It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where you’ll learn the meaning of pura vida on this nine-day Costa Rica trip. For some, it’ll be while spotting sloths during moonlit hikes in Monteverde. For others, it may be on the deck of a surfboard just off Tamarindo’s shore. For you, it could be the first sip of coffee in La Fortuna or the first glimpse of the Irazú volcano outside San José. Ultimately, it’s academic – from the minute you set foot in the country, pura vida is wherever you roam.
Whatever you desire from a vacation south of the US border, Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula will deliver on this nine-day trip. A dip in a crystal-clear cenote followed by an al fresco barbecue under the stars? Climbing Mayan pyramids before sipping margaritas as the sun sets? Living it up in Cancún’s clubs, then doing nothing but sun worshiping on the beaches of Holbox? Add in a trip to Chichen Itza, a cooking class and a bottle of pox, and you have a truly enriching cultural experience of the Yucatán.
Embrace the party lifestyle in Mexico City, where solo travelers can join a five-day trip, complete with mezcal drinking and lucha libre matches. Start local as you wander markets in search of cold beers and spicy tacos, before working your way through the trendiest bars in Condesa. Expect a quick day trip to the Teotihuacán pyramids; a raucous evening of mezcal and beer at the wrestling; and a visit to Frida Kahlo’s house, before a memorable mariachi-and-margarita-fueled cruise along the Xochimilco canals.
Young adult vacations and older adult vacations tend to have beach days in common, which is why Colombia’s Caribbean coast is ideal for sun worshipers of all ages. This eight-day trip grants you permission to tan on the country’s pristine beaches, including on a trip to the Rosario Islands, where you’ll find more coral reefs than tourists. You’ll also tackle two rivers – one via boat and another with a river tube – so keep your sunscreen handy.