9 days in Province of San Jose, Province of Limon & Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Province of San Jose, Province of Limon & Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Province of San Jose, Province of Limon & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  9 h
End: Mexico City

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip builder site .

Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in December, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Spas & Wellness
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
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.
On the 30th (Mon), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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 parks, spas, outdoors, theme parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On the next day, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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