This Explore begins at the Canimar Bridge in Matanzas City. Cyclists will be met by a tour guide ready to take them on an adventure through the beaches and countryside of Matanzas.
The pristine white sandy beaches in Varadero and CayoLargo are Cuba’s pride and joy, but what about the other hidden gems? The first part of this tour explores the diverse beaches just east of Matanzas city, including Buey Vaca, El Mamey, and El Caleton. At the final beach site, Playa Coral, cyclists will cool off and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour of the beautiful coral reef.
After twenty minutes biking through the countryside of Laguna Maya, the group will find themselves at another refreshing stop on the tour, Saturno Cave. This time, cyclists will dive into the clear water of a 22m fresh water cenote. At the cave site, cyclists can also enjoy some refreshments before getting back on the road.
Cyclists will then go off the beaten path, literally. This part of the tour takes the group along a trail through the hills and rocky countryside of Matanzas. The scenery features farmlands, horses, tropical birds and plants, butterflies, a whole range of beautiful contours that make up rural life in Cuba.
The group will stop for lunch and a guided tour at Cafetal La Dionisia, the historic site of a colonial slave plantation. The host of this site has been living in the casa for his entire life and his passion for storytelling is infectious. The group will tour the grounds, which are rich in tropical plant life and fruit, including mangoes, bananas, and pineapples, and contain the ruins of a coffee plantation. Cyclists will eat lunch at the restaurant buffet and have some free time for horseback riding or a visit with the plantation's friendly crocodile, Tony.
After a long day of biking, swimming, and learning about local history, cyclists will end the tour at El Morrillo castle, just twenty minutes from La Dionisia. Here, the group can take in the fresh evening air on the coast of Matanzas and relax after a day rich in sightseeing.