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Monday, November 11, 2019 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | North and South America

Day 10, Varadero - Havana

Time to ride back to Havana! Our first task today was to find gasoline, since there is some shortage in Varadero. Back on track, we reached the Bacunayagua bridge where we also had a quick lunch and then finally headed to Havana. A last picture stop at the Plaza de la Revolucion and then we took our bikes back to the garage. And before dinner the last surprise, three old cars from the 50's came to pick us up and took us to the restaurant! Goodbye everybody, have a safe flight back to China, Germany and Canada!

Group picture
Photo stop at Al Capone's house in Varadero
Bernd and Walter
The fort of Cojimar
Back in Havana
At the Plaza de la Revolucion
Let's go out for dinner!
Goodbye everybody!

Day 9, Remedios - Varadero

Leaving Remedios, we first stopped at Camajuani to see how cuban cigars are manufactured. Pity that no pictures are allowed inside the factory! After that, we used the carretera central for quite a long stretch until we reached Jovellanos where we had lunch. Varadero was not too far from there, but our hotel is the last one of the long and narrow peninsula, so it took some time to reach it!

At the cigars factory in Camajuany
Sugar cane fields along the carretera central
Lunch time
Fresh coconut for "dessert"
Peacoks like Harley
The marina of Varadero

Day 8, Cayo Santa Maria - Remedios

Just a short ride today, from Cayo Santa Maria we sinply had to reach the mainland using the causeway, but before reaching Remedios we stopped at the museum of sugar industry, so we could learn more about what was once the most important industry for the whole country.

Visiting the Museum of Sugar Industry in Caibarien
Outside the museum there are many old steam locomotives
Arrived in Remedios
A beer together before going to bed

Day 7, Trinidad - Cayo Santa Maria

Today we crossed Cuba from coast to coast, Caribbean Sea to Atlantic Ocean! In the morning we stopped at the Manaca Iznaga tower, that was used to control the slave work in the fields when that was a sugar cane plantation. After that, we went straight to Santa Clara to visit the museum and mausoleum of Che Guevara and, finally, we reached the coast at Caibarien. But the journey was not over, because to reach the Cayos there was still a long causeway to ride!

At the Manaca Iznaga tower
This child fell in love with the bikes... reminding me of my childhood!
In Santa Clara
Che Guevara
Our bikes always attract a lot of curious people
Last picture stop on the causeway between the coastline of Cuba and the Cayos islands

Day 6, rest day Trinidad

The idea today was: morning on the beach and then a ride through the Topes de Collantes area, in the Sierra del Escambray mountain range. Well, the morning was really enjoyable, but around lunch time threatening clouds and some strong rain suggested us not to use the bikes!

The beach of Playa Ancon

Day 5, Cienfuegos - Trinidad

From Cienfuegos to Trinidad it's only a short stretch, but we added a ride through the Sierra del Escambray, the second highest mountain range of Cuba, to see the beautiful waterfalls of "El Nicho", where we also had lunch. After that, back on the main road, we reached Trinidad in time to relax a bit and then went to the historic centre (a Unesco World Heritage site) for a delicious dinner in a "paladar" located on the main square. A little walk after dinner and then we were ready to go back to the hotel... a little bit late, but tomorrow it's a rest day!

The view from our hotel at dawn
The Theatre is still undergoing restoration
Visiting the centre of Cienfuegos
ready to leave Cienfuegos
At El Nicho waterfall
Lunch with live music
Night out in Trinidad

Day 4, Terrazas - Cienfuegos

Today it was the longest ride of this tour, mostly eastward to the "Pearl of the South", Cienfuegos. After a coffee break in San Antonio de los Banos, we used the "highway" until we reached the entrance of the Cienaga de Zapata Park, where the famous Bay of Pigs is located. In this area we had lunch and we could also see the museum dedicated to the Bayof Pigs invasion, or attempt to invade Cuba. Riding through some rural areas before reaching Cienfuegos was like travelling back in time!

Coffee break
The Cienaga de Zapata park
At the Cueva de los Peces
The Bay of Pigs
Harley vs Indian
Playa Giron
Bernd and Dietmar

Day 3, Viñales - Terrazas

Leaving Vinales on a hot morning, we went to see the big "mural de la prehistoria", painted in 1961 on the vertical wall of a mogote. After that, a nice curvy road took us to Pinar del Rio, the most important town of the area and the centre of the tobacco production of Cuba. Of course we had to visit a tobacco farm, a "Finca", as they are called here, where we could learn more about this important production for the island. We also had lunch at the finca and then continued on the Carretera Central. We reached our hotel, beautifully located in the Terrazas park, in time to relax a bit before dinner!

The valley of Vinales
At the Mural de la Prehistoria
Work in the fields has not changed here for many years
Learning about cigars
At the finca

Day 2, Havana - Viñales

Today we finally hopped on our bikes and the motorcycle tour could start. We rode westward direction Vinales, one of the most picturesque areas of the island, with its tobacco fields and the "mogotes", these little mountains with almost vertical walls. But before reaching Vinales, we rode through the curvy roads of the Terrazas Park, where we also had lunch, and the "bumpy" ones of the "northern circuit!

First photo and coffee break at Fusterlandia, the house of a local artist whose beaufiful and original decorations have become a tourist attraction.
San Juan de los Banos
Last picture stop

Day 1, welcome to Havana!

Being here, it would be a pity not to visit Cuba's capital city. Havana was the most important city of the Caribbean when it was a spanish colony and then turned into being the "Vegas" of America until 1959 when the Cuban Revolution took place. Nowadays it is a place full of life and full of contrasts, definitely worth a visit!

The first fortification of Havana, Castillo de la Real Fuerza
The Bodeguita del Medio was one of Hemingway's favourite bars.
Inside the Museo de la Revolucion
Plaza Vieja
Lunch with a view
The Capitolium of Havana
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Monday, November 4, 2019 at 18:33

Unfortunately the tour guide only accepts comments and opinions that agree with his ideas and ideologies like the regime he admires.
Easy to express a good opinion while riding an expensive motorcycle or from the view of a 5 star hotel.
If you do not know how to deal with differences of opinion should not be doing this work.
Domenico Schiano Moriello
Monday, November 4, 2019 at 19:57

As I told you, this is not the place to discuss about politics. Sorry
Monday, November 4, 2019 at 18:01

It's amazing to see those machines "roaring" in the middle of a quiet motorway, everywhere they go... people gather and it's like a live show... It's a great opportunity for knowing Cuba from the inside, apart from the media and fake news... At the end those bikers will be ready express an accurate opinion of Cuba
Domenico Schiano Moriello
Monday, November 4, 2019 at 19:58

Thank you Janley
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 22:24

Toujours d’ aussi belles photos
Bravo. Domenico
Domenico Schiano Moriello
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 15:18

Merci, Catherine!!!


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