24 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

24 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Train + 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
Drive:  2 h
6
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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
Bus:  2 h 45 min
11
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  16 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and San Angel. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: make a trip to Zocalo, explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, wander the streets of La Condesa, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City day trip website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect nights in Mexico City to be somewhat warmer, around 7°C, while days are warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can 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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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Catazaja. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Palenque road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to 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): explore the striking landscape at Cenote Yaal Utzil, then take in the pleasant sights at Oxkintok, then examine the collection at Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, and finally explore the ancient world of Kabah. On your second day here, make a trip to Uxmal and then head outdoors with Mirador de Muna.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Uxmal travel route planner.

You can drive from Palenque to Uxmal in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Uxmal. In February, daily temperatures in Uxmal can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cenote Yaal Utzil, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, Mirador de Muna, Oxkintok, 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.
On the 8th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Riviera Maya, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa Xpuha, kick back and relax at Xpu-ha Beach, and then stop by Little Bali.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip planner.

You can drive from Uxmal to Playa del Carmen in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uxmal in February: highs in Playa del Carmen hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Get in touch with nature at Mayan Beach and Shark Diving. Change things up with a short trip to Multum Ha Cenote in Coba (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, and tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum road trip tool.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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): delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, and finally explore the ancient world of Las Monjas. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Chinchorro Reef.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip planning site.

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in February; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 36°C and lows reach 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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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Guadalupe Chapel. We've included these beaches for you: Xcacel Beach and Playa Marlin. Take a break from Cancun with a short trip to Spas in Isla Mujeres, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica El Meco, kick back and relax at Playa Langosta, stroll through Playa Chacmool, and play a few rounds at Playa Mujeres Golf Club.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cancun online day trip planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, Cancun is a bit cooler than Chichen Itza - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can 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), stop by Central Havana, see the interesting displays at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, then get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, then steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa de Jibacoa, contemplate the long history of Finca Vigía, then steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and finally take a stroll through Vedado.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana trip itinerary maker website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Finca Vigía ©
Finca Vigía
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, then raise your glass at Mi Casa Beatles, and finally identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Varadero day trip app.

Drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February in Varadero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Mi Casa Beatles
Mi Casa Beatles

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, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Tomas Acea, and then take a stroll through Punta Gorda.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cienfuegos trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Varadero to Cienfuegos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Cienfuegos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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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), kick back and relax at Sirena Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can 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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