8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Lima
Fly:  14​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Quepos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Jose
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
Lima

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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.
To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose travel route builder tool .

Lima, Peru to San Jose is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in February since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 21°C. On the 21st (Wed), you're off toLa Fortuna de San Carlos.

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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 Rio Celeste, Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Rio Celeste
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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

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Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas ©
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tortuga Island as well as Playa Blanca ( White Beach ). Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca ( White Beach ).

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Punta Arenas travel route planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Punta Arenas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for Quepos on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

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Side Trip

Playa Blanca ( White Beach )
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Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

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Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You've added Playa Biesanz, Playa Espadilla Norte, Naturalist Michael Araya Flores, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Quepos tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Quepos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Biesanz
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo

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San Jose

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

You can drive from Punta Arenas to San Jose in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

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