9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Bajos del Toro
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle + foot + bus:  1​h 15​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Fly:  10​h
Toronto

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 25th (Mon): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Monteverde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker app

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bajos del Toro.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
day
Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Catarata Del Toro Adventures.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bajos del Toro day trip tool

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bajos del Toro in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tortuguero.

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Catarata Del Toro Adventures ©
Catarata Del Toro Adventures

1
day
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero driving holiday planner

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bajos del Toro to Tortuguero. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca vacation tool

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Vara Blanca can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 1st (Mon), you're off tohome.

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