16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Montevideo
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
5
Havana
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Montevideo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ambrosio Cave and Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Varadero Beach and Coral Beach. When in Varadero, make a side trip to see Bellamar Caves in Matanzas, approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cayo Blanco and play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero tour planner.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Varadero is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Time (UYT) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Montevideo in June; daily highs in Varadero reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon, then make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, then take a stroll through Punta Gorda, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Rancho Luna Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario de Cienfuegos.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos itinerary planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Cienfuegos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Cienfuegos, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Delfinario de Cienfuegos ©
Delfinario de Cienfuegos

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Topes de Collantes and Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancon Beach and Romance Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, examine the collection at Trinidad Architecture Museum, admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Trinidad travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes
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Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni

2
nights
Cayo Largo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa mal tiempo. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Cayo Rico and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cayo Largo custom trip planner.

You can take a bus from Trinidad to Cayo Largo in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

3
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore hidden gems such as Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. El Malecon and Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon) will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of El Morro, make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Regla.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Havana online itinerary creator.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana in 1.5 hours. In July in Havana, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

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