19 days in Antigua & Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Antigua & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Take a break from Antigua with a short trip to Iximche in Panajachel, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Antigua online day trip planner.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Antigua is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Santo Domingo to Antigua, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app.

You can fly from Antigua to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

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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.
On the 7th (Thu), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tortuguero takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. 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 drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read San Jose tour app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in November, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 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 · Tours

Side Trips

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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.