10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Buffalo
Fly:  12​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 3 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + Fly + train + subway + bus:  14​h 45​min
Buffalo

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, then take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Buffalo, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buffalo to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

2
days
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 8th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the next day, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then identify plant and animal life at Rainmaker Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Rainmaker Park, Zipline
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline

2
days
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally stroll through Uvita Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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