Costa Rica & Peru in 15 Days

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Pura Vida & Secrets of the Sacred Valley

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Combine untouched nature with captivating culture on this unforgettable journey from the rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica to legendary Machu Picchu in Peru!

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Cuzco
Lima
Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley
Arenal
Guanacaste
Tamarindo
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Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Breakfast only
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Combine the laid-back 'Pura Vida' with the mysteries of the Inca Empire on this unforgettable adventure! Admire the Arenal Volcano and enjoy the Guanacaste sunshine in the tropical paradise of Tamarindo. Explore charming Lima. Uncover the mysteries of the Sacred Valley and the Inca capital of Cuzco before reaching iconic Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the past. Let's go!

15 days trip including flights*

14 days and 13 nights in destination

1

NYC - SJO

Arenal

2

Arenal

3

Arenal

4

Tamarindo

5

Tamarindo

6

Tamarindo

7

Lima

8

Lima

9

Urubamba

10

Urubamba

11

Cuzco

12

Cuzco

13

Lima

14

LIM - NYC

15

LIM - 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 - Arenal

Ready to live the 'Pura Vida'? Arrive at your departure airport to board a flight to San José. Arrive in the capital of Costa Rica, pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel in Arenal. Get some rest before your adventure begins in the morning. Overnight stay in Arenal.

2nd Day: Arenal

Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning to enjoy 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 extra). Overnight stay in Arenal.

Included
Guided hike to the Arenal Volcano
3rd Day: Arenal

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: 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. Lunch included.

Optional
Half-Day Horse Riding Excursion
4th Day: Arenal – Tamarindo

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. In the afternoon, drive 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.

Included
Cloud Forests Excursion
5th Day: Tamarindo

Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy the 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. Overnight stay in Tamarindo. 

Included
Boat Safari on Tamarindo Estuary
6th Day: Tamarindo

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. Snacks and drinks included.

Optional
Tamarindo Catamaran Excursion
7th Day: Tamarindo - San José - Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive back to the capital. On arrival, drop off the rental car at the airport and take the flight to Lima. Arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, situated on the Pacific Coast. Transfer to the hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city's colonial streets and magical plazas at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.

8th Day: Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent. Start by exploring the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before heading to the Historic Center. Visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo and walk to the Plaza de Armas to admire the exquisite colonial architecture that surrounds it. Stop in the Parque del Amor, from where you can take beautiful photos of the Peruvian coastline. Overnight stay in Lima.

Included
City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima
9th Day: Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco, the former Inca capital, and transfer to the Sacred Valley, on the way stop at Awanakancha and savour the opportunity to explore this living museum, where ancient customs and traditions have been preserved across the centuries. Watch local communities creating beautiful handmade textiles and soak up the beautiful views, unchanged by time. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the lively immaculate scenery of this iconic region. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

10th Day: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting day at Machu Picchu awaits you this morning as you set off for the train station to board the Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes, admiring the landscape along the way. Arrive and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu*, a true wonder of the world and one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Spend some time discovering the ruins and being amazed by the terraces and enjoying a tour of the different sections of the site. Return to Sacred Valley. Arrive and overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

Note: The baggage policy on board the Expedition train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.

* Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. $2 per bag.

* You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.

Included
Visit to Machu Picchu by Expedition or Voyager Train
Optional
Upgrade: Outgoing on Expedition Train and return on Vistadome Train
Optional
Upgrade: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes
11th Day: Sacred Valley - Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Cuzco, with the opportunity to enjoy the optional Sacred Valley excursion along the way, to experience the best of the region.* Arrive in Cuzco and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, enjoying the lively plazas at night. Overnight stay in Cuzco.

Optional Essence of the Sacred Valley Excursion: Visit Chinchero and the PARWA Centre, to appreciate the colourful traditional textiles. Next, visit the church of Chinchero before heading to the Racchi panoramic viewpoint for a fantastic view across the valley. Explore Ollantaytambo and its Inca fortress. Lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco' included granting entrance to the Sacred Valley and surrounding sights.

Optional
The Essence of the Sacred Valley (with lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco')
12th Day: Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a fascinating half-day tour of Cuzco. Begin in the iconic Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. From here, walk to the Koricancha Temple, an impressive ancient Inca palace, in honour of the Sun God. Today, a Dominican church stands on the site. Finally, visit the lively San Blas neighbourhood, known for its artists, shops and artisan workshops. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of the city and sampling the local cuisine. Overnight stay in Cuzco.

Included
Half-Day Cuzco Tour
13th Day: Cuzco - Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Lima.

14th Day: Lima - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. 

15th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

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 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 4 in Arenal

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Cloud Forests Excursion

Take a 3km long route which consists of a combination of paths and 8 bridges, where you can explore the different layers of the cloud forest as well as the inhabitants of each of them from the ground up to the treetops.

What's included: Transfer - Bilingual guide - Entrance to the bridges

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Tamarindo

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Boat Safari on 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.

What's included: Transfer- Bilingual guide - Boat trip

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Included

Included activity for day 8 in Lima

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima

Enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent.

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

Suggested activity for day 3

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

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Horse Riding Excursion

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.

What's included: Transportation - Bilingual guide - Equipment - Horseback riding

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 6

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:20 / 12:50 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Tamarindo Catamaran Excursion

Experience a catamaran tour of a special kind. In addition to beautiful landscapes over the water, enjoy snorkelling and an included buffet brunch.

What's included: Transportation - Bilingual guide - Catamaran ride - Sancks Buffet - Beverages - Snorkeling equipment - Paddle Board - Kayak

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 10

Upgrade: Outgoing on Expedition Train and return on Vistadome Train

Upgrade to the Expedition Train on your outbound journey and the Vistadome Train for your return journey. These have fully panoramic windows and windows in the roof, allowing you to enjoy excellent views of the landscape. Light snack on board included.

Optional

Suggested activity for day 10

Upgrade: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes

Upgrade to the 360° train to Aguas Calientes which has an open-air observatory wagon with bar and higher and wider panoramic windows.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - San José, Lima - US.
  • Internal flights: San José - Lima, Lima - Cuzco and Cuzco - Lima.
  • Train Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Expedition Train. *
    more information
  • 13 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
    See hotels included
  • 13 Breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Compact Rental Car for 7 days (HYUNDAI ACCENT or similar). **
    more information
  • Exclusive access to Langosta Beach Club. ***
    more information
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Rental car security deposit (USD$750), rental car insurance (mandatory), GPS rental, entrances*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.

** Requirements: Valid and original drivers license, issued at least 2 years ago. This is valid for 90 days in Costa Rica, from the date of entry stamped on your passport. An international license is necessary in the case that the license is in another alphabet (Hebrew, Mandarin, etc.). Provisional drivers licenses or photocopies are not accepted. Passport must be stamped upon entry to the country and you must present your Credit Card (only MasterCard, VISA or American Express are accepted) to cover the security deposit of USD$750. Deposit with Debit Card or cash is not allowed. Please note, the minimum age to rent a car is 23 years.

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

We strongly recommend you consult your GP regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness.

Warning: Please note that when filling out the Health Form required to enter Peru, in the Nationality section, you must write EEUU (instead of USA), in order to generate a valid form.

  • 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.

 

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