31 days in Costa Rica & Guatemala Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica & Guatemala Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 8 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Newark

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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.
When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience in Liberia, approximately Liberia away. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder.

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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 6th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Spas

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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Dominical and see Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, see Off-Road Tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip tool.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Alajuela (Souvenir Museum & monument of Tomas Guardia), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose holiday planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

Walaba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 6 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 22nd (Mon), you're off to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park holiday planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tikal National Park by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Antigua, Guatemala

— 8 nights
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (La Merced, Paseo de la Sexta, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.