Experience the Mexican zest for life
Discover the abundance of wildlife in the rainforests of Costa Rica
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
6 to 20
|15 Sep 2019||07 Oct 2019||Available||AUD $13,560|
|01 Mar 2020||23 Mar 2020||Limited Seats||AUD $13,960|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
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. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,L,D]
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. [B,L]
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 Cristóbal. [B,L]
Special Experience: In the mountains surrounding San Cristóbal, we visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zincantan to learn about the Mayan culture and traditions still alive today. [B,L]
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]
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]
Another amazing day of antiquities - this morning we depart for Chichén Itzá, the most famous of all Mayan sites and home to the enormous step-pyramid of Kulkulkan. [B,L]
Enjoy a day at leisure in sunny Playa del Carmen. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Mexico. [B,D]
Bienvenido a Costa Rica! Today we make our way to the country’s historic and colonial capital, San José. [B]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Enjoy the morning at leisure before we make our way to San José this afternoon. Enjoy a shared farewell dinner this evening. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]