7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
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Cartago
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get a tailor-made plan with Top Travel Costa Rica, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, 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, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Jose holiday planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Jose. In August in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cartago.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and then contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cartago road trip planning website .

Cartago is just a short distance from San Jose. In August, daytime highs in Cartago are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Heredia.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Irazu Volcano National Park
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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): perfect your strike at Bol Cariari.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Heredia trip maker website .

You can drive from Cartago to Heredia in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Heredia

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Bol Cariari
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Bosque de la Hoja ©
Bosque de la Hoja
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
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 ), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Mercedes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mariposas Sarchi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Católico de Sarchí Norte.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder website .

Santa Barbara is just a short distance from Heredia. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

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