12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route maker

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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarchi
— 1 night
Drive
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Dominical
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 1 night
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Rincon de La Vieja

— 1 night
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rincon de La Vieja tour itinerary planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Montreal to Rincon de La Vieja, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Rincon de La Vieja is much hotter than Montreal - with highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Fortuna Waterfall. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Children's Eternal Rain Forest as well as Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 28th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarchi.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Sarchi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get in touch with nature with Catarata Del Toro Adventures.

Start your trip to Sarchi by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Sarchi takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Monteverde in December, plan for little chillier nights in Sarchi, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Sarchi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Dominical

— 4 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Visiting Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Matapalo will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas and ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dominical online journey planner.

Getting from Sarchi to Dominical by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Liberia

— 1 night

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 3rd (Mon), admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, then look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Liberia online trip builder.

You can drive from Dominical to Liberia in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.