6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
— 1 night
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Christchurch


La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Christchurch to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Costa Rica travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.