15 days in San Jose & Monteverde Itinerary

15 days in San Jose & Monteverde Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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San Jose
— 8 nights
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Zurich

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San Jose

— 8 nights
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.
Do your shopping at Galeria Namu and Multiplaza. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu) and Jaco (Jaco Beach & Zipline). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at Carpe Chepe, revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, browse the different shops at Avenida Escazu, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose online trip maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Jose, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 5 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.
Head to Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and Sarah's Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Finca El Paraiso in Los Tornos--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and relax and rejuvenate at The Sanctuary Spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde sightseeing planner.

Drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips