9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
San Jose
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Senderos Los Tucanes. Head to Galeria Aguas Verdes and Wood & Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally browse the different shops at Avenida Escazu.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose road trip planning site.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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