Classic Costa Rica Itinerary

Travel to Costa Rica and discover a tropical playground of immense natural beauty. Visit Arenal Volcano, Monteverde cloud forest and Sarapiqui jungle.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Classic Costa Rica.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Foot bridge in forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica

Red Eyed Tree Frog close up, Costa Rica

Lizard close up in Tortuguero National Park

Lake Arenal Flora, Costa Rica

Colourful scarlet Macaws, Costa Rica

Days 1-2 San Jose

An assortment of galleries, theatres and lively central plazas set among San Jose's glitzy modern shopping malls make this one of Central America's most consistently surprising capitals. Get to know the main sites - and little known secrets - of this bustling metropolis on a guided orientation walk. Stop by the city's rambling Mercado Central to witness the varied range of goods and handicrafts on offer.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Tortuguero National Park

Enjoy the thick forests, cool waterways and pristine, powdery beaches of the Tortuguero National Park. An optional canoe trip or canopy tour offers a different perspective on this amazing, precious ecosystem.
ACCOM: Lodge - 2

Days 5-6 Sarapiqui

Journey to Sarapiqui, a small city surrounded by the lush green forests and banana plantations of Costa Rica's northern lowlands. Opt to explore the surrounding jungle by mountain bike or horseback, listen to the twittering of the local birdlife or indulge the old sweet tooth on a tasty chocolate tour.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 7-8 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano

A sleepy little town set against a truly awesome backdrop, La Fortuna makes an exciting base from which to embark on hiking, whitewater rafting or canyoning expeditions. When the day's thrillseeking activities are wrapped up, why not soak up the incredible views of Arenal Volcano from the Baldi Hot Springs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 9-11 Monteverde

Travel through the mountains to Monteverde and head out on a guided tour through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Lush, green and jam-packed with colourful butterflies and exotic creatures, it's a nature lover's paradise.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 12-13 Quepos

Descend from the mountains to the small beach-side hub of Quepos, located on the Pacific coast. Hit the turquoise water for some kayaking, fishing, swimming or surfing, or just bliss out on the beautiful local beaches. When the sun sets, take an opportunity to hit the lively bars and clubs for some local mingling.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 14-15 San Jose

Return to San Jose and get to know this busy city on your own terms - shop for souvenirs at local artisan booths, catch a show at the Teatro Nacional, or tuck into some scrumptious local fare on a final dinner with the group. After reliving the memories of this Classic Costa Rica adventure, another night of escapades in this energetic capital could well be on the cards.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1