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Cuba's Best Multi-Sport Tour
This carefully designed tour blends peaceful countryside excursions with authentic cultural encounters as you bike, kayak and hike through Cuba! With visits to Colonial Havana, the Bay of Pigs, Playa Girón, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Sancti Spíritus, you see for yourself Cuba’s fascinating history and multifaceted modernity. Colonial plazas and palaces, in a staggering array of disrepair and renovation, tell stories of a colonial past still merged with the dynamic present.
This itinerary is available as a fully legal Support for the Cuban People tour for US citizens if booked through a US tour operator or travel agency.
Note: Bikes are carried inside the bus. It’s easy to adjust biking distances on this itinerary, so they can be shortened if some rides seem too long. Kayaks are transported separately if possible and, if not, will be pulled on a trailer behind the bus.
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Commercial flights from the United States to Havana are the standard mode of travel between the two countries, and we ask that our guests book their own travel between the U.S. and Havana. This tour will begin in Havana at approximately 11:00 AM on Day 1. We recommend you arrive a day early to allow for flight delays or cancellations and we are happy to book an extra night's accommodation for you as a tour extension.
If you prefer to arrive on Day 1, be sure your flight arrives no later than 9:00 Am so that you can transfer from the airport to the meeting point to arrive by 11:00 AM.
You might also consider flying to Miami on Day 0 and spending the night there, and then flying to Havana the next morning if you can find an early enough flight.
We are happy to offer guidance with scheduling your travel to and from Cuba, and our office staff is ready to answer any questions you may have.
Note: Travel in Cuba requires a flexible attitude. Our days are full, and as required by U.S. law, we have a full-time agenda of meaningful interactions with the Cuban people. Cuba has its own beat and things don’t always run on time. The activities and visits listed are not guaranteed but we endeavor to do our best to provide the content intent of this Support for the Cuban People program. Visiting developing countries can be eye-opening and life-changing, and hopefully visiting Cuba is both. That said, accommodations may not be up to the standards you are used to; sometimes the hot water or air conditioning doesn’t work. We ask all our guests to appreciate the authenticity of your cultural encounters as well as the people, food, culture, and adventures that are exceptional in their difference. Your local guide, along with your Cuba Unbound Tour Leader promise to do their best to make this a fascinating and educational experience.
Welcome to Cuba! Havana & Habana Vieja
Havana is a large and exciting city full of people, fascinating architecture, public art, museums, the ocean-front malecon, wide boulevards and narrow alleys. We explore the city on foot, including the many historical plazas of Havana Vieja. Throughout our adventure we eat primarily in private restaurants called Paladars. We enjoy lunch and dinner today at two of Havana’s finest. After our walking tour we have an orientation meeting to prepare you for the week ahead. After dinner some may want to experience some of Havana’s nightlife, a town where music is plentiful.
Travel to Playa Larga, Kayak the Bay of Pigs, Ride Zapata National Park - Kayaking and Biking
We wake early and head out of Havana to the southeast toward Playa Larga, a tranquil village on the Bay of Pigs. We stop first at a Crocodile nursery to learn about attempts to conserve Cuba's two crocodile species. Later we enjoy lunch before cycling to the sparkling waters of the Bay of Pigs, where the legendary failed invasion of 1961 took place. Upon arrival we launch the kayaks for a leisurely paddle around the sparkling bay. Afterward we check into a casa particular.
In the evening we have a presentation from the Director of the National Park, Frank Medina who gives us an engaging overview of the Park’s history and goals. Then we sit down to a bountiful dinner of local fare.
- Kayak Distance: 3 miles, 1.5 – 2 hours
- Bike Distance: 8.7 Miles
- Elevation: + 188 / - 189 ft
- Time: 1 hour with stops
- Map & GPS Online Profile
Snorkel near Playa Giron, Bike towards Cienfuegos - Snorkel and Biking
Our morning adventure takes us to Playa Girón where we visit the Museum of Playa Girón, where you explore the history and artifacts of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion and battle. After our visit it’s a short drive to a snorkeling spot with healthy reefs and crystal clear water. As we explore, our local guides help us understand more of this vibrant underwater ecosystem.
After lunch we get on our bikes for a scenic ride to Yaguamayas, from which we transfer by bus to Cienfuegos. There, we check into our Casa Particulares for the night.
Cienfuegos is known as Cuba’s cleanest city, and the seaside location has such an ethereal allure that it’s been named the “Pearl of the South.” Settle into your Casa Particulares and relax before setting out to explore the city with its charming waterfront and colonnaded streets. We eventually make our way to Teatro Tomás Terry, a 19th century theater well-known for its grand mosaics and whimsical frescoes. Enjoy the views and then some excellent food before making your way back to your casas for the evening.
- Bike Distance: 15-27 Miles (can be adjusted to your comfort level)
- Elevation: + 409 / - 320 ft
- Time: 2-3 hours with stops
- Map & GPS Online Profile
Kayak in the Guanaroca Nature Reserve, Bike to the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens. Continue to Trinidad. - Kayaking and Biking
We enjoy a filling breakfast before heading out for a superb paddle in the protected waters of Laguna Guanaroca. Lying south of Cienfuegos, Laguna Guanaroca’s mangrove-trimmed saline-waters make a stunning kayaking location and bird watcher’s paradise. With luck we’ll have sightings of tocororo (Cuban trogans, the National Bird of Cuba), flamingo, pelicans and more. There’s nothing like kayaking in a peaceful solitude disturbed only by the calls of birds and the shuffling of their wings in flight.
From Guanaroca we enter the bay of Cienfuegos and paddle about two hours towards a remote seaside restaurant near la Milpa, where we enjoy a fresh lunch and the sunshine.
After lunch we switch to our bicycles for a pastoral ride to the Jardin Botánico Cienfuegos, a botanical paradise where over 2000 plant species grow. Though the garden was originally created by American sugar baron Edward F. Atkins to introduce exotic sugarcane varieties into Cuba, the garden quickly became a haven for exotic tropical trees. We do a short ride through the gardens and have a short informative encounter as we meet with staff members who tell us more about how the agricultural and botanical sector has played pivotal roles in Cuba’s history and culture.
From the gardens we drive to Trinidad, Cuba’s second oldest city where we find dinner and overnight.
- Kayak Distance: About 5 miles; ~ 3 hours
- Bike Distance: 14.6 Miles
- Elevation: + 635 / - 413 ft
- Time: 1-2 hours with stops
- Map & GPS Online Profile
Hike in the Topes de Collantes National Park to Magical Waterfalls, Kayak the Río Guourabo - Morning Hike and Late Afternoon Kayak
We depart Trinidad early and head into the crenellated, Caribbean pine-coated Sierra Escambray mountains, home to the Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes. Though Topes is not considered a national park in the strictest of senses, it is highly protected by the Cuban government as are the four smaller parks that make up the umbrella park of Topes.
One top choice is to hike the section of the park called El Cubano where we hike to magical waterfalls hidden within the lush tropical forest. Topes is also home of a variety of birds, so make sure to look up on the hikes.
After our hike we enjoy lunch in the cool mountain air before descending to the coast and La Boca, where river and sea meet. Here we climb into our kayaks for a lovely river paddle. We visit the place Hernan Cortez landed in the 1500s on one of his explorations, see a myriad of birds and gaze upon views of Trinidad on the hill above us. We then return to our Casas and dinner in town.
- Hike Distance: 3-4 miles
- Kayak Distance: ~3-5 miles, 2 hours
Bike from Trinidad to Sancti Spiritus - Biking and Walking
Today we ride a beautiful road heading east from Trinidad towards Sancti Spíritus. Sancti Spíritus is another city that invariably gets compared to Trinidad’s colonial charm and ultimately gets overshadowed by its UNESCO protected compatriot. Founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez and one of the original seven villas, the city oozes historic appeal.
Once we check into our lodgings for the night, we have the opportunity to explore the city. Walk across the Puente Yayabo, a quadruple-arched bridge that seems more fitting for the English countryside than this somnolent town, or look upon the Teatro Principal, Cuba’s oldest theater. After, relax with a tasty dinner with authentic Cuban dishes.
- Bike Distance: 10-40 Miles (can be adjusted to your comfort level)
- Elevation: + 1660 / - 1676 ft
- Time: 4-5 hours with stops
- Map & GPS Online Profile
Return to Havana via Santa Clara and the Hemingway Museum
We depart Sancti Spiritus just after breakfast and drive west, stopping in Santa Clara, if time allows, to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum. We then continue west, stopping for lunch along the way, and on to the outskirts of Havana to visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum (Finca Vigia) where he lived a good 20 years and wrote many of his books. Another 40 minutes or less takes us into Havana proper and on to our accommodation for the night. Our festive farewell dinner is at one of the city's better restaurants.
After dinner return to your hotel and bid farewell to your Multisport Adventure guide.
Dates & Rates
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|Jan 01, 2023 to Dec 31, 2023 |
Guaranteed departures for 2 or more people
Dates: Guaranteed departures for 2 or more people on any Sunday! Please inquire today to begin the booking process.
*Note: On trips with 6 or less people, some of our special meetings, like meeting with National Park Staff, may not be included due to cost.
Rate for 2023:
$3,490 per person
Single Supplement: $500
If you are traveling solo and prefer private accommodations (pending availability) you may elect to pay the single supplement fee. If you are traveling solo and wish to be paired up with another solo traveler of the same gender in order to avoid the single supplement fee, please let your Adventure Consultant know at the time of booking. We will do our best to find another traveler to pair you with, however if there is not another solo traveler of the same gender willing to share on your trip, you will be charged the single supplement fee.
Our trips can also be booked on-demand for small and large groups. Please inquire with us to start the booking process for your group today!
12 spaces available
- Experienced English-speaking guide(s)
- Specialized activity guides based on activity of trip (kayaking, biking, hiking, etc.)
- Specialized equipment needed for activities such as kayaks, bikes, helmets, paddles, personal flotation devices, etc.
- Private pre-tour orientation meeting
- Cuba Unbound hand-crafted itineraries
- Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
- All meals as noted in itinerary
- Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of Treasury general license
- Small group size (Custom tours for 2, group tours are 16-18)
- All entrance fees to include events and activities
- All in-country ground transportation
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Clean drinking water available at all times
- Gratuities for presenters, luggage handling, and restaurant staff
- Round-trip air to/from Cuba
- Cuba Tourist Visa Fee (ranges from $50-$100 depending on where you buy it)
- End of trip airport transfer
- Guide and driver gratuities
- Personal expenses such as souvenirs, gifts, alcoholic beverages, additional entertainment outside the standard itinerary, and incidentals
FAQ & More
Can US citizens travel to Cuba?
Yes, you can travel to Cuba as a US citizen! Although, the United States is the only country that restricts its citizens from traveling to Cuba for touristic reasons, however, the U.S. does allow travel to Cuba under one of 12 permitted travel categories. Of these categories, most of our travelers are traveling under either "Support for the Cuban People" or "Educational People-to-People" travel.
For more information on Cuba travel entry requirements, please see here.
Do I need experience to join the Multisport adventure?
The good news is that you don't need extensive cycling or kayaking experience to enjoy our tour. However, you’ll want to spend some time training on a bike and paddling before your trip. Work your strength up to riding and paddling the same daily distances that we will cover in our tour while carrying the same gear you plan to travel with.
What type of kayaks and bikes does Cuba Unbound provide?
For our Cuba tours we use polymer Necky Kayaks and you'll find specific information on these models if you follow the link. These kayaks provide a qality paddling experience and are durable enough to hold up with our active itinerary.
We will be using the Trek FX S 4. It is a hybrid/dual-sport bike with straight handlebars designed for both paved and unpaved riding.
Will single Kayaks be available?
We have both double and single kayaks in Cuba. At this time we are not offering the choice for a single kayak rental. Rather, we plan to bring between one and three singles on each tour to be shared among participants, depepnding on expressed interest.
How much cycling and paddling will we do on the Multisport trip?
You will cycle approximately 85 miles and paddle about 5 hours over the course of the tour. There will also be a 5 mile hike in between.
What kind of equipment or gear should I bring?
All of the kayaking and biking equipment is provided as well as personal flotation devices, dry bags and helmet. Just bring your clothing and personal gear. A complete packing list will be sent to you upon reservation. We highly suggest traveling “light” for this adventure.
Can I bring my own pedals and shoes?
You are welcome to bring your own pedals and shoes as we will have a bike technician who can swap out pedals at the beginning of the tour.
Can I bring my own bike?
Yes! But we unfortunately cannot offer a discount for guests who choose to bring their own bike. In addition, you will need to bring any spare parts, tubes, etc. as these will not be available in Cuba. Check with your airline for restrictions and fees.
Is there a support vehicle?
There will be a support tour bus that will be hauling luggage and will be available to riders at all times.
Is there time to rest? What happens if I get tired?
There will be options to rest in the bus for anyone who wants to take a break and/or hitch a ride to the next location. We will definitely take breaks as needed (how often and duration will depend on the group), but there is always an option of taking a break in the support van.
What about drinking water?
We will provide clean drinking water at all times during the tour!
Do I need to bring my own snorkel and fins?
We do have a great selection of snorkels, masks, & fins available for your use on this tour. However, if you have your own snorkeling gear, need a very specific size, and/or do not want to share equipment with others, please bring your own snorkeling gear with you. Wetsuits most likely will not be necessary for snorkeling, as the water in the Caribbean is quite warm year-round.
We had fantastic experience on this tour in February 2018. The guides were wonderful and very knowledgeable. The itinerary provided a good level of activity and variety and flexibility. The group was a good size - not too big and not too small. The accommodations were excellent and food was very good too. We had visited Cuba in 2002 and it was very interesting to observe the changes that had occurred as the country has opened up to more tourism. It is all changing so quickly. We highly recommend this tour.
Last trip before pandemic, memories for a lifetime
Our multisport tour of Cuba (January 2020) was special. The guides were friendly and helpful and just as curious about the US as we were about Cuba. One of our guides was a former English teacher and he helped me tremendously with my Spanish during the tour. Besides seeing the beautiful country, we visited several museums and historical sites including UNESCO World Heritage sites. We also visited a ration store to see firsthand the system by which Cubans receive their weekly allotment of staples, and it was fascinating to hear from our guides what their daily lives are like. The casas particulares where we stated (effectively AirBnB's Cuban-style) were clean and the owners were friendly. The weather couldn't have been better. Seven days went by quickly and left me wanting to make a return visit to see other parts of this surprisingly large country.
This tour was SO much fun! It was a perfect mix of activity and leisure. All the details were attended to. Our guides were fantastic and made sure everyone in our diverse group had a wonderful time. It was amazing to be able to finally experience this magical island in such a unique way.
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