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Classic Costa Rica - 12 Days

Classic Costa Rica

Costa Rica · Private Tour · 12 Days
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Dive in a sea of biodiversity in the jungles and beaches of Costa Rica. Explore volcanoes, walk over hanging bridges in the jungle, visit a coffee estate, and the largest turtle protected reserve in the continent. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - San Jose
Day 2 - Doka Coffee Estate and Poas Volcano
Day 3 - San Jose → Tortuguero
Day 4 - Tortuguero National Park
Day 5 - Tortuguero → Arenal Volcano
Day 6 - Arenal Volcano and Hanging Bridges
Day 7 - Arenal Volcano → Monteverde
Day 8 - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Day 9 - Monteverde → Tamarindo
Day 10 - Canopy Tour
Day 11 - Tamarindo → San Jose
Day 12 - San Jose

What is included

  • 11 nights accommodation at comfort hotels with breakfast
  • Private arrival transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Shared ground transportation throughout the tour
  • Meals mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the visits and excursions mentioned as included
  • English speaking guide during visits

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Departure tax (US$ 29 per person)
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
San Jose

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International Airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Studio Hotel

San José

day
2
Doka Coffee Estate and Poas Volcano

Breakfast at the hotel. To get to the different attractions included during this tour, we will drive through the city of Alajuela passing in front of the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous central park, called Mango Park. First stop, will be in a coffee plantation to learn how coffee is picked, milled, ground and roasted.

As we continue towards the Poás Volcano, we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations, fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a colorful landscape. The Poas is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the country, with its enormous crater measuring more than one kilometer in diameter and 314 meters deep. The crystal blue sulfur pools will amaze you along with the steam rising from the various volcanic vents. We will also hike to the beautiful Botos Lagoon. 

The tour continues to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where we will walk through some spectacular trails leading to the White Magic Waterfall. We will also visit the largest butterfly observatory and the impressive hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the old house, the bird house and the frogs’ exhibit. After lunch we will head back to San José.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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San Jose → Poas Volcano50 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Studio Hotel

San José

day
3
San Jose → Tortuguero

Early pick up from your hotel in San José. Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as the bus drives through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stop on route to have a delicious typical breakfast. 

The bus ride continues through cassava, annatto, or banana plantations to the pier. Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to the pier and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel along the Tortuguero canals. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch as you arrive to the lodge.

A two-hour boat ride through the canals will take you to Mawamba Lodge... just in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the small town of Tortuguero and easy walk back to the lodge by the beach. Before dinner, free time to enjoy the pool or just to relax in a hammock. Dinner is served in the pool restaurant from 7:30 pm.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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San Jose → pier100 km
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pier → Mawamba Lodge 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Mawamba Lodge

Tortuguero

day
4
Tortuguero National Park

After breakfast, guided walking tour through the trails of the lodge.

In the afternoon, guided visit to Tortuguero National Park exploring the canals in small, open boats to allow better visibility.

Created to protect the most important nesting site of the green turtle in the Western Hemisphere, Tortuguero National Park extends along 14 miles of shoreline and 19 miles out to sea. The Canal de Tortuguero runs through the park, connecting a labyrinth of deltas, canals, and lagoons.

With 11 distinct life zones ranging from raffia palm forest to herbaceous swamps, the park offers one of the most rewarding nature experiences in the country. This watery world is best seen by boat; the wide canals allow grandstand wildlife viewing, and silent approaches on the water permit unusually close contact with the fauna. River otters, caimans, and howler monkeys are easily sighted as are birds such as oropendolas, toucans, and jacamars and other waterfowl.

For most visitors, the star attraction is the green turtle, which nests between June and November. However, three other species of marine turtles also come ashore throughout the year, although in lesser numbers.

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Mawamba Lodge

Tortuguero

day
5
Tortuguero → Arenal Volcano

After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to the pier, where the trip will continue by bus to Rio Danta private restaurant for lunch.

After lunch, transfer to Arenal Volcano area.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Mawamba Lodge → pier 2h
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pier → Arenal Volcano145 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
6
Arenal Volcano and Hanging Bridges

After breakfast, natural history walk in the Hanging Bridges.

Located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, the trails and bridges of this project will bring the visitor as close as any person could ever imagine observing the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. The property has impressive views to Arenal Volcano and to the lake that feeds the largest hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica. 

In the afternoon, see from up close the activities of the Arenal Volcano.

Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano.At 5437 feet, its tall and conical shape stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remains one of Costa Rica’s most active volcano over the past 43 years. 

This tour will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano during a gentle hike along the lower slopes of the colossus. The walk begins in one of the trails close to the volcano and continues through the forest until reaching the area destroyed in its first eruption, back in 1968. This tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
7
Arenal Volcano → Monteverde

After breakfast, boat transfer to Monteverde, via Arenal Lake.

 This service, half tour half transfer, is a picturesque and fast way to go to Monteverde from Arenal Volcano area. After a 30 minute ride to the dam, you will board a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat. After crossing the lake, you will arrive to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side. 

Arenal Lake is the largest and the most important artificial lake in Costa Rica. It is also a place where you can find different kinds of resident and migratory bird; sometimes mammals such as monkeys and sloths can also be seen. In addition, in a clear day, there are great views of the Arenal Volcano. Once at Río Chiquito, a bus will take passengers to selected hotel in Monteverde

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Arenal Volcano → Arenal Lake 40min
Q
Arenal Lake → Monteverde 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
8
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

After breakfast, guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

The Monteverde Reserve is immersed in a cloud forest considered a living laboratory. Its 4,125 hectares hosts valuable species such as the Resplendent Quetzal; some uncommon amphibians such as the Ring-tailed Salamander, the largest in Costa Rica and the Highland Dink Frog scarcely 6 cm long. It is also a refuge for the Tayra.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
9
Monteverde → Tamarindo

After breakfast, transfer to the North Pacific coast, to Tamarindo Beach.

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Monteverde → Tamarindo165 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Canopy Tour

After breakfast, we will head for our canopy tour at the village of Artola, located approximately one-hour drive from Tamarindo, in a tropical dry forest.

Upon arrival at the canopy site, your expert guides will provide you with all necessary equipment (harness, helmet, and gloves). Once you are geared up, you will take a short hike through the trees to the first platform where your guides will give a safety orientation talk. You will fly down steel cables at amazing speeds. 

During the tour, you will come across a bridge between two platforms, perfect for observing the surroundings. If you are afraid of heights, you can try the first two cables and decide if you want to go on or not. During this tour visitors will experience a unique adventure while they enjoy the beauty of the forest and wildlife.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
11
Tamarindo → San Jose

After breakfast, transfer back to San Jose.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Tamarindo → San Jose260 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Studio Hotel

San José

day
12
San Jose

After breakfast, private transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

San José
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Studio Hotel

Tortuguero
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Mawamba Lodge

Arenal
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Hotel Arenal Springs

Monteverde
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Hotel Trapp Family Lodge

Tamarindo
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Hotel Tamarindo Diriá

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Habitación Doble
9 Jan 2018 - 8 Apr 2018$1677
9 Apr 2018 - 17 Apr 2018$1713
18 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018$1636
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018$1619
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018$1613
1 Aug 2018 - 14 Sep 2018$1573
15 Sep 2018 - 17 Sep 2018$1630
18 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018$1556

Photos

Canopy Tour
Toucan
Coffee beans
Tamarindo

Map

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