9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Edmonton International Airport

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Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 3rd (Tue), stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then explore the galleries of Alas y Raices.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to Monteverde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel planner.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Poas Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, then get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

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Drive from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.