South Coast Loop
is a grand loop from Santiago de Cuba to Bayamo, Manzanillo, and
along the south coast of Granma and Santiago de Cuba provinces.
It passes through some of the loveliest and most spectacular scenery
in Cuba. Nearly 500 kilometers, it can be done in five days, but
we recommend a week or more if possible.
is one of the most historically important towns in Cuba the
center of Cuba's first revolt against Spain. The area around the
central square, Parque Céspedes, has been beautifully restored.
In this church, Cuba's national anthem, "To the Battle, Bayameses!"
was first sung in 1868, no doubt to the horror of Spain's colonial
governor, who was present at the time.
tour continues through gently rolling countryside to Manzanillo,
then on to Niquero. It passes sites of historical interest including
La Demajagua, the estate where Céspedes freed his slaves
and proclaimed Cuba's first struggle for independence; and the home
of the late Celia Sánchez, a heroine of the revolution. This
statue and fountain are in her home town. A sidetrip leads to the
site where the Granma landed in 1956, carrying Fidel and the comrades
who became the nucleus of the victorious rebel army.
the spectacular and challenging south coast is one of the greatest
cycling experiences in Cuba or anywhere else. The route climbs over
foothills at the extreme western end of the Sierra Maestra and then
follows the shores of the Caribbean. The road is pinched between
the sea and the tumbling peaks, occasionally climbing over steep
headlands but offering spectacular views and thrilling downhills
as compensation for your hard work.