12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner
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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
— 2 nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
San Jose
— 4 nights


Monteverde — 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde online trip maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pure Trek Canyoning. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.
Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.
Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

San Jose — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Tarcoles Bridge (in Tarcoles). And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, head outdoors with Top Travel Costa Rica, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife
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Costa Rica travel guide

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.