20 days in Cuba & Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Cuba & Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Cuba & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27​h
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + ferry + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 30​min
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sirena Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso.

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Sydney, Australia to Cayo Largo is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Cuba Standard Time is minus 15 hours. In January in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Havana.

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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plaza de Armas and El Capitolio. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, stroll through Playas de Este, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, and stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Havana trip planner.

Getting from Cayo Largo to Havana by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Havana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tulum.

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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Morro ©
El Morro
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, and then take in the pleasant sights at Tulum Avenue.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum travel route builder website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Havana to Tulum in 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tulum are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

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Side Trips

Tulum Avenue, Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
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4
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 Discover Mexico Cozumel Park. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, get outside with Paradise Beach, look for gifts at Boutique Blanc du Nil, and put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Cozumel holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Mexico City.

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The Amazing Cozumel Race ©
The Amazing Cozumel Race
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and then see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planner .

You can fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cozumel in January, with highs in Mexico City at 24°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Frida Kahlo Museum ©
Frida Kahlo Museum

3
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.
On the 19th (Sat), get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, stop by Miralo, then don't miss a visit to The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally admire the natural beauty at Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Marina Vallarta.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip maker site .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, Puerto Vallarta is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

#Tours, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Vallarta Botanical Gardens ©
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta

2
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the waterfront activity at Marina Cabo San Lucas. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Medano Beach, then make a trip to Tomas Spangler Photography Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

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Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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