19 days in Costa Rica, Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica, Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica, Brazil & Iguazu National Park Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
7
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Manila, Philippines


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2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and then stroll around Ibirapuera Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and then see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo road trip website .

Lima, Peru to Sao Paulo is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Lima, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sao Paulo, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sugarloaf Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then stop by Lapa e Arte, and finally make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

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Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: high temperatures in Iguazu National Park hover around 72°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iguazu National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos. The time zone difference when traveling from Iguazu National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

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 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read San Jose travel route planning app .

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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