9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly + bus + shuttle:  14​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Tarcoles
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
San Francisco

4
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.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

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San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 (Sun): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde vacation planner

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tarcoles.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

1
day
Tarcoles

On the 5th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, and then admire the sheer force of Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Tarcoles in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Tarcoles

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls
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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls ©

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