16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Alajuela
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Quepos
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Cahuita
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Vienna

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): head outdoors with Cavernas del Venado, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Ave, and then stop by Souvenir Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alajuela trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Alajuela is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in April; daily highs in Alajuela reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quepos.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Parks
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Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Cavernas del Venado ©
Cavernas del Venado
Souvenir Museum ©
Souvenir Museum

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nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stop by Meli Melo Boutique.

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Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Alajuela to Quepos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Quepos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Conservatory and Ecocentro Danaus. Step off the beaten path and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and then stroll through Playa Cocles.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahuita route planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Cocles, Finca La Isla
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sat), take a tour by water with Tortuguero Adventures.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero tour builder website .

You can take a shuttle from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cahuita in May since evenings lows in Tortuguero dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

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Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures

1
night
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 6th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tortuguero in May: highs in Tamarindo hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Lydia Beech Art ©
Lydia Beech Art
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
On the 8th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Sensoria Land of Senses.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rincon de La Vieja online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In May in Rincon de La Vieja, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Sensoria Land of Senses ©
Sensoria Land of Senses

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, 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 ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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