On this visit, accompanied by a local guide with good physical preparation, we invite you to discover a place as picturesque as Habana in an attractive and healthy way, aiming to find its most remote places and being able to make spontaneous stops. An 18 km route through Plaza de la Revolución, Centro Habana and Habana Vieja, designed for lovers of physical exercise, going through the most attractive arteries in the city. The route is not too difficult, with a smooth pace and almost without steep elevations.
If you want to know Habana, we suggest you start with a journey towards its roots, towards its founding history on the banks of a bay full of legends and charm. For lovers of stories and origins there is no possibility to visit Habana without touring its main colonial buildings. The buildings that survive from past stages (civil, military and religious), shape a city stuck in time, making it the most authentic colonial city in America.
Unlike the rest of the colonial cities of the country, Habana did not follow the pattern that governed the life of the villas around a square or park, but was instead structured in four main squares, with various functions: military (Plaza de Armas ), commercial (Plaza de San Francisco de Asís), social (Plaza Vieja) and religious (Plaza de La Catedral). These squares mark the way to go, creating a map combining tradition and daily reality. Getting into those squares implies discovering that life that hides in the narrow streets that flow into them; some full of music and hustle, others more lonely and mysterious.
Route will start at John Lennon park, named after the famous singer of the Beatles, and hosting a sculpture made by the sculptor José Ramón Villa Soberón. There, you can explore the park, take pictures of the sculpture of the English singer, as well as learn about the history of The Beatles in Cuba, when they were marked by official politics as a symbol of imperialist ideology.
The visit goes on until Puente de Hierro, civil work dating from the early twentieth century. You will pass through one of the four bridges accross the Almendares River including the ancient electric trams. That bridge was built in the second decade of the last century, giving way to yachts and other high-rise boats to the inner Almendares river. From there, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the mouth of the Almendares river, as well as of the tower of the former Peanut oil factory El Cocinero.
Really close to ther, we find Bosque de La Habana. In the green lung of Habana, you will discover an amazing countryside landscape in the center of the city, being the only forest of the capital. It will be the opportunity to get in touch with nature without having to leave the city. You will know the history of Los Jardines de la Tropical, its homonymous beer factory, and, above all, you will enjoy the Josefina Island Protected Natural Site. The stay at Almendares Park will allow you to navigate the river, enjoy nature and take pictures of its landscapes and architectural ruins.
The pedaling goes on until Colon Cemetery, national monument of Cuba. Considered one of the most important monumental architectural cemeteries in the world, it hosts a large number of monuments of different styles. There, you will find authentic works of art that hide curious and interesting stories among its hundreds of sculptures and gravestones. You can visit the tombs of renowned Cuban personalities such as the novelist Alejo Carpentier, the scientist Carlos Finlay and the martyrs of Granma. You will also find others tombs, which keep mystical stories like Tumba de la Milagrosa.
The Plaza de La Revolución will be the next stop. It is one of the largest squares in the world with 72 thousand square meters, a place of great historical value as stage for many of the main events of the Cuban Revolution. It is crowned by the José Martí Memorial and surrounded by the main ministries of the republic. There, you can take the famous snapshot of the Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos wall.
Next to it, the Estadio Latinoamericanolies, as the largest stadium in the country. It is popularly known as "El Coloso del Cerro" or "El Latino". It holds the most important baseball games of the capital. There, you can find about the history of the national sport in Cuba.
The bicycle tour ends near Avenida Malecón, with the Malecon on its side. Here, you will enjoy and breath this unique sea environment, being able to discover important military, civil and religious buildings along the avenue, and of course, calling to take pictures next to the Malecon wall and the Caribbean Sea.
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For lunch, we will stop at a "paladar" in the historic center, where you can taste excellent traditional Cuban fusion food.
All private field trips and city tours can be modified and adapted to the client's needs.
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