7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Alicante
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Heredia
— 1 night
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
Alicante

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner .

Alicante, Spain to Monteverde is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Heredia.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

1
day
Heredia

Heredia ©
Heredia is a city in the Heredia province of Costa Rica, of which it is the capital; it is 10 kilometers to the north of the country's capital, San José.The city is home to one of the largest colleges in Costa Rica, the National University of Costa Rica, which accepts many international students. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): meet the residents at Butterfly Kingdom, wander the streets of Multiplaza, and then look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to Heredia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in Heredia

#Wildlife, #Shopping, #Tours

Side Trip

Escazu
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Butterfly Kingdom ©
Butterfly Kingdom
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom

2
days
Cahuita

Cahuita
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nature Park Walk and then identify plant and animal life at La Ceiba. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Heredia to Cahuita in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Heredia to Cahuita due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Heredia in April since evenings lows in Cahuita dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Nature Park Walk, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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