Last ride of this beautiful tour, today we rode back to Havana, the capital of this Country. A quite easy ride and then, after the motorcycle handover, a good dinner together to celebrate the birthday of Jean-Pierre!
Geno, Daniel, Joao, George, Uwe, Bernd, Jean-Pierre, thank you for a great time together! Safe rides!
Leaving Remedios, we rode on the "Circuito Norte" and it was really interesting to pass through all the little towns we met along the way. It was almost like a trip back in time, especially because of all the old vehicles of any kind that we met on the road. We reached Varadero in time for a swim in its beautiful sea and we also had time to see the house that Al Capone used to store alcohol and ship it (illegally) to the USA.
Today chose to start a little later and enjoy the morning at the great beach of Cayo Santa Maria! Afterwards we rode back to the mainland, visited the museum of sugar industry and reached Remedios and its beautiful historical centre, where we stayed at a "casa particular", a kind of bed & breakfast.
Leaving Trinidad, we rode through the Valle de los Ingenios, that was a very important centre for sugar production from the late 18th century until the late 19th century. After that, a pleasant ride through an idyllic landscape took us to Santa Clara, where we could visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum and learn more about the life of this legendary figure. And finally, after lunch, we rode straight to Cayo Santa Maria and reached the hotel in time for a bath on its wonderful beach!
Today some of us decided to go for a beautiful loop through the Sierra del Escambray, around 140 km, enjoy the pictures!
The toughest (because of the many curves and the not ideal road conditions!) ride of this tour started with a relaxed visit at the beautiful historical centre of Cienfuegos, before entering the "jungle" of the Sierra del Escambray. We reached "El Nicho", a national park where we could take a refreshing bath under the waterfall and also have lunch. Very curvy and sometimes also very very bumpy roads took us then to Topes de Collantes and finally to Trinidad. Keep following us!
The longest ride of this tour started with a bicycle race through Havana... so some roads were closed and we had to go all around the city! After around 150 kilometres on the highway, we finally entered the area of the Bay of the Pigs, famous because in the beginning of April 1961, a group of Exil-Cubans supported by the american CIA tried to invade Cuba. This area is now mainly a natural reserve. After a jump in the Cueva de Los Pesces and a visit at the museum dedicated to the battle of the Bay of the Pigs, we finally reached Cienfuegos in time for a swim in the pool!
Back to Havana today, to complete our little loop westward. We spent the morning in the area around Vinales, one of the nicest in all of Cuba, also protected by Unesco. Tobacco and other crops are cultivated at the bottom of the valley, mostly by traditional agricultural techniques. The conspicuous cliffs rising like islands from the bottom of the valley are called mogotes. Great ride through such scenery! After that we slowly cruised back to Havana, stopping for lunch in San Diego de los Baños. Another nice day!
After a little rest in Havana, another great trip has begun! A very international group (Austria, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Cuba and Italy) has just met and is ready to explore this country. Today we rode from Havana to the beautiful area of Viñales, located in the western part of the island. After the motorcycle handover we rode along the coast until Mariel, then entered the beautiful park of Las Terrazas, where we also had lunch, and finally reached our destination where we had time to visit the interesting Cueva del Indio. Time to have dinner now! Stay tuned!