33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Alajuela
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
San Gerardo de Dota
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Chirripo National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Sierpe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Cartago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Cahuita
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
11
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
12
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Alajuela
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Alajuela is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Alajuela is minus 7 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Amsterdam in February: high temperatures in Alajuela hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Get in touch with nature at Ecocentro Danaus and Salto. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs and soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website .

You can drive from Alajuela to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Bat Jungle and Valle Escondido Preserve. Get outdoors at Curi Cancha Reserve and Middle Earth Thermal Springs. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, stroll through Ecological Sanctuary, and shop like a local with Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping

Side Trip

Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
nights
San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota ©
Step out of the city life by going to Rainmaker Park and Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palo Seco Beach and Tapanti National Park. Step out of San Gerardo de Dota with an excursion to Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum in Orosi--about 1h 10 min away.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Gerardo de Dota trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Monteverde to San Gerardo de Dota by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chirripo National Park.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Orosi, Parrita, Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death)
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Tapanti National Park ©
Tapanti National Park

1
night
Chirripo National Park

Chirripo National Park ©
On the 10th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chirripo National Park travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from San Gerardo de Dota to Chirripo National Park with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Chirripo National Park

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Cloudbridge Nature Reserve ©
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chirripo National Park to Uvita. You will leave for Sierpe on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Dominical, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Spas & Wellness
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Sierpe

Sierpe ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at El Sitio Museo Finca 6. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Kokopelli and then get outside with Osa Ron's.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sierpe sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Sierpe in an hour. You will leave for Puerto Jimenez on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Sierpe

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at Jagua Arts and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Jimenez day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sierpe to Puerto Jimenez takes 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Jimenez are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 18th (Sun), you're off toCartago.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jagua Arts and Crafts ©
Jagua Arts and Crafts

2
nights
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Marta and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Cartago Central Market.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartago online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Jimenez to Cartago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Puerto Jimenez in March, with highs in Cartago at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Cartago

#Outdoors, #Shopping
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Cartago Central Market ©
Cartago Central Market

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and then kick back and relax at Playa Bonita.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cahuita day trip site .

Drive from Cartago to Cahuita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cartago to Cahuita, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Limon
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Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Chiquita and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Cocles and Puerto Viejo Beach. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Chocorart, take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker site .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a short distance from Cahuita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Nature Park Walk
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Chocorart ©
Chocorart

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 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then tour the water at your own pace with Tortuguero Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour site .

You can take a shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks
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Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 28th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alajuela tour builder tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and bus from Tortuguero to Alajuela takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Breweries, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

San Jose
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Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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