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Uncover the natural beauty of Costa Rica during this 11-day tour around the country. From coast to coast, discover the complexity of the different regions, including the bustling capital city of San Jose and both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Give yourself the opportunity to see a variety of active and dormant volcanoes, rainforests, as well as a plethora of animals and plant life. Enjoy all of Costa Rica wrapped up into one trip!
Rincon de la Vieja: Enjoy the volcanic views this spectacular national park has to offer. But watch your step as you wander around the fascinating steaming mud pots and boiling water.
Arenal: Admire one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the country and its mesmerising park, dotted with trails and rich in wildlife.
Sarapiqui: Neighbouring the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a great area for animal spotting, this magnificent region is known for its kayaking and white-water rafting.
Tortuguero: This park is home to the nesting grounds of the green sea turtles, offering spectacular beaches and fantastic opportunities to spot wild animals and birds.
San Jose: Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city was founded in the mid-18th century, boasting great cultural and historical landmarks. Visit its museums, the European-inspired National Theatre, and stroll the charming alleys of its historic neighbourhoods.
Vara Blanca: This hilly, verdant area is located just north of San Jose, next to the hypnotizing active Poas Volcano.
Jaco: Set on the spellbinding Pacific coast, the area of Jaco boasts beautiful beaches and calm surroundings.
- Operated with Bilingual Spanish and English-speaking licensed local guides on a shared basis Please note you will be accompanied by local guides for the activities only. There is no guarantee that you will be part of a group, or part of the same group during the tour.
- 10 nights’ accommodation
- 10 breakfasts,
- 2 lunches on days 5, 6
- 2 dinners on days 5, 6
- Air-conditioned transportation as indicated in the itinerary on a shared basis
- Tour guides do not accompany guests during transport
ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:
- All monuments and visits as indicated: Guided hike in Arenal Volcano National Park, guided hike to Tortuguero village, guided boat tour through the Tortuguero Canals
- Meet and greet on Day 1
- Hotel taxes
- Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
- Airport taxes
- Airport porterage
- Optional tours
- International and domestic flight tickets or visa fees and local taxes
- Gratuities for drivers and guides
- Tortuguero National Park entrance fee
- Any extras at the hotels
- No refund for unused services. Splitting of package is not allowed
- Recommended arrival time before 15:00 hrs.
- Recommended departure flight after 15:00 hrs.
What do I need to bring?
Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Costa Rica. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
Day 1 Rincon de la Vieja
- Standard Hotel Category = Cañón de la Vieja or similar 3*
- Superior Hotel Category = Hacienda Guachipelín or similar 5*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Hacienda Guachipelín or similar 5*
Day 2-3 Arenal
- Standard Hotel Category = Arenal Montechiari or similar 3*
- Superior Hotel Category = Arenal Springs or similar 4*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Arenal Kioro Hotel or similar 5*
Day 4 Sarapiqui
- Standard Hotel Category = El Bambú or similar 3*
- Superior Hotel Category = La Quinta Lodge or similar ¨( Lodge Standard)
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge or similar ( Lodge Standard)
Day 5- 6 Tortuguero
- Standard Hotel Category = Pachira Lodge or similar (Lodge Standard)
- Superior Hotel Category = Evergreen Lodge or similar (Lodge Standard)
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Aninga Lodge or similar (Lodge Standard)
Day 7 San Jose
- Standard Hotel Category = Holiday Inn Express Forum or similar 3*
- Superior Hotel Category = Holiday Inn Escazu or similar 4*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Real Intercontinental or similar 5*
Day 8 Vara Blanca
- Standard Hotel Category = Buena Vista Lodge or similar 3*
- Superior Hotel Category = Poas Volcano Lodge or similar 4*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Peace Lodge or similar 5*
Day 9-10 Jaco
- Standard Hotel Category = Balcon del Mar or similar 3*
- Superior Hotel Category = Amapola or similar 4*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Crocs Resort or similar 5*
- Once ordered, this tour cannot be cancelled or refund or amended at any circumstances.
Day 1 : ARRIVAL LIBERIA – RINCON DE LA VIEJA (35km – 1 hr)
Your Costa Rican adventure begins on arrival to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, in the country’s northwestern area. Here, a Destination Services representative awaits to greet you before you depart on a shared transfer to Rincon de la Vieja for your first night in Costa Rica.
- Overnight in Rincon de la Vieja.
Day 2 : RINCON DE LA VIEJA – ARENAL (150km – 3.5 hrs)
The delicious breakfast at the hotel is followed by a pick-up in a shared transfer from Rincon de la Vieja to Arenal. Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica and this area is a paradise for adventure lovers. On arrival to the hotel, enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the surroundings on your own or join an optional activity. You can choose between a Canopy Tour in Arenal Ecoglide, a Kayaking experience, an ATV tour or a relaxing session at the stunning Tabacon Hot Springs.
A great choice is the Canopy Tour in Arenal Ecoglide Park, known for having two separate cables, one you glide on and one for major safety precautions. The canopy consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms. These are divided into three sections found mostly in the trees, designed to provide you with greater contact with nature. One of the major attractions is the Tarzan Swing, the part of the tour that guarantees you will have the greatest adventure. All your worries will disappear as you fly through the trees like Tarzan!
If this is not your cup of tea, you can always choose to spend your afternoon kayaking. After a short drive, arrive at Arenal Lake, where your guides will give you the equipment, consisting of a life jacket and a paddle, and introduce you to paddling. You will learn basic paddle strokes, safety, and rules of the water. Once on the water, our guides will lead you along the shoreline for an incredible view of the volcano. On your journey, you may observe different species of birds like the Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher, Flycatcher, Anhinga and may also possibly hear the Howler Monkey. Optional activities mentioned are not included.
- Overnight in Arenal.
Day 3 : ARENAL
After a tasty breakfast at the hotel, take a guided walking tour in the mesmerising Arenal Volcano National Park. During the hike, enjoy the verdant landscapes and the backdrop of the now-dormant volcano, as you keep a lookout for animals that live in this national park. You have the opportunity to see sloths, howler monkeys, and even anteaters, to name a few. Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring the surroundings on your own, or participating in an optional activity.
You can again choose between Canopy Tour in Arenal Ecoglide, a Kayaking experience, an ATV tour or the relaxing session at the stunning Tabacon Hot Springs, depending on the choice you made yesterday, of course.
If you are a nature lover and an adrenaline seeker, the ATV tour is a great experience. The Quads Adventure ATV tour not only gives you the opportunity for adventure and fun but also includes nature and unique views of the majestic Arenal Volcano. The trail you will traverse goes through pastureland at the base of the volcano from which you will have numerous opportunities to view the imposing mountain. You will then continue passing through Tropical Humid Forest and observe the area’s flora and fauna before arriving at the lookout point. There, enjoy one of the best views of the volcano and some of its most recent flows! And if you prefer to unwind and recharge your batteries, spend the afternoon at the Tabacon Hot Springs. Take time to relax your mind and body as you enjoy these therapeutic volcanic hot water springs, surrounded by natural beauty, the rainforest, and the volcano. The magnificent infrastructure of pools, mesmerising waterfalls and the inviting wet bars will make your visit memorable! Optional activities mentioned are not included.
- Overnight in Arenal.
Day 4 : ARENAL – SARAPIQUI (130km – 2.5 hrs)
The delicious breakfast at the hotel is followed by check-out and a lovely trip to the Sarapiqui area, in a shared transfer. Hidden in the foothills of the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park and set alongside mountain streams, exuberant rainforest and pasturelands, this spellbinding area is truly a sight for sore eyes. Encounter the mysteries of the rainforest while enjoying a comfortable stay in the beautifully designed rooms of the lodge.
Enjoy the natural surroundings and, perhaps, participate in one of the optional activities available. Today you can choose between an adventurous Rafting experience, a delicious Chocolate tour, and an exciting Canopy tour.
Rafting at the Sarapiquí River offers you the perfect combination of adventure and nature. This section is filled with class II-III rapids and clear, refreshing water that swerves its way through the tropical rainforest of Sarapiquí, making it a true paradise! Rapids with names like “Roller Coaster”, “Superman”, and “Air Force” will thrill you while the incredible surroundings filled with flora and fauna will leave you breathless. If you don´t feel adventurous today, you can enjoy an interesting Chocolate tour. This 2.5-hour experience will open the secrets and wonders of one of mankind’s favourite foods: chocolate. The tour will be led by a trained guide across the suspension bridge and a sector of the Tirimbina forest to a former cacao-growing plot. During the hike, the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree will be explained. The cacao plot, which is not in commercial use, was formerly cultivated in an ancient way – mixed with other forest trees. It was used for research purposes several decades ago and is currently used for environmental education, showing the traditional processes. If chocolate is not something you want to learn about, get closer to nature during an exciting Canopy Tour. While from the ground you get visual access to a part of the forest, on the canopy tour you can discover a different perspective. Fill your eyes with nature and your body with adrenaline whole exploring Sarapiqui, one of the most diverse areas in Costa Rica. The zip line adventure is one of the best ways to discover and admire the green world of the treetops. Optional activities mentioned are not included.
- Overnight in Sarapiqui.
Day 5 : SARAPIQUI – TORTUGUERO (85km – 3 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)
In the morning, take a shared transfer from Sarapiqui to the neighbouring Guapiles area, where you switch buses to take a second shared transfer to your hotel in Tortuguero. Indulge in a tasty breakfast en route and continue through the jungle by boat, cruising the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park. Arrive, check in, and lunch at your eco-lodge. Board the boat again for a visit to Tortuguero village, where you have the incredible opportunity to stroll its beautifully arranged paths, explore the bewildering beaches, and experience the locals’ way of life. During turtle hatching season, we will look for the baby turtles trying to find their way down to the ocean. Nesting is from July to September, hatching from September to December. Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, surrounded by the beautiful tropical forest and wildlife.
- Overnight in Tortuguero .
Day 6 : TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
Today enjoy some free time to relax by the pool and then, indulge in a three-hour trip exploring the famous Tortuguero National Park. Observe over 350 protected species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and sloths, as well as admire its lush vegetation. During the July to September season, you can join an optional late night turtle nesting tour, purchasable directly at the lodge. Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park is not included.
- Overnight in Tortuguero.
Day 7 : TORTUGUERO – SAN JOSE (135km – 4 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)
After a mouthwatering breakfast, we depart Tortuguero on shared transfer by boat then land to the capital city of San Jose. Upon arrival to San Jose, check in to your hotel, then have the rest of day at leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own.
- Overnight in San Jose.
Day 8 : SAN JOSE – LA PAZ WATERFALL – VARA BLANCA (55km – 1.5 hrs)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and head towards the magnificent area of Vara Blanca to visit the bewildering La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a privately owned ecological attraction featuring five waterfalls, cloud and rain forests, and great hiking trails. Visit the various exhibits of the gardens, including the butterfly observatory and the insect exhibit, see over 100 species of animals, and catch a glimpse of the environmental education programme.
- Overnight in Vara Blanca.
Day 9 : VARA BLANCA – HERRADURA BEACH (120km – 2.5 hrs)
Begin the day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel before you are picked up in a shared transfer from Vara Blanca area to the Central Pacific coast. Creating an inspiring landscape, the sandy beaches and protected wildlife are two primary draws to this beautiful area. And with its combination of ocean views and lush tropical vegetation, the Central Pacific has scenery unlike any other
- Overnight in Jaco.
Day 10 : HERRADURA BEACH
Have a toothsome breakfast at the hotel and spend the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel facilities or adventuring in the optional activities available.
Adventure seekers can choose to join the Canopy tour. This is a project designed not only as an extreme adventure, but a way to enjoy nature without harming the environment. Admire the spectacular views of the Herradura Bay and Island, as well as the Nicoya Gulf and take advantage of the opportunity to view Scarlet Macaws, chestnut-mandible toucans and white-face monkeys. The adventure starts with a 15-minute ride aboard the specially designed 40 passenger tractor. Once you arrive at the top of the mountain, you begin descending via a series of zip lines, including 15 platforms and 14 cables with a total cable distance of 3.5 km including the longest one in the area, the 732m cable!
Another option for today is the Carara National Park. This incredible protected area measures about 4,700 hectares and is home to approximately 48% of Costa Rica’s aviary species. Learn about the importance of the region, as it is situated in a transitional region between the tropical dry forest and the humid Pacific rainforest. This tour showcases colourful species of flora and fauna from a varied ecosystem. Spot the scarlet macaw, collared aracari and various monkey specimens.
And if you want to learn all about the interesting crocodiles, choose to join the Crocodile Adventure, a tour along the Tárcoles River in Jaco, one of the most populated crocodile rivers in the world. From the safe riverboat, observe American crocodiles of all sizes in their natural habitat. You will also see an abundance of exotic wildlife and reptiles along the way, such as Jesus lizards, iguanas, scarlet macaws, purple gallinule and a variety of kingfishers, egrets, herons and more. Admire the dense mangrove canals where animals such as monkeys, racoons and crabs may be seen. The award-winning tour guides will ensure a safe, fun, and educational experience for. Optional tours mentioned are not included.
- Overnight in Jaco.
Day 11 : HERRADURA BEACH – DEPART LIBERIA (200km – 3.5 hrs)
Begin your last day in spectacular Costa Rica with a delectable breakfast. Then, at the appropriate time, transfer to Liberia International Airport to catch your flight back home.
- Breakfast included.