11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Portland
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  16 h 30 min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Quepos
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Portland

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online attractions planner .

Portland, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Find out how to plan Poas Volcano National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Quepos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Wildlife Tours
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3
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Step out of Quepos with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Jaco--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Quepos trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Quepos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom and then walk around Parque La Sabana.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online route planner .

Getting from Quepos to San Jose by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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