15 days in Costa Rica & Peru Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Peru Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Coffee & Tea Tours. There's still lots to do: walk around Bogarin Trail, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder app.

Mexico City, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 2nd (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 4th (Sat), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jaco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Jaco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 5th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, steep yourself in history at Tipon, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Cusco takes 13 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

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You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.