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The best of Cuba and Mexico. Yucatan, beaches, Chichen Itza and Ek Balam

Price
$2036
Days
15 +2 to transfer
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Tour description

Spend two weeks in the two most vibrant Caribbean countries to immerse yourself in a completely different, exotic life. 

  • Walk along the colorful streets of the colonial cities of Havana and Trinidad, and listen to famous Cuban street musicians. 
  • Collect tobacco on a real plantation in the Vinales Valley and roll your own cigar. 
  • Swim in the crystal clear water of the open caves of the cenotes and the main beaches of the two countries. 
  • Follow in the footsteps of ancient Maya in the archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Ek-Balam.
  • Explore Santo Tomas caves, the second largest caves on the American continent

Tour departures

02 February 2023 - 16 February 2023
$2036

The price of the tour includes

All transportation; Havana-Cancun flight; Accommodation throughout the trip; Breakfasts during our stay in Cuba; Entrance tickets to all parks, museums and archaeological complexes; Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included

Flight to Havana and from Cancun back home; Insurance (mandatory); Food, except for breakfast in Cuba ($20-30 per person per day); Visas.

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Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

The capital of Cuba, Havana, Driving retro cars, Revolution Square

We arrive in Havana and check into a home hotel. We rest, talk to our friendly hosts and begin to get acquainted with Cuban cuisine. In the morning we go for a walk in old Havana. This is the oldest quarter of the city, built in 1519 by the Spanish colonialists. Nothing remains since that time, as in 1555 French pirates captured and burned Havana. But buildings that are several hundred years old are not uncommon in the Cuban capital!

We will walk along the streets between colorful houses, and then rent bright retro cars and drive along the picturesque seafront. We will park at the Capitol and explore this grand palace where the government of the country was located before the revolution of 1959. Next we head to the colonial fort built by the Spaniards in the 18th century and walk along the Revolution Square. This is the place where all the most important events of the country take place, for example, Fidel Castro always gave his famously long speaches here. We will also see the house once occupied by the famous Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Fans of Ernest Hemingway will be happy to visit his favourite spots in the city. 

Last but not least - tasting of local coffee, rum and mojito. These drinks flow like water in every cafe and bar! And lots of music - from performances in every cafe to improvised concerts of street musicians. We will try to learn a few steps of the most popular local dances - bachata and salsa. Cubans are knows as the best dancers, but they are also great dance teachers!

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Day 3-4

Vinales valley, Tobacco plantations and cigar factory, Exploring lost villages and farms

In the morning we go to the town of Vinales (about three hours by rented transport). It is located near the valley of the same name, which is considered the most picturesque place of the island and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here karst rocks rise above the bright fields and jungles, and the locals in the villages grow tobacco, keep cattle and lead a very traditional life, preserving their traditions and culture. We will enjoy dinner of local fish and lobsters. Delicious!

We will visit the tobacco plantations and cigar factory and see all stages of production of the world famous Cuban cigars. You can also try to roll your own cigar!

Next day we explore the valley, visiting small traditional villages and farms. This is very different, non-touristic Cuba, where life flows slowly, like a local river.

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Day 5

Santo Tomas caves, Сayo Jutias island

After breakfast on a rented vehicle we leave for the largest system of caves on the island - Santo Tomas. These caves are the second largest in the entire American continent! Their length exceeds 45 kilometers! A tour with local guides lasts an hour and a half, we will see huge stalactites, halls in the depths of caves at different levels and minerals.

We go to Сayo Jutias (one and a half hours on the way). This is a small Caribbean island, without hotels and tourist infrastructure. It boasts incredible beauty of wild beaches with white sand, clear water and coconut palm trees. In crystal clear turquoise water you can see a lot of starfish and exotic fish. There are no tourists here. We will be alone in this pristine paradise!

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Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes long walks in cities, the national park and walks in archaeological complexes. We will be moving around by rented buses and public transport. The trip includes one short flight from Havana to Cancun. Accommodation in Cuba - in double/twin rooms of homestay hotels. All hotels will have hot water, some - air conditioners. Accommodation in Mexico - double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels. Most will have hot water and wi fi internet.

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