34 days in Costa Rica & Chile Itinerary

34 days in Costa Rica & Chile Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Coyhaique, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly to Puerto Montt, Bus to Ancud
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Ancud, Chile
— 4 nights
Bus to Puerto Montt, Fly to San Pedro de Atacama
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 5 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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Outdoor Activities, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

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Zurich, Switzerland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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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 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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 (Royal Butterflies & Zipline) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip 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 ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, then catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally stop by Foresta.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 5 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Four Seasons Golf Club) and Cafe Tio Leo (in Liberia). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 5 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) (in Vina del Mar) and Valparaiso (Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso & La Sebastiana). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip site.

Getting from Tamarindo to Santiago by flight takes about 15 hours. Traveling from Tamarindo to Santiago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Coyhaique.
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Coyhaique, Chile — 2 nights

Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
On the 24th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Coyhaique National Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Elizalde and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Coyhaique trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago to Coyhaique by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Ancud.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Ancud, Chile — 4 nights

A city of 40,000 people, Ancud was the capital of Chiloe Archipelago until it was superseded by the city of Castro in 1982.
Ancud is known for sightseeing, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Regional de Ancud, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Ancud, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Las Iglesias de Chiloe, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Lechagua.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Coyhaique to Ancud takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 4 nights

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Take a break from San Pedro de Atacama with a short trip to Salar de Atacama in Antofagasta, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, and delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ancud to San Pedro de Atacama takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. While traveling from Ancud, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.
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