7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Guatemala City
Fly:  4​h 45​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
Guatemala City

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala to San Jose is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in April, San Jose is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Historic Sites
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Ruinas de Ujarras ©
Ruinas de Ujarras

4
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

2
days
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.
On the 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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