40 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

40 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Bus
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Quepos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Sao Paulo

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Explore hidden gems such as Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Puerto Viejo Beach and Manzanillo Beach. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Limon, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Indulgence Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, and head outdoors with Nature Riders.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada, approximately Quesada away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, head outdoors with El Salto, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Galeria Namu and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Jose day trip planning website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Visit Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and MidWorld Costa Rica. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Matapalo.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Quepos journey builder website.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to El Sitio Museo Finca 6 in Palmar Norte--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at Hacienda Baru Lodge, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, and get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita road trip planning website.

Drive from Quepos to Uvita in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

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Playa Flamingo

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Costa Rica Sailing Center and Playa Avellana. Visit Playa Conchal and Puerto Carrillo for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Playa Flamingo with a short trip to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Los Piratas de Flamingo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Flamingo road trip site.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Playa Flamingo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

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Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Visiting Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Guiones will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nosara: Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and Nicoya (Church of San Blas & Playa Manzanillo). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and head outdoors with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nosara day trip app.

Traveling by car from Playa Flamingo to Nosara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Serpentario. Step out of Monteverde to go to Tilaran and see Viento Fresco Waterfall, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip builder tool.

Drive from Nosara to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.