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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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.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Carara National Park. Get some cultural insight at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Galeria Namu. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion (in Ujarras). Pamper yourself for a day on the 10th (Fri) at some of the top local wellness centers. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get interesting insight from Rainforest Adventures, and get a taste of the local shopping with Multiplaza.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. August in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartago, Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, Carara National Park, Irazu Volcano National Park, Multiplaza
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Carara National Park ©
Carara 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours, Ecoterra Costa Rica, Anywhere Costa Rica - Day Tours, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Anywhere Costa Rica - Day Tours, catch all the local highlights with Ecoterra Costa Rica, get a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus, then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and finally see Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

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Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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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