8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Houston
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Houston

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 Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde tour planning app .

Houston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Houston in December, expect nights in Monteverde to be warmer, around 82°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Salto, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

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) early enough 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
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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.
On the 28th (Sat), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip maker .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. 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.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Vara Blanca trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks
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