Classic Costa Rica

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.

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  • 2011-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Explore Costa Rica from the mountains to the sea

Every year thousands of tourists travel to Costa Rica but few get to experience this charismatic country's real way of life. On this Classic Costa Rica trip you'll uncover jungle gems in Tortuguero and Sarapiqui; hot springs, waterfalls and a live volcano in La Fortuna; and white sandy beaches at Quepos - all set to a sizzling samba beat. This adventure into the heart of tropical paradise will surely leave you wanting more.

  • Stroll through lively markets in San Jose
  • Explore the jungle in the Tortuguero National Park
  • Chill out to the sounds of nature in Sarapiqui
  • Soak off the day in La Fortuna hot springs
  • Get close to the coalface at Arenal Volcano
  • Discover the sultry Monteverde cloud forest
  • Catch a fish 'that big' off the Pacific Coast
  • Shake your booty to the samba soundtrack of Costa Rica

Classic Costa Rica Summary

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Days 1-2 San Jose

With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere.

Days 3-4 Tortuguero National Park

Meaning 'turtle catcher', Tortuguero National Park is renowned the world over for its turtle-laying beaches and its wetlands, lagoons and canals brimming with wildlife.

Days 5-6 Sarapiqui

With a reputation as one of Costa Rica's best areas for bird watching, Sarapiqui has an impressive diversity of birdlife to discover while exploring the surrounding jungle.

Days 7-8 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano

Sitting in the shadow of Costa Rica's majestic Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna offers steaming hot springs and endless outdoor activities.

Days 9-11 Monteverde

Monteverde's Cloud Forest Reserve is a true nature lover's paradise. Lush, green and teeming with colourful butterflies, unique plants and exotic creatures.

Days 12-13 Quepos

Located close to the beautiful Pacific beaches and exotic wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos is a laid-back town with a vibrant nightlife.

Days 14-15 San Jose

Set in the heart of Costa Rica's fertile Central Valley, San Jose buzzes with colour, culture and the spirit of its friendly residents.