10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  12​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
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 9th (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & 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 11th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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