13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
3
Quepos
— 2 nights
4
Jaco
— 1 night
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool.

Parana, Argentina to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Parana to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero road trip planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 19th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, thenwalk around Parque Nahomi, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, see Off-Road Tours, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Quepos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

3
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), thenexperience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online day trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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