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Mexico and Cuba Explorer

This journey traces archaeological and cultural attractions of Mexico and highlights of Cuba. Ancient culture is immediately apparent near Mexico City where we view the huge Sun and Moon pyramids at Teotihuacan. We take a boat ride in the magnificent Sumidero canyon and spend time in the rarefied climes of San Cristobal de la Casas. We travel on to discover the Mayan culture in the villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. From there we visit the stunning jungle ruins of Palenque, with its dramatic Mayan step pyramid architecture. Before entering Cuba we make our way to the colourful city of Cancun for the night. The following day we fly to vibrant Havana to take in the sights of city. We make our way through the memorable Vinales Valley with unique limestone mogotes, to Las Terrazas. From panoramic Cienfuegos we travel to the preserved sixteenth century city, and World Heritage site, of Trinidad and the colonial town Sancti Spiritus. Our travels continue to the historical town of Bayamo and lively city of Santiago de Cuba. Nestled along the foothills of the Sierra Maestra mountains, we take in the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site of El Morro de Santiago fort before returning to the picturesque city of Havana.

Inclusions

15 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 12 dinners
bilingual local guides
comfortable well located hotels in Mexico, casa particulares in Cuba
private air conditioned transportation
sightseeing, boat ride and site entrance fees as listed
medical kit
internal flight Santiago de Cuba/Havana valued at US$130
Hightlights
Explore the fascinating city of Havana
Journey to the Vinales Valley & Las Terrazas
Behold the World Heritage sites of Trinidad and El Morro de Santiago fort
Discover Teotihuacan's Sun and Moon pyramids & Ruins of Palenque
Revel in the Mayan Indian culture
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $5,590
Start Location
Mexico City, Mexico
End Location
Mexico
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
5 to 10
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
22 Sep 201807 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $5,590
20 Oct 201804 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $5,590
16 Feb 201903 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $5,770
16 Mar 201931 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $5,770
21 Sep 201906 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $5,590
19 Oct 201903 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $5,590
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Upon arrival at the airport in Mexico City you will be meet and transferred to the group hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 2
Today we spend a full day enjoying this historical center; the Anthropology museum, Pyramids of Teotihuacan and the Shrine of Guadalupe. The ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan (pronounced tay-oh-tee-wah-con) rise as high as twenty-story buildings, above the central Mexican highlands with a grandeur and mystery that stirs the imagination and inspires the soul. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 3
This morning we transfer from the hotel to the airport to take a flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Upon arrival we make our way from the airport to visit the awe inspiring Sumidero canyon, whose dramatic cliffs of up to one kilometer high and the river's depth of up to 100 meters deep dwarf anything in its presence, for an enjoyable boat ride. From there we continue on to the colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 4
Today we visit the small town of San Juan Chamula, where the main church is one of the most profound examples of Catholicism and Maya traditions, and the locals maintain their own unique culture and heritage. We travel on to explore the Mayan village of Zinacantan and return to San Cristobal de las Casas. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5
This moring we have an early departure from San Cristobal to visit the Agua Azul water falls, where the translucent blue water cascades over travertine flowstone. We continue to Palenque (approx 1 hour drive) and visit the archaeological site, where the ancient city offers amazing temples and structures. The Maya civilization site of Palenque lies in the foothills of the Chiapas mountains, and it is situated on a ledge overlooking the plains that stretch north. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
Day 6
From Palenque we make our way to Villahermosa airport to take a flight to Merida, the capital city of the state of Yucatan. Upon arrival we will make our way to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 7
Excursion to visit the two major archeological sites of great importance: Uxmal and Kabah. Uxmal is a renowned gem of Mayan architecture. The most outstanding buildings are the Pyramid of the Magician, the Convent of the Nuns, and the Palace of the Governor. After visiting Uxmal we drive south to Kabah, (approx. 20 kms). Kabah is a large archeological zone, which stretches along the road. The Palace of the Masks, is the most important attraction of this place of worship. From here we return to Merida. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 8
Today we visit the spectacular, famous Mayan archeological site of Chichen Itza, located in the northern center of the Yucat n Peninsula. We continue on and make our way to the popular beach city of Cancun. Dinner and overnight at our hotel, located in downtown Cancun.
Day 9
This morning we have a transfer from our hotel to airport to take a flight to Havana, Cuba. Upon arrival into Jos Marti International Airport in Havana please make your way through customs and to the baggage claim area. Go to the Cubanacan office - just to the left coming through Salon Este (East Gate) - from Baggage Hall - provide your name to the person in charge and they will provide cab. It can take a little time and they have to have patience since there is usually quite a queue. Overnight in a Casa Particular (homestay).
Day 10
This morning we enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking a walking tour of Colonial Havana. Wevisit the 4 main squares of the Historial Core of Havana City passing by the Ambos Mundos hotelwhere Hemingway stayed for the 1st time when he came to Cuba. We visit the Museum of Rum -Havana Club Foundation, La Bodeguita del Medio one of Hemingway's preferred hide out places, and have lunch at La Bodeguita del Medio. After lunch we take a classical American car ride around modern Havana, visit the Monumental Christopher Columbus cemetery, the Revolution square and finish the ride at the Floridita bar/restaurant and have a refreshing daiquiri in one of Hemingway's preferred hang out places. The rest of afternoon is at leisure. Tonight we are taken from the hotel to the El Aljibe restaurant and then to the world famous Tropicana Cabaret to enjoy the famous nightlife. Overnight in a Casa Particular (homestay).
Day 11
We will have breakfast at the hotel before transferring from Havana to Pinar Del R o where we will visit the Francisco Donati n cigar factory. Our trip continuesto Vi ales where we have lunch in a local restaurant, admire the valley from Los Jazmines mirador area and visit the picturesque town of Vi ales. Throughout the Vi ales Valley there are small villages, mostly self-sufficient farming communities and traders and we will enjoy a visit to one of these farms. After some free time to explore Vi ales town, we return to Havana and have dinner at El Patio restaurant. Overnight in a Casa Particular (homestay).
Day 12
After breakfast we make our way to Cienfuegos stopping at Zapata Peninsula. We enjoy lunch at Caleta Buena then continue on to the magical city of Cienfuegos a city that is commonly referred to as the 'Pearl of the South'. We have a walking and panoramic tour of Cienfuegos before continuing our journey on to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Trinidad. Dinner and overnight in a Casa Particular.
Day 13
After breakfast we have a morning walking tour of Trinidad City and visit the Palacio Casa Cantero"History Museum of Trinidad". We then drive on through the rolling hills of the Sancti Spiritus province where we stop for lunch on our way to Camaguey. Camaguey was one of the original towns founded by the first Spanish colonists. Today it is known for its gracefully decaying churches, it's many preserved colonial buildings and it's confusing, irregular street plan. As the urban legend gs, the street plan was a deliberate ploy to deter attacking pirates. We have a small walking tour of Camag ey's Colonial core. Dinner will be in the hotel tonight. Overnight in Camag ey Gran Hotel or similar.
Day 14
We have breakfast at the hotel before heading to Santiago de Cuba stopping in Bayamo along the way. We visit the colonial heart of the town and stop for lunch at the Hotel Royalton before getting back on the bus to continue our trip to Santiago. Overnight at Meli Santiago hotel or similar.
Day 15
After breakfast we leave our packed belongings with the concierge and transfer from the hotel to the centre of town. From here we have a walking tour of the Colonial part of town and our panoramic tour of Santiago de Cuba city includes: a visit to the Moncada Garrison, El Morro de Santiago fort andfree time at leisure to relax. Much of the Spanish-American War history revolved around Santiago's harbour. The city retains many colonial landmarks, notably its cathedral (the largest in Cuba) and the crumbling forts that stand on the high cliffs above the harbour. Santiago is Cuba's second largest city, and surrounded by steep coastal bluffs. It was founded in 1514 by Diego de Vel zquez and moved to its present site in 1588 and for some time served as Cuba's capital. Later in the afternoon we make our way back to the hotel to collect our belongings and continue to the Santiago airport. We have an evening flight to Havana, upon arrival we will be transferred to our accommodation for the night. Overnight in Overnight in a Casa Particular (homestay).
Day 16
After breakfast we have a transfer from the hotel to the airport and our trip concludes.