49 days in Mexico, Havana & Central America Itinerary

49 days in Mexico, Havana & Central America Itinerary

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49 days in Mexico, Havana & Central America Itinerary

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.
Get some cultural insight at El Malecon and Plaza de la Catedral. Step out of the city life by going to Santa Maria del Mar and Coral Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Havana: Cuevas de Bellamar (in Matanzas), Saturno Cave (in Varadero) and Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, don't miss a visit to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and take a stroll through Iglesias de San Francisco de Paula.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Havana journey tool .

London, UK to Havana is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Havana. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Havana reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up 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, Cuevas de Bellamar, Las Terrazas Complex
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. Visiting Bosque de Chapultepec and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Teotihuacan Pyramids, Flying Pictures Mexico, & more), Tepozteco (in Tepoztlan) and Cuernavaca (Spas & Wellness, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, & more). Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Granja Las Americas. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and make a trip to Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner .

Getting from Havana to Mexico City by flight takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Havana to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Havana in July, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cuernavaca, San Juan Teotihuacan, Tepozteco, Templo de La Enseñanza (Nuestra Señora del Pilar), Balloon Rides
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Isla Shopping Village and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. Relax by the water at Akumal Beach and Playa Delfines. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more), The Spider Monkey Reserve (in Punta Laguna) and Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Spend the 20th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get outside with Moana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tortugas, and explore the ancient world of Centro Ceremonial Kohunlich.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cancun day trip tool .

You can fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, Cancun is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

10
nights
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 outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and River Rafting & Tubing. Guayabo National Park and Monument and Museo de Arte Costarricense are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Frogs Heaven (in Horquetas), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, catch the contagious excitement of Arenal Volcano riding tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

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Getting from Cancun to San Jose by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cancun in August, expect San Jose to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartago, San Gerardo de Dota, Poas Volcano, Arenal Volcano riding tour, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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River Rafting & Tubing
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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