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:  21​h
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Quepos
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
Alajuela
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Vienna

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde route tool .

Vienna, Austria to Monteverde is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Vienna to Monteverde, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
On the 28th (Sat), get impressive views of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rincon de La Vieja road trip planning website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Rincon de La Vieja in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Rincon de La Vieja can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Planning Tamarindo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

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. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Tortuguero takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tamarindo in April, with highs in Tortuguero at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cahuita trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by shuttle from Tortuguero to Cahuita takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tortuguero to Cahuita due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tortuguero in May since evenings lows in Cahuita dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Finca La Isla
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3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Ecocentro Danaus.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner .

You can drive from Cahuita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cahuita to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Quepos.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 7th (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Quepos online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quepos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Quepos are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Quepos

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 9th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the next day, meet the residents at Zoo Ave, then look for gifts at Souvenir Museum, and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alajuela trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Quepos to Alajuela in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Los Chorros Waterfalls
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave

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