16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Austin
Fly:  16​h 15​min
San Jose
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 5 nights
taxi:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
shuttle + bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
Austin

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary planner .

Austin, USA to San Jose is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Austin in April since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Souvenir Museum, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Centro de Rescate Las Pumas (in Canas) and Zipline (in Punta Arenas). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, trot along with a tour on horseback, delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from San Jose to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Zipline, Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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 (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Canopy San Luis, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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