Best of Mexico & Costa Rica

10/21/2021 through 12/07/2022
10/21/2021 through 12/10/2022
Intrepid Travel

Best of Mexico & Costa Rica

Raise glass of mezcal to the diversity of Mexico, then embrace ‘pura vida’ (the simple life) in the rainforests and on the beaches of Costa Rica. Discover history in the ruins of Chichen Itza, then visit a contemporary Maya village to see how ancient Mesoamerican traditions have evolved. Savour simple fare during lunch with a Zapotec family and sip smoky mezcal at a distillery in Oaxaca. Unwind in a small village near Corcovado National Park, hiking jungle trails in the morning and cooling off in the waters of the Osa Peninsula in the afternoon. Explore sloth country (AKA Manuel Antonio National Park) and match their leisurely pace as you relax among natural splendour of Costa Rica. Ancient cultures, incredible food, wildlife and wilderness – this 22-day trip has it all.

Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Mexico City – National Museum of Anthropology (entrance fee) (Closed Mondays)
  • Mexico City – Leader-led City Tour of Historic Center
  • Mexico City – Diego Rivera Murals in the National Palace (entrance fee)
  • Mexico City – Metropolitan Cathedral (entrance fee)
  • Teotihuacan – Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Oaxaca – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Mitla – Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Oaxaca – Guided full-day tour including the Tule Tree, a Mezcal distillery, and lunch in a Zapoteca family home
  • San Cristobal de las Casas – Leader-led orientation walk
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas – Leader-led City Tour
  • San Juan Chamula – Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Zinacantan – Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Agua Azul – Waterfall Visit (entrance fee)
  • Merida – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Palenque – Archaeological site (Guide, Transport & Entrance fee)
  • Izamal – Convento de San Antonio de Padua (Entrance)
  • Izamal – Leader-led walking tour
  • Chichen Itza – Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • San Jose – Leader-led walking tour
  • Los Santos – Tierra Amiga Coffee Experience including lunch
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Palmar Norte – Finca 6 Sphere Museum (entrance)
  • Corcovado – San Pedrillo Station Hike
  • Manuel Antonio National Park – Tour with a Naturalist Guide (entrance fee, guide and transport)

Highlights

  • Get up close and personal with the country’s diverse heritage, from the magnificent Aztec temples of Teotihuacan to the brightly-dressed Maya folk of the hills of San Cristobal.
  • Compare Mexico City’s heady street-food scene to the subtler fare found in Oaxaca.
  • Take in the atmosphere and culture of San Jose: Costa Rica’s bustling capital nestled between the mountains and volcanoes.
  • Hike to San Pedrillo in Corcovado National Park and explore one of the world’s most biodiverse regions.  
  • Swim at white-sand beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park, after searching for exotic birdlife in the depths of the jungle.
  • Learn about the trade of one of Costa Rica’s largest exports: coffee. Take a visit to a family’s coffee farm and learn the process from cherry to cup (with a tasting, of course).
  • Discover the diverse and unique wildlife of Costa Rica: butterflies, birds, iguanas, sloths and caimans, to name a few.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mexico City
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Day 2 Mexico City
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Day 3 Teotihuacan / Oaxaca
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Day 4 Mitla / Oaxaca
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Day 5 Oaxaca
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Day 6 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 7 San Juan Chamula / San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 8 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 9 Palenque
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Day 10 Palenque Ruins / Merida
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Day 11 Merida
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Day 12 Izamal
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Day 13 Chichen Itza / Playa del Carmen
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Day 14 Playa del Carmen
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Day 15 San Jose
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Day 16 Copey de Dota
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Day 17 Drake Bay
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Day 18 Corcovado / Drake Bay
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Day 19 Manuel Antonio
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Day 20 Manuel Antonio
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Day 21 San Jose
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Day 22 San Jose
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