10 days in Costa Rica & Mexico Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica & Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica & Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  9​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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2
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.
On the 17th (Fri), get outside with Salto and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Juan to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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 19th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

1
night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 20th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe and then delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Zocalo, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Mexico City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Kaahal Home Tulum) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip maker app .

Fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. In July, Playa del Carmen is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

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