16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Vienna
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Alajuela
— 1 night
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
Cahuita
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  6​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
taxi + shuttle + Fly:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
Jaco
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
Vienna

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Alajuela

Alajuela
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Vienna, Austria to Alajuela is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Alajuela is minus 7 hours. In April, Alajuela is warmer than Vienna - with highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C. You'll set off for Cahuita on the 27th (Fri).

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#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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2
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Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Alajuela to Cahuita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Alajuela to Cahuita is 1 hour. When traveling from Alajuela in April, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Cahuita: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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3
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tortuguero Adventures and Sea Turtle Conservancy. Visiting Tortuguero National Park and Rainforest Adventures will get you outdoors.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero vacation maker app .

You can take a shuttle from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Cahuita to Tortuguero, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cahuita in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Tortuguero. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

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Rainforest Adventures
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures
Rainforest Adventures ©
Rainforest Adventures

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool .

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Miravalles Volcano, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take a tour by water with Costa Rica Sailing Center, stroll through Playa Conchal, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Rincon de La Vieja to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Costa Rica Sailing Center, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through The Bat Jungle, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Viento Fresco Waterfall.

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

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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Jaco

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 8th (Tue): look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco travel planning app .

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Trails, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding
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Neo Fauna ©
Neo Fauna
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience ©

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