14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  11​h
1
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Denver

1
night
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste day trip planner.

Denver, USA to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Trails
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online trip builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire all the interesting features of Finca Loma Verde, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park visit planning app .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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