51 days in Mexico, Buenos Aires & San Jose Itinerary

51 days in Mexico, Buenos Aires & San Jose Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 7 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 8 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 21 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico — 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, steep yourself in history at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and make a trip to Zocalo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City tour itinerary maker site.

London, UK to Mexico City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Mexico City hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Oaxaca.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Oaxaca, Mexico — 5 nights

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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Mexico City in January, you will find days in Oaxaca are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tulum.
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Tulum, Mexico — 7 nights

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 Chichen Itza (Plataforma de las Aguilas y los Jaguares & Chichen Itza), Cozumel (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Zipline). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, explore the world behind art at Mystika Immersive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planner.

Fly from Oaxaca to Tulum in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to Tulum. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, Tulum is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 8 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cementerio de la Recoleta, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, visit Puerto Madero, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires visit planner.

Fly from Tulum to Buenos Aires in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Jose.
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 21 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Tarcoles (Tarcoles Bridge & Nature & Wildlife Tours), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Jose visit planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to San Jose in 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, things will get a bit cooler in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
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.
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