8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Denver
+3
Drive + Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  13 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Drive:  11 h 45 min
End: Denver

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Denver, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of car, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

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

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip maker tool .

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. In November in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planning app .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Monteverde in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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