16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
7
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights

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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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Calgary, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero day trip website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
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Cahuita

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 29th (Tue), stroll through Tarantulas Way and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cahuita trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cahuita are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

1
night
Vara Blanca

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 31st (Thu): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip planning app.

You can drive from Cahuita to Vara Blanca in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Jaco) and Dominical (Pineapple Tours & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, and test your problem-solving skills at Costa Rica Escape Bus.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip site.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Pineapple Tours ©
Pineapple Tours
Zipline

2
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.
On the 4th (Mon), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Planning Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste by car takes about 3 hours. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

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