Costa Rica in 10 Days
From Puerto Viejo to Arenal
The ideal combination of beach relaxation and adventure, relax on the Caribbean coast in Puerto Viejo, go sightseeing in San Jose and explore the wildlife-rich landscapes of Arenal!
Discover the abundant nature of Costa Rica and enjoy the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Stroll through the historic streets of San Jose and feel the strength of the Arenal Volcano as you uncover the native wildlife on an unforgettable nature hike. Feel the Caribbean rhythms of Puerto Viejo and relax on the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's Atlantic Coast.
10 days trip including flights*
10 days and 9 nights in destination
LON - SJO
SJO - LON
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport to board a flight to San José*. Arrival in the capital of Costa Rica and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in San José.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover San José today on a VIP City Bus Tour. This memorable day of discovery includes a sightseeing tour of the city, where you'll get to know the National Theatre, Art Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral, National Museum and the Central Market. Learn more about the city as you enjoy an included welcome drink, lunch and authentic traditional folklore music. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore at your own pace. Overnight stay in San José.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure, exploring or relaxing at your own pace. Later, take a shared transfer to the Atlantic Coast and to Puerto Viejo in the province of Limon. Know for its laid-back atmosphere, nightlife and great food and drinks scene, a stay in sunny Puerto Viejo is the perfect antidote to our busy lives. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Puerto Viejo.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off to the Cahuita National Park for an unforgettable nature hike where you can observe the local wildlife ranging from snakes to monkeys, racoons, butterflies and anteaters. Explore the trails between Punta Cahuita and Cahuita town with an expert guide, learning lots about the local wildlife and plant life along the way. Enjoy a traditional Caribbean lunch before returning to Puerto Viejo. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Puerto Viejo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere. We recommend visiting one of the beautiful beaches in the area and watching the surfers ride the waves as the beaches around here are popular with surfers from all over the world. Alternatively, enjoy an optional excursion to the Kekoldi Indigenous Reservation.* Overnight stay in Puerto Viejo.
* Optional Kekoldi Indigenous Reservation Excursion: Immerse yourself in local conservation efforts and traditional culture at the Kekoldi Indigenous Reservation as you learn about the endangered Green Iguana and Cocoa production. Meet a local indigenous family, dedicated to preserving the Green Iguana and visit a local farm home to plantations of cocoa and medicinal plants. Visit a local waterfall to cool off before ending the tour with a traditional lunch.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer from Puerto Viejo to Arenal, passing by the lush landscapes of the interior of the country. Arrive in Arenal, transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Arenal.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure. In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and embark on a guided hike to the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a hiking experience through trails marked with the remains of previous lava flows of the impressive and majestic Arenal Volcano. The main attraction of La Fortuna is the Arenal Volcano with its nearly perfect cone shape and a height of 1633 meters. Along the hike you will discover the abundant flora and some fauna which inhabits the rainforest under re-generation; your guide will tell you all about the Arenal Volcano history and activity. After the hike, you may choose between different popular hot springs in the area to relax and enjoy the water which is naturally heated by the volcano (optional extras).* Overnight stay in Arenal.
* Paradise Hot Springs Pass: Enjoy an evening of indulgence with a pass to the Paradise Natural Hot Springs, heated by the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy access to three different hot pools and two hydromassage hot tubs, perfect for relaxing in the beautiful tropical surroundings.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on an exciting Hanging Bridges Excursion. Admire the beauty of the forest and the backdrop of the Arenal Volcano and gain valuable insight into the native plant and animal species from your expert guide. Journey along a series of hanging bridges so a birds-eye view of the rainforest. Return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight stay in Arenal.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer back to the capital, to spend your last night in San José. We suggest taking a stroll through this beautiful city, visiting the National Theatre of Costa Rica or enjoying a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in San José.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Holiday Inn Aurola San Jose, Park Inn by Radisson San Jose.
Included activity for day 7 in Arenal
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:30 Approx
Guided hike to the Arenal Volcano
Take a guided hiking excursion to the Mirador el Silencio to discover the abundant landscapes of the incredible Arenal Volcano! Discover the rich flora and fauna of the rainforest and learn about one of Costa Rica's most iconic natural wonders.
What's included: Transfer, bilingual guide, entrance to the park
Included activity for day 8 in Arenal
Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx
Hanging Bridges of Arenal
Enjoy a Hanging Bridges Excursion through the lush, abundant rainforest of Arenal. Admire the beauty of the forest and the backdrop of the Arenal Volcano and gain valuable insight into the native plant and animal species from your expert guide.
What's included: Entrance to the bridges
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 5
Kekoldi Indigenous Reservation Excursion
Immerse yourself in local conservation efforts and traditional culture at the Kekoldi Indigenous Reservation as you learn about the endangered Green Iguana and Cocoa production. Lunch included.
Suggested activity for day 7
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 17:30 Approx
Paradise Hot Springs Pass
Enjoy an evening of indulgence with a pass to the Paradise Natural Hot Springs, heated by the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy access to three different hot pools and two hydromassage hot tubs, perfect for relaxing in the beautiful tropical surroundings.
What's included: Transportation - Entrance to the hot springs - Dinner
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
- International flights: UK/Ireland - San José - UK/Ireland.
- 9 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 9 breakfasts and 2 lunches.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- ATOL Protection.
- English speaking guide only during the excursions.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
If your destination is in the USA or Canada, or if your selected flights to a different destination have connections in the USA or Canada, it is mandatory to have an ESTA (for USA) or an eTA (for Canada) before travelling.
- Entry requirementsValid passport with at least six months validity.
- VisaVisa is not required for stays less than 90 days.
- CurrencyCosta Rican Colon
- Electricity110 V. Adapter required.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
- Time zoneUTC - 06:00
- Other useful informationLocal emergency number: 128
- Tourist Office websitehttps://www.visitcostarica.com/en
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Children: 2 - 10 years.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Exoticca Travel Stories
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Everything was great and on point.
Hotels, transportation and activities, everything was as shown in the itinerary. Great communication with the local guides onsite.