)

The road here is only intermittently paved as it’s been damaged by hurricanes in the area, so keep in mind that its passage will be slower than via paved surfaces. You’ll pass the Marea del Portillo & Farallón del Caribe hotels, Punta Piedra motel, and then arrive in the village of Pilón. There are accommodations in the hotel zone as well as Private Accommodation options in Pilon.

Pilón – Media Luna (38 km)

This leg is considered difficult due to the elevations that exist in the first 20 kilometers of the route. If you have time and are interested in knowing more about Cuba’s history, you have several variations you could consider here for extending your route. For example:26 kms after Pilón, rather than taking a right to Media Luna, you could instead turn left towards Niquero/Las Coloradas and arrive at Cabo Cruz, where you can enjoy the Desembarco del Granma National Park, an ecological area rich in flora & fauna, archaeological sites and site of the historical 1956 arrival of the Granma Yacht with Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Che Guevara and 79 additional members of their revolutionary expedition. In Niquero and las Coloradas there are private accommodation options, plus Hotel Niquero. The return to Media Luna (approximately 53 kilometers from Cabo Cruz) is not difficult. In Media Luna you may visit the Museum/Birthplace of Celia Sanchez Manduley.

Media Luna – Manzanillo (50 km)

As this route is relatively easy and your time shouldn’t be constrained, you may want to consider a visit to La Demajagua, from where the Cry of Yara was realized. The historic site marks the beginning of the War of 1868, constituting one of the most relevant & transcendental acts in Cuba’s history, one which began a revolution and fight for the country’s total Independence which would last almost 100 years. Continue your trip to overnight in Manzanillo. Here you have accommodation options at Hotel Guacanayabo, in addition to Private Accommodations.

Manzanillo – Bayamo (67 km)

The City of Bayamo was the second Villa founded in Cuba and is the Cradle of Cuban Nationality; the Cuban National Anthem was first sung here. This is a quiet and easy route, flat with few elevations, with vistas of sugarcane fields and the Sierra Maestra mountains to accompany you. Leaving Manzanillo you should take P Rosales avenue towards the town of Yara. From here take the road to Veguitas & Barranca to continue to Bayamo. You’ll enter Bayamo via Amado Estevez avenue, which will take you straight to the center of the city. Multiple cultural and historic options await in the city, including the Museum/Birthplace of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes “The Father of Cuban Homeland”, the Wax Museum, La Casa de la Trova (troubador’s house), the Beatles cultural center etc. Bayamo also features a multitude of private accommodation options as well as lodigin in the following hotels: Royalton, Sierra Maestra, Telégrafo, Villa Bayamo.

Bayamo – Holguín (71 km)

The leg from Bayamo – Holguín is very east, almost straight and completely flat. Coming from the center of Bayamo you should head fort the Central Road (Carretera Central) heading northeast, passing the airport which will take you directly to the city of Holguín. In Holguin choose from hotels: El Bosque, Mirador de Mayabe, (this last property is just outside the city) and private accommodations.
From Holguin you have the option to take a Viazul bus directly to Havana, or alternatively consider routes such as:

We don’t recommend riding Holguín – Las Tunas – Camagüey via bike on the Central Road, which is narrow and can be dangerous with considerable truck/bus/vehicular traffic.

Santiago de Cuba – Baracoa – Holguin

It’s suggested to ride east to west with the prevailing winds.

Route type: Dirt roads & paved roads, preferably for hybrids bikes and mountain bikes
Cities and places of interest with suggested accommodation options, distances:
1. Santiago de Cuba – Guantanamo 79 km.
2. Guantanamo – Camping Yacabo 78 km (to Imias 85 km).
3. Camping Yacabo – Baracoa 73 km .
4. Baracoa city – Moa 75 km.
5. Moa city – Camping Cabonico 69 km (to Mayari 93 km).
6. Camping Cabonico – Guardalavaca 107 km (from Mayari 83 km).
7. Guardalavaca – Holguin city 59 km.
Total distance: 540,3 km.
Highest elevation: 546 metros
Suggested duration: 10 nights y 11 days (consider also 11 nights  & 12 days).
Level of vehicular trafic: low
Dificulty level : challenging.

How to begin the route: Take the Viazul bus to Santiago de Cuba. Return to Havana via Viazul bus from Holguin. Reservations may be made in any Viazul office in Cuba or through www.viazul.com

This is a bicycle route for adventurers and those who enjoy remote locations & wonderful landscapes.
Take the Viazul bus to Santiago de Cuba, overnight, and get to know the City of Santiago de Cuba. Some of the recommended historical-cultural sites include the Moncada Barracks, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Céspedes Park, the Basílica del Cobre sanctuary, the Emilio Bacardí Provincial Museum, and more. Santiago de Cuba features a range of accommodation options including Meliá Santiago, Hotel REX, Las Américas, San Juan, Libertad, y other hotels, as well as numerous Private Accommodation options. The next day, begin your route east from Santiago de Cuba to Guantanamo.

Santiago de Cuba – Guantánamo (79 km)
You must leave Santiago de Cuba via the National Highway (autopista nacional). From Hotel Meliá Santiago you would take and turn right after Teatro Heredia, towards the bypass (Circunvalación) as far as the bridge signaling the National Highway. After the bridge we’ll take the detour on the right to hit the highway heading north. Follow the highway and after the Check Point (Punto de Control), you’ll see the sign indicating “El Cristo” & “La Maya”, taking that road to Guantánamo.
Continue on the Cristo road and at the Alto Songo intersection (km 33) you must turn right to La Maya. Pass the village of Yerba de Guinea and about 13 kilometers ahead a 22-km section of the Guantanamo highway has been completed as far as the city. Another route option would be About 5 kms into the highway where you could turn right, and then 500 meters ahead left towards Niceto Perez. This road also leads to the center of the city of Guantanamo. In the city you may lodge at Hotel Guantánamo or in private accommodations.

Guantanamo – Camping Yacabo 78 km (to Imias 85 km)
This section of your route is relatively easy, with little climbing. You will enjoy sections of scenic views bordering the southern coast of Guantanamo province. Continue in an easterly direction on the central road. You’ll pass through the villages of Yateritas (km 39) and San Antonio del Sur (km 64). Twelve kilometers ahead on the right you’ll find the Yacabo Abajo or Rio Yacabo campgrounds, an economical option for overnighting. Imias is 9 kilometers further, if you’d like to continue your route that far. Rest well tonight as tomorrow has a significant climb with challenging grades to Baracoa, which may be the best test of your legs of the entire trip.

Camping Yacabo – Baracoa 73 km
Departing Imias  enjoy the scenic Caribbean Sea on your right on the 15.5 km ride to the village of Cajobabo. Here is where you’ll begin the “La Farola”,route along the viaduct elevations, one of the 7 wonders of Cuban civil engineering. At km 17 past Cajobabo you’ll find the scenic lookout Alto de Cotilla where you may want to take a rest. Continue your route of climbs and moderate descents, and the difficulty level will decrease at km 50, passing through the village of Sabanilla and continuing straight to Baracoa, Cuba’s founding villa. Accommodation options in Baracoa include hotels La Rusa, Rio Miel, La Habanera, 1511, Porto Santo, Castillo y various private accommodation options.

Route Map

Route map for Cycling Stgo. Cuba-Baracoa-Guardalavaca-Holguin by Abel Pez on plotaroute.com

Baracoa – Moa (75 km)
The road from Baracoa to Moa is a challenge, as it was to be completely paved in the past, but with the passage of time, rain and storms, it has been considerably damaged. For this reason this section of your route is difficult for vehicular traffic, but possible by bicycle. This stage is also challenging for the long & steep elevations in the mountainous sections. Within the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park you’ll discover a mix of scenic views and vegetated forest areas. Departing Baracoa heading north, in just 1 kilometer you’ll pass La Finca Duaba, a countryside restaurant with hiking options.
Continue straight to pass the Rio Duaba bridge, as well as the Rio Toa bridge.
At kilometer 16 on your right, you’ll see the entrance to Villa Maguana.
But continue straight, ahead you’ll have a challenging adventure to the Moa area. Moa is an industrial city whose main economic activity is associated with the nickel mining and refineries. For visitors it’s not especially attractive, although it does have the  Miraflores hotel for overnights.

Moa – Camping Cabonico 69 km (to Mayari 93 km)
This leg of your journey is not flat – it has considerable climbing/descents. You should take the 37-kilometer road to Sagua de Tanamo. You may want to replenish your wáter supply and snack in the small village. Continue your journey and 6 kms ahead you’ll see an intersection where the road on the right heads to Cayo Mambí and the road on the left (which is the one you’ll take) heads to Levisa & Mayarí. Levisa is 78 kms from Moa, and about 10 kilometers before Levisa, in the village of Pueblo Nuevo there‘s the Rio Cabonico campground.
Continue straight after Levisa and 7 km ahead you’ll see an entrance on your right that leads to Felton and the Cayo Saetía  Natural Park, 19 kilometers away, and Villa Cayo Saetía (pre-booking suggested – controlled entrance).
If  you decide to continue to Mayarí, it’s just 9 kilometers ahead. In Mayarí, you may opt to visit the Salto del Guayabo (waterfall), the main attraction of La Mensura National Park, and one of Cuba’s highest waterfalls.
In Mayarí you’ll discover private accommodation options.

Camping Cabonico – Guardalavaca 107 km (from Mayari 83 km)
Departing Mayarí you should take the road to Juan Vicente & Guaro, pass these villages and continue. At the intersection at kilometer 16 turn right to Banes (the road on the left heads to Cueto), staying straight on this road to pass Herrera, the Deleite intersection, Los Negritos and at kilometer 51 you’ll see a T intersection where you must turn left to Guardalavaca, 30 kilometers away. If you continue straight you’ll end up in Banes.
At kilometer 80 on your left you’ll see the entrance to the Chorro de Maíta, archaeological site, where evidence exists of all types of burials not only of Cuba, but the Caribbean.
Continue to Guardalavaca beach, where you can choose from multiple hotel accommodations such as Brisas Guardalavaca, Club Amigo Atlántico Guardalavaca or private accommodations.
Several kilometers further west there’s also Esmeralda Beach, Yuraguanal, Blanca & Pesquero beaches, with alternative hotels including Paradisus Rio de Oro, Sol Rio de Luna y Mares, Memories Holguín, Playa Pesquero, Blau Costa Verde, Playa Costa Verde, or Villa Don Lino.

Playa Guardalavaca – Holguín (59 km)
This is an easy, enjoyable Cycling route. From the village of Guardalavaca take the main road west, pass the gas station on your right, and 2 kms ahead pass the entry to the Playa Esmeralda hotels. 1 km ahead it also passes the entrance to the Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park (where the Guardalavaca Dolphinarium is situated and interaction with dolphins is offered).
11 kilometers ahead you’ll see the entrance to Playa Pesquero and its hotels. Continue straight on the main road and at kilometer 53 you’ll pass a rotary, the University of Holguin, a second rotary and you’ll see the Calixto Garcia baseball stadium on your right. You’re now in the city of Holguín.

In the city choose from hotels such as El Bosque, hotel Pernik, or Villa Mirador de Mayabe as well as a considerable selection of private accommodation options.
From Holguin you may take the Viazul bus to western Cuba.

Playa Larga – Varadero – Havana

Route type: Paved roads. Suitable for all types of bicycles.
Cities and places of interest with suggested budget accommodation options, distances:
1. Playa Larga – Jovellanos 66 km (hasta Cardenas 94 km);
2. Jovellanos – Varadero 45 km;
3. Varadero – Playa Jibacoa 74 km;
4. Playa Jibacoa – Guanabo 35 km (hasta La Habana 63 km).
Total Distance: 248 km
Highest elevation: 140 m (between Matanzas & Playa Jibacoa)
Suggested duration: 5 nights / 6 days
Level of vehicular traffic: medium
Degree of dificulty: Moderate

To begin the route: Take the Viazul bus to Playa Larga

In terms of elevation (practically flat), this route is relatively easy to Varadero. Between Matanzas and Havana there are moderate elevations (and the prevailing wind is on your favor). If departing from Havana, you may take the Viazul bus (Havana – Trinidad route) as far as Playa Larga, overnight in Playa Larga and begin your cycling route the following morning. If you have more time for riding, you could combine that route with the Ciego de Avila-Havana route.

Route Map

Route map for Cycling From Playa Larga To Havana – CicloCuba by Abel Pez on plotaroute.com

Playa Larga – Jovellanos (66 km)
Depart Playa Larga heading to the National Highway (Autopista Nacional). Pass the Guama Visitors Center and crocodile breeding farm, then the Central Australia and Bohío Don Pedro ranch (rustic acccommodation used by visiting fly fishermen) before reaching the highway (Autopista Nacional).
Cross the highway towards Jagüey Grande and take the road to Torriente. About 6 kilometers later you’ll take a right to San Jose de Marcos, passing through La Isabel and continuing to Jovellanos. See accommodations here.

Jovellanos – Varadero (45 km)

Take the road to the village of Carlos Rojas and the Jose Smith Comas sugar refinery (21 km), a village located to the north of Jovellanos. You may visit the Jose Smith Comas Sugarcane Refinery Museum here and advance to the Vía Blanca road (also denominated on some maps as Puente Bascular or Autopista Sur/Southern Highway). You should take a left on the norther route to Cardenas (follow the signs). In Cardenas visit the Cardenas Museum. To leave Cardenas, advance to Calle Saez, take a right, and your next left  (on an avenue known as Calzada). This avenue will take you directly to Cardenas and Santa Marta. In Santa Marta continue in the right lane to take the road entering into Varadero, crossing the iron bridge. To head directly into the village take an immediate right and descend a mild grade to cycle under the bridge to 1ra Avenida facing Kawama, Villa Tortuga & Barlovento hotels and very close to Acuazul & Sotavento hotels. The village also features numerous private accommodation options. Enjoy Cuba’s most famous beach.

Note: You may also opt to ride from Jovellanos to Matanzas, however we don’t recommend riding on the Central Road (cc) due to the traffic and narrowness of the lanes.

Varadero – Playa Jibacoa (74 km)

Returning to cross the same iron bridge to depart Varadero from where you entered, take a right after the bridge and continue straight on this road to Matanzas 30 kms away. The road will take you past the village of Camarioca, then you’ll see on your left the entrance to the Varadero International Airport. Just a few dozen meters down this road you’ll find the Saturn Cave visitors center where you could have lunch and a swim in the cave.

Continuing to Matanzas you should take the viaduct road that borders the Bahía de Matanzas (Bay) until you depart the city heading towards Havana. You’ll see the  Bacunayagua Bridge, (the highest in Cuba) and continue on the Via Blanca road until you arrive at the Canasi junction (Canasi Bridge). Several meters ahead you should detour to the right to arrive at Playa Jibacoa. Here you’ll discover Memories Jibacoa  & Villa Trópico hotels as well as Los Cocos camping, in addition to Islazul house rentals and private home rentals.

Playa Jibacoa – La Habana (63 km)

Cross the Jibacoa Bridge heading west towards Havana. Pass the town of Santa Cruz del Norte (you’ll see the Havana Club Rum factory on your right as you enter the town limits.
Continue 22 kms west until you arrive at Peñas Altas (2 kilometers after the control check-point). Immediately after Peñas Altas you’ll see a small bridge crossing a river. You should take a right here to avoid the Guanabo hill and instead pass through the center of the beach town. If you’re tired you’ll find various private accommodation options here. Continue on the main road through town and when you arrive at the rotary, continue straight to the end, where you’ll take a left, then right at the end of this Street to come out again at the Vía Blanca road. Take a right to head towards Havana. From Guanabo to Old Havana it’s 28 kilómetros. This área offers numerous accommodation options in hotels or private houses.
You must keep in mind that you can’t ride your bicycle through the tunnel connecting Eastern Havana to Old Havana. So to arrive to the city there are three options:

    • Vía Blanca: After you pass Alamar you’ll continue straight on Vía Blanca until you reach the Cojimar rotary. Continue on Vía Blanca (by taking the third road on your right) and you’ll pass the Ñico Lopez Refinery, the Guanabacoa traffic lights and, 600 meter later turn right on 1ra Avenida, then left to reach the Anillo del Puerto (Port ring) and bordering the Havana Bay to arrive at the historic district.
      Mapa

Route map for Arriving In Havana Through Via Blanca by Abel Pez on plotaroute.com

    • There’s also a bike boat that crosses the Bay from Casablanca to Port Avenue (San Pedro) in Old Havana. There are certain restrictions for goods you are permitted to carry on this crossing, a consideration to keep in mind if traveling with luggage. Upon arrival in Old Havana you’ll be facing the Armadores de Santander hotel, other historic district hotels and private accommodations.
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Route map for Crossing Havana Bay on board the Ferry by Abel Pez on plotaroute.com

  • You could take the túnel (boarding the Ciclobus). After passing Alamar and a long downhill, take a right before the overpass and you’ll be on the Vía Monumental, which will take you pass the Panamerican Village / Olympic Stadium on your right, and ahead on your left you’ll see the Naval military hospital. Facing the hospital is a Group of buildings making up the village of Camilo Cienfuegos. Take a right (before the hospital) downhill to a rotary, which you’ll follow around to the second road on your right. In the middle of this road you’ll see the Ciclobus boarding station from which a bus boards passengers & bicycles/motorized bikes under 50cc to cross through the tunnel to Havana.
Cyclebus itinerary leaving from Camilo Cienfuegos town (in front of Naval Hospital)
Monday to Friday
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06:30 – 06:50

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12:25 Return to base

 

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19:25 Return to base

Saturday & Sunday
Morning Afternoon
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19:25 Return to base

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Ciego de Avila – Havana

It’s suggested to ride east to west with the prevailing winds.

Route type: Paved roads, suitable for all types of bicycles, preferably hybrids.
Cities and places of interest with suggested budget accommodation options:

  • Ciego de Avila city, Morón city.
  • Mayajigua Lake Hotel with open-air or enclosed pool areas with thermal water.
  • Sancti Spiritus city: Museums, history, Antonio Nuñez Jimenez Foundation branch, Agrotourism project “La Picadora”.
  • Trinidad city: Museums, beach, excursions, hiking, canopy, nature, nautical options.
  • Cienfuegos city: Museums, beach, nautical options, history.
  • Playa Giron: Museum, Caleta Buena, El Pirata Dive Center.
  • Playa Larga: Cueva de los Peces, Punta Perdiz, Crocodile Farm, Parrot farm.
  • Hotel reservations
  • Private accommodations

Distances:
– Ciego de Avila – Mayajigua 98,4 km;
– Mayajigua – Sancti Spiritus  81,4 km
– Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad 71,2 km
– Trinidad – Cienfuegos 82 km
– Cienfuegos – Playa Giron 78,1 km
– Playa Giron – Playa Larga 35,2 km

Total distance: 445 km (276,5 miles)
Highest elevation: 257 m  (between Yaguajay & Sancti Spiritus)
Level of vehicular traffic:  Low
Suggested duration: 9 nights / 10 days
Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Route description:
Havana – Ciego de Avila
To reach Ciego de Ávila: Viazul buses (accept bicycles with a small surcharge) and are ideal for travel between Havana & Ciego de Avila. It’s suggested to make an advance bus reservation via internet. Accommodation in Ciego de Ávila.

Ciego de Ávila – Morón (59,6 km); Morón – Mayajigua (38,8 km)

From the center of Ciego de Avila city, take Independencia avenue and then the Central Road (Carretera Central) to the rotary where you must turn left to reach the Bypass Road (Circunvalación or Anillo de la Ciudad). Take  Avenida Antonio Guiteras (151) and pedal straight to Morón. You’ll see  Hotel Morón on your right once you enter the city.

Departing from Hotel Morón, take Avenida Tarafá on your right that later joins Avenida Martí, crossing the city to arrive at Avenida Libertad, where you’ll turn left. Take a right at Calle Padre Cano to Salome Machado, where you must turn left to take the northern circuit to Chambas (35 km). Pass through the village of Chambas and continue on the northern circuit to Mayajigua. Here you’ll find a hotel called Villa San Jose del Lago, with a restaurant and pools with thermal waters with medicinal characteristics. The water passes naturally between an enclosed pool and the open-air pool where many Cubans gather in the summer to enjoy their vacations. Overnights can be planned at the property.
You also have the option of lodging at the agro-tourism project La Picadora, 2 kilometers later (at km 436). From La Picadora you can organize excursions to Caguane National Park, with options to visit caves and other natural attractions.

Mayajigua – Sancti Spiritus (81,4 km)

Turn right back onto the road continuing west towards Yaguajay. In the center of the city you’ll see a sign where you must turn left to Sancti Spiritus. Pass through the villages of Meneses,  Jarahueca, Jíquima de Peláez, and continue traveling down the 66 to the Central Road (Carretera Central / CC), where you must turn left towards the city of Sancti Spiritus. At the entry to Sancti Spiritus you see Villa Los Laureles on your left. You could stay here or continue to the center of the city following Calle Bartolomé Maso to Avenida de los Mártires, where you will turn right to Parque Serafín Sanchez. Here you will find Hotel Plaza, Hostal del Rijo, & Hostal Don Florencio in the historic district, and also private accommodations.

Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad (71,2 km) or La Boca (77,6 km)

On one side of Parque Serafín Sanchez you’ll find Calle Máximo Gomez. Take this road following the sign to Trinidad, turning into Calle Jesus Menendez in the dirección of the Colon neighborhood and then cross a small bridge where Calle Jesus Menendez turns into a boulevard. You must take a left and immediate right to reach Calle 26 de julio.  Follow the signs to Trinidad. You’ll pass through the villages of Banao, Fidel Claro & Caracusey before reaching the Valle de los Ingenios, where you’ll find the  Manaca – Iznaga Tower
Follow the road to Trinidad.

Arriving in Trinidad take a left on Calle Camilo Cienfuegos, pass the Iglesia Santa Ana (church) and continue, turning right on Calle Antonio Maceo and you’ll be in the center of town. If you wishes to continue to La Boca, you must cycle to Avenida Simón Bolívar and take a left. This Street will take you directly to the beach and village of La Boca.

If you wanted to continue to the Ancon Peninsula, then once on Calle Camilo Cienfuegos you should continue to Avenida Ignacio Agramonte and take a left, following the signs to the Península Ancón. Reserve hotels or private accommodations.

Trinidad – Cienfuegos (82 km)

From the center of Trinidad, at the intersection of Simón Bolívar & Anastasio Cardenas, take Cardenas heading west. If you’re cycling from La Boca via Simón Bolívar, take a left on Cardenas. If you’re cycling from the Ancon Peninsula via Agramonte, continue to Simón Bolívar and go straight to find Cardenas.
Stay on this road following the signs to Cienfuegos.
You’ll pass a shrimp-growing facility, the Yaguanabo Rover, where there’s lodging at Villa Yaguanabo, and Villa Guajimico, which has a dive center and modestly-priced accommodations halfway between Trinidad & Cienfuegos.

Cienfuegos – Playa Giron (78 km)

You have two options:

  1. Via the road to Havana. On leaving Cienfuegos via the norther road heading to the National Highway, you must reach Yaguaramas, where you’ll take a left to continue as far as Playa Giron. (There’s another route via the Charcas junction, Mijailito, later passing through Cayo Grande, La Forestal, Guasasa and bordering the coast, but the road is rocky and solitary, requiring good tires and an ample water supply.
  2. Cross the Cienfuegos Bay via Ferry. The ferry departs the Cienfuegos Marina crossing the Bay to Castillo de Jagua .Take the road to Juraguá, and after passing the Juraguá nuclear plant you must take a left to the south road to Caleta Buena, cycling straight to Playa Girón. (This road borders the coast and is like a dirt road in passable conditions for cycling, but again, it is very, very solitary, requiring good tires and an ample water supply).

Playa Giron – Playa Larga (35,2 km)

This is an easy route, flat and bordering the coastline in its entirety. Places of interest along the way include the Cueva de los Peces & Punta Perdiz. In Playa Larga you’ll find Hotel Playa Larga on the beach and there’s also a camping facility 4 kms before you reach the hotel. The village of Caletón also offers ample private accommodation options.

ROUTE MAP

Route map for Cycling From Ciego De Avila To Playa Larga by Abel Pez on plotaroute.com

Playa Giron or Playa Larga – Havana

  • Playa Larga – Havana (the pickup must be reserved with pickup in Playa Larga, and it’s suggested to coordinate this arrangement while passing through Trinidad or Cienfuegos). Viazul stops in both Playa Giron & Playa Larga once a day.
  •  Consider also continuing with the route Playa Larga – Matanzas – Havana

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