2012 Cima Coppi Tour – Cuba

We’ve done quite a number of tours in Europe to date, and this year and going forward, we’re interested in exploring what other cultural, economic and environmental variety exists around the globe. Cuba has long been on our short list of places we’ve wanted to explore and we took the plunge, bought tickets and committed to it, the latter of which is often the hardest part.

We’re interested in seeing Cuba, as the Cuba it is today. Perhaps the closest it’s been and will be to the Cuba of yesteryear. We’re interested in the challenges, the opportunities and the polarizing nature of a tiny island steeped in political and historical turmoil.

We’re interested in seeing a country, the first and only, to meet and exceed the WWF sustainable development metric in 2006. Cuba scored less than the required 1.8 hectares per capita ecological footprint standard with a 1.5 hectares/capita as well as more than the required 0.8 Human development index with a .826.

The latter value – Human Development Index – measures amongst other things: Life Expectancy, Infant Mortality, % of Population with access to drinking water, and Adult Literacy. Interesting to note that Cuba has the highest % of Adult Literacy in the world at 99.8% of the population.

Both .pdf reports can be found at the following links:
http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR06-complete.pdf
http://assets.panda.org/downloads/living_planet_report.pdf

So, stay tuned for updates, planning and ultimately the tour report on our return. If you have cycled in Cuba in the past, feel free to join the conversation in the comments with tips, hints, advice or any other positive feedback you care to share.

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