27 days in Guatemala & Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Guatemala & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy La Aurora Zoo and Mundo Petapa Irtra. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua.

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San Diego, USA to Antigua is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of tram and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from San Diego in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Antigua, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Theme Park
Mundo Petapa Irtra
4.7

1
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): make a splash at Xocomil, get in on the family fun at Xetulul Theme Park, and then delve into the distant past at Tak'alik Ab'aj.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Retalhuleu road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Antigua to Retalhuleu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Antigua in January, things will get a bit warmer in Retalhuleu: highs are around 91°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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Theme Park
Xetulul Theme Park
4.7

1
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Retalhuleu to Tikal National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.
Attractions like Zipline and Curi Cancha Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Tikal National Park to Monteverde takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Zipline
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Zipline). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online tour itinerary 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 ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

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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.
Kids will enjoy Arenal Volcano and River Rafting & Tubing. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

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Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): head outdoors with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Parks
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Volcano
Poas Volcano
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Guiones (in Nosara) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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