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
— 6 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Puerto Viejo Beach and Manzanillo Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Change things up with a short trip to Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Limon (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Indulgence Spa, get outside with Nature Riders, and stroll through Redfrogteam Biological Station.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Venado Caves. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quesada to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada about 58 minutes 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 Canopy San Luis, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can 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.
Appreciate the collections at Galeria Namu and Jade Museum. Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Bejuco. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Playa Matapalo. Explore Quepos' surroundings by going to MidWorld Costa Rica (in Manuel Antonio) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). There's more to do: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Quepos trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Hacienda Baru Lodge. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Uvita Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to El Sitio Museo Finca 6 (in Palmar Norte) and Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary (in San Isidro del General). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita trip planner.

Getting from Quepos to Uvita by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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 Puerto Carrillo. Get outdoors at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Playa Conchal. Go for a jaunt from Playa Flamingo to Playa Avellanas to see Playa Avellana about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Los Piratas de Flamingo.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo online trip planner.

Drive from Uvita to Playa Flamingo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and Church of San Blas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya) and Samara Beach (in Playa Samara). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, and kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nosara, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to 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. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde tour planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.