14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  17​h
End: Buenos Aires

3
nights
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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, and shop like a local with Galeria Namu.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Jose is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Central Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in January; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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 31st (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero visit planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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 5th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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 7th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jungle Avenue, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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