9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Quepos
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Lima

2
nights
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, and then stop by Meli Melo Boutique. On your second day here, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Quepos trip itinerary builder app .

Lima, Peru to Quepos is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Quepos is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Quepos

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

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Manuel Antonio
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River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner .

You can drive from Quepos to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Hacienda Baru
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then stop by Jagua Arts and Crafts, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary and then experience rural life at Rancho Raices de Osa.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez online day trip planner .

Drive from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez. In January in Puerto Jimenez, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to San Jose.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
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Rancho Raices de Osa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Jimenez in January: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Multiplaza
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