Immerse yourself in all that Costa Rica has to offer with our 9 day adventure. Explore both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts as well as Arenal National Park in the central highlands. Spot a variety of turtle species in Tortuguero before heading out into the waterways to see the local animal and birdlife going about their daily business. Hike the Arenal Volcano and spot monkeys through the tree canopy in the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park – this trip introduces you to the very best of Costa Rica!
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel in San Jose, where you can relax and unwind before your adventure begins tomorrow.
You will be collected by bus from your hotel before heading to the pier to take an onward boat along the Tortuguero Canals. On route, you’ll stop for breakfast and explore a working banana plantation – Costa Rica’s prime export.
*Optional evening tour to observe turtle nesting may be available July-September – not included*
Tortuguero is essentially a series of canals and waterways that run through an extraordinarily biodiverse region on the Caribbean coast. It is home to the largest population of green turtles in the Western Hemisphere and is an important nesting point for leatherbacks. Take a walking tour through some of the nearby trails in the morning today, exploring flora and fauna and on the look-out for monkeys, birds, sloths and caimans.
After breakfast you will take a boat back to the pier where a shuttle to Arenal via Siquirres awaits.
Currently in a resting phase, Arenal Volcano remains Costa Rica’s most active volcano. This afternoon you will take a gentle hike around the lower slopes before heading to the Tabacon Hot Springs for a soak to end the day.
After breakfast you’ll take a shuttle to Manuel Antonio, a National Park on the Central Pacific coast. The warm waters and year round sunshine make this a wonderful place to spend your final few days in Costa Rica.
The park is home to some amazing wildlife – sloths, monkeys and birds being top of the list. The beautiful beaches will delight and the crystal waters offer opportunity to snorkel, swim and kayak amongst the marine life. Your trip includes a morning tour of the park, with optional kayak and whale watching trips possible.
Take a lunchtime transfer back to the city for your final night in Costa Rica.
After breakfast take a private transfer back to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.
The sun generally always shines in Costa Rica. The seasons are either hot and humid, or hot and dry and this differs depending on location. The Pacific Coast tends to be drier in climate, especially during the summer months (December-April). The Caribbean Coast is generally more humid and therefore lush and wet. September-October are considered the wettest months, when some transport options may be limited or shut.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you
8 nights in 3* standard accommodation. Hotels in this category include: