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Costa Rica: things to do in 1 week

Arenal Volcano – Costa Rica / Photo :

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If you plan a trip to Costa Rica for a week, we have here the experience you wont’ forget. Grab your backpack and follow us!

Costa Rica is definitely an awesome destination in Central America for those who love nature and adventure. But what to do if you visit Costa Rica for one week ? Let’s be honest, you won’t have the time to do everything, so here are the top things to do in seven days. From jungles to beaches, you will have an unforgettable experience.

First of all, start by renting a car, that will save you a huge amount of time. Secondly in the car get a GPS, that will save your life in jungles and mountains, where you can’t have any internet with phones.


When we first arrived at San José airport, we went directly to our car rental company and drove straight 3 hours north to get as close as we can to the Arenal volcano. From there you can perfectly see the impressive volcano.

1/ In the morning, I advice you to go to the waterfalls as it is very close from the city La Fortuna and not crowdy. Here is the location of the waterfalls 

Waterfalls Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica
Waterfalls Arenal Volcano – Costa Rica

2/ Go for a walk and get closer to the Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Volcano – photo : iamabackpacker
Arenal Volcano – photo : iamabackpacker


THIRD DAY  : Enjoy a day at the beach

Sleeping at : Hostel Plinio, BEST HOSTEL I’VE EVER STAID

FOURTH DAY : Manuel Antonio National Park

Monkey at Manuel Antonio National Park – photo : iamabackpacker
Green Vine Snake – photo : iamabackpacker

FIFTH DAY : Enjoy a relax day at the beach

Manuel Antonio Nat. Park – photo : iamabackpacker

Sleeping at : Hostel Plinio, BEST HOSTEL I’VE EVER STAID

SIXTH DAY : visit of San José

Sleeping at : Selina Hostel,

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