Highlights of Costa Rica

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Uncover the must-see sights of Costa Rica on this 9-day adventure through some of Central America’s most impressive and untouched surroundings. Journey to the coastline where the rainforest meets the sea in Tortuguero. Explore Costa Rica’s most iconic Volcano in Arnel. And relax on the white-sand of Manuel Antonio’s palm-fringed beaches! Discover the best eco-traveler hot spots of Costa Rica, with a hint of culture and history along the way.

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Duration
9 Day
Destination(s)
Costa Rica
Starts in / Ends in
San Jose / San Jose
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
5 & 4 Star
Average Tour Group Size Avr. Group Size
25-30

Sight Visited

  • Arenal Volcano
    Arenal Volcano

    Arenal Volcano is an active andesitic stratovolcano in north-western Costa Rica around 90 km northwest of San José, in the province of Alajuela, canton of San Carlos, and district of La Fortuna. The Arenal volcano measures at least 1,633 metres high. It is conically shaped with a crater 140 metres in diameter.

  • La Fortuna de San Carlos
    La Fortuna de San Carlos

    La Fortuna is a small town in Costa Rica, northwest of the capital, San José. It’s known as a gateway to Arenal Volcano National Park, comprising 2 volcanoes. Active Arenal Volcano is still laced with lava flows.

  • Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio

    Manuel Antonio is a small Oceanside village with plenty of great places to stay tucked into nature. Famous for its national park, this tiny yet bustling town is located off Costa Rica's central Pacific coast

  • Monteverde
    Monteverde

    A magical place in the province of Punaternas is located 1,600 meters above sea level. The elevation adds a mystical feel to this place as it creates the mist and a cloud-like canopy. Monteverde is one of the most popular ecotourism spots in Costa Rica.

  • San Jose
    San Jose

    San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, and the capital of the province of the same name. It is in the centre of the country, in the mid-west of the Central Valley, within San José Canton.

  • Sarapiqui
    Sarapiqui

    Sarapiqui is a unique town and river area in the Heredia Province of Costa Rica, close to Puerto Viejo. The incredible biodiversity and adventure you can find in Sarapiqui is unbeatable.

  • Tortuguero National Park
    Tortuguero National Park

    The exceptionally high rainfall, and rich environment where the freshwater meets the sea makes the beaches, canals, lagoons and wetlands of Tortuguero areas of exceptional biodiversity and opportunity for nature lovers.

ITINERARY

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Day 1: San José
Hola San José! Watch out for the Travel Talk sign at the airport for your transfer to hotel. Explore San José at your own pace before an informal meeting with your tour group in the hotel lobby at 7.00pm. After the meeting, join an optional group dinner at a local restaurant to get to know your new travel mates.
  • Accommodation
    Park Inn San Jose by Radisson Hotel – 5 Star
  • Included Activities
    Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities
    Group Dinner
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Day 2: San José, Tortuguero
Today we’ll head towards the North Caribbean Coast where jungle meets the sea in Tortuguero! Hop on board a small boat and journey through the jigsaw of canals towards our secluded lodge in the rainforest surrounding Tortuguero. After lunch, join your guide for a visit to the tiny village of Tortuguero. Accessible only by air or water and not by car, this little village embraces strong Afro-Caribbean roots with a population of only 500 people. Take a walking tour with your guide to meet the local families and learn about their way of life in this small but bustling village. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a few freshwater turtles basking on the banks of the canals.
  • Accommodation
    Pachira Lodge - 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Tortuguero Walking Tour
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Day 3: Tortuguero
Wakey, wakey – the canals, beaches and jungles of the pristine Tortuguero National Park await you! Start the morning with a hike through the trails of the lodge. Then we take a guided boat trip to explore the eco-paradise and keep a look out for the wonderful range of wildlife that resides here including caiman, tropical birds, monkeys, sloths and the emerald green basilisk Lizards. Then, enjoy some downtime back at the Lodge in the afternoon to relax by the pool, beach or park up in a hammock.
  • Accommodation
    Pachira Lodge - 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activities
    Nature Hike
    Boat Ride in Tortuguero National Park
  • Entrance Fees
    Tortuguero National Park - 15 USD
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Day 4: Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Arenal
Today we'll farewell Tortuguero for Arenal! Stop in the small town of Sarapiquí Valley along the way to embrace that fresh Costa Rican air along the riverbanks. Keep an eye out for adventure seekers rafting through the river rapids! Then grab a window seatback on board the private coach and keep your eyes peeled for our first glimpse of one of the most stunning volcanoes in Costa Rica, Arenal! We’ll stay in the small town of La Fortuna de San Carlos with incredible views of the volcano above. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to relax in the famed hot springs of Arenal or explore the surrounding rainforests before night falls.
  • Accommodation
    Montaña de Fuego Mountain Resort & Spa – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Optional Activities
    Sarapiquí Visit
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Day 5: Arenal, Monteverde
Wake up and get set to embrace adventure at its best in Arenal today! Explore the rainforest canopies from above on the hanging bridges of Arenal and keep an eye out for sleepy sloths high in the trees. Then follow your guide on a hike to the charming La Fortuna waterfall to familiarise yourself with this wonderful region. Later in the day, travel to the scenic region of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest. These rare forests cover only 1% of the world and thrive only in tropical mountainous environments where the atmospheric conditions allow for a consistent cloud coverage. And at night, this region truly comes to life! Tonight, join an optional night walk through the Cloud Forest to see the nocturnal world of species come to life after dark.
  • Accommodation
    Poco a Poco Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Arenal Volcano Sightseeing
  • Entrance Fees
    Arenal Hanging Bridges - 21 USD
    Monteverde Cloud Forest Night Walk - 21 USD
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Day 6: Monteverde, Manuel Antonio
Make the best of Monteverde before we make our way to the Pristine beaches and dazzling coral reefs of Manuel Antonio. Start your adventure with an optional Selvature zipline adventure to have an arial view of the tropical jungle. Enjoy some personal leisure time or one of the optional activities available, the Curi Cancha Biological Reserve, Butterflies Garden, or Coffee Tour! Travel towards Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast to the small oceanside village of Manuel Antonio. Famous for its national park and treasured biodiversity, this place is any beach lover or eco-travellers dream come true! Picture white sandy beaches fringed with dense jungle and tropical palm trees. Enjoy free time here in the afternoon to relax by the turquoise beaches or poolside at our ocean-front hotel.
  • Accommodation
    Shana Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Manuel Antonio Beach
  • Optional Activities
    Monteverde Coffee Tour - 36 USD
    Monteverde Butterflies Garden - 17 USD
    Monteverde Curi Cancha Biological Reserve - 23 USD
  • Entrance Fees
    Monteverde Selvatura Zipline Adventure - 45 USD
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Day 7: Manuel Antonio
Get set to explore Manuel Antonio National Park and its wide variety of flora and fauna with a knowledgeable nature guide. While you’re hiking, stay alert for reptiles, birds and sleepy sloths. Enjoy a stop at the world-famous Tres Beach (Third Beach). The afternoon is yours to enjoy this tropical paradise. You can soak in the spectacular nature from ashore or join the optional Isla Damas Mangrove Tour to witness the wildlife up close.
  • Accommodation
    Shana Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Manuel Antonio National Park Hike
    Visit to the Third Beach
  • Optional Activities
    Manuel Antonio Isla Damas Mangrove Boat Tour - 56 USD
  • Entrance Fees
    Manuel Antonio National Park - 16 USD
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Day 8: Manuel Antonio, San José
Say goodbye to Costa Rica’s coastal paradise as we return to San José. On the way, stop at Costa Rica’s most famous crafts centre – Sarchí – where artisans produce the colourful ‘carreta’. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot ornately painted oxcarts transporting coffee and fruit. Then, welcome back to San José! Explore the historic neighbourhoods and colonial mansions on a guided walking tour through the city.
  • Accommodation
    Park Inn San Jose by Radisson Hotel – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Sarchí Village Visit
    San José Guided Tour
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Day 9: San José
Today we saw our goodbyes! Enjoy a final breakfast together before hotel check-out at 11.00am. Roam through San Jose one last time before your included airport transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport.
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

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Accommodation

5 & 4 Star Hotels

Airport Transfer

Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel on Day 1. Departure shuttle to the airport on Day 9.

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8 Breakfasts | 3 Lunches | 2 Dinners

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Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle

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Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price?

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PARK INN HOTEL - SAN JOSE


Park Inn Hotel is just steps from Paseo Colon, San Jose's main avenue, and walking distance from downtown. The hotel features a restaurant bar & grill, a gym, two bars, and an outdoor pool.

PACHIRA LODGE - TORTUGUERO


Located only a 5-minute boat trip from the entrance to the lush Tortuguero National Par, Pachira Lodge is one of the most reputable lodges in Tortuguero. Surrounded by a network of very scenic canals, this is considered one of the most exotic regions of the world, characterized by its rich flora and fauna.

MONTAÑA DE FUEGO MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA - ARENAL


Just by the foot of the Arenal Volcano stands Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa. Offering spectacular views of the towering volcanic landscapes, the hotel features an outdoor pool, beautiful-styled garden surroundings, a restaurant and spa facilities.

POCO A POCO HOTEL - MONTEVERDE


Offering a picturesque setting, Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco is located in Monteverde, Costa Rica. It features a spa, a covered heated pool and charming rooms with garden views.

SHANA HOTEL - MANUEL ANTONIO


Tucked in on the edge of the rainforest, and overlooking the expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Shana Hotel is the ideal hotel boutique escape in Manuel Antonio. The hotel is set upon the hills of Quepos Point, just a 5-minute walk from Biesanz Beach and a 10-minutes walk from Manuel Antonio National Park Beach.

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