29 days in Mexico & Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Mexico & Costa Rica Itinerary

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29 days in Mexico & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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2
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): fly like a bird 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, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Cancun road trip planner .

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Cancun, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Cancun reach 36°C and lows reach 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

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Sur
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Shark Diving
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
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): explore the ancient world of El Castillo, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, take a stroll through Felipe Carrillo Puerto, then delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza vacation planning tool .

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. 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

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Felipe Carrillo Puerto ©
Felipe Carrillo Puerto

4
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paradise Beach and Grand Cenote. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen, about 56 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Wed) at Xel-Ha. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and stop by La Llorona.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Tulum trip planning website .

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in September, things will get little chillier in Tulum: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

4
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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. Pamper yourself for a day on the 17th (Tue) at some of the top local wellness centers. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, and get outside with Water Spout.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. September in Cozumel sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take a peaceful walk through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cozumel to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

3
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chapultepec Park, and browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City 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 do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. September in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo Corrientes to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, look for gifts at Eccentrica, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta day trip planner.

Fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

4
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Marina Cabo San Lucas and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's still lots to do: ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco, take in the exciting artwork at Whimsical Cabo, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore and take pictures at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
Highlights from your plan
Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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