Experience the incredible sights of Mexico and Cuba on an Intrepid Comfort journey
Cheers a glass to the vivacious beauty and fiery flavours of Mexico and Cuba. Discover the culture and landscapes of these fascinating countries – with a spattering of enticing stops along the way. Discover Maya history and culture at the incredible Chichen Itza ruins, and visit traditional communities in 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 Havana’s glittering colonial architecture, 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.
Be dazzled by Mexico City's sprawling urban jungle
Wander among the ancient Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban
A guided walking tour of Old Havana sheds lights on the difference between the lives of city and rural life in Cuba
A visit to the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum allows you to learn about the iconic Cuban revolutionary in the right contextTrinidad is a real Cuban treat – step back in time on its old-world streets, then hit some fine palm-flanked beaches
Try your hand at traditional dance moves with an informal salsa lesson
There are a few long days of travel, as you'll be covering a lot of ground. You will, however, make stops at interesting locations to break up the longer drives.
The tropical climate of Central America means conditions can be hot and humid. Always carry plenty of water with you and stay hydrated, especially on walking tours. There will of course be plenty of chances to swim!
It's a good idea to learn as many Spanish words as you can. Locals are very friendly, but can be shy, so you'll need to make an effort to break the ice. It's a great way to show respect and involve yourself in their culture.
Due to increased activity by the Zapatista movement in the region around Palenque, some changes to your itinerary may be necessary for your safety.
The guesthouses (Casas) we use are much nicer than your average Cuban dwelling but keep in mind that each and every room is unique. Regardless of where you stay, power cuts and breaks in hot water are sometimes unavoidable, as in any developing country.
Funds can be difficult to access in Cuba. Ideally bring multiple credit cards from several different banks just to be sure.
Luxuries such as air conditioning, and even toilet seats, are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.
Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it's available it's often unreliable and expensive. This is, on the other hand, a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
START AND END TIME:
On Day 1 there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at approximately 6pm. There are no activities planned for the final day.
FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED:
The flight from Cancun to Havana on Day 15 is not included in the tour cost and you must purchase this separately. When booking this flight, keep in mind there will be a group meeting at approximately 6pm on this day so we recommend arriving prior to this.
To book your complimentary arrival transfer you must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
- An airport arrival transfer is included in Mexico City and in Havana
- An airport departure transfer is included from Playa del Carmen
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for purchase on this trip.
CUBA TOURIST CARD:
Tourists cards are required for all nationalities visiting Cuba. Travel Insurance is also compulsory, please refer to trip notes for further details regarding this.
There are unprecedented changes happening in Cuba right now. It is an exciting time but it also means some patience and understanding is required for the heightened demand of infrastructure, accommodation and crowds.
Our Best of Mexico & Cuba trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid was amazing. They were well organised and provided guides that were amazing. There was plenty of free time as well as guided time. The transport was comfortable. I would highly recommend Intrepid travel
Review submitted 22 Jun 2017
For Cuba, bring your snacks from abroad if you like snacking ;-) For vegetarians, be prepared to have very limited options.
Review submitted 24 Feb 2017