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

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Venado Caves and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route builder site .

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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. You'll set off for Quepos on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 14th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Quepos trip itinerary planner .

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 15th (Sun) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Top Travel Costa Rica and Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens (in Katira). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Quepos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Poas Volcano
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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