8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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8 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Lima

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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Lima, Peru to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lima to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

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Parks Nature Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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Nature Wildlife Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder website .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

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Parks Wildlife Nature
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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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