12 days in Cuba Itinerary

12 days in Cuba Itinerary

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12 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Bogota
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  16 h 15 min
1
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Havana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Bogota

1
night
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
The city of Cienfuegos sits in a scenic natural bay, attracting visitors from across the country and further afield since its establishment in the early 19th century.
On the 30th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon, then take a stroll through Punta Gorda, and then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cienfuegos trip itinerary planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Cienfuegos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Bogota in September: high temperatures in Cienfuegos hover around 38°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti

4
nights
Trinidad

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.
Get outdoors at Ancon Beach and Valle de los Ingenios. Explore hidden gems such as Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Romance Museum. Take a break from Trinidad with a short trip to Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera in Remedios, about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Yudit Vidal Faife, admire the sheer force of Parque el Cubano, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arquitectura Colonial.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Trinidad itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Trinidad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Trinidad sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera, Trinidad de Cuba
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Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera ©
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera
Yudit Vidal Faife ©
Yudit Vidal Faife

2
nights
Varadero

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Plaza Las Morlas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, hunt for treasures at Varadero Street Market, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and finally don't miss a visit to Parque Central.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Varadero custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Varadero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Varadero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 7th (Sat), you're off toHavana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pharmaceutical Museum
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira
Pharmaceutical Museum ©
Pharmaceutical Museum

3
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Malecon and El Morro. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Havana and Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion). Change things up with a short trip to Playa de Jibacoa in Santa Cruz del Norte (about 1h 15 min away). There's more to do: look for gifts at Almacenes San Jose and make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Havana holiday planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Playa de Jibacoa ©
Playa de Jibacoa

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