Discover Costa Ricas Best With This 8-Day Itinerary

Author: Nidhi Sood on Dec 17,2023

Experience the best of Costa Rica on this 8-day itinerary, including a hike to the Hanging Bridges in Arenal Volcano National Park and a visit to the Carara National Park. Discover the cultural attractions of San Jose and the beautiful Jaco beach.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at San Jos

Upon arrival at the San Jose International Airport your private guide will greet and escort you to the hotel. Later, spend the day leisurely exploring the city and visiting landmarks such as the National Theatre and the Central Market. Enjoy a lavish dinner at your hotel.

Day 2: Journey to La Fortuna

Hop on a private three-hour and fifteen-minute drive to La Fortuna. Check into your premium accommodation and enjoy a delicious lunch. Venture out to explore the fascinating central parks, shops, and beautiful streets. In the evening, visit the La Fortuna Waterfall, where you can take a hike to see the stunning views of the waterfall and go swimming in the refreshing pools.

Day 3: Arenal National Park - Hiking Day

In the morning, drive to Arenal Volcano National Park, located in the northern part of the country. Spend the day exploring the park and taking a hike to see the lava flows.  After your hike, head to the Arenal Hot Springs for a relaxing soak in the warm thermal waters. Spend the latter half of the day exploring Arenal Lake. Go shopping around downtown La Fortuna. Return to your hotel for dinner.

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Day 4: Fascinating Hanging Bridges

After breakfast, your guide will drive you to the Hanging Bridges for a full days tour. Here, you will see 16 bridges with lengths ranging from eight to ninety-eight meters. A series of suspension bridges that offer stunning views of the rainforest and Arenal Volcano. The tour includes a guided hike through the rainforest, where you can see a variety of plants and animals.

Day 5: Transfer from La Fortuna to Peurto Veijo

After breakfast, travel from La Fortuna to Peurto Viejo. Its a four to five hours journey. Upon arrival in Puerto Viejo, check-in at your hotel and take some time to rest and explore the town. In the evening, visit the town square and grab dinner at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel for rest.

Day 6: Playa Negra Black Beach

In the morning, visit Playa Negra, a stunning black sand beach just a short drive from Puerto Viejo. Spend the day swimming, sunbathing, and joining a class to learn surfing. Explore the local shops and have a delicious dining experience at a beach-side restaurant.

Day 7: Carara National Park Tour

Hop on a four-hour and forty-minute drive to Carara National Park. Travel to Carara National Park, recognized for its aviary species, making it a perfect spot for bird-watching aficionados. Once there, a naturalist guide will take you on a guided trail to see the bird life; each track is roughly 2 miles long (3.2 km). Look for diverse species with the assistance of your guide, which offers environmental details. Spend the evening at the Jaco beach and check into a seaside hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

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Day 8: San Jose - Goodbye to Costa Rica

Get a private transfer to the San Jose airport (an hour and twenty-minute drive) for your flight home, taking memories of your fantastic trip to Costa Rica with you. Happy Journey!

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