From San Jose to Tortuguero National Park, discover Costa Rica with Intrepid

San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Explorer, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
246kg pp per trip


  • Explore the busy streets of San Jose
  • Soak in soothing hot springs
  • Glimpse the imposing Arenal Volcano
  • Walk through Monteverde's cloud forest
  • Get aquatinted with the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Visit the laidback town of Puerto Viejo
  • Meet the famous locals of Tortuguero National Park


Get accustomed to Costa Rican time on a leisurely walk through San Jose or perhaps visit the lively San Pedro area.
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 - the sight of this magnificent beast lighting up the night sky is truly breathtaking.
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.
Discover the soft sandy beaches, tropical vegetation and turquoise waters in 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 laidback kind of town, its nightlife is famously fiery - so kick up those heels and get a taste for Costa Rican revelry.
Make yourself at home in San Jose's lively urban centre delving into the colourful markets, checking out the museums or getting among the vibrant night scene.
Travel out to the Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca for some time spent exploring Cahuita National Park. In spare time, drop by a permaculture farm to learn about sustainable farming practices or hire a surfboard and hit the surf.
Drive on to Tortuguero National Park, a vast tract of coastal wetlands home to reptiles, amphibians and myriad bird species and the chosen nesting ground of green sea turtles. When night falls, set out on a guided walking tour in search of these endangered creatures.
Return to San Jose for the final night of this week-long Costa Rican extension. Why not head out as a group to one of the fine local restaurants and rehash the highlights of the trip over a few Imperial beers.
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14 breakfasts1 dinner
Boat, Minibus, Shuttle Bus
Hotel (13 nights)
Included activities
  • Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • La Fortuna - Hot Springs
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - entrance
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest hike
  • Orientation walk
  • Turtle watching night tour
  • Visit to Punta Mona Permaculture Centre
  • Walking tour of Tortuguero National Park


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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
3. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures.

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