29 days in Mexico & Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Mexico & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Mexico City
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Cancun, Mexico

— 2 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cancun day trip tool.

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cancun, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Cancun to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chichen Itza, Mexico

— 2 nights
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then stop by Felipe Carrillo Puerto, then explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tulum, Mexico

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gran Cenote and Paradise Beach. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Xcaret in Playa del Carmen, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, and make a trip to Plastic Flamingo.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tulum tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in September; daily highs in Tulum reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Cozumel, Mexico

— 4 nights
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palancar Reef and The Amazing Cozumel Race. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Columbia Reef.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, get outside with El Salto, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder website.

Getting from Cozumel to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 12 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Mexico City, Mexico

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palacio Postal and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Mexico City takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

— 3 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Vallarta Botanical Gardens. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, look for gifts at Eccentrica, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in September, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

— 4 nights
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Marina Cabo San Lucas. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, make a trip to Tomas Spangler Photography Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Whimsical Art Cabo.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas online trip maker.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.