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Summary

This 7-day itinerary in Costa Rica offers a blend of adventure, nature, and culture, from exploring active volcanoes and lush rainforests to experiencing thrilling whitewater rafting and relaxing in hot springs. Each day is carefully planned to maximize the experience in Costa Rica's diverse landscapes, ensuring travelers have a memorable journey.

🌋 Day 2: Exploring Alajuela

A day packed with natural wonders, starting with the majestic Poas Volcano, followed by the enchanting La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and concluding with a cultural immersion at Doka Estate Coffee Tour.

🌋 Poas Volcano

Poas Volcano is one of Costa Rica's most popular active volcanoes with one of the largest active craters in the world. The National Park consists of nearly 15,000 acres that encompass at least four different habitats. The color of the lagoon varies from aquamarine to green, creating a truly magical experience.

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Tips

Visit early in the morning for the best visibility and to avoid clouds. The weather can change rapidly, so it's advisable to bring layers and a rain jacket.

🌿 La Paz Waterfall Gardens

At La Paz Waterfall Gardens, visitors are guaranteed to see lush tropical rainforest, flowing white rivers, and spectacular waterfalls. The gardens are home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, butterflies, monkeys, and felines, offering a truly immersive experience in Costa Rica's natural beauty.

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Tips

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain and bring a raincoat or poncho to stay dry while exploring the waterfalls and gardens.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +506 2482 2720
🌐   Website: http://www.waterfallgardens.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 3 hours
📍   Address: 6R3Q+Q9P, Provincia de Alajuela, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
🔗   Profiles: Instagram

Doka Estate Costa Rica Coffee Tour

The Doka Estate Coffee Tour offers a comprehensive insight into the cultivation and processing of coffee in Costa Rica. Visitors can learn about the entire process, from cultivation to processing, and gain an understanding of the natural and cultural environment that contributes to the production of world-renowned Costa Rican coffee.

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Tips

Take the opportunity to purchase some freshly roasted coffee to take home as a flavorful and aromatic souvenir of your visit to the Doka Estate.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +506 2277 1560
🌐   Website: http://www.haciendadoka.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2.5 hours
📍   Address: 129, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
🔗   Profiles: TikTok Facebook LinkedIn Instagram

🌴 Day 3: Adventure in Limon

Discover the rich biodiversity of Tortuguero National Park and the charming Tortuguero Town, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

🐢 Tortuguero National Park

A vital breeding ground for sea turtles and a haven for diverse wildlife. The park's network of canals and lagoons provides a unique opportunity to observe various species of birds, reptiles, and mammals in their natural habitat.

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Tips

Take a guided boat tour to explore the park's waterways, allowing for an up-close encounter with the fascinating wildlife and lush vegetation.

Travel Information
🌐   Website: http://www.sinac.go.cr/ES/ac/acto/pnt/Paginas/default.aspx
📍   Address: Limón Province, Roxana, Costa Rica

🏘️ Tortuguero Town

A picturesque town known for its conservation efforts and vibrant community. The town's commitment to preserving the natural environment is evident in its sustainable practices and dedication to protecting the nesting sites of sea turtles along its pristine beaches.

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Tips

Visit during turtle nesting season for a chance to see turtles laying eggs, an awe-inspiring spectacle that highlights the town's commitment to wildlife conservation.

🌴 Day 4: Return to San Jose

A leisurely day back in San Jose after the adventures in Limon, with a focus on relaxation and preparing for the next day's journey.

🌊 Tortuguero National Park

Revisit the park for any missed experiences, such as the Tortuguero Boat Trip Experience. Additionally, take the opportunity to explore the lesser-known parts of the park, where the lush biodiversity and serene waterways offer a different perspective of this natural wonder.

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Tips

Embrace the tranquility of the park by opting for a leisurely boat ride, allowing the sounds of nature to envelop you as you glide through the picturesque canals. Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this area home, from colorful birds to elusive reptiles.

Travel Information
🌐   Website: http://www.sinac.go.cr/ES/ac/acto/pnt/Paginas/default.aspx
📍   Address: Limón Province, Roxana, Costa Rica

Day 5: La Fortuna Wonders

Experience the thrill of Balsa River Whitewater Rafting and the beauty of La Fortuna Waterfall, ending the day exploring La Fortuna town.

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Balsa River Whitewater Rafting

Adrenaline-pumping rafting experience with various levels of rapids.

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Tips

Choose a rafting level that matches your experience and comfort.

La Fortuna Waterfall

A breathtaking waterfall that plunges into a natural pool, perfect for swimming.

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Tips

Bring a swimsuit and towel to enjoy a refreshing swim.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +506 2479 9515
🌐   Website: http://cataratalafortuna.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2 hours
📍   Address: 21007, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica

🌋 Day 6: Arenal Volcano Adventure

Explore Arenal Volcano National Park's natural beauty, experience thrilling activities like Sky Tram and Sky Trek, and relax at the Eco Termales Hot Springs.

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🏞️ Arenal Volcano National Park

Home to Costa Rica's most active volcano and diverse ecosystems. The park offers stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and the surrounding lush rainforest. Visitors can witness the raw power of nature as they explore the trails and lookout points.

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Tips

Wear hiking shoes to navigate the trails comfortably and bring a camera to capture the awe-inspiring landscapes and potential wildlife sightings.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +506 2200 4192
🌐   Website: http://www.sinac.go.cr/ES/ac/ACAHN/pnva/Paginas/default.aspx
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: F76C+FPQ, Alajuela Province, El Castillo, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

🌉 Arenal Hanging Bridges

A series of suspension bridges offering unique perspectives of the forest. The Arenal Hanging Bridges provide an exhilarating opportunity to observe the rich biodiversity from a different vantage point, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the heart of the rainforest.

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Tips

Look out for wildlife, including birds and monkeys, as you walk. The bridges offer an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and experiencing the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +506 2479 8282
🌐   Website: https://www.misticopark.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2 hours
📍   Address: 2km este de la represa del Lago Arenal, La Fortuna de, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
🔗   Profiles: X (Twitter) YouTube TikTok Facebook Pinterest

🌿 Eco Termales Hot Springs

A relaxing end to an adventurous day, these hot springs are a must-visit. Nestled in a tropical garden setting, the Eco Termales Hot Springs offer a tranquil escape, allowing visitors to unwind and rejuvenate in the soothing thermal waters amidst the natural beauty of the Arenal region.

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Tips

Book in advance, especially during peak season, to ensure entry. Additionally, consider visiting during the evening for a more serene and intimate experience, as the hot springs are beautifully illuminated after dark.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +506 2479 8787
🌐   Website: http://ecotermalesfortuna.cr/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2-4 hours
📍   Address: 3.5 Km Este de la Iglesia Católica, La Fortuna, San Carlos, 21007, Costa Rica
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram