10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  17​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Vara Blanca
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and head outdoors with Salto.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. November in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Manuel Antonio

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 (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online day trip planner .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
Monteverde

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.
On the 26th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ). Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca online travel route planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Poas Volcano, Los Chorros Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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