Since its construction in the mid 1960's, La Farola has been considered one of the most rewarding cycling routes in Cuba, traversing the country's mountainous eastern terrain on its connective journey between the Caribbean coastal town of Cajobabo and the Atlantic-bordering Baracoa to the north. Those with the stamina to self propel themselves along its 55 km course are treated to winding roadways, tight cliff-side turns (guardrails included), quad-burning inclines, high-speed descents and, of course, all those spectacular verdant views afforded by the Sierra del Purial mountains. That's about as winning a combination as you can ask for.
With a total vertical climb of around 600 m or just under 2,000 ft, be prepared for a strenuous day of pedaling that, due to the condition of the highway and the risks of mountain-riding, should only be undertaken during daylight hours. It's also good to bear in mind that, though La Farola is far from congested, you'll be sharing the road with the occasional car, truck and/or bus, so plan accordingly. Get an early start to avoid tackling the hardest stretches during the hottest part of the day, then simply enjoy what's likely to be the most scenic coast-to-coast stretch of biking you'll find in the country.