9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
3
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights

3
nights
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.
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, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, thenkick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenrelax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Monteverde tour planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, thentrot along with a tour on horseback, and then browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Teresa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Montezuma
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Horseback Riding Tours

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