Classic Costa Rica Overview

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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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,530
      CAD $1,580
      AUD $1,550
      EUR €1,065
      GBP £895
      NZD $1,725
      ZAR R15,515
      CHF FR1,290
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There is an earlier version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2011 to Dec 31, 2014. View earlier Classic Costa Rica.

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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

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, stay with a local family in Santa Rosa de Pocosol and get your hands dirty on a nearby farm. 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 salsa beat. This adventure into the heart of tropical paradise will surely leave you wanting more.

  • Catch a fish 'that big' off the Pacific Coast
  • Chill out to the sounds of nature in Sarapiqui
  • Discover the sultry Monteverde cloud forest
  • Experience local life on a homestay in Santa Rosa de Pocosol
  • Explore the jungle in the Tortuguero National Park
  • Get close to the coalface at Arenal Volcano
  • Soak off the day in La Fortuna hot springs
  • Stroll through lively markets in San Jose

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Finish:

    San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    5 breakfasts, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (11 nts), Lodge (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Bus
  • Included activities:

    Monteverde - Cloud Forest hike, Orientation walk, Tortuguero National Park - Walking Tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    233kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip.

  • Total price from

    USD $1,530
    CAD $1,580
    AUD $1,550
    EUR €1,065
    GBP £895
    NZD $1,725
    ZAR R15,515
    CHF FR1,290
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $102
    CAD $105
    AUD $103
    EUR €71
    GBP £59
    NZD $115
    ZAR R1,034
    CHF FR86
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Day 1 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 2-3 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 4-5 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.

Day 6 Santa Rosa de Pocosol

Venture out to Santa Rosa de Pocosol and spend the night in a local homestay. Just down the road, visit the incredible Juanilama agricultural community, the perfect place to hang out with the locals. Get your hands dirty helping out with chores around the farm, catch fresh fish for dinner and learn the best ways to cook them, Santa Rosa de Pocosol style.

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.
    • 15
    • QVSR
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,530
      CAD $1,580
      AUD $1,550
      EUR €1,065
      GBP £895
      NZD $1,725
      ZAR R15,515
      CHF FR1,290
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
    •  
       
       
       
       
    • Explorer
    • Original
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