17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toulouse
Fly:  28​h
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Guapiles
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Teresa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Alajuela
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Toulouse

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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.
For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Toulouse, France to San Jose is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Toulouse to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toulouse in January, things will get much warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Guapiles.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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Guapiles

Guapiles
To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Guapiles itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Tortuguero to Guapiles with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Guapiles can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 17th (Wed).

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Guapiles to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get impressive views of Miravalles Volcano and then explore the activities along Rio Celeste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Cataratas Viento Fresco and then head outdoors with Rio Perdido.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tenorio Volcano National Park custom trip planner.

Explore your travel options from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Tenorio Volcano National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

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Miravalles Volcano, Rio Perdido, Cataratas Viento Fresco
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

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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 21st (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Monteverde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Hermosa and Tortuga Island. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Teresa side-trips: Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve (in Nicoya) and Montezuma (Montezuma Falls & Spas & Wellness). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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Side Trips

Montezuma, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Tortuga Island
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

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Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 27th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Alajuela trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Alajuela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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