8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip site.

Asuncion, Paraguay to Monteverde is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Asuncion to Monteverde, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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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.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online travel route planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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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 10th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin, and finally get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and finally trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get impressive views of Poas Volcano, then stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, and finally get outside with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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