9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Huequecura and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

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Chicago, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mirador Huequecura

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool .

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero vacation builder .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel planning 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip builder .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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