13 days in Cuba & Brasilia Itinerary

13 days in Cuba & Brasilia Itinerary

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13 days in Cuba & Brasilia Itinerary

Start: Brasilia, Brazil
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Vinales, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Santa Clara, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Cienfuegos, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Trinidad, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Cayo Coco, Cuba
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Camaguey, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 30 min
9
Brasilia, Brazil
— 1 night
End: Brasilia, Brazil

2
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and then get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, then steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), then examine the collection at Museo de Naipes Marques de Prado, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Estudio Taller Santacana.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Havana travel itinerary planner .

Brasilia, Brazil to Havana is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Cuba Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December in Havana, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

1
night
Vinales, Cuba

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, then Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vinales trip builder tool .

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas
Jardin Botanico de Vinales ©
Jardin Botanico de Vinales

1
night
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at House of Rum, admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles, then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Artecru.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Varadero travel planning website .

You can drive from Vinales to Varadero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Varadero

Museums Outdoors Shopping
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach

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night
Santa Clara, Cuba

Santa Clara ©
The scene of one of the most dramatic battles of the Cuban Revolution, Santa Clara today possesses a youthful feel and a reputation for progressive thought.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Artes Decorativas, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally stroll the grounds of Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Clara trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Santa Clara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Clara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Artes Decorativas ©
Museo de Artes Decorativas
Teatro La Caridad ©
Teatro La Caridad
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum

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night
Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos ©
The city of Cienfuegos sits in a scenic natural bay, attracting visitors from across the country and further afield since its establishment in the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through Punta Gorda, look for gifts at La Fernandina, view the masterpieces at CasaHuella, get a taste of the local shopping with Poco Bonito, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Santiago Hermes, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Torres Art Studio.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cienfuegos trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Cienfuegos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Galeria Santiago Hermes ©
Galeria Santiago Hermes
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

2
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Valle de los Ingenios, take in the exciting artwork at Lazaro Niebla Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, and finally shop like a local with Basso Art & Souvenir Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Casa del Alfarero, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ancon Beach, examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum, then see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and finally shop like a local with Galerie D'Art Calleyro.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Trinidad road trip planning website .

Drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Trinidad are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Historia Municipal ©
Museo de Historia Municipal
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

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night
Cayo Coco, Cuba

Cayo Coco ©
White sand beaches and calm waters have led to booming tourism in Cayo Coco, one of the main islands of the Jardines Del Rey archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cayo Coco journey builder site .

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Coco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cayo Coco can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Camaguey.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayo Guillermo
Highlights from your plan
Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado ©
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

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night
Camaguey, Cuba

Camaguey ©
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
On the 27th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, admire the architecture and history at Plaza del Carmen, and then take in the exciting artwork at Estudio Galeria Magdiel.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Camaguey holiday planner .

Getting from Cayo Coco to Camaguey by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Cayo Coco in December, Camaguey is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop ©
Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop

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Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
On the 28th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Museu de Valores and then look for gifts at Parkshopping. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial JK, then admire the striking features of Catedral Metropolitana, and finally take in the waterfront at Pontao do Lago Sul.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brasilia online trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Camaguey to Brasilia with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Cuba Standard Time to Brasilia Time is 2 hours. December in Brasilia sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brasilia

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parkshopping ©
Parkshopping
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Memorial JK ©
Memorial JK

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