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Mexico & Costa Rica

2 countries
5 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Character accommodation: Rainforest lodge in Tortuguero National Park
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Discover how modern Mexico has been shaped by ancient civilisations and explore the raw natural beauty of Costa Rica. Trekking through steamy jungles to see ruins of civilisations past, learning to cook like the locals, exploring bustling markets and hiking up volcans are standard affairs on this incredible tour.IMMERSE YOURSELF IN MEXICxplore bustling Mexico City. Venture into the city's cultural heart and visit the Zocalo and the magnificent National Palace. Discover the 'place where the gods were created', Teotihuacan, one of Mexico's most impressive and mysterious archaeological sites. Immerse yourself in Mexican tradition in charismatic San Crist bal, and learn about the Mayan culture and traditions in the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zincantan. Visit the ancient Mayan pyramids of Palenque and enjoy time at the relaxing beach resort town of Playa del Carmen.CAPTIVATING COSTA RICAHead into the wilderness of Costa Rica! Explore the beaches and mangroves of Manuel Antonio National Park and spot the many sloths and monkeys for which the area is famous. Make your way through the cloud forest to Monteverde, get a bird's eye view of the forest canopy from the Selvatura Sky Walk. Travel to the famous Arenal Volcano, once the country's most active, take a short hike and soak in the natural hot springs. Cruise through the beautiful rainforest of the Tortuguero National Park, exploring the canals and backwaters and spotting sloths, iguanas, frogs, monkeys and colourful birds.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Mexico and the USA. Taxes included.
  • 3 economy-class flights in Mexico and Central America
  • Economy-class flight from Costa Rica to USA
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $240pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (3 -4 star)
  • 2 nights at a rainforest lodge in Tortugero National Park
  • 20 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 7 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Experience the Mexican zest for life

  • Tour bustling Mexico City including visits to the Zocalo and National Palace to view the famous Diego Rivera murals.
  • Experience an authentic trajinera ride through the waterways of Xochimilco and enjoy lunch on board.
  • View the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City - arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in all of Latin America.
  • Marvel at the mysterious archaeological site of Teotihuacan and see its magnificent pyramids and the well-preserved Temples of the Sun and the Moon.
  • Tour the spectacular Sumidero Canyon by boat.
  • Enjoy the stunning scenic drive into the Chiapas Mountains, home to numerous indigenous villages.
  • Spend two wonderful nights in the colourful town of San Cristobal de las Casas, high in the Chiapas Mountains.
  • Discover the indigenous Mayan communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Learn about the Mayan culture and their traditions which are still alive today in these towns.
  • Admire the incredible turquoise colours of the Roberto Barrios waterfalls.
  • Explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque, hidden deep in the lush jungle and boasting several pyramids.
  • Visit the great pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen.

Discover the abundance of wildlife in the rainforests of Costa Rica

  • Take a city tour of San Jose, Costa Rica's colonial capital, visiting museums and monuments including the National Theatre, National Library and the old Sabana Airport.
  • Spend 2 nights at a rainforest lodge in Tortugero National Park, nestled between Tortugero Lagoon and the Caribbean Ocean.
  • Tour the village of Tortugero with its strong Afro-Caribbean roots. Wander around the school and other areas of the village and visit the Caribbean Conservation Corporation to will learn about the sea turtles the park is famous for.
  • Learn about Tortugero's history and how to cook using coconut during the coconut tour.
  • Explore Mawamba Lodge Park with a naturalist guide including visits to 2 butterfly farms, a frog garden and river turtles area.
  • View the amazing wildlife and exuberant flora during a boat trip on the waterways in the flooded forest of Tortugero National Park.
  • Soak in the volcanic thermal springs and enjoy the views of Arenal Volcano from your hotel.
  • Hike the lava trail at Arenal Volcano National Park.
  • Experience a Tortilla cooking lesson and lunch at a local house.
  • Take the scenic road - boat - road transfer across stunning Lake Arenal from Arenal to Monteverde.
  • Experience a local farmers' lunch and try your hand at Tilapia fishing at El Dos de Tilaran.
  • Discover the Monteverde cloud forest from the Selvatura hanging bridges, suspended high in the rainforest canopy.
  • Cruise along the Tarcoles River and see one of the largest populations of American Crocodile. This area is also one of the most important conservation areas for the Scarlet Macaw in the country and home to Jesus Christ Lizards, kingfishers and much more.
  • View the abundant wildlife and enjoy the pristine beaches (considered some of the most beautiful in all of Central America) in Manuel Antonio National Park.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $14,295
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
6 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Cycling/Trekking, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
28 Apr 201920 May 2019AvailableAUD $13,260
09 Jun 201901 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $13,260
04 Aug 201926 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $13,260
15 Sep 201907 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $13,260
27 Oct 201918 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $13,460
01 Dec 201923 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $13,460
26 Jan 202017 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $13,660
01 Mar 202023 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $13,660
ItineraryExpand
Mexico & Costa Rica

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Mexico City

TRAVEL TIP! Mexico City is a fascinating place and many world class museums can be found here including the Anthropological Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum, Templo Mayor Museum, Bellas Artes Museum and Leon Trotsky's house to name a few. Our sightseeing program in Mexico City is quite full so if you have an interest in visiting any of these museums we would recommend booking at least 2 nights pre tour accommodation to give you time to see those places that may be of particular interest to you.

Bienvenido a Mexico! We arrive in the capital, Mexico City, buzzing with life and full of history.

Day 2. Mexico City

Our day begins with a tour of bustling Mexico City. We visit the Zocalo - the main city square - constructed from the stones of ancient palaces and temples, and the National Palace.

Special Experience: Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.

On our return to the city, we'll stop to explore a colourful arts and crafts market. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 3. Mexico City

After breakfast, we visit the site of Teotihuacan, considered one of the most impressive and mysterious archaeological sites in Mexico. The city was established in 100BC and the name Teotihuacan roughly translates as 'Birthplace of the Gods'. We also visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe today, arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in Latin America. [B,L]

Day 4. Mexico City - Tuxtla - San Crist bal

This morning we fly to Tuxtla and continue to Chiapa de Corzo and the spectacular Sumidero Canyon, which we'll tour by boat. Enjoy lunch before we travel to charming San Crist bal. [B,L]

Day 5. San Crist bal

Special Experience: In the mountains surrounding San Crist bal, we visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zincantan to learn about the Mayan culture and traditions still alive today. [B,L]

Day 6. San Crist bal - Palenque

Driving through lush, green valleys, we travel to Palenque through the Tabasco region, stopping for lunch. Along the way we'll visit the beautiful turquoise waterfall of Roberto Barrios, cascading to form pools perfect for swimming. [B,D]

Day 7. Palenque - Villahermosa - Merida

Spend the morning discovering the incredible ancient Mayan site of Palenque, boasting several magnificent pyramids. In parts, it is still covered in lush, tropical jungle. This afternoon we'll fly to the historic 'White City' of Merida. [B]

Day 8. Merida - Chich n Itz - Playa del Carmen

Another amazing day of antiquities - this morning we depart for Chich n Itz , the most famous of all Mayan sites and home to the enormous step-pyramid of Kulkulkan. [B,L]

Day 9. Playa del Carmen

Enjoy a day at leisure in sunny Playa del Carmen. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Mexico. [B,D]

Day 10. Playa del Carmen - San Jose

Bienvenido a Costa Rica! Today we make our way to the country's historic and colonial capital, San Jos . [B]

Day 11. San Jos

We'll discover the city on a sightseeing tour this morning, seeing the National Theatre, National Library and the Gold Museum. The afternoon is at leisure before tonight's group dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 12. San Jos - Guapiles - Tortuguero

Special Experience: Today we venture into the Costa Rican wilds, boarding a boat on the fringe of Tortuguero National Park to enter the flooded forest and travel to our lodge. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Tortuguero

Exploring the canals and backwaters of Tortuguero National Park, we'll spot a huge variety of wildlife. Keep an eye out for agoutis, iguanas, sloths, frogs, monkeys and hundreds of colourful birds and crabs. We may even spot the sea turtles that the area is famous for between June and October. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Tortuguero - Arenal

Today we make our way to Arenal, stopping for lunch in Guapiles. Relax in the natural hot springs once we arrive at our hotel. [B,L]

Day 15. Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park is a 12,000-hectare area comprising rainforest, savannah and two volcans. On a short hike to the summit of the lava trails this morning we'll learn about Arenal, which was once the country's most active volcano. [B,L]

Special Experience: Learn to make authentic tortillas like a local and enjoy a shared lunch.

Day 16. Arenal - Monteverde

Special Experience: As we make our way towards Monteverde, we'll stop to enjoy a typical farmer's lunch and try our hand at fishing for tilapia.

After lunch we'll continue up through the highlands to the cloud forest. [B,L]

Day 17. Monteverde

No need for the binoculars today as we explore the cloud forest from the Selvatura hanging bridges suspended high in the rainforest canopy. The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or discover more of the beautiful surroundings. There is a nearby butterfly park, you could organise a night walk or, for the more adventurous, you could zip line through the misty canopies. [B]

Day 18. Monteverde

This morning we depart for Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. On the way we stop at the Tarcoles River to observe one of the largest populations of American crocodiles in the Guacalillo Estuary, and discover the hidden gems of the mangroves before enjoying a shared lunch. [B,L]

Day 19. Manuel Antonio National Park

Today we'll explore Manuel Antonio National Park, home to many of Costa Rica's endangered species, but sloths and white-faced capuchin monkeys in particular. We'll have some time at leisure to swim and enjoy one of the most pristine beaches in Central America, located right in the park. [B]

Day 20. Manuel Antonio - San Jos

Enjoy the morning at leisure before we make our way to San Jos this afternoon. Enjoy a shared farewell dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 21. Depart San Jos

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. In transit
Day 23. Arrive Australia