33 days in Varadero & Cuenca Itinerary

33 days in Varadero & Cuenca Itinerary

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33 days in Varadero & Cuenca Itinerary

Start: Oceanside, United States
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15 h
1
Varadero, Cuba
— 14 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
2
Cuenca, Ecuador
— 15 nights
Fly:  35 h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

14
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas), Matanzas (Parque de la Libertad, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more) and Playa Larga (Criadero De Cocodrilos, Playa Larga, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Varadero Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, get advice or help at Convention Center Plaza America, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach - Playa Coral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip maker.

Oceanside, USA to Varadero is an approximately 15- hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Oceanside to Varadero, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Oceanside in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Varadero: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cuenca.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas, Playa Larga
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

15
nights
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca ©
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Explore Cuenca's surroundings by going to El Chorro Waterfall (in Giron), Ingapirca (Ingapirca Ruins, Ingapirca Archaeological Complex, &more) and Mirador Tres Cruces (in Dos Cuevas). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, contemplate the long history of Museo Catedral Vieja, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba, and admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cuenca online travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Varadero to Cuenca. In December, Cuenca is slightly colder than Varadero - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cuenca

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ingapirca, Azogues, Mirador Tres Cruces, El Chorro Waterfall
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El Cajas National Park ©
El Cajas National Park
Mirador de Turi ©
Mirador de Turi
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral ©
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral

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