the key to legal travel to Cuba

For five decades, from 1961, ordinary U.S. citizens were barred from visiting Cuba. Then, in 2011, President Obama created a new educational license category to permit “people-to-people contact.” The licenses were issued solely to organizations—not individuals—for group travel. In April 2016, the “people-to-people” license was extended to individuals. However…

Forget taking your own wheels: It remains illegal under U.S. embargo laws to ship any motorcycle to Cuba. And the only bikes to be rented are flimsy scooters. The silver lining?… Every U.S. citizen can sign up for group “people-to-people” programs, which requires that each itinerary adheres to a full schedule of “meaningful interaction” with Cubans, as required by U.S. Treasury Department regulations.

Your program will be prepared 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 will be prepared in accordance with said regulations.


With renowned motojournalist and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker as your tour leader guarantees that joining one of his group motorcycle tours will be immensely rewarding and memorable.

Your itinerary will include activities that provide a fascinating overview of Cuba’s history and culture while maximizing interaction with Christopher’s personal acquaintances that include Cubans of renown from all walks of life… from artists and baseball players to local harlistas (owners of pre-revolutionary Harley-Davidsons) and even Cuban diplomats and TV anchors.

Listen below to my interview with Rick Steves on ‘people-to-people’ motorcycle touring in Cuba…



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People-to-people engagement with Cubans at a baseball game in Cienguegos, Cuba
copyright Christopher P Baker


Motorcycle cops admire a modern Harley-Davidson near Baracoa, Cuba; copyright Christopher P Baker
Roadside people-to-people interaction with motorcycle cops admiring a Harley-Davidson near Baracoa, Cuba
copyright Christopher P Baker


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U.S. visitors learn about tobacco and cigar production during a P2P interaction at Finca Robaina, Pinar del Río, Cuba
copyright Christopher P Baker


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Cuba motorcycle tour group P2P interaction with former Cuban Foreign Minister Ricardo Alarcón and violinist Ekaterine Triana James at Le Chansonnier restaurant, Havana, Cuba
copyright Christopher P Baker

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