8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
day
Monteverde

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.
On the 8th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde vacation builder app.

Seattle, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

3
nights
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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
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.
On the 12th (Mon), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tortuguero using our trip planner.

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 October in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca sightseeing planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife
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