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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

This comprehensive tour takes in both Mexico and Cuba. Having explored Mexico City and the great ruins of Teotihuacan we discover the delights of Puebla and Oaxaca. From Monte Alban we visit the ruins of the Zapotec capital before continuing southward to the town of San Cristobal, complete with its traditional Indian communities. The magnificent Palenque Mayan ruins are next and then comes the Yucatan Peninsula with stops in Merida and the Mayan sites of Uxmal and Chichen Itza. Then take a flight to Havana and see all its faded glory, waiting to be explored. Further on is the Vinales region, well known for its tobacco growing and cigar factories. On the south of the island is colonial Trinidad, where we can wander the cobblestone streets and listen to Cuban rhythms in the Casa de La Trova. In Santa Clara we stop to visit the memorials dedicated to revolutionary hero, Ernesto Che Guevara.

Why we love it:

Cuba & Mexico


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Mexico City

Accommodation: Hotel Regente City or similar

Activities:

Day 2: Teotihuacan - Mexico City

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Regente City or similar

Activities:

Day 3: Mexico City

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Regente City or similar

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

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


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 and they are issued as a "tourist card", similar to a tourist visa. These visas can be obtained from Cuban embassies and consulates in your home country and it is recommended to obtain one before travelling. Depending on the airline you are travelling with to Cuba, you may be able to purchase the tourist card at the airport from the airline on the day of your departure - please check with your airline. 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. If you are an American citizen, American permanent resident, or hold any type of American Visa, and are considering travelling to Cuba, please refer to the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website - travel.state.gov - for the latest advice.

Travel Insurance - Entry Requirements All foreigners entering Cuba will be required to have valid travel insurance that is officially 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

21 August 2014


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