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Cuba Ride

What better way to see Cuba’s heritage sites, historic towns, lush countryside, coastline, and mountains than at the pace of a bicycle! This cycling event is a stunning off-the-beaten-path exploration of Cuba. Join us to explore and understand Cuba’s vibrant culture, history, and natural resources far beyond the ordinary reach of the country’s visitors.

Accommodations
Casas Particulares (Guest houses)
Some single supplements available
Recommended Bicycle
Bike Rental is included (Hybrid bike)
Group Size
16 Spots
Price
Pay in Full or Fundraise $2900
Reg Fee: $200
Trip Length
7 Days

Climate Ride Cuba has it all—rural riding through Cuba’s diverse landscapes by day and a chance to see unique towns by night.

Join us to explore the verdant farmlands of Viñales and experience the white-sand beaches of Cayo Jutias. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Havana, while discovering biospheres and national parks. Best of all – Experience it all alongside local Cuban guides.

Our people-to-people trip meets the legal requirements for Americans who travel to Cuba. As part of ‘Support for the Cuban People’ we include diverse activities that support local communities and businesses and help you connect with Cubans in a meaningful way. Please read the FAQ below for important details on traveling to Cuba.

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This is a special Climate Ride Funders Trip and the proceeds directly support Climate Ride’s work. Your fundraising will benefit the programs and efforts of Climate Ride including our community scholarships for young sustainability leaders and to underwrite Green Fondo.

You are helping us grow the organization to become an advocacy powerhouse that engages people in the world of active environmental philanthropy and sustainable solutions. Your donations are tax-deductible.

We have daily cycling mileages to suit all types of cyclists. This is a fully supported ride, which means you can focus on pedaling and making connections with your new friends while we take care of overnight details, meals, snacks, luggage, and much more to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

Arriving & Departing (Important Information)

We will provide group transfers from the José Martí international Airport (HAV) on Day 1. If you are arriving a day early or late evening, you can arrange your own taxi. On Day 7, we will arrange group transfer to the airport or you can extend your stay. More information will be available in your ride guide.

Accommodations & Meals

Our accommodation is in privately owned guesthouses (casa particulares). Casa particulares are a major highlight of a visit to Cuba. This is not just because of comfort levels, but also because the casas are generally run by local families and located in residential neighborhoods, so they provide a great opportunity for travelers to interact with everyday Cubans so we can gain insight into how the locals live – their food, culture, and families.

This is an all-hotel trip. A single supplement is available for $350 for the week if you prefer your own room. If you sign up as a solo traveler, we will do our best to pair you with a roommate of the same gender.  If we cannot find a roommate, then you will be charged a single supplement fee for the trip.

Meals are included once we arrive, excluding alcohol and incidentals. Please see what is included and not included below.

What is included? Not included?

Included:

  • Accommodations and meals
  • Expert guides and route support
  • Bicycle (Giant Roam 3 Disc Hybrid) -suitable for variable road and trail conditions. (Want an e-bike? You can upgrade for an additional fee.)
  • Group transfer to and from the airport (if you are arriving at the same time as the group)

Not Included:

  • Helmet (please bring your own)
  • Single supplement
  • Travel to/from the event
  • Taxis to/from the start. A taxi from the Havana airport is $25 and 40 minutes.
  • Travel/supplemental medical insurance (required for international trips)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any optional tour
  • Pre- or Post-ride accommodations
  • Tips for local guides (Cash only. In your Ride Guide we will indicate recommended tips.)
What are the travel documents/passports required?

Complete information on how to prepare to travel to Cuba will be in your Ride Guide.

  • You will need a valid U.S. or E.U. passport (valid for at least 3 months or you can be denied entry). If you are a passport holder from another country please check your country’s regulations.
  • Tourist Visa (must be purchased at the airport before you board your Cuba-bound flight)
  • Cuba D’Viajeros online travel form (can only be filled out within 48 hours of your arrival)
Is my U.S. medical insurance valid while traveling outside the U.S.? Should I get travel insurance?

Travel/supplemental medical insurance on international Climate Ride trips is required.

To enter Cuba you are required to have Travel Medical Insurance. This is often checked by immigration upon arrival in Cuba.

US airlines that fly directly to Cuba include Asistur travel medical insurance in the cost of the airline ticket. Your boarding pass serves as proof of insurance. You can verify this information on the airline’s website.

If acceptable documentation is not provided, then you will have to buy travel insurance from the local insurance provider – Asistur S.A. – which has an office in the immigration area of the airport.

If you wish to buy an additional policy, remember, travel insurance can only cover expenses you have paid for (flights, additional hotels, etc). It cannot cover your fundraising. Be sure to read the fine print on the travel insurance that you buy.

Can I use my U.S. debit or credit card?

It is unlikely that your US debit or credit card will work. Please bring cash for incidentals and tips. You can convert USD to CUP (Cubano Pesos) when you arrive. Your Ride Guide will contain more information.

Should I extend my stay?

We think so! We’ll have suggestions after your register.

Fundraising Beneficiaries

This is a special Climate Ride Funders Trip and the proceeds directly support Climate Ride’s work (no beneficiary selection for this event). Your fundraising will benefit the programs and efforts of Climate Ride including our community scholarships for young sustainability leaders. Funders trips also help to underwrite the Green Fondo events so that we can deliver 100% of proceeds to our grants program. You are helping us grow the organization to become an advocacy powerhouse that engages people in the world of active environmental philanthropy and sustainable solutions.

Fundraising and Transfer Deadlines | Important Dates

Fundraising Deadlines:

$500 to be raised by:9/12/2024
$1450 to be raised by:10/10/2024
Transfer Deadline*:10/10/2024
$2900 to be raised by:11/14/2024

Note: If you’d like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don’t worry, we’re here to help you get up to speed!

*If you cancel your participation after this date, all fundraising will go toward Climate Ride’s programs and cannot be transferred toward your participation in any future Climate Ride event. Registration fees are non-refundable. You can find all of Climate Ride’s policies here.

More Questions?

Be sure to review our general FAQ and policies or contact us!

Anne Sauer
California Central Coast

After participating in seven Climate Ride events (eight if you count Climate Rise!) I continue to be impressed with the Climate Ride staff as well as the community of riders–I couldn’t ask to be part of a kinder, more thoughtful, and incredibly fun group of people, all brought together by our desire to combine our passions for cycling with making the world a better place.

Alix Cotumaccio, Adriatic Ride
Adriatic Ride

Inspirational, yes, but Climate Ride is more than that. It challenges you to do – not just to do the ride, but to change your ways, to advocate for sustainability, to connect with others, to let your guard down and learn, experience and internalize.