18 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

18 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

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18 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Perth, Australia


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2
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), make a trip to Zocalo, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the striking landscape of Bosque de Chapultepec, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan.

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Perth, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Mexico City is minus 14 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Perth in February; daily highs in Mexico City reach 28°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, then contemplate the long history of El Morro, then get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Francisco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Havana Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Finca Vigía, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, then take a stroll through Fusterlandia, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Havana online tour planner .

Getting from Mexico City to Havana by flight takes about 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in February, with highs in Havana at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Plaza de San Francisco ©
Plaza de San Francisco
Finca Vigía ©
Finca Vigía

2
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
On the 12th (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, then look for all kinds of wild species at El Torreon Nursery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Blanca Beach.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cayo Largo holiday site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Havana in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Cayo Largo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Valle de Vinales
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

2
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the activities along Gran Cenote, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum journey builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cayo Largo to Tulum in 6.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel ©
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palancar Reef and Columbia Reef. Visiting Santa Rosa Wall and Paradise Beach Cozumel will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, go deep with a submarine tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stroll through Nuevo Vallarta Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip planner .

You can fly from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

2
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. On your second day here, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Amor.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas holiday maker app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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