12 days in San Jose & Tortuguero Itinerary

12 days in San Jose & Tortuguero Itinerary

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12 days in San Jose & Tortuguero Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 8 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 45 min
End: San Jose

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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Zoo Ave (in Alajuela), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Tarcoles Bridge (in Tarcoles). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and walk around Parque La Sabana.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose sightseeing planning tool .

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, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Zoo Ave, Tarcoles Bridge, Poas Volcano, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Zipline
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Adventure Tours 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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