4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Dominical
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

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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 3rd (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from Norway, the closest major airports are Juan Santamaria International Airport, Tobias Bolanos International Airport and Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park online trip builder .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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Dominical

The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dominical trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Poas Volcano National Park to Dominical in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Dominical

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parasailing & Paragliding

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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 6th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monteverde route website .

Traveling by car from Dominical to Monteverde takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Alas y Raices ©
Alas y Raices

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