10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Riga

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
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 2nd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Huequecura and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip maker site .

Riga, Latvia to Vara Blanca is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Riga to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mirador Huequecura
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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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary website .

Drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 6th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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