Last riding day of this beautiful tour, today we took it easy because from Varadero to Havana the road is quite fast, so we left the hotel around 11 am and our first break was at the Mirador de Bacunayagua, where we also had a light lunch. Then a few photo-stops and we entered Havana, where we could say goodbye to Che Guevara in the "Plaza de la Revolucion".
Time to go home now, thank you everybody, what a great group!
Not many pictures for today! We rode on the "Circuito Norte" and, paying attention to potholes, animals and all kind of vehicles on the road, we reached Varadero in time for a swim!
Maybe the longest and most challenging ride ever, from Cayo Santa Maria we had to reach the mainland again and then... we were there! So we took it easy, we could enjoy the beach for a whole morning and left the hotel only after lunch. On the way, we could visit the museum of sugar industry, where we learned more about the production of what was called the "white gold". Finally we reached the beautiful little town of Remedios where we stayed at a "casa particular", a kind of Bed and Breakfast, and we really enjoyed that!
Leaving Trinidad, we quickly reached the Calle de los Ingenios, that was once one of the most important areas of the island for the production of sugar. Nice country roads (and beautiful landscapes!) led us then to Santa Clara, where one of the most final battles of the Cuban revolution took place and where the hero of the revolution is also buried. Who am I talking about? The legendary Che Guevara. After a very good lunch, we reached the northern coast and literally entered the ocean to reach Cayo Santa Maria!
The toughest ride of this tour started with visiting the beautiful historical centre of Cienfuegos before entering the "jungle" of the Sierra del Escambray and reaching El Nicho, a national park where we could take a refreshing bath under the waterfall. Very curvy and sometimes also very very bumpy roads took us then to Topes de Collantes and finally to Trinidad, the jewel of colonial architecture in Cuba!
Our tour started with a bus ride from the hotel to the parking lot, where finally we could sit on our bikes and start cruising around the island. The first impression is like having travelled a little bit back in time, it is incredigle how many old cars from the 50' are here! After crossing Havana, we entered the "autopista" and quickly reached the Bay of the Pigs, where in 1961 a group of exil-cubans tried to invade the island and depose Fidel Castro. Check out the pictures!
Welcome to the largest Caribbean island, welcome to Cuba and welcome to Havana! Everybody has arrived, the bikes are ready, we are eager to explore this incredible land and travel a bit back in time... stay tuned!