7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Cartago
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Heredia
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
End: San Jose

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose route planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Jose. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cartago.

Things to do in San Jose

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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. On the 9th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and then get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cartago trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from San Jose to Cartago by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cartago can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Heredia.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Irazu Volcano National Park
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Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles ©
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Museo Municipal de Cartago ©
Museo Municipal de Cartago

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Heredia

Heredia ©
Heredia is a city in the Heredia province of Costa Rica, of which it is the capital; it is 10 kilometers to the north of the country's capital, San José.The city is home to one of the largest colleges in Costa Rica, the National University of Costa Rica, which accepts many international students. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy some friendly competition at Bol Cariari.

Plan trip to Heredia with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Cartago to Heredia takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Heredia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Heredia

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Bol Cariari
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Bosque de la Hoja ©
Bosque de la Hoja
Museo de Cultura Popular ©
Museo de Cultura Popular

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Mercedes, then stroll through Mariposas Sarchi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Católico de Sarchí Norte.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara holiday planning tool.

Santa Barbara is just a short distance from Heredia. August in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sarchi, Catedral de la Mercedes, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
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Mariposas Sarchi ©
Mariposas Sarchi
Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) ©
Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
Catedral de la Mercedes ©
Catedral de la Mercedes

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