10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  16​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  16​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

1
night
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Cano Negro trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro takes 2 hours. February in Cano Negro sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero visit planner.

Drive from Cano Negro to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cano Negro in February: highs in Tortuguero hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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.
On the 16th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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 17th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monteverde travel route tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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