Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America

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Highlights

An epic journey of sun gods, volcanos, classic cars and ruined temples - with some white-sand beaches to relax on too!  Thanks for your patience, the itinerary and cost of the trip is finalized.
Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaChichen Itza by Mr. Theklan as licenced under CC2.0 

Highlights:



  • Tour old Havana  - a UNESCO world heritage site, and ride in open-topped vintage cars

  • Explore caves in Vinales, Cuba which is also famous for Beaches and lush greenery

  • Relax on the beach in Cancun - known for its white sand and turquoise water

  • Visit the Las Coloradas - a lake with pink water

  • Swim in Cenotes - holes in the ground filled with turquoise water and surrounded by lush forests

  • Discover the Mayan culture - masters of mathematics, astronomy, agriculture, and human sacrifice  

  • Travel through 2000 years of Mayan civilization by visiting Chitzen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Tikal and Teotihuacan

  • Trek on an active volcano near Lago DeAtilan and see active Lava Flows 

  • See the grand colonial buildings and the structured chaos of Mexico City



Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaStreet view of La Habana, Cuba by Pedro Szekely licenced under CC2.0

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaHavana, Cuba by Pedro Szekely licenced under CC2.0

The first day of our trip will include a walking tour of Cuba's capital city Havana. The extensive old town is a UNESCO world heritage site and our tour will include visits to several museums, and squares. We will learn about Cuba's fascinating history - such as the revolutionary war that has shaped Cuba over the last half-century. We will also have time to sit down and relax, sip the local cocktails while admiring the colourful classic cars as they drive past.

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaHavana, Cuba by Pedro Szekely licenced under CC2.0

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaCuban Cars by Helene84 licenced under CC3.0


Our second day we will dive deeper into Cuban culture with a tour of a cigar factory where the legendary Cuban cigars are manufactured. Later we will continue our tour of the city with a chance to ride in the open-top classic cars that are an icon of Cuba. We will cruise through local neighbourhoods as well as art-street projects like Callejon de Hamel and Fusterlandia. These neighbourhood visits will also allow us to connect with the daily life of Havana locals. In the afternoon we will visit some colonial sites such as the home of Ernest Hemingway and fortresses built to thwart attacking pirates. 

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at Cubaview over the Vinales valley by Romtomtom licenced under CC2.0


Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaVinales Cluba by Rômulo Ferreira  licenced under CC2.0


After a couple of days in Havana, we will leave for the small country village of Vinales where we will have a chance connect with locals and to learn more about the history of the region including the slave trade that once thrived in this region. We will also get to walk through impressive local caverns along with an expert who will also be able to highlight the local flora and fauna.  On our final day, we will take a horseback ride, admiring the scenery as we slowly make our way through the coffee, sugar and tobacco plantations. 

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaCancun Beach by Kat Grigg licenced under CC2.0



Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaCenote Ik Kil by Vicente Villamón licenced under CC2.0

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaUnderwater view of Ik kil cenote by dronepicr as licenced under CC2.0 Cenote Ik Kil

Swim in Cenotes in Cancun, Mexico

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaTemple of the Wind at Tulum by Dennis Jarvis licenced under CC2.0

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at Cuba
Pink lake at Las Coloradas by Walter Rodriguez licenced under CC2.0


Palenque

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaPalenque by Dennis Jarvis as licenced under CC2.0

Travel day to Flores, visit to Tikal

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaTikal a Mayan ruins in Guatemala by chensiyuanas licenced under CC4.0

Guatemala city, Lago DeAtilan (lake Atilan)

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaGuatemala City sights by Murray Foubister as licenced under CC2.0

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaLake Atitlan by Szeke by Pedro Szekely as licenced under CC2.0

Lago De Atilan and, Pacabuy (volcano trek and viewing active lava flows)

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaPacaya Volcano in Guatemala by Greg Willis licenced under CC2.0

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaVolcan de Fuego by Marco Verch licenced under CC2.0

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaZocalo cathedral by Adrian Sampson licenced under CC2.0

Mexico City

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaPanoramic view of Teotihuacan by Rene Trohs licenced under CC4.0

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at Cuba
Teotihuacan a 2000 years old Mayan pyramid by CarlosVanVegas as licenced under CC2.0

Teotihuacan

Let's Meet the Mayans: Cuba, Mexico and Central America starting at CubaMurals in a patio of the Palacio de Atetelco in Teotihuacán showing coyote warriors by Wolfgang Sauber licenced under CC3.0 

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 OlHavananCentrwalkintour
Overnight at Havana

Day 3
Visit HavanCigaFactorytour
CombineDrive-and-waltouoGreateHavana (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