43 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

43 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

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43 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4​h 30​min
3
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Puebla, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Palenque, Mexico
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7​h 15​min
7
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Varadero, Cuba
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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2
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then shop like a local with La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Cabo San Lucas. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Jose, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Solmar.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas day trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Sydney to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Cabo San Lucas reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Parroquia San Jose
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Shark Diving
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Mt. Solmar ©
Mt. Solmar

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Vallarta and El Centro. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Las Animas will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Sayulita (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Playa De Los Muertos). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, head off the coast to Isla Cuale, and wander the streets of Olas Altas.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa Las Animas, Playa De Los Muertos
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Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa De Los Muertos ©
Playa De Los Muertos

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Get some cultural insight at Santuario de Jesus Nazareno and Temple of Carmen. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro and Iglesia de la Concepcion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Miguel de Allende: Teatro de la Republica (in Queretaro City) and Church of the Grito (in Dolores Hidalgo). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of Health, deepen your understanding at Sazon, revel in the low prices at Tequila Casa Cofradia, Factorystore., and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio of San Felipe Neri.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in June, San Miguel de Allende is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Queretaro City, Santuario de Jesus Nazareno, Temple of Carmen, Church of the Grito
Highlights from your plan
Teatro de la Republica ©
Teatro de la Republica
Church of the Grito
Church of the Grito
Temple of Carmen ©
Temple of Carmen

4
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.
Get outdoors at Playa La Virgen and Parque Ecoturistico Canon del Sumidero. Get a sense of the local culture at Teotihuacan Pyramids and Catedral de Toluca. Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Reino Animal (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Convento Agustino (in Malinalco). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Square of the Three Cultures, explore the world behind art at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, wander the streets of Colonia Roma, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sagrario Metropolitano.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip website .

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from San Miguel de Allende in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Convento Agustino, Catedral de Toluca, Playa La Virgen
Highlights from your plan
Reino Animal ©
Reino Animal
Teotihuacan Pyramids ©
Teotihuacan Pyramids
Square of the Three Cultures ©
Square of the Three Cultures

3
nights
Puebla, Mexico

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ex-Convento de San Gabriel and Cacaxtla - Xochitécatl. Visit Cantona Archaeological Ruins and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan for their historical value. Step out of Puebla to go to Tlaxcala and see Santuario de las Luciernagas, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica De Yohualichan, contemplate the long history of Barrio del Artista, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de San Francisco, and identify plant and animal life at Museo Viviente.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puebla itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Mexico City to Puebla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Puebla are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula, Tlaxcala, Cacaxtla - Xochitécatl, Archaeological Zone Yohualichan
Highlights from your plan
Cantona Archaeological Ruins ©
Cantona Archaeological Ruins
Archaeological Zone Yohualichan ©
Archaeological Zone Yohualichan
Cacaxtla - Xochitécatl ©
Cacaxtla - Xochitécatl

3
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Visit Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Iglesia Santo Domingo for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Cascada de Roberto Barrios and La Asuncion. Go for a jaunt from Palenque to Catazaja to see Playas de Catazaja about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, explore the activities along Agua Clara, and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Palenque day trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puebla to Palenque in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
Highlights from your plan
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Playas de Catazaja ©
Playas de Catazaja
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo

2
nights
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Get in touch with nature at Zazil Tunich and X'Canche Cenote. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo and Cenote Palomitas. Change things up with these side-trips from Chichen Itza: Izamal (Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal & Convento de San Antonio de Padua) and Valladolid (Mayapan Traditional Agave Distillery, Xkopek Parque Apicola, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of The Ossuary and contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Chichen Itza in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Valladolid, Izamal, X'Canche Cenote
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Palomitas ©
Cenote Palomitas
Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo ©
Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo

5
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get some cultural insight at 3D Museum of Wonders and Multum Ha Cenote. Step off the beaten path and head to LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park and Skydiving. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Riviera Maya (in Playa del Carmen) and Puerto Aventuras (Xpu-ha Beach & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, look for gifts at Hernandez Gallery Tulum, explore the activities along Laguna Kaan Luum, and Head underground at Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tulum online tour planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in June, things will get a bit cooler in Tulum: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Multum Ha Cenote
Highlights from your plan
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Multum Ha Cenote ©
Multum Ha Cenote
Skydiving

3
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel ©
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
The Mayan Cacao Company and Museo de la Isla de Cozumel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Paso del Cedral Reef and Playa de San Martin. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Paseo El Cedral Reef, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel), look for all kinds of wild species at Yucab Reef, and have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In July in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef
El Mirador ©
El Mirador

4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Visit Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta) for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Vedado. Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Playa de Jibacoa (in Santa Cruz del Norte), Salto de Sorao (in Soroa) and Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, stroll around Central Park, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Cozumel to Havana in 3.5 hours. July in Havana sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Playa de Jibacoa, Las Terrazas Complex, Salto de Sorao
Highlights from your plan
Las Terrazas Complex ©
Las Terrazas Complex
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cayos Blancos and Coral Beach - Playa Coral. Step out of the city life by going to Varadero Golf Club and Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Matanzas (Ermita de Monserrate, Callejon de las Tradiciones, & more), Criadero De Cocodrilos (in Playa Larga) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Cueva de Ambrosio, see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal Varadero, take in the exciting artwork at Taller de Ceramica Artistica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Varadero trip app .

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Varadero, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas Cathedral, Criadero De Cocodrilos
Highlights from your plan
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

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