10 days in Costa Rica & Mexico Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica & Mexico Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get outside with El Salto and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Juan to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online driving holiday 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can 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), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, thenexplore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, thenlearn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Mexico City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Mexico City sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can 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
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in July, expect Playa del Carmen to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours 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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