7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chihuahua
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  23​h 30​min
End: Chihuahua

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site .

Chihuahua, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chihuahua to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

few
hours
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.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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 (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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