Beautiful Costa Rica Itinerary

Wander the plazas of San Jose, discover the cloud forests of Monteverde and experience natural wonders in Tortuguero National Park on this unforgettable Costa Rican adventure.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,480
      CAD $2,640
      AUD $2,740
      EUR €1,905
      GBP £1,640
      NZD $3,250
      ZAR R24,940
      CHF FR2,350
    • Explorer, Wildlife
    • Comfort
There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Beautiful Costa Rica.
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Day 1 San Jose

Get accustomed to Costa Rican time on a leisurely walk through San Jose or perhaps visit the lively San Pedro area.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano

Head to La Fortuna and the beautiful surrounds of Lake Arenal, where big winds sweeping in from the Caribbean make the lake a windsurfer's delight. Why not visit the active Arenal Volcano or bathe in its thermal springs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 4-5 Monteverde

Ecologists have suggested that the steamy Monteverde cloud forest was actually once two different ecosystems, straddling each side of the Continental Divide. As a result, the area boasts several unique species of flora and fauna. Explore the emerald-green cloud forest by foot to admire the wide array of wildlife and to learn how this incredible ecological curiosity came to be.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 6-7 Manuel Antonio National Park

Discover the soft-sand beaches, tropical vegetation and turquoise waters of Manuel Antonio National Park. Hike along the trails to spot some of the abundant wildlife - be on the lookout for armadillos, sloths and colourful birds. Impossible to resist, the warm waters offer great swimming, kayaking or surfing. While Manuel Antonio itself is a laid-back kind of town, its night-life is famously fiery - so kick up those heels and get a taste of Costa Rican revelry.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 8-9 San Jose

Return to San Jose to meander through the stalls of the Mercado Central, take a look at the impressive collection of art works at the Museo de Oro Precolombino y Numismatica or catch a show at the city's pride and joy - the Teatro Nacional.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 10-11 Puerto Viejo

Travel out to the Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and explore Cahuita National Park. In spare time, drop by a permaculture farm to learn about sustainable farming practices or hire a surfboard and hit the waves..
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 12-13 Tortuguero National Park

Drive on to Tortuguero National Park, a vast area of coastal wetlands. Home to reptiles, amphibians and a myriad of bird species, it is also the chosen nesting ground of green sea turtles. When night falls, set out on a guided walking tour in search of these endangered creatures.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 14-15 San Jose

Return to San Jose for the final night of this Costa Rican adventure. Why not head out as a group to one of the fine local restaurants and remember the highlights of the trip over a few Imperial beers.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1