12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Wellington International Airport

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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.
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, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app.

Wellington, New Zealand to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 18 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
On the 24th (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Souvenir Museum and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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.