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A dream trip for nature lovers, discover the sea turtles of Tortuguero, Monteverde's lush rainforests, the Arenal Volcano and the Guanacaste coast.

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    Arenal
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    Braulio Carrillo National Park
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    Monteverde
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    San José
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    Tamarindo
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    Tortuguero

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Accommodation: 13 Nights

Itinerary

Discover the abundant nature of Costa Rica and enjoy the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Stroll through the historic streets of San Jose, navigate the canals of Tortuguero and feel the strength of the Arenal Volcano. Explore the abundant cloud forests of lush Monteverde and enjoy the Guanacaste sunshine in the tropical paradise of Tamarindo. 

1st Day: UK/Ireland - San José

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Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport to board a flight to San José. Arrive in the capital of Costa Rica and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in San Jose.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Barceló San Jose or similar
tripadvisor rating

2901 Reviews

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2nd Day: San José - Tortuguero

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Set off early towards Tortuguero with a stop along the way for breakfast. Pass through the exuberant Braulio Carrillo National Park before finally arriving in Tortuguero and your hotel in time for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a fascinating tour of Tortuguero. Enjoy a boat ride through the leafy canals back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Tortuguero.

 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Laguna Lodge or similar
tripadvisor rating

1369 Reviews

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Activities

included
Tour of Tortuguero Village

Light

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3rd Day: Tortuguero

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, enjoy a relaxing boat trip along the canals of Tortuguero, admiring the abundant flora and fauna. Return to the hotel for lunch. The afternoon is free at your leisure to explore further or simply relax at the hotel. In the evening, we recommend taking the opportunity to see the turtles spawning on the beach (July - September). Dinner and overnight stay in Tortuguero.

Please note: Entrance to Tortuguero National Park is not included. Approximately $15 per person, to be paid at the destination. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Laguna Lodge or similar
tripadvisor rating

1369 Reviews

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Activities

included
Canals of Tortuguero Boat Tour

Light

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4th Day: Tortuguero - Guapiles - Arenal

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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, set off for the charming city of Guapiles, arriving in time for lunch. Afterwards, continue to La Fortuna, where the Arenal Volcano is located, one of the most important and spectacular in Costa Rica. Arrive at the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Arenal. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tilajari Resort & Confere... or similar
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530 Reviews

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5th Day: Arenal

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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a relaxing 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.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tilajari Resort & Confere... or similar
tripadvisor rating

530 Reviews

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Activities

included
Guided hike to the Arenal Volcano

Active

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Optional
Paradise Hot Springs Pass

Light

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6th Day: Arenal

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Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful natural environment. We recommend the optional horseback ride excursion.* Overnight stay in Arenal.

Optional Half-Day Horseback Ride Excursion: During this adventure, you will feel that life is moving slowly as you take your time to marvel at nature's beauty, sounds, and colors, and experience the energy in the air. You will stand in awe of the density of the forest and the access to the pastures located in the park's highest hills, from which you will enjoy an incredible view of Arenal Volcano and its lake. Lunch included.

** Sloth Observation Excursion: Get to know these beloved slow-moving animals, icons of Costa Rica. Head to the aptly named 'Lazy Territory', a small eco-project, home to a population of sloths. Follow the trails and spot both two-toed and three-toed sloths resting in the treetops.

Note: It is possible to do both excursions on the same day. Please notice that the schedule of one of them will be modified so that it does not overlap with the other one.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tilajari Resort & Confere... or similar
tripadvisor rating

530 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Half-Day Horse Riding Excursion

Moderate

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Optional
Sloth Observation Excursion

Light

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7th Day: Arenal - Monteverde

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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, set off towards Monteverde, travelling along the banks of Lake Arenal for breathtaking views of the volcano. Cross the lake on a shared boat service* and continue by road for the remainder of the journey. Arrive in Monteverde, one of the richest and diverse rainforests in the world, home to extensive trails, abundant wildlife including several monkey species, and astounding natural beauty. Check-in to the hotel and enjoy an afternoon at your leisure. We recommend an exciting optional Monteverde Canopy Tour.** Overnight stay in Monteverde. 

Please note: The shared boat service across the lake may be replaced by a road transfer around the shore of Lake Arenal.  

** Optional Monteverde Canopy Tour: Explore the canopy on one of the longest cables in the country and cross suspension bridges and zip lines of more than 900 feet high, from where you can explore the treetops and the wide biological diversity of the rainforest. We recommend wearing long trousers, a light jacket and comfortable shoes. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Fonda vela or similar
tripadvisor rating

923 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Monteverde Canopy High Ropes Tour

Active

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8th Day: Monteverde

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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning embark on an exciting unguided Hanging Bridges excursion for the best views of the treetop wildlife of Monteverde. Traverse a route of approximately 3 kilometres, crossing a combination of trails and hanging bridges which criss-cross the abundant 'cloud forest'. This is a unique and thrilling way to experience the best of Costa Rican wildlife, away from the hustle and bustle of the rainforest floor. Return to the hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free at your leisure. We recommend an optional night-walk for a chance to encounter the local nocturnal wildlife.* Overnight stay in Monteverde.

* Optional Night Walk in Monteverde: Set off at sunset to observe the nocturnal wildlife with the help of a naturalist guide and torchlights. Look out for lazy sloths, armadillos and sleeping birds perched in the treetops as you enjoy a 2.5-hour night walk in the rainforest. 

Please note: the Hanging Bridges excursion is unaccompanied, without a guide.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Fonda vela or similar
tripadvisor rating

923 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Hanging Bridges of Monteverde

Moderate

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Optional
Night-Walk in Monteverde

Moderate

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9th Day: Monteverde

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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in leafy Monteverde, getting in touch with nature or simply unwinding at the hotel and making the most of the facilities. We recommend an optional excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest.* Overnight stay in Monteverde. 

Optional Monteverde Cloud Forest Excursion: Explore the rich cloud forests and extensive nature trails of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Observe wildlife ranging from jaguars to butterflies and quetzals as you traverse a number of different trails through 8 different ‘life-zones’ ranging from swamps to cloud forests.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Fonda vela or similar
tripadvisor rating

923 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Excursion to Monteverde Cloud Forest

Moderate

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10th Day: Monteverde - Tamarindo

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Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tamarindo, in the province of Guanacaste, known for its beautiful beaches and surfing. Arrive at the hotel and begin to enjoy your stay surrounded by idyllic beaches, bathed in Guanacaste sunshine. Overnight stay in Tamarindo.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Wyndham Tamarindo or similar
tripadvisor rating

1342 Reviews

See our full selection

11th Day: Tamarindo

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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, soaking up the sunshine and relaxing on the idyllic underdeveloped beaches of Tamarindo. We recommend an optional boat safari in the Las Baulas National Park.* Overnight stay in Tamarindo. 

*Optional Boat Safari Tamarindo Estuary: Discover the unique flora and fauna which inhabit the lush mangroves. Look out for noisy howler monkeys, crocodiles and iguanas, whilst appreciating the colourful birdlife above. Slowly travel along the channels, so as not to disturb the wildlife, and admire the wonderful natural beauty of the reserve.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Wyndham Tamarindo or similar
tripadvisor rating

1342 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Boat Safari on Tamarindo Estuary

Light

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12th Day: Tamarindo

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Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy this tropical Costa Rican paradise located on the Pacific North Coast, with dreamy beaches bathed by the Guanacaste sun. We recommend an optional morning Catamaran Tour.* Overnight stay in Tamarindo.

* Optional Catamaran Tour: Set off in the morning on a relaxing catamaran tour. The route is the same as the afternoon but with much less boat traffic. Look out for marine life such as whales, dolphins and rays, and enjoy snorkelling in the clear waters. Buffet brunch included.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Wyndham Tamarindo or similar
tripadvisor rating

1342 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Tamarindo Catamaran Excursion

Light

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13th Day: Tamarindo - San José

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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. For a great overview of the city, we recommend an optional city tour of San Jose.* Overnight stay in San José.

* Optional San José City Tour: Visit the most prominent sights of the city such as the National Theater, the Art Museum, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the charming Central Market, among other places. Traditional dinner included.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Barceló San Jose or similar
tripadvisor rating

2901 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
San Jose City Bus Tour

Light

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14th Day: San José - Night on board

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Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

15th Day: UK/Ireland

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Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

Included activities

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Recommended: comfortable shoes, comfortable clothes, camera, raincoat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Tour of Tortuguero Village

Included activity for day 2 in Tortuguero

In the afternoon, enjoy a fascinating tour of the sights of Tortuguero, including the Turtle Conservation Museum and the lively village. Enjoy a boat ride through the leafy canals back to the hotel.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Recommended: comfortable shoes, comfortable clothes, camera, raincoat.

Canals of Tortuguero Boat Tour

Included activity for day 3 in Tortuguero

Set off on a relaxing boat trip along the canals of Tortuguero, admiring the abundant flora and fauna along the route!

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Recommended: cap or hat, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, closed shoes and camera

Guided hike to the Arenal Volcano

Included activity for day 5 in Arenal

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.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

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Pick up time: either 07:45 or 13:45. Recommended: cap or hat, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, closed shoes and camera.

Hanging Bridges of Monteverde

Included activity for day 8 in Monteverde

Take an unguided Hanging Bridges excursion for the best experience of the treetop wildlife of Monteverde. Traverse a route of approximately 3 kilometres, crossing a combination of trails and hanging bridges through the abundant 'cloud forest'.

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:45 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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Towel, bathing suit and change of clothes

Paradise Hot Springs Pass

Suggested activity for day 5

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.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 17:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Cap or hat, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, closed shoes and camera.

Half-Day Horse Riding Excursion

Suggested activity for day 6

Set off on a scenic horseback ride to appreciate the beauty of nature and the sounds, colour and energy of the rainforest. Ascend to a viewpoint where you will have an impressive view of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 10:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional
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Bring: Coat, Camera, Binoculars, Hiking shoes, Comfortable clothes and Insect repellent. All timings are approximate and dependent on different conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide.

Sloth Observation Excursion

Suggested activity for day 6 in Arenal

Get to know these beloved slow-moving animals, icons of Costa Rica. Head to the aptly named 'Lazy Territory', a small eco-project, home to a population of sloths. Follow the trails and spot both two-toed and three-toed sloths resting in the treetops.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional
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Rain gear, comfortable closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing, sunscreen and repellent. Minimum age 10 years. Weight 115kg. Clients with recent surgeries (minimum 6 months) are not allowed to do the activity, neither are pregnant women.

Monteverde Canopy High Ropes Tour

Suggested activity for day 7

Explore the canopy on one of the longest cables in the country and cross suspension bridges and zip lines of more than 900 feet high, from where you can explore the treetops and the wide biological diversity of the rainforest.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 7:45 / 13:45 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - San José - UK/Ireland.
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 11 Breakfasts and Full-Board in Tortuguero.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Exclusive access to Langosta Beach Club. *
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  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide only during the excursions.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

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Entrances*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Entrance to Tortuguero National Park is not included. Approximately $15 per person, to be paid at the destination. 

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.

ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

eTA: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

* As a guest of Wyndham Tamarindo you have exclusive access to Langosta Beach Club, located in Tamarindo, on the road to Playa Langosta.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Please note that the times shown in the itinerary may be affected by operational reasons. Follow the guidance provided in-country by the local provider.

  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport with at least six months validity.

  • Visa

    Visa is not required for stays less than 90 days.

  • Currency

    Costa Rican Colon

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Electricity

    110 V. Adapter required.

  • Health

    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

  • Time zone

    UTC - 06:00

  • Other useful information

    Local emergency number: 128

  • Tourist Office website

    https://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: 3 - 10 years.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 
 

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

Room allocation: We will do our best to accommodate your family in the same room. If availability doesn't permit this, we guarantee your family will be accommodated as close together as possible. Children will always be accomodated in a room with at least 1 adult.

Car seats: Not available in all destinations. Feel free to take your own if you need one.

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