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Costa Rica Classic Itinerary

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Looking for adventure, nature, wildlife or pure relaxation? Our customisable 15-day tour covers all of that and more. You’ll travel from the Pacific to the Caribbean coast, stopping at the most impressive volcanoes, beaches and rainforests that Costa Rica can offer. Don’t miss out on the possibility of seeing turtles (July to October). Come join us in paradise!

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in San José

Your tropical adventure begins here…

• Arrival at San Jose International Airport         
• Transfer to your hotel to get settled in for the night
• Spend the evening relaxing or exploring the city by foot

Visited:
San José
Accommodation
Night at Crown Corobici hotel (San José)

Day 2: On to Drake Bay

Fly straight into paradise…

• Transfer to the airport for your flight to Drake Bay
• Check into your hotel for the next 3 nights
• Explore the rich biodiversity of Osa Peninsula

Visited:
Drake Bay Península de Osa
Accommodation
Night at Aguila de Osa Inn (Drake Bay)

Day 3: Corcovado National Park 

Today’s your chance to pick an activity…

• Take a boat to Corcovado National Park Ranger Station
• Hike through the trails of the park with a local guide
• Spot tanagers, kingfishers, guans or scarlet macaws

Accommodation
Night at Aguila de Osa Inn (Drake Bay)

Day 4: Snorkelling on Caño Island

Take to the high seas…

• Snorkel off Caño Island, past mangroves and dolphins
• Choose from two beautiful nature trails across Caño Island
• Keep an eye out for rays and sea turtles underwater

Visited:
Cano
Accommodation
Night at Aguila de Osa Inn (Drake Bay)

Day 5: En Route to Manuel Antonio

Relax between Hispanic architecture and blue waters…

• Transfer to the Sierpe River, then Manuel Antonio
• Check into your luxurious hotel and get settled in
• Admire Manuel Antonio's stunning ocean and rainforest

Visited:
Manuel Antonio
Accommodation
Mariposa (Manuel Antonio)

Day 6: Manuel Antonio National Park

Dig deeper into the mysteries of the jungle…

• Take a walking tour through the National Park with a guide
• Learn about the bizarre geological formations of the area
• Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool with a cocktail

Visited:
Manuel Antonio
Accommodation
Mariposa (Manuel Antonio)

Day 7: Walking Tour in Manuel Antonio

One day in the Park just isn’t enough…

• Return to Manuel Antonio for a walking tour
• Look out for animals hiding in the wildnerness
• Relax for the rest of the day at your own leisure

Visited:
Manuel Antonio
Accommodation
Mariposa (Manuel Antonio)

Day 8: Arenal Volcano National Park

Marvel at a magnificent volcanic crater…

• Head for the staggering sights of Arenal Volcano
• Check in to your hotel and admire the views
• Take advantage of the tranquillity and privacy of your hotel

Accommodation
Arenal Springs Resort (Arenal Volcano National Park)

Day 9: Arenal Hanging Bridges

Choices, choices, choices…

• Glide down the river on a raft tour, and take a swim
• Horse-back ride to La Fortuna Waterfall to dive in the waters
• Zip-line above the canopy or walk over its suspension bridges

Accommodation
Arenal Springs Resort (Arenal Volcano National Park)

Day 10: Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs

Take a ‘Me’ day…

• Spend the day as you wish, relaxed or active
• Take advantage of the many nearby tours on offer
• Lie back in the hot springs or the hotel spa

Accommodation
Arenal Springs Resort (Arenal Volcano National Park)

Day 11: Tortuguero National Park

Head over the sultry Caribbean coast…

• Head to Guapiles early in the morning for the next stage
• Visit a banana packing and processing plant
• Glide along the canals of Tortuguero, ‘Venice in the Jungle’ 

Visited:
Tortuguero National Park Guapiles
Accommodation
Pachira Lodge (Tortuguero National Park)

Day 12: Navigating Tortuguero Canals 

Watch out for crocs (don't worry, they’re rare)…

• Rise for an early canal tour to spot tortoises
• Climb Tortuguero Hill or head back to the canals for more
• Relax and enjoy the area, or just lay by the pool 

Accommodation
Pachira Lodge (Tortuguero National Park)

Day 13: Living it Up in Puerto Viejo

Into the lap of luxury…

• Transfer to the shimmering South Caribbean
• Check into your beach-side hotel and get settled in
• Sample the activities – snorkelling, kayaking, or surfing

Visited:
Puerto Viejo
Accommodation
Night at Le Cameleon Hotel (Puerto Viejo)

Day 14: Cahuita National Park

Explore life under the sea as well as above it...

• Take a guided tour of Cahuita National Park
• Get your snorkels out and explore the underwater
• Keep an eye out for nesting sea turtles

Visited:
Cahuita
Accommodation
Night at Le Cameleon Hotel (Puerto Viejo)

Day 15: Back to San José

It’s almost all over, so make the most out of it...

• Wake up late and spend a relaxing morning
• Head back to San Jose in the afternoon
• Enjoy your final evening watching the sunset

Visited:
San José
Accommodation
Night at Crown Corobici hotel (San José)

Day 16: Departure from San Jose

Time to say goodbye…

• Soak up the sights of the city on your final morning
• Transfer to San Jose Airport for your flight home
• We hope you've had an incredible trip!

Visited:
San José

San José Drake Bay Península de Osa Corcovado National Park Cano Manuel Antonio Arenal Volcano National Park Tortuguero National Park Guapiles Puerto Viejo Cahuita

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $4,240 / 16 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy

Included in price:

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights stay in San Jose, Crown Plaza Corobici
  • Flight to Drake Bay
  • 3 nights at Aguila de Osa or Copa de Arbol
  • All meals at these hotels
  • Corcovado national park
  • Caño Island
  • 3 nights Mariposa Hotel, Standard Ocean View Room, breakfast
  • Guided hiking tour at Manuel Antonio Park
  • 3 nights Arenal Springs hotel, breakfasts
  • Tour to choose
  • 2 nights Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero
  • All meals
  • Boat tour the park (in the afternoon)
  • Visit to Tortuguero Village
  • 2 nights Le Cameleon Hotel, superior room, breakfast
  • Shuttle transportation service among destinations
  • Hotel taxes

Not included in price:

  • International flight
  • Entrance to Tortuguero National park
  • Nesting tour
  • Any other activity or meal not described
  • Exit taxes: $29.00 per person

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