13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly + shuttle:  20​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Munich

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 25th (Wed), look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning app .

Munich, Germany to Monteverde is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Munich to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio journey site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the next day, get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park day trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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