16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
2
Santa Teresa
— 6 nights
3
Cartago
— 5 nights

3
nights
Monteverde

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour as well as Esteban Daily Guided Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. The adventure continues: stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

Start your trip to Monteverde by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Atlanta, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Zipline

6
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Santa Teresa and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Visit Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Teresa: Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve (in Nicoya), Isla de Cabuya (in Cabuya) and Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, stop by Tica Surf Bikinis, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Montezuma, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Tortuga Island
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

5
nights
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cartago side-trips: House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador (in Cachi) and Tapanti National Park (in Orosi). Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Fri) at Cocos Island National Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester, contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pacuare River.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cartago vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Teresa to Cartago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Orosi, Turrialba, Cocos Island National Park, House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador
Highlights from your plan
Tapanti National Park ©
Tapanti National Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Cocos Island National Park ©
Cocos Island National Park

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