10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Heredia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sarchi
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
Quepos
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Heredia

Heredia ©
Heredia is a city in the Heredia province of Costa Rica, of which it is the capital; it is 10 kilometers to the north of the country's capital, San José.The city is home to one of the largest colleges in Costa Rica, the National University of Costa Rica, which accepts many international students. On the 6th (Sun), see the interesting displays at INBioparque, identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then experience rural life at Organic Paradise Tour.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Heredia trip itinerary builder.

Heredia is very close to San Jose. In August, daytime highs in Heredia are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Heredia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Organic Paradise Tour, Toucan Rescue Ranch, INBioparque
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Organic Paradise Tour
INBioparque ©
INBioparque

2
nights
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 7th (Mon): stop by Souvenir Leo, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker.

Getting from Heredia to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Sarchi.

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
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

few
hours
Sarchi

Sarchi ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Metal Church and then revel in the low prices at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sarchi travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Sarchi in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Quepos.

Things to do in Sarchi

#Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Metal Church
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Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro ©
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
Metal Church ©
Metal Church

3
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 10th (Thu), experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Quepos itinerary planner.

Getting from Sarchi to Quepos by car takes about 3 hours. In August in Quepos, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional) and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose itinerary builder.

Fly from Quepos to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 13th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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