17 days in Guatemala & Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Guatemala & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights

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Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana & Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary maker tool.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Antigua is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montevideo to Antigua. In February, Antigua is little chillier than Montevideo - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online route planner.

Getting from Antigua to Tamarindo by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa ©
Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa

1
night
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
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 19th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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