46 days in Costa Rica, Guatemala & New York City Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica, Guatemala & New York City Itinerary

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46 days in Costa Rica, Guatemala & New York City Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
+4
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  14​h 45​min
6
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  10​h 15​min
7
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  9​h
9
New York City, United States
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

4
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

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 La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Souvenir Muy Tranquilo (in Fraijanes) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: do sightseeing your way with Top Travel Costa Rica, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional).

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Jose is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In September, San Jose is a bit cooler than Tel Aviv - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Cartago, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in October, expect Tortuguero to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

8
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, experience rural life at Finca Luna Nueva, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online route builder .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Finca Luna Nueva
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

5
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 Monteverde with an excursion to Piedra de Fuego in Esparza--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and explore the world behind art at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online trip builder .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Finca El Paraiso, Still Water Journeys Archery, Piedra de Fuego
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

7
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
Pack the 18th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Make the 22nd (Tue) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip 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 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tikal. On the next day, delve into the distant past at El Mirador and then examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

Plan trip to Tikal National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tikal National Park by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 15 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Mirador
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Tikal ©
Tikal
El Mirador ©
El Mirador

1
night
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

San Pedro La Laguna
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
On the 26th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, explore and take pictures at Finca Xetuc, then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Pedro La Laguna journey planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro La Laguna takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Santiago Atitlan, San Juan la Laguna
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Casa Flor Ixcaco ©
Casa Flor Ixcaco
Finca Xetuc ©
Finca Xetuc

5
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Make the 1st (Fri) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Francisco, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner .

You can drive from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Antigua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Antigua

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Coffee & Tea Tours
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

7
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read New York City tour itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Antigua to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Antigua in November: high temperatures in New York City hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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