8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  9​h
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Bogota

2
nights
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.
For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker site .

Bogota, Colombia to Monteverde is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Colombia Time (COT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. June in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally stop by Chieton Moren. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Jose day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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