16 days in Cuba, Cancun & Mexico City Itinerary

16 days in Cuba, Cancun & Mexico City Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba, Cancun & Mexico City Itinerary

Start: Havana, Cuba
shuttle:  4​h 45​min
1
Trinidad, Cuba
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
2
Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
3
Havana, Cuba
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Havana, Cuba


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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancon Beach and Valle de los Ingenios. Get outdoors at Topes de Collantes and El Nicho Waterfalls. Get out of town with these interesting Trinidad side-trips: Cienfuegos (Parque Jose Marti, Palacio de Valle, & more). There's more to do: examine the collection at Romance Museum and get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie D'Art Calleyro.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Trinidad attractions planning site .

Havana to Trinidad is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Topes de Collantes
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Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

2
nights
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 18th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally examine the collection at House of Rum.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero trip maker site .

Drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Varadero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Delfinario ©
Delfinario

6
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Relax by the water at Playa Paraiso and Sirena Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Malecón of Havana and Old Square (Plaza Vieja). Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Cayo Largo (Sea Turtle Hatchery & El Torreon Nursery). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, wander the streets of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Havana visit planner .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayo Largo
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

2
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): play a few rounds at Moon Palace Golf Course, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone, then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and then appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun vacation maker tool .

Fly from Havana to Cancun in 4 hours. Traveling from Havana in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cancun, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Moon Palace Golf Course ©
Moon Palace Golf Course
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

2
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Historic Center (Centro Historico). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, view the masterpieces at Arto Otra, and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

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You can fly from Cancun to Mexico City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Cancun, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

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