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1-3,Havana

Ageing gracefully like a dowager duchess down on her luck, Havana’s charm lies in its crumbling architecture, creaking Fifties automobiles and hit and miss plumbing. But with a welcome as warm as the sun that fills the squares and a soundtrack of son, salsa and rumba, this city is an instant hit with everyone who visits.

3h50m to Trinidad

24h00m to Trinidad

4-6,Trinidad

Visit Cuba’s Trinidad and travel back in time to a place where horses still gallop along cobbled streets, their riders off to work sugar cane fields that surround this languid town and led to its founding. Nothing much happens here, but that’s its charm. A living, working town that can feels more like an open air museum, this is a place to people watch and wander.

3h50m to Trinidad

37h00m to San Jose

7-9,San Jose

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and protected National Parks, the Costa Rican capital can be quite a culture shock if you’ve just arrived from the countryside. Linger a while, however, and this sprawling city grows on you. Check out the Spanish colonial architecture of the National Theatre and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum before you leave.

3h01m to Arenal Volcano National Park

37h00m to San Jose

10-12,Arenal Volcano National Park

Chill out on the slopes of one of Costa Rica’s most active but most predictable volcanoes. Lava bombs and pyroclastic ejections are a common sight, but the geothermal heat from this mountain also supplies the nearby Hot Springs. Other activities to try include zip lining, kayaking, white water rafting and fishing.

2h50m to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

37h00m to San Jose

13-14,Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Immerse yourself in the beauty and majesty of one of the most incredible cloud forests to be found anywhere in the world. Bromeliads, orchids, mosses, vines and ferns are just a few of the 2,500 species of plants you might encounter. Traverse suspension bridges, ride zip lines, visit the frog pond, butterfly garden, serpentarium or bat jungle and take a horseback tour of the area to get the best out of your visit.