Cycle from coast to coast, take a culinary journey, chill on the beach, or have a world-class whitewater adventure: there are countless ways to spend a week in Costa Rica. These 5 itineraries pair the country's biodiverse regions with activities that offer a deep dive into culture, nature, and adventure—read on to find your perfect match.

Itinerary #1: Costa Rica Cycling Adventure

Cycle from Siquirres to Turrialba Volcano
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José San Jose
Day 2 Biking from Playa Bonita to Siquirres Siquirres
Day 3 Cycle from Siquirres to Turrialba Turrialba
Day 4 Bike from Turrialba to Orosi Orosi
Day 5 Cycling from Orosi to Santa Maria Santa Maria de Dota
Day 6 Downhill Ride from Santa Maria to Quepos Quepos
Day 7 Free Day in Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio
Day 8 Manuel Antonio to San José, Depart Costa Rica  

 

Cycle from coast to coast on this epic adventure tour that will take you from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. See the real Costa Rica as you bike from village to village, past farms, banana plantations, and the sugar cane fields of the lowlands. You'll experience all this gorgeous country has to offer as you make your way towards the west coast, from jungle rivers to mountains to an active volcano to Costa Rica's famous coffee growing region.  After an unforgettable cross-country bike ride, celebrate your achievement on the beaches of the storied Manuel Antonio National Park. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Explore the Wild Shores of the Caribbean - Tortuguero & Puerto Viejo

Tortuguero National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 San Jose (Arrival) San Jose
Day 2 Tortuguero National Park Tortuguero National Park
Day 3 Tortuguero National Park - Boat Tour Tortuguero National Park
Day 4 Transfer to Puerto Viejo Puerto Viejo
Day 5 Hiking and Snorkelling in Cahuita National Park Puerto Viejo
Day 6 Cahuita National Park / San Jose San Jose
Day 7 San Jose (Departure)  

 

Perfect for travelers looking to hike and observe wildlife, this itinerary starts and ends in San José and includes many of the Caribbean coast's best destinations—including a famous sea turtle nesting site and Cahuita National Park. Compared to the Pacific Coast, which many other itineraries focus on, the Caribbean side tends to be less crowded, with more cultural diversity. From nature treks to pristine beaches, this itinerary offers something for everyone who wants to experience splendid scenery with a laid-back feel. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Adventure in Costa Rica with Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanos

Raft the Sarapiqui River
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José San Jose
Day 2 Drive to Arenal, Whitewater Rafting on the Sarapiqui River Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 3 Arenal Volcano from Land and Water Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 4 Arenal to Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio
Day 5 Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour at Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio
Day 6 Snorkeling & Sunset Catamaran Cruise in Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio
Day 7 Manuel Antonio to San José, Depart Costa Rica  

 

This fun itinerary highlights Costa Rica's amazing natural scenery through a thrilling series of adventurous activities including whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, and more. Starting in the nation's capital, you'll make your way to rivers, jungles, waterfalls, and cone-shaped volcanoes, culminating on the Pacific coast with time to relax on the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park—each one accessed by hiking trail. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Costa Rica Culinary Tour

Take a culinary journey through Costa Rica
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Costa Rica, Explore San José's Culture & History San Jose
Day 2 Drive to Arenal Volcano, Chocolate Making & Hot Springs Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 3 Waterfall Hike & Cooking Class Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 4 Coffee Farm Tour Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 5 Arenal to the Gulf of Papagayo Gulf de Papagayo
Day 6 Beach Day & Sunset Catamaran Sail in Papagayo Gulf de Papagayo
Day 7 Depart Costa Rica from Liberia  

 

On this food-themed tour, you'll explore food stalls at San José's Mercado Central, learn how to make traditional dishes during a hands-on cooking class, and participate in chocolate making (cacao is one of Costa Rica's most important exports). You'll also experience the country's incredible natural surroundings with jungles, beaches, and plenty of relaxation. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Off-the-Beaten-Path Costa Rica - Osa Jungle Adventure

Beaches of the Osa Peninsula
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Costa Rica - Experience San José's Culture and History San Jose
Day 2 Fly to Osa Peninsula - Explore Puerto Jiménez Puerto Jiménez
Day 3 Los Patos to La Sirena Station Corcovado National Park
Day 4 Full Day at La Sirena Ranger Station Corcovado National Park
Day 5 Sirena to La Leona Corcovado National Park
Day 6 Scuba Diving Isla del Caño Corcovado National Park
Day 7 Transfer from Puerto Jiménez to San José - Depart Costa Rica  

 

The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. Over half of all animal species in Costa Rica exist here, making this week-long tour one of the best for unique flora and fauna. Corcovado National Park has preserved one of the country's few remaining lowland rainforests, and the peninsula's remote location on the southern Pacific coast makes Osa a lost world perfect for exploration from the jungle to the sea. Learn more

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Map of 7 Days in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itineraries
Map of 7 Days in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itineraries