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Costa Rica Off-The-Beaten-Track Itinerary

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Get ready for hidden gems, secluded nature, and places that'll keep you away from the touristy areas, all while experiencing Costa Rica's sustainable ecotourism of the country. On this customisable two-week tour you’ll travel through highlands and lowlands, beaches, canals and jungles, cloud forest and natural parks. With lots of guided activities, and plenty of encounters with unique wildlife, yo...

Get ready for hidden gems, secluded nature, and places that'll keep you away from the touristy areas, all while experiencing Costa Rica's sustainable ecotourism of the country. On this customisable two-week tour you’ll travel through highlands and lowlands, beaches, canals and jungles, cloud forest and natural parks. With lots of guided activities, and plenty of encounters with unique wildlife, you’ll access the most remote and beautiful destinations in Costa Rica.

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in San Jose

Your adventure to remote Costa Rica begins here...

• You'll be met at San Jose Airport by your driver
• Transfer to the Sarapiqui Rainforest area
• Spend the evening relaxing after your journey

Visited:
San JoséSarapiquí
Accomodation
Night at Sueño Azul Hotel (Sarapiquì)

Day 2: Adventure Activities in Sarapiqui 

Pump up the adrenaline on the first day…

 Choose between multiple activities for the day
• Float along rivers, hike through rainforest, or zip-line above
• Horse-ride with a rancher or white-water raft (class II-III)

Visited:
Sarapiquí
Accomodation
Night at Sueño Azul Hotel (Sarapiquì)

Day 3: Another Day for Adventure

Don’t worry, you get another chance to choose...

• Choose another half-day adventure from the previous day
• Transfer to the South Caribbean beaches
• Free evening to relax or explore your surroundings

Visited:
Sarapiquí, Puerto Viejo
Accomodation
Night at Le Cameleon Hotel (Puerto Viejo)

Day 4: Cahuita National Park

White-sand beaches filled with exotic species...

• Snorkel through the coral reef at Cahuita National Park
• Look out for sea urchins, lobsters, turtles and sponges
• Hike through jungles filled with monkeys, sloths and iguanas

Accomodation
Night at Le Cameleon Hotel (Puerto Viejo)

Day 5: The Sloth Sanctuary

Prepare for the most adorable day of the trip…

• Visit the internationally known Sloth Sanctuary!
• Meet Buttercup, a baby sloth rescued from an earthquake
• Canoe with your guide through the lowland rainforest

Visited:
Limon, Puerto Viejo
Accomodation
Night at Le Cameleon Hotel (Puerto Viejo)

Day 6: Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike

Where the forest meets the beach…

• Relax in the lush scenery of Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge       
• Spot over 384 types of bird, including toucans
• Learn about medicinal plants and Afro-Caribbean culture 

Visited:
Gandoca Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo
Accomodation
Night at Le Cameleon Hotel (Puerto Viejo)

Day 7: The Little Amazon of Costa Rica

Venice never looked so lush…

• Take a boat from Cano Blanco dock towards Tortuguero
• Glide through the canals of the ‘Venice in the Jungle’
• Get to know the locals at a nearby Tortuguero village 

Visited:
Caño Blanco, Tortuguero
Accomodation
Night at Evergreen Lodge (Tortuguero)

Day 8: Tortuguero National Park

Another day in paradise…

• Spend more time on the Tortuguero canals
• Keep an eye out for caiman, river turtles, and lizards
• Finish with a guided walk through the Rainforest Trails

Visited:
Tortuguero
Accomodation
Night at Evergreen Lodge (Tortuguero)

Day 9: Savegre Waterfall and Caves

Cool off under cascading waters…

• Take a short flight back to San Jose, then on to San Gerardo
• Follow your guide to Savegre Waterfalls and caves
• Spend the rest of the day relaxing

Visited:
San JoséSan Gerardo de Dota, Savegre
Accomodation
Savegre Lodge (San Gerardo de Dota)

Day 10: Night Hike in the Cloud Forest

Bird enthusiasts get ready…

• Hike to see the rare Resplendent Quetzal bird
• Walk along cloud forest trails and spot more rare birds
• Take a night hike to find Dusky Nightjar and Mottled Owls

Visited:
San Gerardo de Dota
Accomodation
Savegre Lodge (San Gerardo de Dota)

Day 11: Osa Peninsula By Boat

Take to the seas for your next destination…

• Transfer to Sierpe Dock to head to Drake Bay (3.5 hours)
• Check-in at the hotel, then relax for the rest of the day
• Dip in and out of the sea and relax on the beach

Visited:
SierpeDrake Bay
Accomodation
Night at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge (Drake Bay)

Day 12: Corcovado National Park

Revel in the largest National Park in the country…

• Explore Corcovado Park, most biodiverse place in the world 
• Look out for jaguars, tapir, peccaries or scarlet macaws
• Hike through as many as eight different habitats

Visited:
Corcovado National ParkDrake Bay
Accomodation
Night at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge (Drake Bay)

Day 13: Cano Island National Park

Snorkelling, swimming and dolphin-seeking…

• Hop on a boat to Caño Island National Park
• Catch sight of dolphins or Humpback whales (seasonal)
• Snorkel along the coast before a beach lunch

Visited:
Cano, Drake Bay
Accomodation
Night at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge (Drake Bay)

Day 14: Down Time in Heredia

Relax and recover after your whirlwind trip…

• Transfer back to San Jose
• Visit the beautiful Heredia area of San Jose
• Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool at your hotel

Visited:
San JoséHeredia
Accomodation
Bougainvillea (San José)

Day 15: Departure from San Jose

It’s time to head home…

• Soak up the sights of San Jose before heading back
• Transfer to San Jose Airport for your flight home
• We hope you've had an amazing time!

Visited:
San José

San José Sarapiquí Puerto Viejo Parque Nacional de Cahuita Limon Gandoca Manzanillo Caño Blanco Tortuguero San Gerardo de Dota Savegre Sierpe Drake Bay Corcovado National Park Cano Heredia

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £3,610 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy

Included in price:

  • All transportation from one area to another and for the included activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Accomodation as specified in the itinerary
  • Your choice of two included bilingual guided adventure in Sarapiqui
  • A special insider tour at the Sloth Sanctuary
  • A guided Hike and Snorkeling Adventure at the Cahuita National Park
  • A guided Hike at the Gandoca-Manzanillo Reserve
  • One boat tour at the Tortuguero canals and a visit to the Tortuguero Village
  • A local flight from Tortuguero to San Jose
  • A Savegre River Hike
  • A morning birding guided hike at Gerardo de Dota
  • A guided night hike in the Cloud Forest
  • A Corcovado National Park Bilingual Guided Hike
  • A Snorkeling adventurer at the Caño Island National Park
  • A local flight from Drake Bay to San Jose
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All taxes for the above services

Not included in price:

  • International airfare
  • Tortuguero National Park Entrance Fee
  • Gratuities
  • Any incidentals
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional activities or optional tours not specified as included above
  • Local or international phone calls
  • Personal nor medical expenses
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