12 days in San Jose & Tortuguero Itinerary

12 days in San Jose & Tortuguero Itinerary

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San Jose
— 8 nights
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Tortuguero
— 3 nights

8
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela) and Tarcoles Bridge (in Tarcoles). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Jose attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Poas Volcano, Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, Irazu Volcano National Park, Tarcoles Bridge
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

3
nights
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.
On the 13th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero day trip planning app.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Zipline
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

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