11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Algiers
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Algiers

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, experience rural life at Finca Loma Verde, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Algiers, Algeria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Algiers to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Los Chorros Waterfalls
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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