What you get
The best of Cuba and Mexico. Yucatan, beaches, Chichen Itza and Ek Balam
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
The price of the trip 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);
Day 1 - 2
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!
Day 3 - 4
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.
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!
Day 6 - 7
In the morning we take a bus to the colonial city of Trinidad (up to 6 hours on the way). We check into a private house. Trinidad is known as an open-air museum. It is older than Havana - founded by the Spaniards back in 1514. We walk through the narrow paved streets, marvel at the old colonial buildings on the main square, and colorful houses with tiles. All this is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After lunch you can appreciate local souvenir shops, and art galleries, visit museums, take a salsa or merengue lesson, or visit the nearby beach.
In the evening, we will listen to traditional music and try to learn a few dance steps from energetic Cubans.
We travel to Havana (approximately 4 hours on the way) stopping in the town of Varadero, where the country's most popular beach is located. 20 kilometers of the purest white sand and turquoise water! There is everything for a perfect holiday - cozy cafes and restaurants, infrastructure for tourists, and quiet corners where vacationers almost never wander.
Photos from these places do not lie. The sand is really this white. The water is completely transparent. The sky is clear. You can look at this pristine beauty and breathe in the fresh sea air forever! After a few hours, we continue our journey to Havana and check into a homestay hotel. Free time. You can visit local museums, art galleries or go shopping.
Day 9 - 10
Flight to Cancun (1.5 hours), bus (3 hours) to the colonial town of Valladolid. We check into a hotel and walk in the streets with colorful houses. In the evening, we will watch an open-air light show on the facade of an old monastery.
In the morning we dive into the history of Mexico before Columbus and visit the ancient city of Chichen Itza - one of the seven new wonders of the world! The famous pyramid of Kukulkan is located here. Scientists believe that this grand pyramid with a height of 24 meters served not only as a temple, but also as a calendar.
365 steps divided into 18 sections lead to the top of the pyramid - the Mayans had 18 months in a year. A small temple with four entrances stands at the top of the pyramid. Scientists believe that it was here that young men from noble families were offered as sacrifices to Kukulkan. We will learn more about the Mayan calendar, Kukulkan and understand why so many architectural styles are mixed in this ancient city.
But the main attraction of Yucatan is the cenotes! Imagine a limestone cave with the collapsed arch. A huge open cave is filled with light and the purest water. This is a paradise for those who like to explore the underwater world and swim with exotic fish. We will enjoy several cenotes, and visit a couple of sacred ones, where ancient Maya performed their ceremonies.
Day 11 - 13
We go to the town of Las Coloradas on the coast of the Mexical Gulf to see lakes with pink water - the favorite place of hundreds of flamingos!
After dinner we will visit another archaeological complex of ancient Maya - Ek-Balam and walk to the top of the acropolis. Just a few centuries ago, here was the capital of one of the most mysterious civilizations of our planet! We observe the impressive work of ancient masters of sculpture. For example, the famous figures of winged warriors.
We will visit a tequila factory to learn about the most famous Mexican drink.
In the morning we take a bus (5 hours on the way) to the south of the Yucatan Peninsula - the village of Bacalar, which is located on the shores of the lake of the same name. It is also called the Lake of Seven Colors. All because of the bottom with white sand, which creates the illusion of seven shades of blue water in different parts of the lake. We check into a hotel.
Next day is free. We can enjoy rest on the lake, go kayaking, visit cenotes, explore the pirate channel, or visit the local fort.
Day 14 - 15
Bus to Playa del Carmen (4 hours on the way), one of the most popular places on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. White beaches, shopping, food, souvenirs, parties... This place has it all!
Next day we go to Cancun airport (1.5 hours on the way). Those interested can stay in Cancun to enjoy the beach life. Other participants say goodbye to Mexico and fly home.
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Cuba.
Visa should be applied for in the embassy of Cuba in your country of residence before the trip.
Citizens of some countries need a visa to Mexico. It should be arranged in the embassy or online before the trip.
We provide free visa consulting to our clients.
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