27 days in Mexico & Santiago de Cuba Itinerary

27 days in Mexico & Santiago de Cuba Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
2
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 3 nights
3
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
5
Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
6
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
7
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
8
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
— 2 nights

2
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cancun is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Cancun: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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.
San Miguel de Allende is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Miguel de Allende trip maker site.

You can fly from Cancun to San Miguel de Allende in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to San Miguel de Allende is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cancun in April, plan for cooler nights in San Miguel de Allende, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Museo La Esquina ©
Museo La Esquina

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta vacation builder website.

You can fly from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in April, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
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Zipline
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

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 out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in April, Mexico City is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then admire the sheer force of La Asuncion. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, thenmake a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Palenque trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Temple of the Bearded Man). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and make a trip to Plastic Flamingo.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tulum online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Tulum in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Palenque to Tulum is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

3
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, and find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cozumel are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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nights
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
Santiago de Cuba is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Cimarron, don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, and delve into the mystery of Cobre.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba online route planner.

Fly from Cozumel to Santiago de Cuba in 15 hours. May in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cobre, Rancho El Dajao
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Casa de Diego Velazquez ©
Casa de Diego Velazquez
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney ©
Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney

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