19 days in Antigua & Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Antigua & Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Antigua & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
+6
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  9​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 45​min
5
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

6
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Change things up with a short trip to Iximche in Panajachel (about 1h 30 min away). Make the 31st (Thu) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and steep yourself in history at Church of San Francisco.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antigua trip itinerary maker website .

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Antigua is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santo Domingo to Antigua is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Iximche, Valhalla Experimental Station
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take a peaceful walk through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 7th (Thu): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
day
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose vacation planning site .

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tortuguero in November, things will get little chillier in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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