11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Luanda
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Luanda

1
day
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 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker .

Luanda, Angola to Vara Blanca is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Luanda to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip website .

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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 10th (Wed): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online travel planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip tool .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero tour 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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

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