The Ultimate Costa Rica Itinerary For 7 Days

Author: Nidhi Sood on Mar 07,2023

This ultimate Costa Rica itinerary will take you through this magical land! Costa Rica might look like a tiny space on the map, but you cant imagine the richness it carries. This small, exciting place is about adventure, nature, and beauty. Follow this itinerary for an enthralling experience!!

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: San Jos to La Fortuna

On arrival, your private guide will escort you to your hotel as you enjoy the drive through the Green Mountains, the cattle fields, the occasional dense forest, and the coffee plantations. Check into your accommodation with the view of the looming volcano that looks incredible from a distance. Later, visit the charming central park, and venture out to explore the shops and streets surrounding the area. Check in to your hotel for dinner.  

Day 2: Arenal National Park - Hiking Day

Visit the La Fortuna waterfall. Then, hop on a three-hour drive to the Arenal National Park to hike the beautiful trails, including the famous Los Heliconias trail, where youll get the perfect view of Lake Arenal and the volcano. In the evening, visit the nearby hot springs and relax in the warm waters. Head back to La Fortuna, and explore souvenir shops downtown. Have a lavish dinner at a premium restaurant before returning to your accommodation.  

Day 3: La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio

Hop on an hours flight from La Fortuna to Quepos. Then, Head to the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. Enjoy a Zip-lining adventure and spend the day hiking through the park and exploring its beautiful beaches. Keep an eye out for some of the park's resident wildlife, such as monkeys and sloths. Check into your hotel for a lavish dinner and an overnight stay. 

Day 4: Explore wildlife at Tortuguero National Park

Take a 30-minute flight to Tortuguero. Then visit the Tortuguero National Park, known for its vast network of canals and abundance of wildlife. Go on a boat tour of the park and keep an eye out for turtles, caimans, and various bird species. In the evening, go on a guided night tour with a naturalist to see a wild array of nocturnal critters, and a great display of mysterious sounds will welcome you as you walk deeper into the forest.

Day 5: Journey to Monte Verde

Hop on an hours drive to catch your flight to the town of Monte Verde. Check into your hotel. Then, go ziplining through the cloud forest. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of a coffee plantation and learn about growing and harvesting coffee beans. Return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 6: Return to San Jose

Head back to San Jose on a three-hour private drive. Spend your final day in Costa Rica shopping at the local markets and trying authentic Costa Rican cuisine. Spend the day at leisure. Return to your hotel for dinner. 

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast, pack your bags and meet your private guide, who will drive you to the airport for your flight back home. 

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