9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Queretaro City
Fly:  17​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Queretaro City

2
nights
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 29th (Sun): shop like a local with Arte Jaguar Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey planning app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Monteverde is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Central Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), then contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartago, Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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