9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Denver
Fly + shuttle:  12​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
Playa Conchal
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Denver

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 28th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder site .

Denver, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Monteverde. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery
Zipline

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
days
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.
On the 4th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then look for gifts at Chieton Moren. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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1
day
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Conchal trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to Playa Conchal in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from San Jose, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Playa Conchal, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 71°F. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Tamarindo
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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