9 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Quepos & San Jose Itinerary

9 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Quepos & San Jose Itinerary

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9 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Quepos & San Jose Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Quepos
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Orlando, Florida

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Arenal Eco Zoo about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Orlando, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

El Castillo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Bring the kids along to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Ventanas. Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Walking tours. Change things up with a short trip to Uvita Waterfall in Uvita (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Quepos trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quepos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Uvita Waterfall, Playa Ventanas, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Walking tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Top Travel Costa Rica, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and then browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu. On the next day, hike along Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

Take a bus from Quepos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Wildlife Museums
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo ©
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

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