34 days in Cuba, United States & Mexico Itinerary

34 days in Cuba, United States & Mexico Itinerary

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34 days in Cuba, United States & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Houston, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
New Orleans, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h
3
Merida, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Las Terrazas, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Vinales, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Playa Larga, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Trinidad, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Havana, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
11
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

2
nights
Houston, United States

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Houston Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Water Wall and then get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary builder app .

Wellington, New Zealand to Houston is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Wellington to Houston, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Wellington in June; daily highs in Houston reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

The Seawall
Highlights from your plan
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
The Seawall ©
The Seawall

6
nights
New Orleans, United States

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

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Getting from Houston to New Orleans by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Houston in June, you will find days in New Orleans are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are a bit warmer (33°C). You will leave for Merida on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District

3
nights
Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Take a break from Merida with a short trip to Uxmal in Uxmal, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Ruta Puuc, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina, admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, and steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Merida online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from New Orleans to Merida. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Merida. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in June: highs in Merida hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Uxmal
Highlights from your plan
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

2
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Xaman Ha Aviary and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Merida to Playa del Carmen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Merida in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Playa del Carmen, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Skydiving

3
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, contemplate the long history of Revolution Plaza, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Havana holiday maker site .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Havana by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. In July, daytime highs in Havana are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Las Terrazas.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
El Capitolio ©
El Capitolio

1
night
Las Terrazas, Cuba

Las Terrazas
To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Las Terrazas itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Havana to Las Terrazas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Havana, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Las Terrazas, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 25°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to Vinales.

Things to do in Las Terrazas

Parks Wildlife Nature

2
nights
Vinales, Cuba

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cayo Jutias Tour. There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and laugh and play at Palenque de los Cimarrones.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vinales itinerary planner.

Getting from Las Terrazas to Vinales by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Las Terrazas in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vinales: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Larga.

Things to do in Vinales

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Playa Larga, Cuba

Playa Larga ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Pigs, then see the interesting displays at Museo Giron, and then walk around Cueva de los Peces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Criadero De Cocodrilos, identify plant and animal life at Finca Fiesta Campesina, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Caleta Buena.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Playa Larga day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Vinales to Playa Larga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Playa Larga can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for Trinidad on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Playa Larga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Giron, Bay of Pigs, Finca Fiesta Campesina
Highlights from your plan
Cueva de los Peces ©
Cueva de los Peces
Bay of Pigs ©
Bay of Pigs
Museo Giron ©
Museo Giron

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.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Trinidad vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Playa Larga to Trinidad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for Havana on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Tours Outdoors

1
night
Havana, Cuba

Havana
Before you visit Havana, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Trinidad to Havana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Mexico City on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Havana

Tours Nightlife Outdoors

5
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Havana to Mexico City in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Havana to Mexico City. Traveling from Havana in July, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time 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
Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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