A perfect week in Costa Rica

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Imagine you have a free week to travel and explore the beauty and adventure of Costa Rica. With towering volcanoes, lush rainforests, incredible wildlife, and breathtaking beaches, it can be hard to figure out how to spend your limited time. This one-week Costa Rican itinerary packs in the best of this Central American gem so you can fully experience the pura vida lifestyle.

Everyone travels differently. It’s recommended to explore the destinations in Costa Rica to see what interests you most. Working with a Costa Rica itinerary provider (such as this one) and knowing Costa Rica’s airports will also greatly help your travel planning.

Day 1: Explore the Arenal Volcano

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Kick off your week of travel with a trip to Arenal Volcano National Park. Situated northwest of the capital city San José, this area is home to one of Costa Rica's most iconic natural sights. Arenal Volcano looms large over the countryside, often capped with clouds even when not actively erupting.

Start with a moderate hike on the Arenal 1968 Trail. As you walk through the lush forest at the volcano's base, your guide will explain the history of its eruptions over the years. Finish the trek with a reward—a relaxing soak in nearby Tabacón Hot Springs. These natural, mineral-rich pools sit right along a river, with the mighty volcano visible in the background.

Spend the night in the small town of La Fortuna. It was renamed after the 1968 eruption, when the lava flowed down the other side of the volcano, sparing the town. Wander the main street, sample delectable local cuisine, or visit more springs before retiring for the evening.

Explore Arenal Volcano National Park

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