Christopher P. Baker... the pioneer of motorcycle travel in Cuba

Acclaimed motojournalist, National Geographic writer/photographer and tour leader, and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker pioneered motorcycle travel and group two-wheel touring in Cuba.

“One of the world’s leading authorities on Cuban travel and culture” 
— National Geographic



In 1996 Christopher shipped his BMW R100GS PD to Cuba and rode more than 7,000 miles during a three-month motorcycle journey as a licensed journalist, resulting in publication of his Moon Cuba guidebook and his award-winning National Geographic travelogue Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba.

Ever since, he dreamed of one day being able to operate group motorcycle tours in Cuba.

In January 2013, Christopher secured a license authorizing the first such programs under the people-to-people license category. That year he led the first U.S. motorcycle group tour of Cuba end-to-end since the 1959 Revolution and has since led numerous motorcycle tours through Cuba, plus almost one hundred ‘people-to-people’ programs for Lindblad Expedions and National Geographic Expeditions, among others.

As a freelancer, Christopher now leads motorcycle tours of Cuba for Edelweiss Bike Travel.


Christopher—the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’—is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Cuba, especially travel and culture, about which he has written and photographed six books, plus countless magazine articles. His has appeared on such radio and TV news and talk shows as ABC News, Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, among others. He is currently partnered with actor/director David Soul in the production of a cinematic feature documentary, Cuban Soul, about the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s 1955 Chrysler convertible in Cuba.


Christopher has written and photographed for more than 200 publications worldwide, from CNN Travel and Conde Nast to National Geographic TravelerPlayboy and Penthouse, as well as contributing frequently to such motorcycling publications as Adventure MotorcyclistBike (UK), BMW Motorcycle Magazine, BMW ON, Motorcyclist, and Rider.


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DISCLAIMER: The tours featured on this website are operated by Edelweiss Bike Travel, unless otherwise noted. The itineraries are designed on the operator’s behalf by Christopher, who acts solely as tour leader and assign. See DISCLAIMER for full details.


These programs are offered under a general license for “people-to-people” educational exchange per Cuba Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR Part 515 administered by the Dept. of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Controls, and are prepared in accordance with said regulations.


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Motojournalist BMW R100GS Bay of Pigs Cuba
Journalist Christopher P Baker with BMW R100GS and B-26 bomber at Bay of Pigs, Cuba, 1996
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Motojournalist / tour leader Christopher P Baker astride BMW R1200GS at the Museo Playa Giron, Bay of Pigs, Cuba
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Motorcycle cop tour group gas station Cuba
A motorcycle cop watches a Cuba motorcycle tour group tank up BMWs and Harley-Davidsons, Santiago de Cuba
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Suzukis Harley-Davidsons Che Guevara monument motorcycle tour Santa Clara Cuba
Chris Baker’s motorcycle tour group with Suzukis and Harley-Davidsons at the Che Guevara monument, Santa Clara, Cuba
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