Tour Cuba by Motorcycle!

| 6/7/2017 1:54:00 PM

Join acclaimed moto-journalist Christopher P. Baker on an unforgettable ride through western and central Cuba, Oct. 22-Nov. 2, 2017.

1972 Jawa 250 twin and Toma Rey Gutierrez

Vintage bikes like this circa-1972 Jawa 250 twin, lovingly maintained by Cuban motorcycle enthusiast Toma Rey Gutierrez, abound in Cuba. Photo by Josh Withers.

Cuba. Seemingly frozen in time following the U.S. embargo in the early 1960s, for over 50 years this Caribbean Island nation barely 100 miles off the Florida coast has been a forbidden destination for would-be American travelers. Yet as barriers between the two countries continue to fall, Cuba is once again becoming accessible to U.S. citizens. This October, join celebrated moto-journalist Christopher P. Baker in partnership with Cross Cultural Journeys for a 12-day motorcycle exploration of one of the most colorful and controversial countries in the world.

When travel restrictions for U.S. citizens began to fall a few years ago, many riders started looking into how they could tour this culturally and historically rich country. Change is coming fast to Cuba, and motorcyclists are eager see Cuba as it still is today, a country of immense beauty deeply rooted in its own unique political and cultural history.

Acclaimed Cuba expert and moto-journalist Christopher P. Baker has designed the perfect 12-day motorcycling itinerary of Western and Central Cuba. The “Motorcycle Diaries” redux program includes the Bay of Pigs, plus Santa Clara — with its close association to iconic revolutionary (and motorcyclist) Ernesto “Che” Guevara. The tour will visit the Comandancia de Che (his former headquarters), plus Cuevas de los Portales (a giant cave where Che headquartered during the Cuban Missile Crisis), along with the enchanting colonial city of Trinidad and the snow-white beaches of Cayo Santa María. The tour will also visit the capital city of Havana and head to tobacco growing country of Viñales and Matanzas.

With two decades experience motorcycling in Cuba, no one knows motorcycling around the island like Christopher. In 1996 he shipped his BMW R100GS motorcycle to Cuba and rode 7,000 miles during a three-month journey to research the Moon Cuba guidebook. His literary travel book — Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba — describing the journey was published by National Geographic Adventure Press and is a two-time national book award winner.

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