16 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia


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2
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm and then explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cozumel trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cozumel is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Amore Latino Tulum, Gran Cenote, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen day trip planning website.

You can drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tulum
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in September, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

3
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, make a trip to Paseo del Prado, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Havana itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Havana in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Chichen Itza in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Havana, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana ©
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mexico City road trip site.

Fly from Havana to Mexico City in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Havana to Mexico City. In October, Mexico City is slightly colder than Havana - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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