14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lima
Travel:  15​h 15​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  13​h
End: Lima

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Puerto Viejo Beach. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Lima, Peru to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lima in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
Get in touch with nature at Butterfly Conservatory and River Rafting & Tubing. Kids will appreciate attractions like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Arenal Eco Zoo. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

El Castillo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip tool .

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. In December, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

2
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 1st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde visit planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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