Women’s Motorcycle Tours and MotoDiscovery are organizing the first ever all women’s motorcycle tour of Cuba, scheduled for March 18-26, 2017. The event will focus on “people to people” encounters throughout a country that until only recently was permitted tightly controlled access to US citizens, due to over a half-century travel embargo and U.S.-imposed sanctions.
“Cuba has been calling me since was very young. Enchanted with the forbidden country, so close and yet so far away, I’ve longed to visit her most of my life,” said Alisa Clickenger, the Event Organizer at Women’s Motorcycle Tours. “Thanks to MotoDiscovery’s efforts in establishing a people to people program, we are now able to travel through Cuba using my favorite mode of transportation and exploration: motorcycles.”
The nine-day tour has a full schedule of People-to-People (P2P) exchanges, designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with Cubans from all walks of life. Educated, extremely resourceful and proud, the people of the island express little concern over the contentious politics that have raged between the United States and Cuba, since the triumph of Fidel Castro’s Revolution in 1959. With a new era of detente and a softening of the decades-long embargo, the welcome mat is laid out and it is universally agreed that now is the time to experience Cuba.
MotoDiscovery has been leading international tours to exotic destinations since 1981. After applying for and gaining a prestigious license from the US Treasury Department in 2012, legal travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens was added to the lineup. A country largely off-limits was for the first time accessible.
“There is no better way to engage the people of Cuba than by traveling on two wheels”, says MotoDiscovery founder Skip Mascorro, “Visiting rural villages, tobacco farms, enjoying the distinctive rhythms of Cuban music and learning of the country’s fascinating history has been an enlightening experience, one that we feel honored to share”.
Riders will be treated to open roads with little traffic, diverse scenery including lush tropics, beautiful mountains and the crystal waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Non-riding lady participants may join the event, traveling in the support vehicle. Early reservations are requested.
For registration information, visit First-Ever All Women Tour of Cuba.
As a Canadian living near the border with many good American friends, it was odd that Cuba was always open and available to us – not so much for my American brothers and sisters. Now, all we hear up here is this hollering about, “Great Big Beautiful Walls”. Kinda makes me wonder.
I started riding bikes a few years after Bob Dylan found trouble on his Tiger 100, about the time he wrote his iconic song about George Jackson; the man’s words still resonate, “Sometimes I think this whole world, Is one big prison yard, Some of us are prisoners, The rest of us are guards.” Enjoy Cuba, as long as you navigate the resentment and avoid the tourist traps, it’s a great place to ride . . . again.