13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Antigua
+4
shuttle + Drive + Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
End: Antigua

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and shop like a local with Galeria Estudio.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site .

Antigua, Guatemala to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero vacation 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 June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Manuel Antonio National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

Make your Manuel Antonio itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park online road trip planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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