10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Zagreb
Fly:  19​h 15​min
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Zagreb

2
days
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 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally stop by Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally stop by Chieton Moren.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online day trip planner .

Zagreb, Croatia to San Jose is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zagreb to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Zagreb 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 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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2
days
Monteverde

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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