40 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

40 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Bus
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Quepos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Sao Paulo

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Puerto Viejo Beach and Manzanillo Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Limon (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, get outside with Nature Riders, and relax and rejuvenate at Indulgence Spa.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip simple and quick.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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5
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Venado Caves, get outside with Canopy San Luis, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Galeria Namu and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip site.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

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Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Espadilla Norte and Palo Seco Beach. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Playa Bejuco. Step out of Quepos to go to Manuel Antonio and see MidWorld Costa Rica, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Mike’s Nature Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Matapalo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Quepos sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Quepos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Hacienda Baru Lodge. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to El Sitio Museo Finca 6 in Palmar Norte (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, and look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita travel route planner.

You can drive from Quepos to Uvita in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

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Playa Flamingo

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Costa Rica Sailing Center and Playa Avellana. Get outdoors at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Playa Conchal. Go for a jaunt from Playa Flamingo to Nicoya to see Puerto Carrillo about 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Los Piratas de Flamingo.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo online trip planner.

Drive from Uvita to Playa Flamingo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and Church of San Blas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, and kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nosara, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

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Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Serpentario. Step out of Monteverde to go to Tilaran and see Viento Fresco Waterfall, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde tour planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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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.