13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  26 h
End: Zurich

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose travel route planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in February, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

5
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.
Don Olivo Chocolate Tour has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Celeste
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

5
nights
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.
You've now added Edwin's Manuel Antonio Nature Tours to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Edwin's Manuel Antonio Nature Tours ©
Edwin's Manuel Antonio Nature Tours

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