Planning Trip

Mr. Mogote Wall from Cuba Libre, © Fernando Nuñez

2009 saw the publication of the first ever guidebook, Cuba Climbing, providing complete up-to-date information on climbing and travel to Cuba. PURCHASE BOOK HERE. This guidebook is unique, intended to be a keepsake, a souvenir of a visitor’s Cuban experience.

The young Cuban climbers in Viñales have also created a useful website, escaladaencuba.com. It’s a great source for last minute climbing news.

Laura Rodriguez, El Morro Fortress, 1999

Facebook also host several pages on climbing in Cuba, including discussions, finding partners, and up to date route information: Cuba Climbing, Escalada en Cuba, and Bouldering in Cuba.

Cuba is a major tourist destination and there are many good travel guidebooks available including Bradt, Eyewitness, Fodors, Footprint, Insight, Lonely Planet and Rough. Our recommendation is the Cuba Moon Handbook.

For background reading, we recommend just two outstanding books by knowledgeable, evenhanded authors, who can write. Christopher Baker has written an outlandish, yet revealing and thought-provoking adventure book on Cuba, Mi Moto Fidel, about his 3-month exploration of the island on a 1000cc, Paris-Dakar BMW motorcycle. In The Boys from Dolores, Patrick Symmes follows the tales of the students from the prestigious Jesuit school in eastern Cuba attended by Fidel and Raul Castro to write an evocative history of modern Cuba. As the NYT Book Review stated, Symmes digs like a reporter and writes like a novelist. For more on Cuba from Patrick Symmes, see his site.