3 days in Central America Itinerary

3 days in Central America Itinerary

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3 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Cahuita
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
End: San Jose

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cahuita.

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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You've now added Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cahuita holiday planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cahuita are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a short distance from Cahuita. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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