8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Shuttle:  12 h 15 min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Boston

2
nights
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 28th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, then admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde itinerary site .

Boston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, then stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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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.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and then explore the galleries of Galeria Namu. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally browse the different shops at Avenida Escazu.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Escazu, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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