9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Calgary 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve 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, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary maker tool.

Calgary, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) 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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) 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 12th (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then experience rural life at Finca Organica.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park travel planning site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · 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.