11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Santiago
Fly:  14 h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h
End: Santiago

2
nights
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 15th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parque Nahomi, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip site.

Santiago, Chile to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

Make your Vara Blanca itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Wildlife
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