Mexico & Cuba 2020

  • days: 26
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Flights Included

Countries Visited:

  • Mexico
  • Cuba

Description

NEW TOUR!

Experience the rich culture and colours of Mexico and Cuba. Discover the contrast between old and new in Mexico City, marvel at Mayan ruins and meet the wildlife at Celestún Biosphere Reserve. Travel back in time as you explore Havana in a classic car, meander through picturesque valleys and enjoy a traditional Casa homestay in Cuba. 

WELCOME TO MEXICO

Our tour starts in one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City. Here we take a city tour and visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, arguably the most important Christian site in Latin America. From Mexico City our tour visits the nearby archaeological site of Teotihuacán which features several magnificent pyramids, before continuing south to Oaxaca. Here we will admire the pyramids and tombs at Monte Alban, the spiritual capital of the Zapotecan people. From Oaxaca we venture to Tehuantepec, stopping at Mitla along the way – one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. We continue to the charming town of San Cristóbal de las Casas. On the way we stop to explore the Sumidero Canyon by boat.

BARGAIN AT COLOURFUL MARKETS

In the San Cristóbal region we’ll visit several of the small indigenous communities in the mountains. Here you can try out your bargaining skills at the colourful local markets full of authentic Mexican handicrafts.

COLOURFUL CUBA

Spanish, Caribbean, native Indian and African cultures all blend together to create the Cuban way of life, full of dance and colour! Visit the beautiful Viñales valley, home to unique limestone hills and tobacco fields, then discover the ‘Pearl of the South’ - the spectacular natural bay of Cienfuegos and the beautiful El Nicho waterfalls. Continue to the charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Trinidad, Cuba’s best preserved colonial city. Quirky and colourful Havana will beguile you with its charm. Explore the city by classic car and foot, discovering the murals and sculptures in the streets of Jaimanitas, Casa Fuster and Callejon de Hamel. 

SPECIAL DEPARTURE 28 OCTOBER 2020 - DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL

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Day of the Dead by Journey Mexico

Participate in the festivities of Mexico's famous Day of the Dead festival. Although the name may sound grim, this festival is actually a colourful celebration where the Mexican people remember and honour their deceased loved ones. We'll watch the comparsas (parades) and experience the unique graveyard celebrations.

Note: Cuban Charm

A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Mexico City

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TRAVEL TIP! Mexico City is a fascinating place and many world class museums can be found here including the Anthropological Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum, Templo Mayor Museum, Bellas Artes Museum and Leon Trotsky’s house to name a few. Our sightseeing program in Mexico City is quite full so if you have an interest in visiting any of these museums we would recommend booking at least 2 nights pre tour accommodation to give you time to see those places that may be of particular interest to you.

Bienvenido a Mexico! On arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Day 2. Mexico City

We begin with a tour of bustling Mexico City. We tour the Zocalo, the main city square, which is constructed out of the stones of ancient palaces and temples.

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Special Experience: Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.

Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner.  [B,L,D]

Day 3. Mexico City

Walking Man

Today we visit the site of Teotihuacan, considered one of the most impressive and mysterious archaeological sites in Mexico. It is known for its pyramid structures, well-preserved murals and the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. We also visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in Latin America. [B,L]

Day 4. Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca

We depart Mexico City and travel to Puebla. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, the historic downtown area remains a Spanish colonial treasure and is filled with 17th and 18th century European architecture. In the afternoon we continue to beautiful Oaxaca. [B,L]

Day 5. Oaxaca

Today we'll enjoy a walking tour of Oaxaca's main plaza and historic old town before admiring the pyramids and tombs at Monte Alban, the spiritual capital of the Zapotecan people. The ruins extend over the peaks of three mountain ranges that converge in Oaxaca’s central valley. [B]

Day 6. Oaxaca - Mitla - Tehuantepec

We depart for Mitla, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Oaxaca region. We'll see 'The Tule', an impressive tree considered to be the oldest in the world, a mezcal factory and nearby Teotitlan del Valle. [B,L]

Day 7.  Tehuantepec - San Cristóbal 

We travel to Chiapa de Corzo on our way to charming San Cristóbal. En route we enjoy a cruise through Sumidero Canyon. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, including endangered river crocodiles, spider monkeys and ocelots. [B,L]

Day 8. San Cristóbal 

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Special Experience: In the mountains surrounding San Cristóbal, we visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan to learn about the Mayan culture and traditions still alive today. [B,L]

Day 9. San Cristóbal - Palenque

Driving through lush green valleys, we head down the mountain to Palenque. On the way we visit the tranquil waterfalls of Agua Azul. [B,L]

Day 10. Palenque - Campeche

Walking Man

This morning we explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque. The site features several magnificent pyramids, covered in parts by lush jungle. In the afternoon, we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Campeche. This old Spanish colonial city still has some of the original walls which once protected it from pirates and buccaneers. [B]

Day 11. Campeche - Merida

Walking Man

An incredible day visiting Uxmal, considered the most important of all Mayan sites. After lunch, we continue to Merida, known as the ‘White City’. Here we visit the Cathedral, Government Palace, Town Hall and the House of Montejo.  [B,L]

Day 12. Merida

Today we visit the Celestún Biosphere Reserve. We'll enjoy a guided boat tour, admiring hundreds of species of wild birds and searching for its famous flamingos. [B,L]

Day 13. Merida - Playa del Carmen

Walking Man

Depart for Chichén Itzá, the most famous of all Mayan sites. We'll have the chance to marvel at the enormous step-pyramid of Kukulkan, voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. [B,L]

Day 14. Playa del Carmen

Enjoy a day at leisure in sunny Playa del Carmen. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Mexico. [B,D]

Day 15. Playa del Carmen - Havana

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TRAVEL TIP! Cuban Charm: A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cuba. [B]

Day 16. Havana

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Special Experience: Step back in time to the 60s and discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour this morning.

This afternoon we'll witness the contrasts of 'New' Havana, including the artistic areas of Hamel Island, Fusterland and the Fort of Havana. [B,D]

Day 17. Havana - Viñales - Las Terrazas

Today we'll marvel at the incredible valley dotted with limestone hills, known as magotes, as we travel through the beautiful region of Viñales. [B,L]

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Special Experience: Visit a tobacco field and drying house to learn more about the production of cigars before lunch with some locals.

Day 18. Las Terrazas - Cienfuegos

Today we travel to the busy, colonial-era port of Cienfuegos, the ‘Pearl of the South’. Along the way we'll stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken. [B]

Day 19. Cienfuegos

This morning we’ll discover beautiful Cienfuegos on a walking tour, visiting the impressive Teatro Tomás Terry and the historic town centre. In the afternoon we'll cruise to the end of the bay to visit Jagua Castle and wander through the village. [B]

Day 20. Cienfuegos - Trinidad

Walking Man

On the way to Trinidad we’ll stop to discover El Nicho National Park, home to Cuba’s most spectacular waterfalls. Tonight we'll enjoy an evening of music and dancing, Cuban-style, at Casa de la Trova.  [B]

Day 21. Trinidad

Wander the cobblestone streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trinidad and discover its colonial past. This perfectly preserved settlement is one of Cuba’s most enchanting cities. We'll also stop at the famous Canchanchara Bar. [B]

Day 22. Trinidad - Havana

We return to Havana, visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara along the way. [B]

Day 23. Havana

Enjoy a day at leisure in charming Havana, before a farewell dinner at a local paladar. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Cruise through Old Havana's Malecon and Revolution Square districts by classic car.

Day 24. Depart Havana

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. In Transit

Day 26. Arrive Australia

Day of the Dead

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This Itinerary is for the 28 October 2020 departure only. It includes the Day of the Dead Festival on days 4 and 5.

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Mexico City

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TRAVEL TIP! Mexico City is a fascinating place and many world class museums can be found here including the Anthropological Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum, Templo Mayor Museum, Bellas Artes Museum and Leon Trotsky’s house to name a few. Our sightseeing program in Mexico City is quite full so if you have an interest in visiting any of these museums we would recommend booking at least 2 nights pre tour accommodation to give you time to see those places that may be of particular interest to you.

Bienvenido a Mexico! On arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Day 2. Mexico City

We begin with a tour of bustling Mexico City. We tour the Zocalo, the main city square, which is constructed out of the stones of ancient palaces and temples.

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Special Experience: Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.

Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner.  [B,L,D]

Day 3. Mexico City

Walking Man

Today we visit the site of Teotihuacan, considered one of the most impressive and mysterious archaeological sites in Mexico. It is known for its pyramid structures, well-preserved murals and the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. We also visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in Latin America. [B,L]

Day 4. Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca

Today we travel to Puebla, A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. The historic downtown area remains a Spanish colonial treasure and is filled with 17th and 18th century European architecture. Puebla is famous for its Baroque-style churches, local ceramics and delectable dishes, including the Mole Poblana sauce - watch out, it’s a bit spicy! In the afternoon we continue on to beautiful Oaxaca. [B,L]

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Special Experience: This evening we'll visit the graveyard of San Miguel or Xocotlan to partake in festivities for the famous Day of the Dead festival. Although the name may sound grim, this festival is actually a colourful celebration where the Mexican people remember and honour their deceased loved ones.

Day 5. Oaxaca

Enjoy a walking tour of Oaxaca's main plaza and historic old town this morning, visiting the Church of Santo Domingo, Cortés House and the Temple of San Juan de Dios. Later, we'll admire the pyramids and tombs at Monte Alban, the spiritual capital of the Zapotecan people. The ruins extend over three mountain ranges that converge in Oaxaca’s central valley. These mountain ranges are home to some of the most spectacular natural wonders in all of Mexico. [B]

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Special Experience: This afternoon we travel to the nearby town of Etla to watch the impressive Day of the Dead comparsas (parades). We return to Oaxaca in the evening and continue to enjoy the celebrations.

Day 6. Oaxaca - Mitla - Tehuantepec

We depart for Mitla, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Oaxaca region. We'll see 'The Tule', an impressive tree considered to be the oldest in the world, a mezcal factory and nearby Teotitlan del Valle. [B,L]

Day 7.  Tehuantepec - San Cristóbal 

Walking Man

Spend the morning discovering the incredible ancient Mayan site of Palenque, boasting several magnificent pyramids. In parts, it is still covered in lush, tropical jungle. This afternoon we'll fly to the historic 'White City' of Merida. [B,L]

Day 8. San Cristóbal 

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Special Experience: In the mountains surrounding San Cristóbal, we visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan to learn about the Mayan culture and traditions still alive today. [B,L]

Day 9. San Cristóbal - Palenque

Driving through lush green valleys, we head down the mountain to Palenque. On the way we visit the tranquil waterfalls of Agua Azul. [B,L]

Day 10. Palenque - Campeche

Walking Man

This morning we explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque. The site features several magnificent pyramids, covered in parts by lush jungle. In the afternoon, we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Campeche. This old Spanish colonial city still has some of the original walls which once protected it from pirates and buccaneers. [B]

Day 11. Campeche - Merida

Walking Man

An incredible day visiting Uxmal, considered the most important of all Mayan sites. After lunch, we continue to Merida, known as the ‘White City’. Here we visit the Cathedral, Government Palace, Town Hall and the House of Montejo.  [B,L]

Day 12. Merida

Today we visit the Celestún Biosphere Reserve. We'll enjoy a guided boat tour, admiring hundreds of species of wild birds and searching for its famous flamingos. [B,L]

Day 13. Merida - Playa del Carmen

Walking Man

Depart for Chichén Itzá, the most famous of all Mayan sites. We'll have the chance to marvel at the enormous step-pyramid of Kukulkan, voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. [B,L]

Day 14. Playa del Carmen

Enjoy a day at leisure in sunny Playa del Carmen. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Mexico. [B,D]

Day 15. Playa del Carmen - Havana

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TRAVEL TIP! Cuban Charm: A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cuba. [B]

Day 16. Havana

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Special Experience: Step back in time to the 60s and discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour this morning.

This afternoon we'll witness the contrasts of 'New' Havana, including the artistic areas of Hamel Island, Fusterland and the Fort of Havana. [B,D]

Day 17. Havana - Viñales - Las Terrazas

Today we'll marvel at the incredible valley dotted with limestone hills, known as magotes, as we travel through the beautiful region of Viñales. [B,L]

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Special Experience: Visit a tobacco field and drying house to learn more about the production of cigars before lunch with some locals.

Day 18. Las Terrazas - Cienfuegos

Today we travel to the busy, colonial-era port of Cienfuegos, the ‘Pearl of the South’. Along the way we'll stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken. [B]

Day 19. Cienfuegos

This morning we’ll discover beautiful Cienfuegos on a walking tour, visiting the impressive Teatro Tomás Terry and the historic town centre. In the afternoon we'll cruise to the end of the bay to visit Jagua Castle and wander through the village. [B]

Day 20. Cienfuegos - Trinidad

Walking Man

On the way to Trinidad we’ll stop to discover El Nicho National Park, home to Cuba’s most spectacular waterfalls. Tonight we'll enjoy an evening of music and dancing, Cuban-style, at Casa de la Trova.  [B]

Day 21. Trinidad

Wander the cobblestone streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trinidad and discover its colonial past. This perfectly preserved settlement is one of Cuba’s most enchanting cities. We'll also stop at the famous Canchanchara Bar. [B]

Day 22. Trinidad - Havana

We return to Havana, visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara along the way. [B]

Day 23. Havana

Enjoy a day at leisure in charming Havana, before a farewell dinner at a local paladar. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Cruise through Old Havana's Malecon and Revolution Square districts by classic car.

Day 24. Depart Havana

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. In Transit

Day 26. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Mexico and the USA. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight from Mexico to Cuba 
  • Economy-class flight from Cuba to the USA
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $275pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 nights in a Casa homestay in Trinidad
  • 23 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Experience the Mexican zest for life

  • Tour bustling Mexico City including visits to the Zocalo and National Palace to view the famous Diego Rivera murals.
  • Experience an authentic trajinera ride through the waterways of Xochimilco and enjoy lunch on board.
  • View the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City - arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in all of Latin America.
  • Marvel at the mysterious archaeological site of Teotihuacan and see its magnificent pyramids and the well-preserved Temples of the Sun and the Moon.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Puebla, famous for its baroque churches and beautiful ceramics.
  • Take a walking tour of the colonial town of Oaxaca including Church of Santo Domingo, the Cathedral, the Temple of San Juan de Dios, Government Palace, the local markets and a chocolate store.
  • Admire the view of the Oaxaca Valley while exploring the pyramids and tombs at Monte Alban, the spiritual capital of the Zapotec people.
  • Travel to Tehuantepec via the town of Mitla. Visit "The Tule", an amazing tree considered to be the oldest in the world, a mezcal factory and Teotitlan del Valle.
  • Tour the spectacular Sumidero Canyon by boat.
  • Enjoy the stunning scenic drive into the Chiapas Mountains, home to numerous indigenous villages.
  • Spend two wonderful nights in the colourful town of San Cristobal de las Casas, high in the Chiapas Mountains.
  • Discover the indigenous Mayan communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Learn about the Mayan culture and their traditions which are still alive today in these towns.
  • Admire the incredible turquoise colours of the Agua Azul waterfalls.
  • Explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque, hidden deep in the lush jungle and boasting several pyramids.
  • Spend the night in the colonial city of Campeche which is still surrounded by its ancient city wall and watch towers.
  • Visit Uxmal, one of the most important sites of the ancient Mayan civilisation. It features magnificent pyramids, temples and intricate carvings. 
  • Tour the "white city" of Merida, including the Zocalo, the Cathedral, Government Palace, Town Hall and House of Montejo.
  • Take a guided boat tour in the Celestun Biosphere Reserve and Bird Sanctuary to see the variety of coastal birds and search for it's famous flamingos (usually found here from Nov - Mar).
  • Visit the great pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen.

Step back in time in colonial Cuba

  • Discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour.
  • Tour the sights of 'New Havana' including Hamel Island, Fusterland & Fort of Havana.
  • Visit a tobacco field and drying house at the Hector Luis Prito Cigar Farm, and observe famous Cuban cigars being rolled.
  • Experience lunch Cuban-style at Finca Agrologic, a typical 'Paladar', with a local Cuban family.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views over the Viñales valley from the Los Jazmines lookout point en route to Las Terrazas.
  • Stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken and explore the museum.
  • Enjoy a city tour of charming Cienfuegos, the 'Pearl of the South'. See the historic town-centre, Teatro Tomas Terry, the Main Square, Malecon and Prado.
  • Cruise to the end of Cienfuegos Bay and visit Jagua Fotress, erected by King Philip V of Spain to protect the bay from pirates.
  • Stop at picturesque El Nicho Waterfalls, take a guided walk to Salto El Nicho and enjoy some free time for swimming.
  • Experience Cuban life at a traditional Casa homestay in Trinidad.
  • Get a taste for the Cuban spirit and spend an evening at famous 'Casa de la Trova' in Trinidad.
  • Take a city tour of Trinidad, one of Cuba's most enchanting cities, including the Museum of Romance and a visit to the Canchanchara bar to try its namesake cocktail.
  • Drive through the rows of sugarcane fields in the Valle de los Ingenios and visit the Manaca Iznaga tower for amazing views over the valley.
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara, the monument of the blinded train and the historic centre in Santa Clara.
  • Tour timeless Havana by classic car including Malecon and Plaza de la Revolucion.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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01/02/20 26/02/20 $500 $13,495 Available book now
04/04/20 29/04/20 $500 $13,495 Available book now
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28/10/20 22/11/20 $500 $13,295 Available book now
14/11/20 09/12/20 $500 $13,395 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
Other departure cities: Clients ex Adelaide, Perth & Hobart add $100pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $275pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $510pp
Single supplement: from $1,975
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Mexico

Tulum Express – 4hrs – $69pp US
Experience the wonder of the ancient city of Tulum with our knowledgeable guides who, through colorful stories, will help you feel as if you are standing in Tulum in the 13th century. Our small group format and attention to detail will make your day memorable and educational as you walk through the Mayan’s most well-preserved and majestic ruins. During this half-day tour, you will have time to learn about the rich history and culture of the Mayan civilization yet still have time to return to your resort and enjoy the rest of your day by the pool or on the beach.
Includes: round trip A/C transportation, a certified guide, bottled water, a light snack and guided entrance to Tulum site. 

Tulum & Mayan Jungle – 8hrs – $139pp US
This expedition begins exploring Tulum, the only Mayan archaeological site by the sea. Then discover the world’s longest underwater cave system, rappel into a beautiful cenote and explore the Mayan jungle on board an ATV. Tulum was occupied around 1200 AD. It is set on a cliff giving you stunning views of the Caribbean. Your guided tour will give you time to get to know the Mayan ruins and enjoy the fantastic views. Enter into the amazing Sac-Actun, the world longest underground river. Snorkel in the Nohoch Nah Chich cavern, surrounded by awesome rock formations and millenary stalactites and stalagmites. Ride through the exuberant rain forest on our all-terrain Mercedes Benz Unimogs. Swim in Yaxmuul, a unique natural pool. Live a great experience rappelling into a beautiful cenote and fly over the jungle foliage on exciting zip-lines and participate in a traditional Maya purification ceremony. Our specialized tour guides are fully bilingual and will provide thorough explanations and directions before each activity.
Includes: Admission to Tulum and Mayan Jungle, transportation, specialized guide, all the equipment, lockers, lunch and water.

Rio Secreto – 4hrs – $109pp US
A Magical River found deep below Quintana Roo - Take our unbelievable underground river tour. In this surreal locale near Playa del Carmen you can observe natural history dating back millions of years, as you hike and swim through a route of about 1 km full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Go deep inside an underground cave, where you'll experience true silence among some of the most dramatic mineral formations in the world.
Includes: Access to the Nature Reserve, specialized guide, lockers, wetsuit, life jacket, helmet with lamp, towels, regional buffet, non-alcoholic drinks and transportation.

Please Note: All optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your guide locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Note: Cuban Charm

A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Hotel Galeria Plaza Reforma, Mexico City

Galeria Plaza Reforma is set in a prime location in Zona Rosa, Mexico. Located in the heart of the financial and commercial district, just five minutes’ walk from the Paseo de la Reforma’s office buildings. Exclusive boutiques, shops and fine dining restaurants surround this modern and comfortable hotel. Rooms are tastefully designed and feature top-quality amenities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Casa Conzatti Hotel, Oaxaca

The Casa Conzatti Hotel has been converted from a lovely colonial-style house located in a peaceful residential area of Oaxaca’s historic Centre. It is conveniently located within walking distance of the Santo Domingo Church and Cultural complex. While dining in ‘Magnolias’ restaurant, you can sample various traditional dishes, as well as a selection of international specialties.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Calli, Tehuantepec

The Hotel Calli is located in the suburbs of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec and a popular stopover point for those travelling between Oaxaca and San Cristobal. The property offers both an outdoor pool and an indoor pool and the restaurant at the hotel specialises in typical regional food.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Sombra del Agua, San Cristobal

The Sombra del Agua Hotel is a former hacienda that has been transformed into a hotel, complete with stucco walls, colonial architecture and beautifully designed courtyards. The hotel is located in the heart of the city near a number of great leisure attractions. The hotel restaurant “La Hosteria de Don Quijate” serves delicious Mexican cuisine. The property features history and tradition with the modern day comforts of a world class hotel.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Mision Palenque, Palenque

Hotel Mision Palenque offers first class accommodation in an exotic setting surrounded by waterfalls, majestic ruins of the Mayan past and jungle landscapes. Rooms have excellent services and amenities. Located just 5 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from the archaeological site of Palenque, the hotel offers a swimming pool, gym and spa, as well as a laundry and dry cleaning service.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Plaza Campeche, Campeche

Situated next to San Martin Park in Campeche's historic city centre, Hotel Plaza Campeche is just 500m from the seafront and a 3-minute walk from Campeche Cathedral and Independencia Park. The hotel’s Bicentenario restaurant serves Mexican and international cuisine, including typical regional dishes. There is also a 24-hour café and an elegant bar where you can enjoy drinks and snacks.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Gran Real Yucatan, Merida

This elegant hotel in historic downtown Merida is a 10-minute walk to Parque Principal and the plaza. It features modern rooms with a private balcony and an outdoor pool with sundeck. The contemporary rooms at Gran Real Yucatan are decorated with dark wood furniture and ceramic floors. Yucatan Gran Real’s full-service restaurant, The Emperor serves local Yucatecan food as well as international cuisine. Bar Los Vitrales offers light dining and a full drink menu.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; indoor and outdoor swimming pool

Hacienda Paradise, Playa del Carmen

The Hacienda Paradise is situated in the idyllic setting of cosmopolitan and coastal Playa del Carmen. The property is located close to the famous 5th Avenue with its numerous shops, restaurants and bars. Guestrooms are beautifully decorated and have been thoughtfully fitted out with comfort and eco sustainability practices in mind. Lending a sense of calm and sheer relaxation, each room features elegant hardwood furniture inspired from the Spanish Haciendas, plush bedding and quality mattresses. Dine by the pool and unwind in their spa which is nestled in a tropical garden.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Iberostar Parque Central, Havana

The Iberostar Parque Central Hotel is located in the heart of Havana and close to iconic sites such as the Capitol Building, the Paseo del Prado and the Havana Pier. Its rooms are decorated in a cosy, classic style and are distributed among two buildings connected by an enclosed walkway, a unique feature of the hotel. If you'd like to dine in the hotel, you can choose from 3 dining options - the Buffet Restaurant specialising in local and international cuisine, an Italian restaurant or the Steakhouse. Relax in one of the bars where you can sip on an ice-cold mojito or a hot Cuban-style coffee, they also have a cigar lounge. After a day's sightseeing you can take a dip in the stunning rooftop pool which provides an amazing view of the city below.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Moka, Las Terrazas

Hotel Moka is set amid the forested hills of Las Terrazas, 49 miles west of Havana. The design is contemporary Spanish-colonial and features a multi-tiered atrium lobby built around a large lime tree - its branches disappear through the skylight. Some of the rooms even have trees growing through their balconies and ceilings. Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass windows with French doors leading onto a terra-cotta tiled balcony with a spectacular view of the forest. Hotel Moka also has a restaurant, bar, and a lovely swimming pool surrounded by trees.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

La Union Hotel, Cienfuegos

Located in the heart of the city of Cienfuegos, La Union Hotel combines the charm of its neoclassical architectural structure and colonial surroundings with modern facilities. Originally a colonial mansion built in 1869, it features marble pillars, antique furniture, two inner patios, a pool, bar, restaurant and a great roof top terrace offering delightful views of the town below. It's also just a short stroll from Parque Jose Marti in downtown Cienfuegos.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Casa Zenia Wanda, Trinidad

The recently renovated Casa Zenia-Wanda offers you a fantastic local Cuban experience. Located a short distance from the centre of town it provides you with the perfect opportunity to explore and discover Trinidad.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

With a large influx of new visitors from across the globe travelling to Cuba it has meant that hotel options in some locations have become limited due to lack of infrastructure. One such destination is the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad, where it can be very difficult to confirm hotels in the downtown area.

To ensure that our groups get the best out of their time here we use a number of smaller hotels or ‘Casa Privada Stays’ that will give you first-hand experience of Cuban life. The casa’s are part of a Government managed program and have been inspected and provided permits by Government officers, ensuring their suitability.  Each room has private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning and fans. The casa’s have 2 to 6 rooms and a private room or central patio where meals such as breakfast are served. They are essentially the Cuban equivalent to a B&B!

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Mexican Peso

The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (CM$).

  • 1 Mexican Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of M$1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20
  • Coins are in denominations of M$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centavos

Convertible Peso

The official currency of Cuba is the Convertible Peso (CUC$).

  • 1 Convertible Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 centavos
  • No USD dollars accepted in Cuba, not Credit cards issued by USA banks

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

Passport-AU2

Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa waiver is required for travel to the USA. Please note this E-visa also needs to be completed if you are transiting through the USA to reach your required destination. This can be applied for here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences!

  • Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.
  • In the mountains surrounding San Cristóbal, we visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zincantan to learn about the Mayan culture and traditions still alive today. 
  • Step back in time to the 60s and discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour this morning.
  • Visit a tobacco field and drying house to learn more about the production of cigars before lunch with some locals.
  • Cruise through Old Havana's Malecon and Revolution Square districts by classic car.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, trajinera, boat, plane & classic car

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $275pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

Tour bustling Mexico City including visits to the Zocalo and National Palace • Visit the impressive and mysterious Teotihuacan • Explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque, hidden deep in the lush jungle and boasting several pyramids • Discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour • Stop at the infamous Bay of Pigs, where the failed US Military invasion of 1961 was undertaken and explore the museum • Cruise to the end of Cienfuegos Bay and visit Jagua Fortress, erected by King Philip V of Spain to protect the bay from pirates • Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara in Santa Clara

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