10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 45​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Barcelona

3
nights
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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning website .

Barcelona, Spain to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Barcelona to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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 11th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 13th (Sat): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero day trip planning site .

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. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then enjoy some music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, San Jose is little chillier than Tortuguero - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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