Highlights of Mexico and Cuba

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  • Local culture
  • Local boat rides
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  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ends Havana, Cuba
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Chichen Itza One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and an astounding display of grand MayaToltec architecture
  • Sumidero Canyon A towering gorge, snaking through the Chiapas state
  • Palenque Arguably the most enchanting of the ancient Maya ruins, set in dense jungle
  • Havana Experience the faded colonial splendour and vibrancy of Cuba's capital
The Highlights of Mexico and Cuba tour starts in Mexico City and ends in Havana. The Highlights of Mexico and Cuba is a local culture tour that takes 16 days taking you from Mexico City to Havana and through other destinations in North America.

This adventurous journey takes us from the sprawling capital of Mexico City out towards the Yucatan coast at Playa del Carmen, with only a short onwards hop to the culturally unique island of Cuba. Explore indigenous villages and vast canyons in Mexico, and discover the magnificent Maya architecture of Chichen Itza. Flying on to Cuba, sip mojitos under the stars in Trinidad and learn to salsa in Havana. As well as the lively city-life and revolutionary history, discover Cuba's spectacular natural beauty, taking in its pristine beaches, unspoilt forests and the dramatic landscape of Vinales. Chichen Itza - Discover the ancient ruins at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World Havana - Experience the classic cars and infectious music that fills the streets Vinales - Walk through the vast and bizarre 'mogotes'; the steep-walled limestone hills that rise from the valley floor
5 - Excellent
Based on 294 reviews
  • Tony
  • On Jul 02 2020
5 - Excellent
Tony's review for another Explore tour
“A great trip, well planned from your perspective. ”
  • Ken
  • On Aug 10 2020
4 - Very Good
Ken's review for another Explore tour
“Our trip leaders are not on this list & they were excellent! Flexible, accommodating, supportive and fun!”
  • Julie
  • On Jul 03 2020
5 - Excellent
Julie's review for another Explore tour
“This was my first trip with explore and it will be the first of many. Egypt and the people (including my fellow travellers and our guide) were excellent ”
  • Day 1 : Join tour in Mexico City
  • Day 2 : Visit the Teotihuacan Pyramids; city tour of Mexico City
  • Day 3 : Fly to Tuxtla Airport; boat trip through the Sumidero Canyon en route to San Cristobal
  • Day 4 : Visit nearby indigenous villages; free afternoon to explore San Cristobal
  • Day 5 : Travel to Palenque via the Roberto Barrios waterfalls
  • Day 6 : Discover the important Maya site of Palenque; continue by bus to Campeche
  • Day 7 : Visit the ancient Maya city of Uxmal and drive to Merida
  • Day 8 : Explore Chichen Itza and head to Playa del Carmen
  • Day 9 : Transfer to Cancun airport and fly to Havana
  • Day 10 : Tour of Havana's highlights, free afternoon
  • Day 11 : Full day trip to the picturesque Vinales countryside
  • Day 12 : Drive to Trinidad via the Bay of Pigs Museum
  • Day 13 : In Trinidad; tour of this pretty colonial town
  • Day 14 : Free day; optional trip to Topes or boat trip to Cayo Las Iguanas
  • Day 15 : Return to Havana via Santa Clara
  • Day 16 : Trip ends in Havana
  • Hotel Fontan (2 nights)
  • Hotel Arrecife (2 nights)
  • Hotel Maya Tulipanes (1 night)
  • Hotel Mision Campeche (1 night)
  • Hotel Colonial (1 night)
  • Hacienda Del Caribe (1 night)
  • Casa Particulares - Havana (4 nights)
  • Casa Particulares - Trinidad (3 nights)
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Boat Crew
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to Mexico City and from Havana are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Highlights of Mexico and Cuba tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Highlights of Mexico and Cuba tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 22 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Highlights of Mexico and Cuba tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Highlights of Mexico and Cuba tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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