Havana – Ciego de Avila

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

Route type: Suitable for all types of bicycles, preferably hybrids.

Suggested duration: __ nights / __ days

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.

Sections recommended to cover by bus:

  • Havana – Ciego de Avila
  • 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).

Cities and places of interest with suggested budget accommodation options:

  1. Ciego de Avila city – Hotel Ciego de Ávila & Hotel Santiago Habana, Morón city – Hotel Morón.
  2. Mayajigua Lake (Hotel San Jose del Lago) with open-air or enclosed pool areas with thermal water,  private accommodations, rural restaurants
  3. Hotel Plaza, Hostal del Rijo, Villa Los Laureles, Don Florencio
  4. Trinidad: Hotel Las Cuevas, Hotel Iberostar Trinidad, Hotel Trinidad 500, Hotel La Ronda, Hotel Costasur, Hotel Trinidad del Mar, Hotel Ancón, Villa MaDolores, & private accommodations
  5. Cienfuegos: Hotel Jagua, Hotel La Unión, Hotel Palacio Azul, Hotel Casa Verde, Hotel Rancho Luna, Hotel Faro Luna, Hotel Pasacaballo
  6. Playa Giron: Hotel Playa Giron, Playa Giron Museum, private accommodations, Caleta Buena, El Pirata Dive Center.
  7. Playa Larga: Hotel Playa Larga, Cueva de los Peces, Punta Perdiz, Crocodile Farm, Villa Guama, Bohío Don Pedro, private accommodations.

Route description:
Havana – Ciego de Avila
Take the Viazul bus to Ciego de Avila. Accommodation in Ciego de Ávila.

Ciego de Ávila – Morón (40 km)
Morón – Mayajigua (55 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.

Mayajigua – Sancti Spiritus (81 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.

Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad (76 km) or La Boca (82 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 and Hotel Costasur, Hotel Trinidad del Mar, or Hotel Ancón.

Trinidad – Cienfuegos (83 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 plan 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).

Playa Giron – Playa Larga (46 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.

Playa Giron or Playa Larga – Havana

It’s suggested to take the Viazul bus to Havana. You can make the bus reservation in Trinidad or in Cienfuegos. Viazul stops in both Playa Giron & Playa Larga.
The other option is to cycle as far as the Jagüey Grande junction with the national highway (Autopista Nacional) and try your luck with last minute boarding. All the Viazul buses and a considerable # of private vehicles pass through here when traveling from Eastern Cuba to Havana.

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