Classic Costa Rica

15 Days | Dive into diverse Costa Rica, from the towering jungle to the palm-lined coast

4.9 out of 5 based on 568 reviews submitted.
ZAR  32,466
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Discover incredible, lush Costa Rica and understand why this part of the world is called the ‘rich coast’. This 15-day adventure, beginning and ending in lively San Jose, is a journey through the jungles, farmlands, beaches and cities of a pure Central American location. Stay with a local family in Santa Rosa de Pocosol and help your hosts prep a traditional meal. Soak in springs that get their heat from an active volcano in La Fortuna and take on a huge array of nature-based optional activities in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Spot three-toed sloths in the thickets of the Manuel Antonio National Park, then relax beneath swaying palms on the nearby beaches.

Trip overview

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San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Explorer, Wildlife
Costa Rica
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 10.34 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Swap the concrete jungle for real jungle on this journey into the rainforests, waterways, hot springs and the palm-lined beaches of Costa Rica.
  • Spot long-nosed tapirs, white-faced capuchin monkeys, ocelots and three-toed sloths on this wildlife adventure – Costa Rica is home to many exotic animals, and this trip puts you in the perfect position to see them all.
  • Go deeper than the average tourist with a homestay in a quiet agricultural community – the perfect opportunity to experience local life and practice your Spanish. You’ll even have an informal cooking lesson with the locals to make dinner!
  • Refresh yourself after jungle hikes, spotting wildlife in the rejuvenating hot springs of volcanic La Fortuna.
  • Visit the indigenous Maleku community to share a traditional meal and learn about their way of life – this small tribe has big ambitions for regenerating local forests and natural habitats.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Many of the activities (both included and optional) on this trip take place in the great outdoors. This means you'll need to be prepared to deal with insects and occasionally rustic conditions. It's all part of immersing yourself in this natural paradise.
  • Costa Rica is generally hot year-round, and from May to October can be pretty wet too. At nighttime and in locations at higher elevations it can get chilly. Protect yourself from the sun, bring light clothing you can layer and a waterproof jacket, and stay hydrated. Please carefully consider which time of the year you'll feel most comfortable travelling.
  • There are many opportunities to get active on this adventure. Some of the optional activities require a moderate level of fitness and sturdy walking shoes. If you'd prefer to take it easy, however, there are plenty of other things you can do instead.
  • The homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday local life. A hearty homecooked dinner and breakfast will be served during your stay, which can be a lot more basic than what you're used to.
  • With so much to see and do, Costa Rica can sometimes be expensive. Expect to pay more than you would in other Central American countries for a lot of things.


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5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner


Private vehicle, Public Transportation, Boat


Hotel (7 nights), Lodge (6 nights), Homestay (1 night)

  • Tortuguero - Boat ride to Tortuguero
  • Tortuguero - National Park Entrance
  • Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Home-cooked Meal
  • Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Homestay experience
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Guatuso - Maleku Community Experience
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest Entrance
  • Manuel Antonio - Cooking Class & Lunch
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - (Entrance fee)
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - Tour with a Naturalist Guide
Add on activities
  • San Jose - Pre-Colombian Gold Museum (Entrance fee) - USD16
  • San Jose - Jade Archaeological Museum (Entrance fee) - USD16
  • San Jose - National Museum (entrance fee) - USD11
  • Tortuguero - Sunrise canoe trip around canals - USD45
  • Tortuguero - Turtle Watching Night Tour - USD45
  • Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Soap-making workshop - USD19
  • Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Waterfall hike - USD10
  • Rio Celeste - River Tubing Adventure - USD55
  • Rio Celeste - National Park Guided Trail Walk - USD70
  • La Fortuna - Arenal 1968 Volcano View and Lava Trails (Entrance fee) - USD25
  • La Fortuna - Ecotermales Hot Springs (entrance fee) - USD45
  • La Fortuna - La Fortuna Waterfall (Entrance only) - USD20
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest Night Walk - USD35
  • Monteverde - Butterfly Garden and Insects Farm (entrance fee) - USD21
  • Monteverde - Coffee & Chocolate tour - USD45
  • Monteverde - Suspension bridges tour - USD50
  • Monteverde - Canopy Zip Lining (Entrance, Equipment & Transport) - USD62
  • Manuel Antonio – Cruise - USD95
  • Manuel Antonio - Mangrove Kayak Activity (with lunch) - USD75
  • Manuel Antonio National Park (Entrance fee) - USD16

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Important notes

1. Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase entrance tickets to Manuel Antonio National Park. Delays to provide this information may result in changes to your itinerary and we will not be able to guarantee entry. Details provided must be accurate as per your passport bio page.

2. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.

3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 5 & 6 (Rio Celeste) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

4. Please be careful when booking flights to/from San Jose; make sure you fly into/out of Juan Santamaria International Airport [SJO]. Please do not book flights to/from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport [SJC] as this is located in California, United States.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 568 reviews submitted.
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Phillip · Traveled April 2024
Costa Rica exceeded all expectations The scenery, variety of species and the local people in the regional towns made this a very special place to visit Certainly glad I made the journey
Review submitted 05 May 2024

Maya · Traveled April 2024
I've been on quite a few trips but have to say this is one of my favourites! Allan is an excellent tour leader, very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful and went the extra mile to make sure we had a good trip! A variety of activities and lots of chances to see wildlife! We had a lovely group and had a great time.
Review submitted 05 May 2024

Anita · Traveled April 2024
This is a great trip. We had an amazing guide in Rafa, he made it extra special. You really need to book extra activities to make the most of the trip which can be pricey. Include this in your budget.
Review submitted 02 May 2024

Melanie · Traveled April 2024
Rafael guided us with true professionalism, clarity and unwavering enthusiasm, passion and knowledge to create the trip of a lifetime. If you love nature and wildlife this adventure will take your breath away and fill you with wonder.
Review submitted 03 May 2024

Jacqueline · Traveled April 2024
If you really want to immerse yourself in Costa Rica, this tour is the right choice. Tortuguero and Rio Celeste in particular are highlights for nature lovers. Our guide Rafal gave us a wonderful time with his love for his country and his extensive knowledge. It was Pura Vida!!
Review submitted 04 May 2024
Classic Costa Rica
ZAR  32,466