24 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

24 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Uxmal, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
6
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
7
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Cienfuegos, Cuba
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland


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3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ciudad Universitaria, admire all the interesting features of La Condesa, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular, and don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City day trip website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Mexico City is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Mexico City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Amsterdam in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then kick back and relax at Playas de Catazaja. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Palenque online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Uxmal.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
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Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Playas de Catazaja ©
Playas de Catazaja
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo

2
nights
Uxmal, Mexico

Uxmal ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): Head underground at Cenote Yaal Utzil, delve into the distant past at Oxkintok, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, and finally delve into the distant past at Kabah. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Uxmal, examine the collection at Choco Story, and then head outdoors with Mirador de Muna.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Uxmal trip planner .

Drive from Palenque to Uxmal in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Uxmal can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Oxkintok, Cenote Yaal Utzil, Mirador de Muna, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, Kabah
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Oxkintok ©
Oxkintok
Cenote Yaal Utzil ©
Cenote Yaal Utzil

2
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riviera Maya, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa Xpuha, kick back and relax at Xpu-ha Beach, and then look for gifts at Little Bali.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen online trip planner .

You can drive from Uxmal to Playa del Carmen in 4 hours. When traveling from Uxmal in February, plan for slightly colder days in Playa del Carmen, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Aventuras, La Playa Xpuha
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Xpu-ha Beach ©
Xpu-ha Beach

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mayan Beach and Gran Cenote. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Multum Ha Cenote. When in Tulum, make a side trip to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz.

Plan my trip to Tulum with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Coba, Cenote Santa Cruz
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, and finally delve into the distant past at Las Monjas. On your second day here, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and then see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef.

Plan my trip to Chichen Itza with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in February: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

3
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.
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Zona Arqueológica El Meco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Playa Marlin and Xcacel Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Spas & Guadalupe Chapel). The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Chacmool, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Langosta, and tee off at Playa Mujeres Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cancun travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Cancun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in February, things will get little chillier in Cancun: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Playa Marlin ©
Playa Marlin
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Zona Arqueológica El Meco ©
Zona Arqueológica El Meco

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 (Tue), wander the streets of Central Havana, examine the collection at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, then contemplate the long history of Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa de Jibacoa, contemplate the long history of Finca Vigía, then contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and finally take a stroll through Vedado.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Havana trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cancun to Havana in 4 hours. Traveling from Cancun in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Havana, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Finca Vigía ©
Finca Vigía
Playa de Jibacoa ©
Playa de Jibacoa

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.
On the 20th (Thu), kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, then explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Varadero day trip planning 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. February in Varadero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira

1
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 21st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Tomas Acea, and then take a stroll through Punta Gorda.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos trip maker .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Cienfuegos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Cementerio Tomas Acea ©
Cementerio Tomas Acea
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

1
night
Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
On the 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirena Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cayo Largo route maker website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Cienfuegos to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. February in Cayo Largo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

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