10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  17​h 30​min
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Cahuita
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose
— Few hours
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Toronto

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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.
For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose online trip itinerary builder .

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in March, with highs in San Jose at 31°C and lows at 22°C. You will leave for Cahuita on the 2nd (Fri).

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center as well as Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Cahuita in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from San Jose to Cahuita, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Tortuguero on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Cahuita

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center, Nature Park Walk
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center ©
Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center

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days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tortuguero National Park as well as Leonardo Tours. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): join in the after-dark buzz at Leonardo Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cahuita to Tortuguero. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Leonardo Tours ©
Leonardo Tours
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park day trip app .

Do a combination of shuttle and bus from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You will leave for Monteverde on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Luis Waterfall as well as Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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San Jose

San Jose
For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. On the 9th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Jose

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