Best of Mexico & Cuba

01/30/2020 through 12/08/2021
01/30/2020 through 12/11/2021
Intrepid Travel

Best of Mexico & Cuba

Raise a glass to the vivacious beauty and fiery flavours of Mexico and Cuba. Discover the culture and landscapes of these fascinating countries – with a splash of enticing stops along the way. Discover Maya history and culture at the incredible Chichen Itza ruins and visit indigenous communities near the charming San Cristobal de las Casas. Indulge in a feast of delicious local food, with a chance to learn some cooking skills of your own. Wander through glittering colonial architecture in Havana, soak up the clear mountain air among Soroa’s vibrant mountain orchards, and admire Trinidad’s unrivalled ambience. Cuba’s imminent political and cultural change makes it something to experience now before it evolves. From ruins to old cars to fragrant cigars and with plenty of salsa and mariachi in between, this trip has it all.

Activities

  • Mexico City – National Museum of Anthropology (Entrance fee) (Closed Mondays)
  • Mexico City – Leader-led City Tour of Historic Center
  • Mexico City – Diego Rivera Murals in the National Palace (Entrance Fee)
  • Mexico City – Metropolitan Cathedral (Entrance)
  • Teotihuacan – Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Oaxaca – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Mitla – Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Oaxaca – Guided full-day tour including the Tule Tree, a Mezcal distillery, and lunch in a Zapoteca family home
  • San Cristobal de las Casas – Leader-led orientation walk
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas – Leader-led City Tour
  • San Juan Chamula – Maya Church (Entrance Fee)
  • Zinacantan – Maya Church (Entrance Fee)
  • Agua Azul Waterfall – Visit with option to swim (Entrance Fee)
  • Merida – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Palenque – Archaeological site (Guide, Transport & Entrance fee)
  • Izamal – Convento de San Antonio de Padua (Entrance)
  • Izamal – Leader-led walking tour
  • Chichen Itza – Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Havana – Leader-led Walking Tour of Old Havana
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Soroa – Orchid Garden (Entrance fee and Guide included)
  • Vinales – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Vinales – Half-day Valley Walking Tour including Tobacco Farmhouse (Guide included)
  • Vinales – Farm to Table Dinner at an Eco-friendly Ranch
  • Bay of Pigs – Coastal Swim Stop
  • Cienfuegos – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Cienfuegos – Palacio de Valle (Entrance fee)
  • Trinidad – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Trinidad – Salsa Dance Lesson (1 hour)
  • Santa Clara – Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
  • Havana – Revolution Square

Highlights

  • Get up close and personal with the country’s diverse heritage, from the magnificent Aztec temples of Teotihuacan to the brightly-dressed Maya folk of the hills of San Cristobal.
  • Compare Mexico City’s heady street-food scene to the subtler fare found in Oaxaca. 
  • A guided walking tour of  Old Havana sheds lights on the difference between the lives of city and rural life in Cuba
  • Take in all the colours and aromas of Soroa, the stunning valley area known as the ‘rainbow of Cuba’ and stroll along the rural dirt roads of Vinales as tractors, vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages pass you by
  • A visit to the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum allows you to learn about the iconic Cuban revolutionary in the right context
  • Trinidad is a real Cuban treat – step back in time on its old-world streets, then hit some fine palm-flanked beaches

Itinerary

Day 1 Mexico City
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Day 2 Mexico City
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Day 3 Teotihuacan / Oaxaca
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Day 4 Mitla / Oaxaca
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Day 5 Oaxaca
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Day 6 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 7 San Juan Chamula / San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 8 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 9 Palenque
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Day 10 Palenque Ruins / Merida
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Day 11 Merida
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Day 12 Izamal
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Day 13 Chichen Itza / Playa del Carmen
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Day 14 Playa del Carmen
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Day 15 Havana
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Day 16 Soroa / Vinales
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Day 17 Vinales
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Day 18 Bay of Pigs / Cienfuegos
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Day 19 Trinidad
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Day 20 Trinidad
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Day 21 Santa Clara / Havana
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Day 22 Havana
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