9 days in Province of Alajuela Itinerary

9 days in Province of Alajuela Itinerary

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9 days in Province of Alajuela Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Cano Negro
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
El Castillo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Alajuela
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: New Orleans

1
day
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cano Negro day trip app .

New Orleans, USA to Cano Negro is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in Cano Negro hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife Parks
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

1
night
El Castillo

El Castillo ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arenal Eco Zoo, and then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the El Castillo online route builder .

Traveling by car from Cano Negro to El Castillo takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Arenal Eco Zoo ©
Arenal Eco Zoo

3
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Hot Springs and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Visiting Arenal Natura Ecological Park and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alajuela: La Fortuna de San Carlos (Tabacon Hot Springs & La Fortuna Waterfall).

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Alajuela trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from El Castillo to Alajuela takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Alajuela

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Rafael, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Metal Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Alajuela to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Metal Church, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Iglesia de San Rafael
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Metal Church ©
Metal Church