49 days in Mexico, Havana & Central America Itinerary

49 days in Mexico, Havana & Central America Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Havana, Cuba
— 9 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 18 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Cancun, Mexico
— 10 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 10 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

9
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Visit Santa Maria del Mar and Playas de Este for some beach relaxation. Malecón of Havana and Plaza de la Catedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Havana: Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas), Varadero (Coral Beach - Playa Coral & Cueva de Saturno) and Cuevas de Bellamar (in Matanzas). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), steep yourself in history at El Morro, and make a trip to Paseo del Prado.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Havana online tour planner.

London, UK to Havana is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Havana is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Havana reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Varadero, Las Terrazas Complex, Cuevas de Bellamar
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

18
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of the city life by going to Bosque de Chapultepec and La Condesa. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, Teotihuacan Pyramids, &more), Cuernavaca (Spas & Wellness, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, &more) and Tepozteco (in Tepoztlan). Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Granja Las Americas. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Havana to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Havana to Mexico City. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Havana in July: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan, Cuernavaca, Balloon Rides, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Tepozteco
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

10
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Isla Shopping Village and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. Get outdoors at Akumal Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida, Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, &more), The Spider Monkey Reserve (in Punta Laguna) and Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). categoryPhrases.sentence.Spend_the_day_observing_fascinating_marine_mammals_with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cancun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in August, with highs in Cancun at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, The Spider Monkey Reserve, Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, Akumal Beach
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

10
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Irazu Volcano National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Guayabo National Monument and Jade Museum. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Frogs Heaven (in Horquetas), Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), stroll through Parque National Los Quetzales, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip planning website.

Fly from Cancun to San Jose in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cancun in August, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, San Gerardo de Dota, Frogs Heaven, Mirador de Orosi, Guayabo National Monument
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

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