9 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Miami, United States

4
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cenotes Sac Actun and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Take a break from the city and head to Skydiving and Columbia Reef. When in Playa del Carmen, make a side trip to see Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos in Tulum, approximately Tulum away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Playa Xpuha, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at Museo Frida Kahlo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chikin Ha.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen online trip itinerary builder .

Montreal, Canada to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Montreal in March, things will get much hotter in Playa del Carmen: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, La Playa Xpuha, Columbia Reef, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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Skydiving
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos

1
night
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo and then browse the different shops at Paseo Cayala.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Guatemala City road trip planner .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Guatemala City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Guatemala City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Guatemala City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Paseo Cayala ©
Paseo Cayala

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, then take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip site .

You can fly from Guatemala City to Manuel Antonio in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Espadilla Norte
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

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