15 days in Costa Rica & Patagonia Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Patagonia Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica & Patagonia Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  15​h 15​min
1
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices, then stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then catch some excitement at Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde holiday maker .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Fishing Charters & Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Parque Nahomi. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo holiday builder .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa Conchal
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Take a break from the city and head to Rio Correntoso and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Sendero de los Arrayanes. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Evo Sports, hike along Refugio Frey, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche travel route builder site .

Explore your travel options from Tamarindo to San Carlos de Bariloche with the Route module. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tamarindo to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
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Refugio Frey ©
Refugio Frey
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and then take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our El Calafate travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, plan for little chillier days in El Calafate, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
River Rafting & Tubing

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