15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  21​h
1
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 15th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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.
On the 17th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) 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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Senderos Los Tucanes, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

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
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Los Chorros Waterfalls, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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