13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Antigua
+7
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Antigua, Guatemala to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can 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
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero day trip planning app.

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, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip maker.

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monteverde, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park journey site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Vara Blanca, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) ©
Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )

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