22 days in Mexico, Panama City & Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Mexico, Panama City & Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico, Panama City & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  12 h
1
Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
6
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

2
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cozumel online route planner.

Manchester, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in February, expect Cozumel to be much hotter, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos.

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Getting from Cozumel to Panama City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, shuttle, and car. In February, Panama City is somewhat warmer than Cozumel - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 7th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Spas
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos planning tool.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
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.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the mystery of Callejon del Aguacate, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Mexico City by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Gran Cenote, Tulum Tower, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen journey planner.

Fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in February since evenings lows in Playa del Carmen dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tulum
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in February: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

3
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at El Rey Archaeological Zone and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in February; daily highs in Cancun reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

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