50 days in Mexico & San Jose Itinerary

50 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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Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
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Palenque, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Puebla, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Queretaro City, Mexico
— 3 nights
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 4 nights
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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
— 2 nights

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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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular, admire the striking features of House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos), and examine the collection at Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City tour itinerary app.

Munich, Germany to Mexico City is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to Mexico City is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Munich in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino ©
Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino

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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.
Step out of Cancun to go to Puerto Morelos and see Croco Cun Zoo, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Tattooarte, observe the fascinating underwater world at Interactive Aquarium, and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip planning app.

Getting from Mexico City to Cancun by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cancun due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Cancun: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel and then explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, and then stop by Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel online route maker.

You can fly from Cancun to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Cozumel sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Tulum are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Spas

1
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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.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of La Iglesia.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online tour planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in January, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palenque: Villahermosa (Museo de Historia Natural & Parque Museo La Venta). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, make a trip to Iglesia Santo Domingo, and explore the activities along Agua Clara.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Palenque online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Palenque by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca ©
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.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, contemplate the long history of Monte Alban, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, and make a trip to Andador de Macedonia Alcala.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip itinerary site.

Fly from Palenque to Oaxaca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Oaxaca, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Basilica de la Soledad ©
Basilica de la Soledad

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Puebla, Mexico

Puebla ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Pedro Cholula (Parroquia de San Andres Cholula, Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, &more) and Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), wander the streets of Zocalo, examine the collection at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puebla trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Oaxaca to Puebla in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oaxaca in January: high temperatures in Puebla hover around 26°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario)
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City

City of Palaces

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Ambarte, learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Puebla to Mexico City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
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Zocalo
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Queretaro City, Mexico

Queretaro City ©
With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Queretaro City is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro, examine the collection at Museo Regional, don't miss a visit to El Acueducto De Queretaro, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Queretaro City online tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Mexico City to Queretaro City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. January in Queretaro City sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
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Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo ©
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Museo Regional ©
Museo Regional

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato (Alhondiga de Granaditas & Jardin de la Union). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende planner.

You can drive from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©

City of Palaces

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stop by Coyoacan, then make a trip to Paseo de la Reforma, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mexico City trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Mexico City

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:
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Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe
National Palace (Palacio Nacional) ©
National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
Paseo de la Reforma ©
Paseo de la Reforma

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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), Tarcoles Bridge (in Tarcoles) and Alajuela (Teatro Municipal & Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center). Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Jose online vacation maker.

Getting from Mexico City to San Jose by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in San Jose. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Photography Tours

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©

City of Palaces

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): walk around Bosque de Chapultepec and then see the interesting displays at Museo Soumaya. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, then take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), and then view the masterpieces at Yawi Arte Tradicional.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Mexico City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Mexico City, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
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Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Historic Center (Centro Historico)
Bosque de Chapultepec ©
Bosque de Chapultepec

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