13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park holiday builder website.

Bahia Blanca, Argentina to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Bahia Blanca to Poas Volcano National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Los Chorros Waterfalls, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero travel route builder app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, thenlook for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, thensurround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Manuel Antonio fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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