Costa Rica 13-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 19 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Costa Rica.

With 13 days in Costa Rica, you can visit up to 4 different regions, taking in everything from Caribbean surf breaks to world-famous volcanic hot springs. Adrenaline seekers can head to Turrialba for whitewater rafting and canyoning before making your way to the charismatic surf town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Or catch a flight to Tortuguero or the Osa Peninsula from San José for unparalleled wildlife viewing. Either can easily be paired with classic Costa Rica highlights like Arenal Volcano and the Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Cloud forest canopy in Monteverde
Map of Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Pacific Coast - 13 Days
Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Pacific Coast - 13 Days

This 13-day itinerary is perfect for travelers who like to combine their mountain adventures with a bit of a beach holiday. After arriving at the airport in Liberia, you'll head to Rincón de la Vieja to explore the nature surrounding one of the country's most active volcanoes. Then travel deeper inland to spend a few days crossing suspension bridges, ziplining over trees, and hiking through the jungles of La Fortuna and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. You'll end your trip by returning to Guanacaste for some relaxation on the beaches of Papagayo.

Take in a glorious sunset in Tamarindo
Map of Relaxing Nicoya Peninsula Road Trip - 13 Days
Relaxing Nicoya Peninsula Road Trip - 13 Days

Get ready for a laid-back beach vacation to the stunning beaches of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Península. This slow-paced trip allows you to slow down and adjust to the Costa Rican lifestyle of pura vida in three quintessential surf towns: Tamarindo, Nosara, and Santa Teresa.

Pacific coastline on the Nicoya Peninsula
Map of Costa Rica Self-Drive Vacation - 13 Days
Costa Rica Self-Drive Vacation - 13 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love nature. You will visit the highlights of the country, from the infamous Arenal volcano to the misty cloud forest, to the beautiful beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.  Along the way, you will zip through trees on zip lines, swim in waterfalls, and also have a chance to spot the wildlife (from monkeys to the resplendent quetzel) on naturalist lead walks.

Scenic canyon along the Pacuare River
Map of Active Adventure in Costa Rica's Jungles and Beaches - 13 days
Active Adventure in Costa Rica's Jungles and Beaches - 13 days

This 13-day itinerary allows you to experience the full scope of Costa Rica's wonders. In almost two weeks you'll visit the capital of San José, the tropical jungles at Pacuare, the iconic Arenal volcano, the cloud forests of Monteverde, and many wide and inviting beaches, from the north of the country to the south. There are plenty of activities along the way, from white water rafting to soaring over the cloud forest canopy on a zip-line tour.

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Map of Luxury Costa Rica Getaway: Golden Beaches & Wild Rainforests - 13 Days
Luxury Costa Rica Getaway: Golden Beaches & Wild Rainforests - 13 Days

On this 13-day itinerary you'll get to enjoy many of the adventure sports and outdoor activities Costa Rica is famous for. This includes hiking and river rafting in the Arenal region and Tenorio National Park, plus snorkeling, paddleboarding, and horseback riding on the beach. And at the end of each day, you'll retire to the luxury hotels and eco-lodges that will serve as your accommodations during this adventure.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Coastal Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Arenal, Monteverde, & Manuel Antonio - 13 Days
Coastal Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Arenal, Monteverde, & Manuel Antonio - 13 Days

This jam-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights takes you from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Begin with a boat tour of Tortuguero before two days o f relaxation on Puerto Viejo Beach. Conquer the rapids on the Pacuare River en route to adventure-filled Arenal. Then, head to Monteverde, where you'll zipline through the rare cloud forest, followed by a cultural tour of local plantations. The trip winds down in Manuel Antonio, with its gorgeous beaches and adundant wildlife.

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Costa Rica Luxury Spa Treatments, Hot Springs, and Adventure - 13 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Spa Treatments, Hot Springs, and Adventure - 13 Days

There's no better way to rejuvenate your body and spirit than with a long soak in natural hot springs and some tropical outdoor adventures. Costa Rica offers all of this in the form of waterfall hikes, beach excursions, and whitewater rafting. You'll enjoy all of this plus spend a few days getting pampered in some of the most luxurious spas and eco-resorts in the world. 

Aerial View of Poas Volcano
Best of Costa Rica's Nature: Poas, Arenal, Rio Celeste, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 13 Days

This 13-day trip is packed with the best that Costa Rica's nature has to offer: volcanoes, cloud forests, coastlines, and more. You'll start in Poas to see the Tenorio Volcano and visit the La Paz Waterfall, then continue north to Arenal for a look at the iconic volcano and a chance to learn about coffee and chocolate production. Continue to Rio Celeste to see the spectacular blue water for yourself, then end your trip in Monteverde and Manual Antonio for sunny beaches and wildlife walks.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Luxury Adventure: Rafting, Hiking, and Wildlife - 13 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Adventure: Rafting, Hiking, and Wildlife - 13 Days

On this 13-day Costa Rican adventure, you'll get the adrenaline pumping by day and relax in luxury accommodations at night. You'll visit three distinct areas of the country—the central highlands, Pacific coast, and the southern Osa Peninsula—each offering its own unique excursions. Whether it's horseback riding to a waterfall, braving whitewater rapids, or marveling at exotic animals on a rainforest hike, the opportunities for adventure are almost limitless.

Turtle hatchling on the beach in Tortuguero
Map of Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 13 Days
Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure allows you to experience the country from both coasts. It includes a visit to the bustling capital of San José, the lush rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular, remote beaches of Guanacaste. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to surf lessons in the Pacific.

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling, Rafting, & Kayaking - 13 Days
Costa Rica Cycling, Rafting, & Kayaking - 13 Days

The goal of this 13-day Costa Rican adventure is to travel from coast to coast without an engine. That means you'll be mountain biking, hiking, even traveling down wild rivers on rafts and kayaks. It's a demanding journey that requires a good level of physical fitness, and while it's not easy, the rewards are great as you'll visit some of the most beautiful waterfalls, mountains, beaches, and rainforest in the country.

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Map of Cultural Tour of Costa Rica: Arenal & Tortuguero - 13 Days
Cultural Tour of Costa Rica: Arenal & Tortuguero - 13 Days

In just under two weeks you can enjoy the trip of a lifetime as you visit Costa Rica's most stunning locales. You'll travel along the Caribbean coast, from surf villages in the south to the turtle nesting site of Tortuguero in the north. Then it's off to the national parks of Arenal and Ricón de la Vieja, famous for towering volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, and natural hot springs.

A quiet stretch of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast
Map of Costa Rica from Coast to Coast - 13 Days
Costa Rica from Coast to Coast - 13 Days

Travel from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast, enjoying outdoor adventures along the way, on this exciting 13-day itinerary across Costa Rica. Spend a day sightseeing in San José before heading on to Tortuguero National Park for a boat tour and a nighttime nature hike. Continue to Arenal for volcano hikes, hot springs, and a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, then zipline through the cloud forest in Monteverde and end the trip in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Spot hummingbirds and many other species on your birding adventure
Map of Birding in Costa Rica:  Tortuguero, Corcovado, Carara National Park, & More - 13 Days
Birding in Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Corcovado, Carara National Park, & More - 13 Days

Experience the best of birding in Costa Rica on this 13-day journey through tropical paradise. In Tortuguero, learn about turtle conservation and spot dozens of birds and other species. Then, venture to Turrialba Volcano to discover the native birdlife. Next, stroll the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota, where hummingbirds and quetzals thrive, followed by Corcovado National Park and Ballena National Marine Park. The finale includes scarlet macaws flying overhead at Carara National Park, before returning to San José for some sightseeing.

Look for vibrantly hued birds on a birdwatching tour
Map of Costa Rica Nature and Birding Adventure - 13 Days
Costa Rica Nature and Birding Adventure - 13 Days

Costa Rica is a paradise for bird lovers. Over 850 different species exist in this small Central American nation, which accounts for 10% of the birds in the world. The birding opportunities here are limitless, and on this 13-day adventure you'll go on ornithological excursions in some of the most exotic locales in Costa Rica. 

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Map of Birding Self-Drive Adventure in Costa Rica - 13 Days
Birding Self-Drive Adventure in Costa Rica - 13 Days

There are few nations in the world in which you can see more bird species than Costa Rica. On a 13-day self-driving tour of this tropical paradise, you'll visit rainforests, beaches, mountains, and even scientific research stations in pursuit of the rarest specimens. This not only includes such colorful species as hummingbirds, toucans, and macaws but even the exotic resplendent quetzal.

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Map of Costa Rica Mountain Biking & Adventure Sports - 13 Days
Costa Rica Mountain Biking & Adventure Sports - 13 Days

This Costa Rican escape packs a year's worth of adventure into a mere 13 days. It begins on the Pacific coast with mountain-biking around the beach followed by cycling to the interior highlands, waterfall hikes, visits to volcanoes, and whitewater rafting. The trip culminates on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, where you can relax in paradise before heading home.

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Map of Costa Rica World-Class Wildlife, Nature, and Cultural Experience  - 13 Days
Costa Rica World-Class Wildlife, Nature, and Cultural Experience - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Costa Rica, you'll enjoy exciting wildlife hikes, tropical waterfalls, and luxury accommodations in unspoiled rainforests. More than that you'll discover the soul of the country on nature hikes, horseback rides through local villages, and visits to family-run farms. Add in some beach time on the Pacific coast and you have the makings of a perfect holiday.

Hike up Cerro Tortuguero for sweeping views over the coast
Map of Explore Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Wetlands & Caribbean Coast - 13 Days
Explore Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Wetlands & Caribbean Coast - 13 Days

Kayaking, ziplining, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding on the beach are just a few of the outdoor activities featured on this wide-ranging 13-day adventure around Costa Rica. Begin in Arenal with volcano hikes and a dip in hot springs, then move on to Monteverde for a coffee tour and a canopy excursion in the cloud forest. Spend a few days rafting and learning about wildlife conservation in Puerto Viejo before an unforgettable hike to the top of Cerro Tortuguero in Tortuguero National Park.

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