20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  23​h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Pedro de Poas and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca visit app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Vara Blanca is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, things will get a bit warmer in Vara Blanca: highs are around 33°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Iglesia de San Pedro de Poas
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Iglesia de San Pedro de Poas ©
Iglesia de San Pedro de Poas

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero day trip site .

Getting from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero by combination of bus and shuttle takes about 6 hours. August in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

5
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get in touch with nature at MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. Pack the 11th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip site .

Do a combination of shuttle and bus from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 8 hours. August in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Theme Parks Adventure
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Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Viento Fresco Waterfall. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monteverde online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

La Amistad International Park, Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary website .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can 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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