12 days in San Jose Itinerary

12 days in San Jose Itinerary

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12 days in San Jose Itinerary

Start: San Jose
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San Jose
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Liberia

11
nights
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.
Visit Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Cathedral for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Poas Volcano and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Alajuela (Zoo Ave, Souvenir Museum, & more), Bajos del Toro (Catarata Del Toro Adventures & Juan Castro Blanco National Park) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In April, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alajuela, Cartago, Province of Cartago, Bajos del Toro, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

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