8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + shuttle:  13​h 15​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tilaran
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Nuevo Arenal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + bus + Fly + bus + subway:  11​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Ecological Sanctuary, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Tilaran.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

1
night
Tilaran

Tilaran ©
Tilarán is a small town in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at La Reserva Forest Reserve and then take in the dramatic scenery at Viento Fresco Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tilaran day trip planning website .

Drive from Monteverde to Tilaran in 2 hours. April in Tilaran sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nuevo Arenal.

Things to do in Tilaran

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
La Reserva Forest Reserve ©
La Reserva Forest Reserve

1
night
Nuevo Arenal

Nuevo Arenal ©
Nuevo Arenal is a town and district in Tilarán Canton in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nuevo Arenal trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tilaran to Nuevo Arenal in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Nuevo Arenal are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Nuevo Arenal

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Venado Caves
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): trek along Ecocentro Danaus, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker .

Drive from Nuevo Arenal to La Fortuna de San Carlos in an hour. You will leave for home on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
River Rafting & Tubing

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