29 days in Costa Rica & Peru Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica & Peru Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Lima, Fly to Cuzco
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Pura Aventura and Spas & Wellness. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo tour app.

Melbourne, Australia to Tamarindo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with Diamante Eco Adventure Park and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Discover how to plan a Playas del Coco trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Rio Chollin. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galeria Estudio and Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

2
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 9th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then test your team's savvy at Costa Rica Escape Bus. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Biesanz, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

2
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Jaco, Costa Rica

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

2
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Lima, Peru

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of Miraflores, then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Jaco to Lima in 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Jaco to Lima is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Paracas, Peru

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 15th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Roja and then gain insight at Ballestas Islands. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo, make a trip to The Chandelier, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally view the masterpieces at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paracas travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Paracas, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Paracas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

2
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Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu driving holiday planning website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Paracas to Machu Picchu in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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Cusco, Peru

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Q'enqo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and exploor. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Chinchero to see Centro Texti Urpi about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, explore the ancient world of Tipon, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip builder.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Arequipa, Peru

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, and finally stop by La Iberica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo de Arte Virreinal, get a taste of life in the country at Mundo Alpaca, then explore the galleries of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Arequipa, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Puno, Peru

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Umayo, then explore the ancient world of Sillustani, and then stroll around Parque Huajsapata. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puno trip itinerary app.

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Arequipa in October; daily highs in Puno reach 22°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puno

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.