23 days in Costa Rica & Toronto Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica & Toronto Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Toronto, Canada
— 4 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 2 nights

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.
To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Jose is minus 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Selvatura Park has been added to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online attractions planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 2 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero journey 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 in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica — 5 nights

Walaba

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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing site.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 1 night

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Toronto.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

Toronto, Canada — 4 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Journey Behind the Falls as well as Skylon Tower. There's more to do: walk around Berczy Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Toronto tour planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Toronto takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September, Toronto is slightly colder than San Jose - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

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.
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