To complete our Cuban experience, we were missing the tropical rain, but today we finally we got some! I'm joking, of course So, today we had to ride back to Havana and give back our bikes, the tour is over but the group is staying another day to explore the fascinating capital city of this country. Goodbye everybody, it was a great pleasure meeting you. See you somewhere else in the world... and of course always on two wheels!
Leaving Remedios, we rode along the Circuito Norte closer to the coast. This road, passing through remote rural areas, is not in very good conditions, but the landscapes we rode through were really worth it and we also could have a good idea of what life in the fields is still nowadays. And the contrast with Varadero, just a few miles away from these fields, is huge!
Today nobody wanted to enjoy the beach (lucky people living in Florida!), so we added an extra loop to our ride in order not to arrive too early to Remedios, and we also had to struggle a bit to find a place for lunch, but in the end it was another beautiful day that ended with a great dinner at our "casa particular" in the historic centre of Remedios. Pure Cuba!
Today we crossed Cuba from the southern coast to the northern one. Our first stop was in the Valle de los Ingenios, a Unesco World Heritage Site, that was once one of the most important centres for the production of sugar, and therefore for the economy of the whole island. Nice backcountry roads led us then to Santa Clara, where we paid homage to Che Guevara before finally heading to Cayo Santa Maria.
This day offered us mountains, curvy roads and tropical forests. We first stopped in the beautiful historic centre of Cienfuegos and then reached the waterfalls in the jungle around El Nicho. A quite challenging ride through the mountains of the Sierra del Escambray and we finally reached our destination. And tonight dinner out in Trinidad!
Welcome to Cuba, where another beautiful tour through the island has just begun. A gropu of friends from Florida has decide to explore this island that is very close to them... but also very far from another point of view! Today we rode from Havana, the Capital, to Cienfuegos on the southern coast. Enjoy the pictures!