Costa Rica in 14 Days

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Tropical Rainforests, Volcanoes & Beaches

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Our most complete tour of Costa Rica, encounter the country's natural abundance as you journey through its most emblematic destinations including Arenal, wildlife-rich Tortuguero and the pristine beaches of Manuel Antonio.

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Arenal
Manuel Antonio National Park
Monteverde
San José
Tabacón
Tortuguero
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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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 embrace the laid-back atmosphere and idyllic beaches of diverse Manuel Antonio. 

 

 

14 days trip including flights*

14 days and 13 nights in destination

1

NYC - SJO

San José

2

Tortuguero

3

Tortuguero

4

Arenal

5

Arenal

6

Arenal

7

Monteverde

8

Monteverde

9

Monteverde

10

Manuel Antonio

11

Manuel Antonio

12

Manuel Antonio

13

San José

14

SJO - NYC

* 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.

1st Day: US - San José

Arrive at your US 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.

* 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.

2nd Day: San José - Tortuguero

Transfer to 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, including the Turtle Conservation Museum and the lively village. 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.

Included
Tour of Tortuguero Village
3rd Day: Tortuguero

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. 

Included
Canals of Tortuguero Boat Tour
4th Day: Tortuguero - Guapiles - Arenal

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. 

5th Day: Arenal

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.

* Thermal Hot Springs in Tabacón: Enjoy one of the main natural wonders of the country with waterfalls that form natural pools whose thermal waters emerge directly from the impressive and active Arenal Volcano. Dinner included. 

* 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. 

Included
Guided hike to the Arenal Volcano
Optional
Arenal: Tabacón Thermal Baths Excursion
Optional
Paradise Hot Springs Pass
6th Day: Arenal

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on an exciting river safari in an inflatable raft along the quiet Rio Peñas Blancas. Accompanied by an expert naturalist guide, travel through the abundant waterways, teeming with colorful flora and fauna. Look out for monkeys, toucans and sloths and spot vibrant tropical birds as you soak up the beauty of the immaculate natural environment. Return to Arenal and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing at your leisure and enjoying the views of the Arenal Volcano. Overnight stay in Arenal

Included
Peñas Blancas River Safari
7th Day: Arenal - Monteverde

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. 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. Price per person: $52.

Optional
Monteverde Canopy High Ropes Tour
8th Day: Monteverde

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. Overnight stay in Monteverde. 

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

Included
Hanging Bridges of Monteverde
9th Day: Monteverde

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the day at your leisure, relaxing in the tranquil surroundings or exploring the diverse eco-system of this magical place. As the sun sets, set off on a Night Walk in Monteverde. Discover the abundant wildlife of Monteverde as you take several different trails around the well-preserved reserve. Your guide will provide you with the necessary equipment for the best chance of spotting the unique wildlife in the reserve, especially the hard to spot nocturnal species. After an evening of exciting wildlife spotting, return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Monteverde. 

Included
Monteverde Night Walk
10th Day: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off in the morning to Manuel Antonio, an area of protected coastal rainforest, known for its idyllic beaches and wildlife. Arrive, check-in to the hotel, and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Manuel Antonio.

11th Day: Manuel Antonio

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on an exciting excursion into the Manuel Antonio National Park. Explore the pristine natural beauty of this national park famous throughout the world and full of exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles and butterflies. Enjoy a picturesque 2-mile hike to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, surrounded by lush rainforest, where you can enjoy a short rest stop to swim in the crystal clear waters. Return to the hotel and the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Manuel Antonio. 

Included
Manuel Antonio National Park Excursion
12th Day: Manuel Antonio

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, relaxing on the idyllic undeveloped beaches and soaking up the laid back atmosphere. We recommend an optional Catamaran tour to enjoy the tranquillity of the waters surrounding Manuel Antonio.* Overnight stay in Manuel Antonio.

*Optional Catamaran Tour: Discover the coast of Manuel Antonio, relax on board and enjoy the tranquillity of navigating these beautiful waters. Stop at a secluded bay where you can snorkel and explore the colorful coral reef, accompanied by a naturalist guide who can help you discover the fascinating underwater world. Lunch included. Price per person: $69.

Optional
Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour
13th Day: Manuel Antonio - San José

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 Jose 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. 

Optional
San Jose City Bus Tour
14th Day: San José - US

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board your flight* back to the US Arrive in the US and end your trip.

* If your return flight departs in the evening, your arrival in the US will be the following day and the total duration of your trip will be 15 days.

Accommodation: 13 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 2 in Tortuguero

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

Physical rating:

Light

Tour of Tortuguero Village

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.

What's included: Round-trip boat transfers, guide. Not included: Services not mentioned, donation to the museum.

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Included

Included activity for day 3

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

Physical rating:

Light

Canals of Tortuguero Boat Tour

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

What's included: Boat with Captain, Nature guide Not included: Entrance to Tortuguero National Park ($16.95 per person)

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Arenal

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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

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Included

Included activity for day 6 in Arenal

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:29 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Peñas Blancas River Safari

Set off on an exciting river safari in an inflatable raft along the quiet Rio Peñas Blancas. Accompanied by an expert naturalist guide, travel through the abundant waterways, teeming with colorful flora and fauna!

What's included: Transport, guide, snacks, equipment

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Available Activities

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If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Arenal

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

Physical rating:

Light

Arenal: Tabacón Thermal Baths Excursion

One of the natural wonders of Costa Rica, bathe in the thermal waters that emerge directly from the impressive and active Arenal Volcano! Relax and unwind as you enjoy the therapeutic properties of these natural springs. Dinner included.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 7

Monteverde Canopy High Ropes 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.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 12

Manuel Antonio Catamaran Tour

Relax onboard and enjoy the tranquil waters of the Manuel Antonio coastline. Stop at a secluded bay to snorkel and explore the colourful coral reef, accompanied by a naturalist guide who can help you discover the underwater world. Lunch included.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 13

San Jose City Bus Tour

Embark on a city tour of the highlights of San Jose including the National Theatre, Art Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral and the charming Central Market, among other sights. Authentic Costa Rican dinner included.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - San Jose - US.
  • 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.
  • 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

Not included

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. 

  • 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: 2 - 10 years.

 

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