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Mexico, Guatemala & Cuba

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From the Mexican highlands and Mayan ruins, to the Guatemalan jungle and old-world Havana, experience the rich culture and colours of Mexico, Guatemala and Cuba. Discover the contrasts and similarities of these unique countries as we take part in authentic traditions, explore ancient sites and visit local villages.Immerse yourself in Mexicxplore bustling Mexico City. Venture into the city's cultural heart and visit the Zocalo and the magnificent National Palace. Discover the 'place where the gods were created', Teotihuacan, one of Mexico's most impressive and mysterious archaeological sites. Immerse yourself in Mexican tradition in charismatic San Crist bal, and learn about the Mayan culture and traditions in the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zincantan. Visit the ancient Mayan pyramids of Palenque and enjoy time at the relaxing beach resort town of Playa del Carmen.A Guatemalan AdventureCross the border into Guatemala and discover the amazing ancient Mayan city of Tikal. Famous for its great stone monuments and temples, Tikal is set amidst lush tropical rainforest which hid the city for centuries, only to be rediscovered in 1848. Enjoy the serenity of scenic Lake Atitlan in Panajachel and discover the lake's traditional villages and fascinating culture. Visit the largest and most vibrant market in Central America, Chichicastenango, then experience the baroque-influenced architecture of beautiful Antigua.Colourful CubaSpanish, Caribbean, native Indian and African cultures all blend together to create the Cuban way of life, full of dance and colour! Visit the beautiful Vinales valley, home to unique limestone hills and tobacco fields, then discover the 'Pearl of the South' - the spectacular natural bay of Cienfuegos and the beautiful El Nicho waterfalls. Continue to the charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Trinidad, Cuba's best preserved colonial city. Quirky and colourful Havana will beguile you with its charm. Explore the city by classic car and foot, discovering the murals and sculptures in the streets of Jaimanitas, Casa Fuster and Callejon de Hamel.
Note: Cuban CharmA trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Mexico and the United States. Taxes included
  • 8 economy-class flights in Mexico and Central America
  • Economy-class flight from Cuba to USA
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $235pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 3 nights in a former convent in Antigua
  • 2 nights in Casa homestay in Trinidad
  • 26 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Experience the Mexican zest for life

  • Tour bustling Mexico City including visits to the Zocalo and National Palace to view the famous Diego Rivera murals.
  • Experience an authentic trajinera ride through the waterways of Xochimilco and enjoy lunch on board.
  • View the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City - arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in all of Latin America.
  • Marvel at the mysterious archaeological site of Teotihuacan and see its magnificent pyramids and the well-preserved Temples of the Sun and the Moon.
  • Tour the spectacular Sumidero Canyon by boat.
  • Enjoy the stunning scenic drive into the Chiapas Mountains, home to numerous indigenous villages.
  • Spend two wonderful nights in the colourful town of San Cristobal de las Casas, high in the Chiapas Mountains.
  • Discover the indigenous Mayan communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Learn about the Mayan culture and their traditions which are still alive today in these towns.
  • Admire the incredible turquoise colours of the Roberto Barrios waterfalls.
  • Explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque, hidden deep in the lush jungle and boasting several pyramids.
  • Visit the great pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen.

Delve into Guatemala's ancient history

  • Take a sightseeing tour to discover Guatemala City, including visits to the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Textiles and Clothing, the Popol Vuh Museum - home to one of the world's biggest collections of Maya art, and Historic Centre.
  • Spend 2 nights on quaint Flores Island in the middle of Lake Peten Itza, connected to the mainland by a 500m long causeway.
  • Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal.
  • Enjoy a picturesque lunch inside Tikal National Park.
  • Spend 2 nights in one of Guatemala's finest and most charming boutique hotels, surrounded by botanical gardens, right on the shore of scenic Lake Atitlan.
  • Take a boat trip on stunning Lake Atitlan to visit the picturesque lakeside villages of Santiago Atitlan and San Juan La Laguna.
  • Travel by tuk tuk to visit the home of the Mayan god, Maximon, and witness a traditional ceremony.
  • Visit the vibrant and buzzing market - the best in Central America - as well as the Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango.
  • Stop at the archaeological ruins and former capital of the Maya kingdom, Iximche, en route to Panajachel.
  • Spend 3 nights in a boutique hotel that was a former convent in Antigua.
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Antigua including visits to the Ciudad Vieja and Cerro de la Cruz. Then enjoy a walking tour of the Central Plaza, the Cathedral, Municipal Government building, Palace of the Captain's General and a jade factory.
  • Enjoy a dinner and Guatemalan folkloric dance show.

Step back in time in colonial Cuba

  • Discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour.
  • Tour the sights of 'New Havana' including Hamel Island, Fusterland & Fort of Havana.
  • Visit a tobacco field and drying house at the Hector Luis Prito Cigar Farm, and observe famous Cuban cigars being rolled.
  • Experience lunch Cuban-style at Finca Agrologic, a typical 'Paladar', with a local Cuban family.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views over the valley from the Los Jazmines lookout point en route to Las Terrazas.
  • Stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken and explore the museum.
  • Enjoy a city tour of charming Cienfuegos, the 'Pearl of the South'. See the historic town-centre, Teatro Tomas Terry, the Main Square, Malecon and Prado.
  • Cruise to the end of Cienfuegos Bay and visit Jagua Fotress, erected by King Philip V of Spain to protect the bay from pirates.
  • Stop at picturesque El Nicho Waterfalls, take a guided walk to Salto El Nicho and enjoy some free time for swimming.
  • Experience Cuban life at a traditional Casa homestay in Trinidad.
  • Get a taste for the Cuban spirit and spend an evening at famous 'Casa de la Trova' in Trinidad.
  • Take a city tour of Trinidad, one of Cuba's most enchanting cities, including the Museum of Romance and a visit to the Canchanchara bar to try its namesake cocktail.
  • Drive through the rows of sugarcane fields in the Valle de los Ingenios and visit the Manaca Iznaga tower for amazing views over the valley.
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara, the monument of the blinded train and the historic centre in Santa Clara.
  • Tour timeless Havana by classic car including Malecon and Plaza de la Revolucion.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
29
Price From
AUD $16,295
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise, Relaxing
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
09 Sep 201807 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $14,805
11 Nov 201809 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $16,105
13 Jan 201910 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $16,705
10 Feb 201910 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $16,105
17 Mar 201914 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $16,105
Itinerary
Mexico, Guatemala & Cuba

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Mexico City

Bienvenido a Mexico! We arrive in the capital, Mexico City, buzzing with life and full of history.

Day 2. Mexico City

Our day begins with a tour of bustling Mexico City. We visit the Zocalo - the main city square - constructed from the stones of ancient palaces and temples, and the National Palace.

Special Experience: Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.
On our return to the city, we'll stop to explore a colourful arts and crafts market. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 3. Mexico City

After breakfast, we visit the site of Teotihuacan, considered one of the most impressive and mysterious archaeological sites in Mexico. The city was established in 100BC and the name Teotihuacan roughly translates as 'Birthplace of the Gods'. We also visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe today, arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in Latin America. [B,L]

Day 4. Mexico City - Tuxtla - San Crist bal

This morning we fly to Tuxtla and continue to Chiapa de Corzo and the spectacular Sumidero Canyon, which we'll tour by boat. Enjoy lunch before we travel to charming San Crist bal. [B,L]

Day 5. San Crist bal

Special Experience: In the mountains surrounding San Crist bal, we visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zincantan to learn about the Mayan culture and traditions, still alive today. [B,L]

Day 6. San Crist bal - Palenque

Driving through lush, green valleys, we travel to Palenque through the Tabasco region, stopping for lunch. Along the way we'll visit the beautiful turquoise waterfall of Roberto Barrios, cascading to form pools perfect for swimming. [B,L]

Day 7. Palenque - Villahermosa - Merida

Spend the morning discovering the incredible ancient Mayan site of Palenque, boasting several magnificent pyramids. In parts, it is still covered in lush, tropical jungle. This afternoon we'll fly to the historic 'White City' of Merida. [B]

Day 8. Merida - Chich n Itza - Playa del Carmen

Another amazing day of antiquities - this morning we depart for Chich n Itz , the most famous of all Mayan sites and home to the enormous pyramid of Kulkulkan. [B,L]

Day 9. Playa del Carmen

Enjoy a day at leisure in sunny Playa del Carmen. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Mexico. [B,D]

Day 10. Playa del Carmen - Cancun - San Salvador - Guatemala City

The morning is at leisure before we fly to Guatemala and its fascinating hub, Guatemala City, later this afternoon. [B]

Day 11. Guatemala City - Flores

We'll discover the city on a sightseeing tour this morning and visit the Ixchel and Popolvuh Museum, before lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon we fly to Flores, on Lake Peten Itza. [B,L]

Day 12. Tikal National Park Excursion

Special Experience: Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal, nestled amidst lush rainforest. The largest of Mayan cities during the Classic period 1,000 years ago, it represents one of the most impressive achievements of the Mayan civilisation. [B,L]

Day 13. Flores - Guatemala City - Panajachel

Today we fly back to Guatemala City and make our way to the scenic lakeside town of Panajachel, stopping along the way at the archaeological site of Iximch . The afternoon is at leisure. [B]

Day 14. Panajachel

This morning we board a boat on stunning Lake Atitl n to visit the villages of Santiago Atitl n and San Juan la Laguna. [B]

Special Experience: Travel by tuk tuk to the home of the Mayan god, Maximon, and witness a traditional ceremony.

Day 15. Panajachel - Chichicastenango - Antigua

Special Experience: An early start to visit the incredible, colourful market of Chichicastenango - the best in Central America. [B]

Day 16. Antigua

Known for its baroque-influenced architecture, we'll tour the sights of colonial Antigua including the Ciudad Vieja, San Antonio Aguas Calientes and the Cerro de La Cruz. [B]

Day 17. Antigua

Today is at leisure to relax or explore. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner and folkloric show to farewell Guatemala. [B,D]

Day 18. Antigua - Guatemala City - Panama City - Havana

TRAVEL TIP! Cuban Charm: A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cuba, via Panama City. [B]

Day 19. Havana

Special Experience: Step back in time to the 60s and discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour this morning.

This afternoon we'll witness the contrasts of 'New' Havana, including the artistic areas of Hamel Island, Fusterland and the Fort of Havana. [B,D]

Day 20. Havana - Vi ales

Special Experience: Marvel at the incredible valley dotted with limestone hills, known as mogotes, as we travel through the beautiful region of Vi ales to Pinar del Rio.

We'll stop to visit a tobacco field and drying house and have lunch with a local family at a traditional Cuban paladar and then continue to Los Jazmines lookout point, for views over the small village of Vi ales. [B,L]

Day 21. Vi ales - Cienfuegos

Today we travel to the busy, colonial-era port of Cienfuegos, the 'Pearl of the South'. Along the way we'll stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken. [B]

Day 22. Cienfuegos

This morning we'll discover beautiful Cienfuegos on a walking tour, visiting the impressive Teatro Tom s Terry and the historic town centre. In the afternoon we'll cruise to the end of the bay to visit Jagua Castle and wander through the village. [B]

Day 23. Cienfuegos - Trinidad

On the way to Trinidad we'll stop to discover El Nicho National Park, home to Cuba's most spectacular waterfalls. Tonight we'll enjoy an evening of music and dancing, Cuban-style, at Casa de la Trova. [B]

Day 24. Trinidad

Special Experience: Wander the cobblestone streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trinidad and discover its colonial past.

This perfectly preserved settlement is one of Cuba's most enchanting cities. We'll also stop at the famous Canchanchara Bar. [B]

Day 25. Trinidad - Havana

We return to Havana, visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara along the way. [B]

Day 26. Havana

A day at leisure to enjoy charming Havana, before dinner at a local paladar. [B,D]

Special Experience: Cruise through Old Havana's Malecon and Revolution Square districts by classic car.

Day 27. Depart Havana

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 28. In Transit
Day 29. Arrive Australia

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