21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Brussels
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  21​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Sarapiqui
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Sierpe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus + foot + shuttle:  3​h 15​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle + foot + bus:  1​h 15​min
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h
Brussels

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.
On the 9th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, look for gifts at Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then identify plant and animal life at The Bat Jungle, then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde vacation trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Monteverde is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
days
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get impressive views of Miravalles Volcano and then head outdoors with Rio Perdido. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Waterfall la Piedra del Indio, take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Viento Fresco, and then explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tenorio Volcano National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Monteverde to Tenorio Volcano National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

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Tilaran, Rio Perdido, Miravalles Volcano
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Rio Perdido ©
Rio Perdido

4
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Proyecto Asis. Spend the 14th (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Tenorio Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sarapiqui.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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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)

1
day
Sarapiqui

Sarapiqui ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Pierella Ecological Garden, then stroll through Frogs Heaven, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sarapiqui sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Sarapiqui takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Sarapiqui can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Frogs Heaven ©
Frogs Heaven
Pierella Ecological Garden ©
Pierella Ecological Garden

3
days
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 outdoors at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio National Park travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Sarapiqui to Manuel Antonio National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sierpe.

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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
days
Sierpe

Sierpe ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kokopelli, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osa Santuario de Animales, and then get outside with Osa Ron's. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Paradise of Osa, and then see the interesting displays at El Sitio Museo Finca 6.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sierpe itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio National Park to Sierpe takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Sierpe

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Side Trip

Palmar Norte
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Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli
El Sitio Museo Finca 6 ©
El Sitio Museo Finca 6

2
days
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 23rd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uvita holiday planner.

You can drive from Sierpe to Uvita in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Uvita

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Side Trips

Hacienda Baru, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

1
day
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 25th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Uvita to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vara Blanca.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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.
On the 26th (Wed), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, then stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

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Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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