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: Jaco (Jaco Beach & Zipline) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). And it doesn't end there: see Carpe Chepe, revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zurich in July since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can 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 Arte Jaguar 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, view the masterpieces at Sarah's Gallery, and catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online itinerary maker.

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

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips