14 days in San Jose & La Fortuna de San Carlos Itinerary

14 days in San Jose & La Fortuna de San Carlos Itinerary

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14 days in San Jose & La Fortuna de San Carlos Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose

10
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Ruinas de Ujarras. Visiting Playa Junquillal and Toucan Rescue Ranch will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Pamper yourself for a day on the 10th (Fri) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Multiplaza, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and find something for the whole family at Rainforest Adventures.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartago, Rainforest Adventures, Multiplaza, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Zoo Ave
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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.
You've added Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours, Ecoterra Costa Rica, Anywhere Costa Rica - Day Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): gain a rich perspective with Anywhere Costa Rica - Day Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Ecoterra Costa Rica, then hike along Ecocentro Danaus, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and finally take a memorable tour with Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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