21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sarapiqui
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sierpe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Brussels Airport

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

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Brussels, Belgium to Monteverde is an approximately 18-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Brussels to Monteverde, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get impressive views of Miravalles Volcano and then get outside with Rio Perdido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tenorio Volcano National Park online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Lake Arenal will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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Traveling by car from Tenorio Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sarapiqui.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

1
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Sarapiqui

Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pierella Ecological Garden, meet the residents at Frogs Heaven, and then stroll through Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarapiqui tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Sarapiqui in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Sarapiqui

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at MidWorld Costa Rica, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sarapiqui to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sierpe.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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Sierpe

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Kokopelli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Paradise of Osa and then see the interesting displays at El Sitio Museo Finca 6.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sierpe trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Sierpe in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Sierpe

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach and then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Hacienda Baru Lodge.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Sierpe to Uvita in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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 22nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from Uvita to Tortuguero takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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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 23rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano and then get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

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.