5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  14​h
1
San Jose
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and finally look for gifts at Holalola Souvenir Shop.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Jose online tour itinerary planner .

Edmonton, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Edmonton to San Jose, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in February, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turrialba trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Jose to Turrialba in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Turrialba are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Turrialba

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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing app .

Getting from Turrialba to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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