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Dive into a world of lush rainforests, exotic wildlife, and white-sand beaches on this customisable 11-day tour. Journey from Tortuga Island on the Pacific Coast to Monteverde and the Arenal Volcano, then onto the Caribbean Coast for cocktails and Calypso music. It’s a trip to the heart of paradise from which you’ll never want to go home. 

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 Jose

Your fun-filled fortnight is about to begin…

• Arrival at San Jose Airport
• Transfer to your hotel to get settled in for the night
• Rest of the day free to relax or explore the city by foot

Visited:
San José
Accommodation
Night at hotel Balmoral (San José)

Day 2: Yacht to Tortuga Island

Start your trip with a luxury trip to Tortuga…

• Catamaran trip to Tortuga Island through the Nicoya Gulf
• Relax on the beach and snorkel in turquoise waters
• Transfer to Monteverde for the night

Visited:
Tortuga Bay Monteverde Reserve Puntarenas
Accommodation
Heliconia (Monteverde Reserve)

Day 3: Monteverde Canopy Tour

Explore above the rainforest…

• Head to Selvatura for a suspension walk through the canopy
• Walk 1.8 miles through incredible cloud forest
• Choose from horse-riding, a village trip or free-time 

Accommodation
Heliconia (Monteverde Reserve)

Day 4: Arenal Volcano National Park

Feel the geo-thermic heat…

• Transfer to Arenal Lake to board a boat to Arenal Volcano
• Lodge at Arenal Springs with geothermal baths
• Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the hotel

Accommodation
Arenal Springs Resort (Arenal Volcano National Park)

Day 5: Lava Streams and Hot Springs

Trek volcanic trails and bathe in geothermic pools…

• Hike along the El Silencio Trail with a guide
• Stop at El Mirador to see an incredible lava stream
• Spend 3 hours in luxurious pools surrounded by rainforest 

Accommodation
Arenal Springs Resort (Arenal Volcano National Park)

Day 6: Tortuguero National Park

Glide through the canals of ‘Venice in the Jungle’…

• Set off for Guapiles and head on to Tortuguero National Park
• Jump aboard a boat to traverse the rainforest canals
• Take an optional guided tour after lunch

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

Day 7: Tortuguero's Canals

Have some nature with your breakfast…

• Cruise through the waterways of the park
• Hike up Tortuguera Hill or continue through the canals
• Enjoy the Lodge’s private trails and swimming pool

Accommodation
Pachira Lodge (Tortuguero National Park)

Day 8: Sun, Sea and Sand in Puerto Viejo

Finally, the warm sands of the beach…

• Transfer by boat back to the port
• Continue on to Puerto Viejo Beach, your home for 2 nights
• Free evening to relax or explore your surroundings 

Visited:
Puerto Viejo
Accommodation
Azania Bungalows (Puerto Viejo)

Day 9: To the Beach in Puerto Viejo

Life is better at the beach…

• Take a leisurely day at the beach
• Choose from several optional tours of the area
• Head on a tour to Cahuita National Park

Visited:
Puerto Viejo
Accommodation
Azania Bungalows (Puerto Viejo)

Day 10: Back to ​San Jose

One last chance for an adrenaline injection…

• Return to San Jose
• Optional white-water rafting trip on the Pacuare River
• Free evening to relax or explore your surroundings

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

Day 11: Departure from San Jose

Time to head home…

• Enjoy your final morning in Costa Rica
• Head to San Jose Airport to catch your flight home
• We hope you've had an incredible trip! 

Visited:
San José

San José Tortuga Bay Monteverde Reserve Puntarenas Arenal Volcano National Park Tortuguero National Park Guapiles Puerto Viejo

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. $2,190 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy

Included in price:

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights lodging in San Jose
  • Calypso Catamaran Cruise at Tortuga Island, breakfast and lunch
  • Private transportation to Monteverde
  • 2 nights Hotel Heliconia, Jr. Suite, breakfasts
  • Canopy tour including round trip transportation
  • Jeep-boat-jeep transportation to Arenal
  • 2 nights Arenal Springs or similar, breakfasts
  • Guided hiking tour at Silencio trail and visit to Eco Termales, dinner
  • Transportation to Siquirres
  • 2 night/3 days package Tortuguero
  • All meals and regular tours in Tortuguero
  • Transportation to Puerto Viejo
  • 2 nights in Azania or Cariblue, breakfasts
  • Shuttle transportation to San Jose
  • Hotel taxes

Not included in price:

  • Entrance to Tortuguero National Park and Museum
  • Nesting tour in Tortuguero
  • Any other meal not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other tour not mentioned
  • $29.00 exit taxes

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