43 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

43 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

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43 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem, Israel
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  20​h 30​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Trinidad, Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Varadero, Cuba
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + bus:  21​h
End: Jerusalem, Israel

4
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Joyeria C'Santos Antigua and Arco de Santa Catalina. Head to Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Casa de Artesfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, look for gifts at Los Colores de la Tierra, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Antigua vacation planning tool .

Jerusalem, Israel to Antigua is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Antigua. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Jerusalem in March; daily highs in Antigua reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

2
nights
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park day trip website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Tikal National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Mexico City.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Coyoacan and Paseo de la Reforma. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and National Palace (Palacio Nacional) will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mexico City driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tikal National Park to Mexico City. In March in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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7
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Sayulita Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Zona Romantica. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Vallarta side-trips: Hamaca Maya (in La Penita de Jaltemba), Creaciones de Joyeria Jewelry Creations by Veronica y Fabio Vanin (in San Francisco) and Platanitos Playa Beach (in Platanitos). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, savor the flavors at Old Town Farmers Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Muertos, and stop by Alberto's Jewelry Designs.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Hamaca Maya, Platanitos Playa Beach, Playa Las Animas, Creaciones de Joyeria Jewelry Creations by Veronica y Fabio Vanin
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica
Platanitos Playa Beach ©
Platanitos Playa Beach

7
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
For shopping fun, head to La Isla Shopping Village or MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Yal-ku Lagoon and Grand Cenote. Venture out of the city with trips to Ruins of Tulum (in Tulum) and Cozumel (Scuba & Snorkeling, Diamonds International, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 9th (Mon) at Xel-Ha. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa Xpuha, stop by 5th Avenue (Avenida 5), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Los Fundadores.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen. In April, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cozumel, Xel-Ha, Yal-ku Lagoon, La Playa Xpuha
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Grand Cenote ©
Grand Cenote
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sirena Beach and Cayo Rico. Get outdoors at Playa Paraiso and Playa Blanca Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa mal tiempo and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cayo Largo journey planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Cayo Largo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In April, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Playa Blanca Beach ©
Playa Blanca Beach

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get some cultural insight at Old Havana and El Malecon. Take a break from the city and head to Playas de Este and Playa de Jibacoa. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of El Morro, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Fine Arts, wander the streets of Fusterlandia, and make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Havana online travel route planner .

Getting from Cayo Largo to Havana by flight takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Havana

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Morro ©
El Morro
Playas de Este ©
Playas de Este

4
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Plaza Mayor and Yudit Vidal Faife. Get outdoors at Ancon Beach and El Nicho Waterfalls. Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Cienfuegos (Guanaroca Lagoon & Parque Jose Marti). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, see the interesting displays at Trinidad Architecture Museum, shop like a local with Basso Art & Souvenir Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad day trip planner .

Drive from Havana to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Topes de Collantes, Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo
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Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls

4
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Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ambrosio Cave and House of Rum. Explore hidden gems such as Cayo Blanco and Saturno Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Bellamar Caves & Ediciones Vigia). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, tee off at Varadero Golf Club, and stop by Plaza Las Morlas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Varadero trip planner .

You can drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Cayo Blanco ©
Cayo Blanco
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Coral Beach ©
Coral Beach

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