15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Eugene
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Eugene

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Fortuna Waterfall, Tabacon Hot Springs and Catarata Del Toro Adventures. Visiting Arenal Natura Ecological Park and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve will get you outdoors.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Eugene, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. On the 19th (Thu), you're off toPuerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Catarata Del Toro Adventures
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Catarata Del Toro Adventures ©
Catarata Del Toro Adventures

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Surf the Jungle Surf School & Adventures as well as Jaguar Rescue Center. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanillo Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toSan Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Manzanillo Beach
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Jaguar Rescue Center ©
Jaguar Rescue Center

2
nights
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.
Museo de Arte Costarricense has been added to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
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Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Up in the Cloud Forest, Catarata Los Murcielagos - Monteverde Waterfall and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Escape the urban bustle at Valle Escondido Preserve and Cataratas Viento Fresco. It doesn't end there: stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 82°F in Monteverde. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Cataratas Viento Fresco
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

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