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:  4​h 45​min
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 15​min
10
Cahuita
— 2 nights
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
For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Alajuela trip itinerary builder app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Alajuela is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Alajuela due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in February; daily highs in Alajuela reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 27th (Tue).

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Tabacon Hot Springs. Step off the beaten path and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Paradise Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and head outdoors with Salto.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Alajuela to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 2:
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at The Bat Jungle and Hummingbird Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Curi Cancha Reserve and Valle Escondido Preserve. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Quebrada Grande to see Middle Earth Thermal Springs about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, stop by Souvenir Rosewood, and take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip planning tool .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Montezuma.

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 ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rainmaker Park and Tapanti National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Palo Seco Beach and Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Gerardo de Dota: Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary (in San Isidro del General) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi).

Before you visit San Gerardo de Dota, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Gerardo de Dota takes 5 hours. Cap off 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, Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death), Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
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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 find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chirripo National Park day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Gerardo de Dota to Chirripo National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Chirripo National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Cloudbridge Nature Reserve ©
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uvita trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Chirripo National Park to Uvita with the Route module. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Sierpe.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Sierpe

Sierpe ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at El Sitio Museo Finca 6. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Kokopelli and then head outdoors with Osa Ron's.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sierpe attractions site .

You can drive from Uvita to Sierpe in an hour. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Sierpe

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stop by Jagua Arts and Crafts. On the next day, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Jimenez online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sierpe to Puerto Jimenez takes 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Outdoors Tours 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): head outdoors with Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Marta and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Cartago Central Market.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cartago road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Jimenez to Cartago in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Jimenez to Cartago. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Puerto Jimenez in March, with highs in Cartago at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and then stroll through Playa Bonita.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cahuita route planner.

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

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Chiquita and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Visit Playa Cocles and Puerto Viejo Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Park Walk, and get a taste of the local shopping with Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planner .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is very close to 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
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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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.
On the 26th (Mon), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then squeeze the most out of the city with Tortuguero Adventures. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Discover how to plan a Tortuguero trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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 in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center ©

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Kick off your visit 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 find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Alajuela road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Tortuguero to Alajuela in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

Breweries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Jose
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
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Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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