Las Terrazas - PRIVATE

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Explore the oldest biological reserve in Cuba by e-bike in 4 days of excursion and 5 sleepovers.

Experience the Sierra Rosario with Las Terrazas, the orchid garden of Soroa, the city San Diego de los Baños, the province of Artemisa, the Castillo de las Nubes and the Cascada de Arcoiris on our pure nature trip.

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Discover with almost no contamination for 4 days the provinces Artemisa and Pinar del Rio by e-bike. You can be sure that you take many highlights of this beautiful and unique trip with you, without taking the common touristic routes. Las Terrazas, the Orchard Garden, Baños de San Juan, Artemisa, Castillo de las Nubes, Cascadada, numerous plant and animal species, and much more…

The start of our pure nature trip into the oldest reserve of biosphere in Cuba – Sierra del Rosario – is La Habana. You reach your place of stay one day before our e-bike-tour starts. In total you have 5 nights with 4 different accommodations and 4 daytrips, so please arrange your luggage accordingly. The transport of your luggage to the next place of stay is our business, looks just stupid, with your suitcase on the e-bike. Please take along just the most necessary things on our day trips. We accommodate our guests only in accommodations we have tested before. Please keep in mind that Cuba has its charm of luxury rather from a historical perspective and we therefore have to accept compromises even with for us assuredly things. Sometimes the accommodations are very simple but serve their purpose. Even if it sounds somewhat paradoxical, we believe that, this unconventional facts can be, among other things, the reason for an incomparable experience. Our goal is that you can always start our trips relaxed, with the invitation to fully engage with your experiences made with the e-bikes, Cuba, the Cubans and our team.

After the first night you meet our guide at 08:00 am in front of your hotel, Casa Particular or Casa de Cabaña in a Campismo resort. Hopefully you recognize him because of his bikes, his hat or his Cubykeshirt. After a short introduction to the bikes and adjustments to each individual height, you will receive some general information about the roads, our signs and general rules of Cuban traffic. Now we are ready to begin our discovery-tour!

Procedure:

We start on day 1 with the tour from La Habana towards Las Terrazas. Side by side with American old-timers, Camionetas, Bicitaxi, tractors and horse-drawn carriages we discover the north coast of Artemisa. We pass the airport of Baracoa, make stops at unknown but beautiful bays, we cross the city of Mariel with its special development zone where the Cuban government tries to attract international conglomerates, which has already been successful and see, from the distance, the largest container port of the Caribbean. As a precaution we recharge our batteries during lunch, because depending on the wind conditions the energy consumption can be quite high.  But don’t worry, we also have spare batteries with us. We continue our way to Cabaña and from there, via almost car-free roadways, towards San Juan to our final point Las Terrazas. The route becomes more demanding and hillier. At the same time the landscape becomes more and more extraordinary. In the evening we reach our accommodation, being surrounded by rivers, waterfalls, lakes and small mountains, as well as an impressive flora and fauna. After having a combined dinner, we recharge our batteries and take care of our slightly damaged backsides.

 

Our 2nd tour on the 3rd day will start again at 9:00 am. Today our nostalgia leads us towards Soroa, while crossing the nature park of Las Terrazas and increasing our altitude. Even being supported by an electric motor it is possible that we need to dismount our e-bikes. Anyway the view, the Mojito and the mountain bath will compensate these efforts. In the nature park live more than 70 different bird species and grow 850 different plant species. Furthermore 11% of the plants and 50% of the animals can be only found in this region. We spend the whole day in Cuba’s oldest reserve of biosphere. If you feel like, you can try the Canoby, a 1km long tightrope, where you can see the centre of Las Terrazas from the treetop. As an alternative you can visit a small and certainly very old coffee plantation. Our evening program is carrying our backsides, charging our batteries and having dinner.

 

The 3rd tour on the 4th day is dedicated to Artemisa. Starting at 09:00 am we pass through almost forgotten villages on the slightly uneven moguls Carretera Central de Montaña and Carretera a Cayajabos towards Artemisa. We visit places which are hardly mentioned in any travel guide, not for their unattractiveness, but because they are virtually untouched by any tourists. This includes Cayajabos, Cuatro Caminos, La Granada until we finally reach Artemisa, where we have our penultimate accommodation. Such days, really off the common touristic routes, are often more impressive for travellers, than just visiting the classic sights on the well-known to-do-list.

 

On the 4th tour on the 5th day, we cross the country side towards La Habana. We take our time to stop and  feel places like Las Cañas, Los Naranjos Sur, Rancho Grande, Cayo La Rosa, La Comunidad Ben Tre and Lazo de la Vega, we also visit a Central, a sugarcane factory, albeit an already closed one. We may recognize in the contemporary witnesses what meaning and what extent die Zuckerrohrindustrie für Cuba in der Vergangenheit hatte An diesem Tag versorgen wir uns auf dem Weg mit typisch cubanischen Lebensmitteln, wir brauchen sicher auch Monedathe sugarcane industry has been to Cuba in the past. That day we will have some Cuban food and will certainly need Moneda Nacional. We reach the suburbs of La Habana and unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye, at least from your e-bike. Once your reach your accommodation you will not need to recharge your battery as the donkey comes into the shed and gets prepared for the next trip through the primal Cuba. If you want we can arrange another combined dinner on that last day.
 

After the last night at your Hotel / Casa, your trip will hopefully continue in the unique and exciting Cuba or you will happily embark on your return journey, knowing that you have mastered this unique trip. We are happy to take care of any transfers to the airport, to the bus station, an old-timer trip into the country or maybe you want to do another tour with us! The next holiday is surely coming soon, and where on our planet can you do such a safe yet extremely original adventure and discovery tour?

 

A remark concerning the flexibility. We know that our e-bike tours do not offer much space for individual destinations, the days are really busy, but you always have the opportunity to coordinate your wishes with us. Whether you want to enjoy the beach for longer, visit a theatre or a museum, continue the tour for any reason with another vehicle or whatever you have on your mind, we will always show you as much flexibility as possible and try everything to adapt your stay also according to your wishes. We certainly will not always succeed, but mostly.

Highlights

Las Terrazas, Orchid Garden of Soroa, Baños de San Juan, Artemisa, Castillo de las Nubes, Cascada de Arco Iris, Central, Carretera Central de Montaña, unzählige Pflanzen- und Tierarten uvm .....countless plant and animal species and much more ...

 

price per person in EUR

2 persons   2.036          3 persons 1.648          4 persons 1.453

5 persons   1.337          6 persons 1.259          7 persons 1.204

8 persons   1.162          9 persons 1.130        10 persons 1.104

11 persons 1.083          up to 12 persons 1.065

Single room supplement per person 89

 

Included

  • Guide (English or German and Spanish, other languages ​​on request)
  • 4 days e-bike incl. charger
  • 5 nights at the hotel, Casa Particular or Cabañas de Campismo, breakfast included
  • Bicycle lock
  • Helmet
  • 8 bottles of water  (500ml)
  • 4 x lunch (including 2 drinks / soft drinks each)
  • 3 x dinners (including 2 drinks / soft drinks each)
  • Admission / Las Terrazas
  • Escort vehicle with mechanic, luggage , spare parts and spare bikes

Difficulty

Medium – Difficult

 

Remarks

Clothing:

Trainers or closed shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen , swimwear, towel

 

Program changes possible.

Revolutionary Museum: outdoor visit. No entry included.

 

Mandatory information

Sex (female/male):

female / male (including the information if there is any special condition regarding body size / weight of clients or if there is any disability / handicap)

 

Kids:

There is a no minimum age, only a minimum body size of 1.40m

 

Trailer for kids / seats:

For our future bikers we offer a special trailer o seat for kids.

Max weight: 25 kg. The availability of these trailers / seats are always “on request”.

 

Weather

Although Cuba has over 300 days of sunshine a year, it can also give a violent Cuban Caribbean shower. Since this rain has rather shower temperature, we can continue with the motto "biking in the rain" with or without poncho or we make a drink break.

 

Cancellation policies

  • From reservation until 90 days before arrival: 60 USD p. pers. Max. 300 USD / booking
  • 90 - 60 days before arrival                                                         20% *
  • 59 - 30 days before arrival                                                         40% *
  • 29 - 15 days before arrival                                                         50% *
  • 14 - 07 days before arrival                                                         75% *
  • 06 - 01 days before arrival                                                         90% *
  • Less than 24 hours before arrival                                          100% *

* but at least $ 60 per person.

 

Note

All not explicitly listed services are not included, no tips and alcoholic beverages except local beer or soft drinks (2 drinks p.p. in total, if meal included).

We recommend the travel participants the previous conclusion of a travel accident, travel sickness and travel liability insurance. Cubyke accepts no liability for damages not caused by Cubyke. All bicycles are always in a technically perfect condition.