Adventure in Central America: Beaches, Mayan Ruins & Classic Cars

Havana, Cuba

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An epic journey of sun gods, volcanos, classic cars, caves and ruined temples - with some white-sand beaches to relax on too! Join us for a absolutely unique journey as we explore some of the rich, but often forgotten history of the Caribbean, Yucatán penisula and Central America. 

It is not just a historical tour though - as we will also get a chance to explore some of the natural wonders such as the caves in Vinales Cuba,  swimming in sinkholes full of crystal clear water, walking along Cancun’s famously beautiful beaches and hiking active volcanos in Guatemala.

Adventure in Central America: Beaches, Mayan Ruins & Classic Cars starting at Havana, CubaTikal a Mayan ruins in Guatemala by chensiyuanas licenced under CC4.0

Tour the Historic City of Havana in a Vintage Car

Cuban cars by Helene84 licensed by BY CC 3.0

While in Havana we will walk through the dusty alleys in historic old town, learn how they make famous Cuban cigars, and ride in the colorful vintage cars that are an icon of Cuba. We will also connect with local culture during visits to various the neighborhood art-street projects. We will also see some colonial sites such as the home of Ernest Hemingway and a fortresses built to thwart attacking pirates.

Explore Caves and Beaches of Vinales , Cuba

view over the Vinales valley by Romtomtom licensed by BY CC 2.0

After a couple of days in Havana, we will leave for the small country village of Vinales. Here we will have a chance connect with locals and to learn more about the history of the region - including it's role in the slave trade. We will also get to journey underground through the impressive local cave system alongside a local expert. On our final day, we will take a horseback ride, admiring the scenery as we slowly meander through the coffee, sugar and tobacco plantations.

Relax on Famously Beautiful Beaches of Cancun

Temple of the Wind by Dennis Jarvis licensed by BY CC 2.0

Our Journey will then take us to the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. We will be able to spend some time relaxing on the beach in Cancun - known for its soft white sand and stunning turquoise water.

Watch Flamingos in the Pink Lagoons of Las Coloradas

Pink lake at Las Coloradas by Walter Rodriguez licensed by BY CC 2.0

Visit the Las Coloradas - a region in the northern Yucatán Peninsula most notable for the Instagram-famous Laguna Rosas or 'pink lagoons' which are dyed pink by the unique microorganisms that live there. The striking coulor of the water is rivaled only by the large resident population of flamingos in the area.

Swim in the Yucatán's Famous Sinkholes

Cenote Ik Kil by Vicente Villamón licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Swim in Cenotes filled with crystal clear turquoise water. These sink holes are surrounded by lush forests, and there are more than 6000 of them located in the Yucatán peninsula . They are especially notable because they were once used by the Mayans as places of sacrificial offerings.

Discover the Mayan culture

Palenque by Dennis Jarvis licensed by BY CC 2.0

The advanced Mayan culture flourished in Mexico and Central America for thousands of years. They became masters of mathematics, astronomy, agriculture and architecture but are also known for their use of human sacrifice.

Travel Through 2000 Years of Mayan Civilization

Chichen Itza by Mr. Theklan licensed by BY CC 2.0

We will learn about the vast history of Mayan civilization through visits to ruins at Chitzen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Tikal and Teotihuacan - all notable and important sites where we can marvel at the impressive pyramids that were built without any modern technology.

Trek on the Active Pacaya Volcano

Pacaya Volcano - Guatemala by Greg Willis licensed by BY CC 2.0

A guide will take us on a safe course up Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala. As one of the most active volcanoes in Central America we could be lucky enough to observe active lava flows.

Explore the Structured Chaos of Mexico City

Zocalo cathedral by Adrian Sampson licensed by BY CC 2.0

On our last day we will have time to explore some corners of this fabulous capital city. It is home to more then 21 million people - making it one of the most populous in the world. Full of grand colonial buildings and history as well - as it was founded by the Aztecs in the year 1325.

Itinerary

Day 0
Fly from Singapore to Frankfurt to Panama to Havana (34 hours flight)

Day 1
Fly from Frankfurt to Panama to Havana
Overnight at Havana

Cuba
Day 2
Visit Old Havana and Centro walking tour
Overnight at Havana

Day 3
Visit Havana Cigar Factorytour
Combined Drive-and-walk tour of Greater Havana (Old Havana excluded)
Visit Eastern Havana & Hemingway trails tour
Overnight at Havana

Day 4
Visit Vinales Villages and Surroundings
Overnight at Vinales

Day 5
Visit Santo~ Tomas Great Cavern
Horseback riding and "Mogotes" and Tobacco Farms
Overnight at Vinales

Mexico
Day 6
Fly from Havana to Cancun
Visit ruins Chichen Itza and Cenoteikkil
Visit Mayan Village
Overnight in Cancun

Day 7
Visit Las Coloradas
Overnight in Cancun

Day 8
Visit Tulum and cenotes (swimming)
Overnight in Cancun

Day 9
Fly from Cancun to Villahermosa
Visit Palenque
Overnight in Palenque

Day 10
Road tripfrom Mexico Palenque to Guatemala Flores
Overnight in Flores

Day 11
Tikal visit full-day
Overnight at Flores

Guatemala
Day 12
Fly from Flores to Guatemala city
Travel to Lake Atitlan
Visit ruins at Iximche
Overnight at Lake Atitlan

Day 13
Visit lake Atitlan
Overnight at Antigua

Day 14
Antigua half-day visit
Visit Pacaya in the afternoon
Overnight at Guatemala city

Mexico
Day 15
Fly from Flores to Mexico City
Visit Teotihuacan Pyramids, 3 Cultures, and Guadalupe Santuary
Overnight at Mexico City

Day 16
Visit Mexico City
Overnight at Mexico City

Day 17
Visit Cuernavaca and Taxco
Fly from Mexico City to Frankfurt to Singapore (33 hours flight)

Day 18
Reach Frankfurt

Day 19
Fly to Singapore

Day 20
Reach Singapore

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!