12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  38 h
1
San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  34 h
End: Jakarta

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose travel route planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to San Jose is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Jakarta in February, things will get a bit cooler in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Irazu Volcano National Park, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Ecocentro Danaus, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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