15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly + Drive:  14 h 30 min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Bus:  16 h
End: Porto Alegre

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca itinerary planner.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Vara Blanca is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Alegre to Vara Blanca is minus 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Wildlife
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4
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the galleries of Wood & Art Gallery, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 27th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Tarantulas Way and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cahuita
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

3
nights
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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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