49 days in Mexico & San Jose Itinerary

49 days in Mexico & San Jose Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Merida, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Merida, Mexico
— Few hours
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Campeche, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Palenque, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 10 nights
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Puebla, Mexico
— 4 nights
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 1 night
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico

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 to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, admire the striking features of Capilla del Senor de la Humildad, don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, and examine the collection at Museo Soumaya.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and Felipe Angeles International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres). There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cancun is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Cancun to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

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Merida, Mexico

Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Merida: Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus, Chichen Itza, &more) and Uxmal (in Uxmal). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ruta Puuc, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Posheria Merida, and delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Merida itinerary builder.

Fly from Cancun to Merida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Merida, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Step out of Tulum to go to Playa del Carmen and see Xcaret, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stroll through Mayan Beach, look for gifts at Amore Latino Tulum, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tulum day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Merida to Tulum takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. While traveling from Merida, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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Merida, Mexico

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Merida trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Tulum to Merida in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. While traveling from Tulum, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Merida, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 21°C. You will leave for Campeche on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Merida

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

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Campeche, Mexico

Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Campeche is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zona Arquelogica Edzna, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Independencia, get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural "El Palacio" (Museo de Fortificaciones, Comercio y Navegación), and stop by Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Campeche tour itinerary app.

Getting from Merida to Campeche by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Campeche

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

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Palenque, Mexico

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Change things up with a short trip to Parque Museo La Venta in Villahermosa (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, explore the activities along Agua Clara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Palenque trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Palenque takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Campeche to Palenque. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oaxaca: Mitla (in San Pablo Villa de Mitla) and Capilla Del Senor De Tlacolula (in Tlacolula). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, learn and have fun at Oaxaca Profundo Sessions, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and hike along Coyote Aventuras.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Oaxaca day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Oaxaca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Oaxaca can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 27:

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Puebla, Mexico

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puebla: San Pedro Cholula (Parroquia de San Andres Cholula, Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, &more) and Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), get to know the resident critters at Africam Safari, wander the streets of Zocalo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Universitario BUAP.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puebla trip builder tool.

You can drive from Oaxaca to Puebla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Oaxaca in January: high temperatures in Puebla hover around 26°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, browse for treasures at Marquesa de Mancera, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, then stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, and finally go for a walk through El Mirador.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Puebla to San Miguel de Allende takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

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Mexico City, Mexico

City of Palaces

Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Reforma, wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico), and then browse the exhibits of Yawi Arte Tradicional. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular and then explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mexico City online tour planner.

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Mexico City

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Alajuela (Souvenir Museum & monument of Tomas Guardia) and Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, walk around Parque La Sabana, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Jose online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Mexico City to San Jose in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in February since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 10:

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Mexico City, Mexico

City of Palaces

On the 11th (Thu), examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally stop by Coyoacan.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Mexico City by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Jose in February since evenings lows in Mexico City dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

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.