13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  8​h 15​min
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
Quepos
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
Toronto

3
days
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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip itinerary builder .

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in May: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 20th (Sun), shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, and then stop by Meli Melo Boutique. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Quepos trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Jose to Quepos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas & Wellness

4
days
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.
Spend the 24th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and stroll through Ecocentro Danaus.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
days
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 26th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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