8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night

2
nights
Monteverde

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 23rd (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. When traveling from Houston in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Monteverde, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

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 28th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca visit planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks
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