12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Sofia
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  22​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Sofia

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner .

Sofia, Bulgaria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Sofia to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Biesanz and Playa Manuel Antonio. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas & Wellness. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Rainmaker Park in Parrita, approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planning tool .

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 February, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Uvita Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hacienda Baru and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip builder app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 2nd (Fri): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip website .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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