22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels
+4
Train + Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  17 h 45 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  3 h
2
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
7
San Jose
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  15 h 15 min
End: Brussels

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18- hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

2
nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Rio Negro Hot Springs and then contemplate the geological forces at Miravalles Volcano. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and then contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rincon de La Vieja tour planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Rincon de La Vieja in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Bambu, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, walk around Parque Nahomi, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Mirador de Jaco ©
Mirador de Jaco
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. September in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

5
nights
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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Alajuela (Teatro Municipal, Souvenir Museum, &more), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Jose tour itinerary maker site.

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Alajuela, Cartago, Zipline, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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