15 days in Goiania, Brasilia & Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Goiania, Brasilia & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Goiania, Brazil
1
Goiania, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Brasilia, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
4
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 day
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  24 h
End: Goiania, Brazil

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nights
Goiania, Brazil

Goiania ©
A planned city offering more green space for each inhabitant than any other urban center in the country, Goiania was established as the state capital in 1933.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museu Memorial do Cerrado and Museu Pedro Ludovico Teixeira. Take a break from the city and head to Bosque dos Buritis and Lago das Rosas. Change things up with a short trip to Santuario Basilica do Divino Pai Eterno in Trindade (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stop by Flamboyant Shopping Center, walk around Areiao Park, admire the landmark architecture of Oscar Niemeyer Cultural Center, and examine the collection at Museu Goiano Zoroastro Artiaga.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Goiania road trip planner.

May in Goiania sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brasilia.

Things to do in Goiania

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Santuario Basilica do Divino Pai Eterno
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Bosque dos Buritis ©
Bosque dos Buritis
Santuario Basilica do Divino Pai Eterno ©
Santuario Basilica do Divino Pai Eterno
Museu Memorial do Cerrado ©
Museu Memorial do Cerrado

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nights
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church and Parque Nacional de Brasilia. Get a sense of the local culture at Lago Paranoa and Ermida Dom Bosco. Change things up with a short trip to Chapada Imperial in Brazlandia (about 1h 5 min away). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brasilia journey builder tool.

You can drive from Goiania to Brasilia in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In May in Brasilia, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Brasilia

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapada Imperial
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Chapada Imperial ©
Chapada Imperial
Parque Nacional de Brasilia ©
Parque Nacional de Brasilia
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church ©
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online route planner.

You can fly from Brasilia to Manuel Antonio in 16 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, thensoothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 6th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 7th (Fri), get outside with Arenas Blancas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
day
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenkick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Spas

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