Mexico & Costa Rica

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Countries Visited:

  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica

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2 countries

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5 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

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Character accommodation: Rainforest lodge in Tortuguero National Park

 

NEW TOUR!

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 volcanoes are standard affairs on this incredible tour.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN MEXICO

Explore 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 Cristóbal, 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 RICA

Head 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. 

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Mexico City

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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.

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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

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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 Cristóbal

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]

Day 5. San Cristóbal

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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]

Day 6. San Cristóbal - 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

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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 - Chichén Itzá - Playa del Carmen

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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]

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 José. [B]

Day 11. San José

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 José - Guapiles - Tortuguero

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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

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Arenal Volcano National Park is a 12,000-hectare area comprising rainforest, savannah and two volcanoes. 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]

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

Day 16. Arenal - Monteverde

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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

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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

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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 José

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

Day 21. Depart San José

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. In transit

Day 23. Arrive Australia

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 (3½-4½ 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.

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
Other departure cities: Clients ex Adelaide & Perth add $90pp, ex Hobart add $180pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $240pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $795pp
Single supplement: from $2,750
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Mexico

Garibaldi Show - 3hrs - $58pp US
(May not be available on Sundays)
Visit the Zocalo to admire its illuminated monuments, the National Palace and the Cathedral. Your evening continues as you travel to the famous Plaza Garibaldi, the meeting place of the Mariachis, to enjoy a traditional Mexican show with live music and dancing.

Garibaldi Show with dinner - 5hrs - $110pp US
(May not be available on Sundays)
Travel to the Hotel Bellini for a delicious evening meal before continuing to the Plaza Garibaldi, meeting place of the Mariachis, to enjoy a traditional Mexican show with live music and dancing. Afterwards, be taken to enjoy an evening panoramic view of downtown Mexico City.

Tulum Express – 4hrs – $57pp US
Discover one of the most beautiful and ancient Mayan cities for an informative and historical guided tour. The thing that you'll find most striking about this ruins site is not only its pyramids, but its amazing setting and the staggering backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.

Cenote Santa Cruz – 4hrs – $95pp US
Discover the hidden marvels beneath your feet on the Yucatan Peninsula with a visit to Cenote Santa Cruz. Here you can explore the underground caverns and waterways and snorkel in the crystal clear fresh water amongst the tropical fish and beautiful cave formations. This tour includes return transfers, entrance fees and snorkeling equipment.

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised are approximate only and can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Payment must be made to your Tour Director with cash. 

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Hotel Galeria Plaza Reforma, Mexico City

Galeria Plaza Reforma is set in a prime location in Zona Rosa, Mexico. Located in the heart of the financial and commercial district, just five minutes’ walk from the Paseo de la Reforma’s office buildings. Exclusive boutiques, shops and fine dining restaurants surround this modern and comfortable hotel. Rooms are tastefully designed and feature top-quality amenities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Sombra del Agua, San Cristobal

The Sombra del Agua Hotel l is a former hacienda that has been transformed into a hotel, complete with stucco walls, colonial architecture and beautifully designed courtyards. The hotel is located in the heart of the city near a number of great leisure attractions. The hotel restaurant “La Hosteria de Don Quijate” serves delicious Mexican cuisine. The property features history and tradition with the modern day comforts of a world class hotel.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Mision Palenque, Palenque

Hotel Mision Palenque offers first class accommodation in an exotic setting surrounded by waterfalls, majestic ruins of the Mayan past and jungle landscapes. Rooms have excellent services and amenities. Located just 5 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from the archaeological site of Palenque, the hotel offers a swimming pool, gym and spa, as well as a laundry and dry cleaning service.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Gran Real Yucatan, Merida

This elegant hotel in historic downtown Merida is a 10-minute walk to Parque Principal and the plaza. It features modern rooms with a private balcony and an outdoor pool with sundeck. The contemporary rooms at Gran Real Yucatan are decorated with dark wood furniture and ceramic floors. Yucatan Gran Real’s full-service restaurant, The Emperor serves local Yucatecan food as well as international cuisine. Bar Los Vitrales offers light dining and a full drink menu.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; indoor and outdoor swimming pool

Hacienda Paradise, Playa del Carmen

The Hacienda Paradise is situated in the idyllic setting of cosmopolitan and coastal Playa del Carmen. The property is located close to the famous 5th Avenue with its numerous shops, restaurants and bars. Guestrooms are beautifully decorated and have been thoughtfully fitted out with comfort and eco sustainability practices in mind. Lending a sense of calm and sheer relaxation, each room features elegant hardwood furniture inspired from the Spanish Haciendas, plush bedding and quality mattresses. Dine by the pool and unwind in their spa which is nestled in a tropical garden.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Presidente, San Jose

Hotel Presidente offers an incomparable location in the centre of it all, literally seconds away from San José's most famous landmarks. Rooms are among the most spacious hotel accommodation in downtown San José. Why not pedal off on one of the complimentary bicycles and explore more of the city at your own pace? And be sure to spend time on the green roof terrace – a venue unlike anything in the city, with native greenery and unparalleled views.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box

Arenal Springs Resort, Arenal

The Arenal Springs Resort is located just outside the quaint town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano. The resort is surrounded by lush, green, natural beauty that abounds here and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal Volcano. There are 3 restaurants and other amenities include natural hot springs and an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar and sun-loungers. An open-air spa also offers a hot tub, plus massages and body treatments.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities 

Fonda Vela Hotel, Monteverde

Just 1.5km from Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve lies the Fonda Vela Hotel. At the hotel you will find an indoor pool, restaurant, terrace and a bar. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surrounding areas. There are also beautiful gardens to explore, with a variety of places to go bird watching.

Facilities: wifi (public areas); indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio

One of Costa Rica’s most prestigious eco-hotels, Parador is the epitome of 'responsible luxury'. The resort is located on the Punta Quepos promontory in Costa Rica, surrounded by 12 acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio. With such close proximity to a national park, it is no wonder the hotel gardens receive any number of very unique visitors on a daily basis, including several species of monkeys, sloths and a wonderful variety of birds. This Costa Rica resort features well-appointed rooms and suites, several restaurants featuring diverse menus, multiple bars and lounges, a world-class spa, a tennis court, three ocean-view pools and generous meeting facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pools; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

Mexico City

Summer: June to August

Autumn: September to November

Winter: December to February

Spring: March to May

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Currency

Currency

Mexican Peso

The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (CM$).

  • 1 Mexican Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of M$1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20
  • Coins are in denominations of M$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centavos

Colon

The official currency of Costa Rica is the Colon (C; ₡).

  • 1/100 = Centimo
  • Notes are in denominations of ₡50000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000, and 1000
  • Coins are in denominations of ₡500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

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Special Experiences!

  • Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Learn to make authentic tortillas like a local and enjoy a shared lunch. 
  • 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.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 6 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, trajinera, plane & boat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $240pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

Experience an authentic trajinera ride through the waterways of Xochimilco and enjoy lunch on board • Marvel at the mysterious archaeological site of Teotihuacan and see its magnificent pyramids and the well-preserved Temples of the Sun and the Moon • Visit the great pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! • Explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque, hidden deep in the lush jungle and boasting several pyramids • Learn about Tortugero's history and how to cook using coconut during the coconut tour • 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 • Cruise along the Tarcoles River and see one of the largest populations of American Crocodile

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