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Costa Rica Costa Rica is Always Greener on the Other Side

  • Off the beaten track
Come to Costa Rica! A nation rich in culture, wildlife, gastronomy, and wellness activities! Our local agency in Costa Rica has a lot to say about the very diverse landscapes, natural wonders and rich culture that make this country so exciting. The itinerary below was created to offer inspiration and designed to be personalized by any traveler. 
Tour itinerary includes
  • Jungle
    Jungle
  • Seaside
    Seaside
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine

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: Welcome to Costa Rica !

Landing at the Juan Santamaria International Airport near San José, at 1150 meters above sea level in the heart of the Central Valley.


First contact with Costa Rica, your private driver will give you your travel documents and will take you to your hotel.


Night at Sleep Inn hotel.


Included:  private transport, room & breakfast

Visited:
Juan Santamaría International Airport San José
Accomodation
Sleep Inn (San José)

Day 2: The famous Tortuguero area

Early in the morning, leave for the famous Tortuguero area on the caribbean coast. On the way, drive through the opulent Braulio Carrillo Park, covered with a thick tropical rainforest waterpoured with rainstorms.


You will also pass by a banana plantation, very typical since Costa Rica is the first banana exporter in the world ! In La Pavona or Caño Blanco, board on a motorized boat admiring the tropical fauna and flora until on your way to the lodge.


In the afternoon, you may visit the caribbean village of Tortuguero and the small turtle museum.


Note 1: 4 hours by car (+/- 115 km) and about 1h30 navigating.


Note 2: Possibility to make San José - Tortuguero by plane - about 1h flight - contact us.


Meals included.


Night at Mawamba Lodge.


Included:  breakfast, dinner (no drinks), lunch (no drinks), room, shared transport.

Accomodation
Le Mawamba Lodge (Tortuguero National Park)

Day 3: Cruise the Tortuguero canal by boat

In the morning, free time to explore the lodge trails.


In the afternoon, cruise the Tortuguero canal by boat. This Costarican Amazona is full of water canals and lagoons weaving in the middle of an impressive jungle. Cruise through this exclusive and outstanding water channels and swamps at the heart of the jungle. With the help of your guide, try and spot crocodiles, caimans, toucans, turtles, monkeys, parrots, sloths, iguanas, multicolored birds...


Note 1: To see more animals, visit the Tortuguero canals in the morning - 20 usd per person.


Note 2: Nocturnal turtle nesting from July to September - contact us.


Meals included at the lodge.


Night at Mawamba Lodge.


Included:  dinner (no drinks), excursion (shared), local guide, lunch (no drinks), room & breakfast,entrance fees.

Accomodation
Le Mawamba Lodge (Tortuguero National Park)

Day 4: Transfer from Guapiles to Arenal

In the morning, leave the lodge by boat and arrive at La Pavona.


Then drive to the restaurant at Guapiles where you have lunch.


Group transfer from Guapiles to Arenal.


Make sure to enjoy the many thermal pools! 


Duration : 3:30hrs leaving at 1:30pm.


Night at hotel Baldi and Hot Springs. 


Included:  lunch (no drinks), shared transport, room & breakfast

Visited:
Tortuguero National Park Guapiles Arenal Volcano Baldi Hot Springs
Accomodation
Hotel Baldi Hot Springs (Baldi Hot Springs)

Day 5: Stunning view of the tropical vegetation

A 3 kilometer path will lead you through the primary forest. In total safety, enjoy a stunning view of the tropical vegetation and of the Arenal volcano, while crossing over 8 fixed bridges and 6 hanging bridges over the canopy.


Remember to bring walking shoes, otherwise, you will not be able to enter the park.


Transportation included from/to your hotel.


Free afternoon, suggested activities :

- Arenal volcano National Park with an English/Spanish speaking guide.

- Watching the wildlife (numerous birds) and flora.

- Touring on the Arenal Lake (boat, kayak, fishing).

- Trekking or horse riding.

- Visiting community or rural projects.

- Rafting, canyoning, mountain biking, quad.

- Trip to Caño Negro (swamps, protected area).

- Exploring the Venado caves.


Make sure to enjoy the many thermal pools!


Night at hotel Baldi and Hot Springs.


Included:  entrance fees, shared transport, room & breakfast.

Visited:
Baldi Hot Springs Arenal Volcano
Accomodation
Hotel Baldi Hot Springs (Baldi Hot Springs)

Day 6: Admire beautiful views between Arenal and Monteverde

Travel between Arenal and Monteverde in a fun way.


You will be transferred by vehicle to the lake and then board a boat for approximately one hour to take us across to Monteverde.


Enjoy this very scenic way to travel, where you can admire the beautiful views of all of the mountains, sky and the colossal Arenal volcano itself on our way across the lake.


When you reach the other side of the lake, you will be picked up and driven to your hotel in Monteverde.


Monteverde is a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys, mist, and friendly locals. The town of Santa Elena is small and quaint, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity.


Note: Two departures per day at 8:15am and 2:15pm.


Duration: approx. 3:30hrs.


Night in hotel Poco a poco.


Included:  shared transport, room & breakfast.

Visited:
Arenal Monteverde Reserve
Accomodation
Hôtel Poco a Poco (Monteverde Reserve)

Day 7: Tarzan Swing in Selvatura Park

Today, let's fly through 15 cables and 18 platforms with an optional Tarzan Swing at the end of the adventure. Selvatura Park is one of the longest Canopy Tours in Costa Rica. Also it is the only canopy tour located inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest.If you are looking for an extreme Monteverde canopy tour and amazing rides.


You may also try the Superman cale to fly like a hero - check with us!


Night in hotel Poco a poco.


Included:  equipment rental, local guide, room & breakfast.

Accomodation
Hôtel Poco a Poco (Monteverde Reserve)

Day 8: Transfer to Manuel Antonio

Group transfer at 8.00am from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio.


You'll stop at the Río Tarcoles bridge to see the crocodiles. Then reach Quepos, known for its great fishing and palm oil production.


Check-in at the hotel in Manuel Antonio, known for its beautiful national park.


Note 1: Approximately 4 hour drive. Leaves at 8:00am.


Note 2: Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Mondays.


Night at California hotel.


Included:  shared transport, breakfast buffet, room.

Accomodation
Hotel California (Manuel Antonio)

Day 9: Open-seat ocean kayak

Come and experience one of Costa Rica’s most striking coastlines by open-seat ocean kayak.


The adventure begins near the Pez Vela (Sail Fish) Marina in Quepos and winds along the Manuel Antonio coastline. Indulge yourselves at a rare jewel of a beach – the hidden Manuel Antonio treasure Biezans Bay – for a refreshing swim and delicious local snacks.


And feel free to have your bilingual naturalist guide direct you to the best snorkeling spots as you experience three small but growing, active, and astounding coral reef systems nestled very close to the shore of Biezans Bay.


After an unforgettable experience at Biezans, continue paddling towards Manuel Antonio National Park and admire the nearby nesting islands which exotic booby birds and frigates call home all year round.


And finally end your adventure with a rewarding lunch in typical Costa Rican mannernear the beach at a local Manuel Antonio hot spot before returning to your residence.


Duration : approx 4hrs.


Night at California hotel.


Included:  equipment rental, local guide, shared transport, breakfast buffet, room.

Visited:
Manuel Antonio
Accomodation
Hotel California (Manuel Antonio)

Day 10: Free day in Manuel Antonio

Free day to enjoy the surroundings whether is by the ocean or in the jungle: swim in light blue waters, take a nap on the beach or exploring the forest… Be sure to keep an eye open to admire the numerous animal species around such as sloths and squirrel monkeys.

Note : The Park is closed on Mondays.

Suggested activities - contact us:
- Rafting, fishing, kayaking (on the sea or in the mangroves), diving.
- Explore the canopy (suspended bridges, flying foxes).
- Refuge Barú (fauna and flora, trekking...).
- Watching the dolphins and cetaceans.
- Naucaya waterfalls (trekking and horse riding).
- Reserve of Los Campesinos (trekking, nature, waterfalls and typical rural life).
- Vanilla and spices plantations.
- Cooperative of African palm and wild animals protection center. 


Night at California hotel. 

Included:  breakfast buffet, room.

Visited:
Manuel Antonio
Accomodation
Hotel California (Manuel Antonio)

Day 11: End of trip

Group transfer to the international airport of San Jose and connect to your international flight.


Note: 4 hours and a half drive.


2 departure time: either 8.00am or 12.30pm.


IMPORTANT: depending on the time of your international flight, plan a night in San Jose the day before.


Included:  shared transport.


Juan Santamaría International Airport San José Tortuguero National Park Guapiles Arenal Volcano Baldi Hot Springs Arenal Monteverde Reserve Manuel Antonio

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. £1,280 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax Single Supplement Triple room reduction
Price per person £1,290 £640 £70

Included in price:

  • English speaking assistance 24/7 during your stay
  • Private transport (air-conditioned vehicle with Spanish-speaking driver, fuel, road tax, parking, drivers’ accommodation and meals if necessary)
  • All breakfasts (not guaranteed if leaving early the hotel)
  • Lunches and dinners indicated in the "included" section of each day
  • The nights in the mentioned hotels or equivalent
  • Guides, entrances fees and activities mentioned in the "included" of each day

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Bank Charges

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