43 days in Central America, Mexico & Europe Itinerary

43 days in Central America, Mexico & Europe Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus to Cancun, Fly to London
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip site.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio holiday builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Panama City, Panama

— 6 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, let the river carry you with Adventures Panama, and see the interesting displays at Museo Panama Viejo.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Panama City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in January, expect Panama City to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 23:

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

— 5 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Explore Puerto Vallarta's surroundings by going to Mega Comercial Mexicana (in Bucerias) and Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, explore the striking landscape at Los Arcos de Mismaloya, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and head outdoors with Bahía de Banderas.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta route builder site.

Fly from Panama City to Puerto Vallarta in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Panama City in January; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and make a trip to Zocalo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mexico City day trip website.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, with highs in Mexico City at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:

Cozumel, Mexico

— 3 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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, visit a coastal fixture at Punta Molas Faro, and see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel day trip app.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mexico City in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cozumel, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Tulum, Mexico

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tulum online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. February in Tulum sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and finally don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Tulum - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Explore London's surroundings by going to Stratford-upon-Avon (Holy Trinity Church, Escape Live Stratford-upon-Avon, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and contemplate the long history of Tower of London.

Make your London itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to London takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Chichen Itza to London, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in February: high temperatures in London hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 17:

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.

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.