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 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. For the included internal flight ticket, please provide your full name exactly as per passport, at the time of booking or at least 45 days prior to travel.
4. To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures. Your leader and the composition of your group may change with the start of each adventure.
5. As this is a combination trip, the flight from Cancun to Havana on Day 15 is not included in the tour cost and it must be purchased it separately. When booking this flight, keep in mind there will be a group meeting at 6pm in Havana on this day so we recommend arriving prior to this.
6. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
7. Complimentary mid-trip airport departure and arrival transfers are included to help ease your independent connections throughout the combination trip. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
- An airport departure transfer is included from Playa del Carmen
- An airport arrival transfer is included in Havana
8. In Cuba, the airport arrival transfer driver will know the address of your assigned guesthouse.
9. Guesthouse and rooming allocations are finalised inside a week from departure based on the configuration of each travelling party. Please advise bedding configuration requests to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
10. A visa or tourist card, organised prior to arrival, is required for all nationalities visiting Cuba.
11. The Cuban government has declared that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers. Proof of insurance may be requested at Havana Airport by immigration officials.
12. 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 services. To help set your expectations correctly, please read the ‘Is this trip right for you?’ and ‘Joining point description’ sections in the Essential Trip Information Document.
13. Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.
2019 CHANGES: From 1 January 2019 this combination trip will change. These changes come as a result of our traveller’s feedback wanting more time in San Cristobal, as well as a wish to include a city that is slightly off the beaten track such as Izamal. We have dropped 1 night in Mexico City and Playa del Carmen in order to add a night in San Cristobal and Izamal. There are some minor activity changes as well however the starting day and duration remain unchanged. There are no changes to the Cuba sub. 2019 departures are not guaranteed for this reason as yet.
Our Best of Mexico & Cuba trips score an average of 4.29 out of 5 based on 7 reviews in the last year.
Best of Mexico and Cuba is an amazing way to spend 3 weeks travelling around Central America. Would recommend to all. Only one thing I would change and that is to include a trip to Uxmal in the trip as this Mayan site is simply the best by a mile over all the others and I did go to 9 temple sites while in Mexico. Good leaders, great food and fun company, what more can you ask for.
Review submitted 06 Mar 2018
I was so lucky to go on the Best of Mexico and Cuba 22 day tour. Not a trip I had ever thought to do - it was suggested by Laura from Flight Centre. WOW - both fantastic tours but different in their own ways. So much history in Mexico particularly with all the ruins. Learning about the Myans and Aztecs was fascinating and humbling. Mixing with locals, trying to master some of the Spanish language and simply being a part of their culture for a wee time was fantastic. Cuba - WOW step back in time and just go with it. Again so much history and then being in a position to put together your bit of knowledge from television news items to the real thing. Going to two countries where the majority of people don't have much but are so happy is a life lesson.
Review submitted 05 Jan 2018