12 days in Leon & Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Leon & Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Leon & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  15​h
1
Leon, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
2
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Leon, Mexico

Leon ©
León is the most populous city and municipality in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. On the 9th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Arco Triunfal de la Calzada de los Heroes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and then have fun and explore at Centro de Ciencias Explora.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Leon trip itinerary maker website .

Vancouver, Canada to Leon is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Leon is 2 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Vancouver in May: highs in Leon hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Leon

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites
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Centro de Ciencias Explora ©
Centro de Ciencias Explora

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 11th (Fri), look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Leon to Poas Volcano National Park with the Route module. While traveling from Leon, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Poas Volcano National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The Bat Jungle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online route planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and trek along Ecocentro Danaus.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. May in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

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