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February 12, 2016

I Pedaled Across Cuba & Made the Best Travel Video Ever. {Video}

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I love to explore new countries by bike.

At about 15 mph, it’s the perfect speed to experience the world.

Recently, I went to Cuba and fulfilled a dream of riding across this longer than expected island (it’s the largest island in the Caribbean). I spent 20 days pedaling from Santiago de Cuba on the eastern side, to the capital, Havana. In total, it was about 850 miles—850 miles of pure tropical joy!

As I rode between the two biggest cities, I had the absolute experience of a lifetime. It’s safe to say that Cuba is now one of my favorite countries on the planet.

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Before flying home, I gave my bike to a nice guy I met on the street. I hope it brings him as much joy as it did for me.

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Watch my short documentary about the experience (you’ll see all the amazing people I met, the sights, the sounds and get a tiny taste of this amazing country). I’ve made hundreds of travel videos and this is the best one I’ve ever created.

Viva Cuba!

~

Author: Ryan van Duzer

Editor: Caitlin Oriel

Photos: Author’s own

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Tera B. Mar 2, 2016 5:22pm

Love this. Ryan, how did you get permission to go to Cuba? I'd love to send my dad there for his birthday, but I thought only people with family could travel to Cuba until Obama "officially" opens it up??

Kenneth Lewis Feb 15, 2016 3:21pm

That was really good your ride across Cuba.

Ryan Feb 14, 2016 12:27pm

Thanks for your kind words, I really loved my experience in Cuba, and it certainly showed in this video. Abrazos!

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Ryan Van Duzer

Ryan Van Duzer is a proud Boulder native, loves sleeping under the stars, and is happiest on a bike. He works as a video journalist and TV host, appearing on Discovery Channel’s Out Of the Wild and hosting various series for TravelChannel.com. He also works as a bicycle advocate for People for Bikes and loves inspiring people to get out and ride. If you’re ever in Boulder, you can probably find Ryan at the nearest burrito joint. To see Ryan’s videos from around the world, visit his Youtube Page.