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Cuba & Mexico

Trip Length

Trip Code

22 days PSCM

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Cuba, Mexico

Start City

End City

Mexico City Havana
Cuba & Mexico

The origins of Mexico’s national dish, mole poblano, are often disputed. One of the most popular stories tells of the 16th century nuns from the Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla. After learning the Archbishop was coming to visit, they panicked and gathered whatever nuts, chocolate, stale bread and chillies they could find. They boiled the concoction for hours to make the spicy, sweet, thick sauce that is still served at all Mexican celebrations today. 

 

Why we love it:

Cuba & Mexico


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Mexico City

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic or similar, Mexico City

Activities:

Day 2: Teotihuacan - Mexico City

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic or similar, Mexico City

Activities:

Day 3: Mexico City

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic or similar, Mexico City

Activities:

Day 4: Puebla

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Colonial or similar, Puebla

Activities:

Day 5: Oaxaca

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Oaxaca Real or similar, Oaxaca

Activities:

Day 6: Monte Alban - Oaxaca

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Oaxaca Real or similar, Oaxaca

Activities:

Day 7: Tehuantepec

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Calli or similar, Tehuantepec

Activities:

Day 8-9: San Cristobal de las Casas

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Catedral or similar, San Cristobal de las Casas

Activities:

Day 10-11: Palenque

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Maya Tulipanes or similar, Palenque

Activities:

Day 12: Campeche

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Baluartes, Campeche

Activities:

Day 12: Merida

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Mision Panamericana, Merida

Activities:

Day 14: Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar, Playa del Carmen

Activities:

Day 15: Havana

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Nacional or similar

Activities:

Day 16-17: Soroa - Vinales

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Homestay, Murghab

Activities:

Day 18-19: Trinidad

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Homestay, Murghab

Activities:

Day 20: Cienfuegos

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel La Union or similar, Cienfuegos

Activities:

Day 21-22: Havana

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hotel Nacional or similar

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Cuba

Visas are required for all nationalities visiting Cuba. These visas can be obtained from Cuban embassies and consulates. All passengers must hold tickets and other documentation required for their onward or return journey unless holding special annotation issued by a Cuban Consulate. Please note that travellers to Cuba intending to transit through the United States of America should ensure that they have a loose leaf visa. There are no direct flights from the U.S.A. to Cuba. Flight sectors to Cuba should be on a separate ticket from sectors that include the United States of America.

Travel Insurance - Entry Requirements From 1st May 2010, all foreigners entering Cuba will be required to have valid travel insurance that is offically recognised by the Cuban government department that deals with insurance and customs issues. Cuban authorities have announced that they will not recognise any insurance policy issued or underwritten by any insurance company which has an affiliation with a US company. At the time of writing, the Cuban Government is yet to release their list of insurance companies whose policies they consider to be valid. On arrival in Cuba, visitors will be required to present their travel insurance policy to customs officers. If Cuban customs do not recognise their policy as valid, visitors will be required to purchase additional Cuban insurance.

Mexico

Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Mexico. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Cuba

Real Life in Castro's Cuba -Catherine Moses Conversations with Cuba - C. Ripley Mi Moto Fidel - Christopher P. Baker Castro’s Daughter - Alina Fernandez Blessed by Thunder - Flor Fernandez-Barrios Cuba Libre - Elmore Leonard Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond - Jaime Suchlicki

Mexico

Mexico Handbook - J. Cummings Under the Volcanoe - M. Lowry A New Time for Mexico - C. Fuentes Lawless Roads - Graham Greene Sacred Monkey River - Christopher Shaw Many Mexicos - Lesley Byrd Simpson Distant Neighbors - Alan Riding The Power & the Glory - Graham Greene


Important Information

Important - A Word on Central America
Central America is different and that’s what makes it such an fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. The locals live with these issues everyday. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. If you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Central Americans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.

Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.

Transport
Where possible transportation provided will be air-conditioned, however it will not always be available, particularly in Guatemala.

<p> <strong>Local Emergency Contacts </strong><br />

Mexico: Kamino

Office:+52 55 56355845

24 Hour Emergency:

Mexico City: 04455 19281743 / 54511443

Outside Mexico city: 04555 19281743 / 54511443

Abroad: +52 1 55 19281743 / 54511443

 

Cuba: Big Planet Adventures

24 Hour Emergency phone: +61 430 504 636 or +61 412 363 731

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About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

23 April 2014


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