Moa - Baracoa
35km - Heavy
This is a very scenic cycling ride along the northern shore through real virgin tropical vegetation with the occasional solitary palm tree hut.
The cycling is about 70 km long and not to be underestimated due to the bad state of the road. Although you need to cross a hill from time to time it is mainly flat along the way. Starting point is the 2 star Miraflores hotel in Moa. You leave the hotel and follow the indications towards the ‘circunvalación’ or road around the city. When you get to it follow the indications to Baracoa.
Cycling out of the city you see the industrial zone, mainly working around the nickel plants that bear the name of Che Guevara. It is not very appealing surroundings but for the poor Cuban economy it brings in lots of necessary dollars.
You continue cycling along the same road and as the kilometers go on the landscape really gets fascinating with blue water and rocky coastlines on your left and tropical forest on your right.
About half way to Baracoa you are cycling through the great National Park named after the German biologist Alexander Humboldt who visited Cuba in the 18 th century and wrote down a lot about its fauna and flora. On your left you see the beautiful pocket shaped bay of Taco. Occasionally manatees are seen there. You can make a boat trip around the bay. As you continue cycling, the road gets from bad to worse but you just keep going.
Before entering Baracoa you cross a long bridge over the river Toa. All around you see the mountains with the Yunque as the most appealing one due to its anvil shape.
At last you arrive in Baracoa. To your left you see the signs for Porto Santo hotel. But in the centre you will find the Castillo up the hill or the colonial Havana hotel on the park in front of the church.
Baracoa is a great town to stay with a nice cozy night life and great nature hikes to do in the day time.