10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Monterrey
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Mal Pais
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Monterrey

2
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tabacon Hot Springs as well as Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). On the 6th (Thu), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker.

Monterrey, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
days
San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Chieton Moren, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Adventure

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El Toledo Coffee Tour
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing
El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour

2
days
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 10th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Art House, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

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Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

1
day
Mal Pais

Mal Pais ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mal Pais trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Mal Pais takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mal Pais

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Spas & Wellness, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
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Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
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