Classic Costa Rica - 8 days
Take in the natural wonders of Costa Rica on this 8 day tour. Hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest and Arenal Volcano National Park, spot wildlife and explore the palm fringed beaches of Manuel Antonio, visit a local farm and stroll around San Jose.
Monday. San Jose - La Fortuna. Bienvenido a Costa Rica! Upon arrival to San Jose airport you will be transferred to San Jose where you will meet your guide and the rest of your group before travelling north to La Fortuna this afternoon. After hotel check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Consider taking a stroll through the central market and trying some of the local delicacies this enchanting city has to offer.
Please note: your flight should arrive into San Jose before 12pm today. Alternatively we can arrange pre tour accommodation in San Jose upon request.
Overnight: La Fortuna
Arenal Volcano National Park
From the small village of La Fortuna we have an amazing view of the Arenal Volcano – one of the many active volcanoes in Costa Rica. As we set out on a three hour hike through the national park surrounding the volcano we will learn about interesting facts about the flora and fauna, discover hot springs and marvel in the beauty at our fingertips.
The afternoon is ours to explore as we see fit, discover other hiking trails or take a dip in the natural volcanic springs or even go looking for the Cerro Chato volcano.
Overnight: La Fortuna | Breakfast
La Fortuna - Monteverde. From La Fortuna we make our way to the north-west of Costa Rica to Monteverde. Here we visit El Trapiche, a family run sugar cane mill, where we learn about the farming and processing of not only sugar, but chocolate, coffee and other Costa Rican crops. After sampling some local delicacies and indulging in local life we travel to our rustic hotel for the evening.
Overnight: Monteverde | Breakfast
Today we enjoy a four hour guided hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, which is located on the Continental Divide - the border between the Pacific and Atlantic sides of Costa Rica. We explore different paths that weave through the cloud forest, spotting wonderful wildlife en route and eventually arrive at one of the highest points of the reserve. This point is nicknamed “La Ventana”, meaning “the window” because of its spectacular panoramic views it offers.
The afternoon is free to independently explore or enjoy some of the many optional activities available, including visiting other reserves, the butterfly garden or even zip lining through the trees!
Overnight: Monteverde | Breakfast
Monteverde – Quepos. We continue our journey to the lively west coast city of Quepos - gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park which was established in 1972 and extends along the Pacific coast. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. The rest of the day and tomorrow is free to explore at our own leisure.
Take a hike through the beautiful national park in hopes to see the endangered squirrel and capuchin monkeys, sloths and coatis in their natural habitat or simply relax on one of the its four idyllic Pacific beaches, surrounded by lush jungle.
Overnight: Quepos (2) | Breakfast x 2
Quepos - San Jose. In the morning we embark on our journey back to Costa Rica’s capital - San Jose. Upon arrival our guide will take us on a guided tour of the city's highlights, taking us along the Paseo Colon to visit the National Theatre and National Museum or Gold Museum.
After lunch, the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Visit a local market, shop for souvenirs or take a must see trip to one of the five active volcanoes of Costa Rica – Volcano Poas.
Overnight: San Jose | Breakfast, Lunch
Monday. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out today. We can arrange a departure transfer upon request or would be delighted to help you extend your stay in Costa Rica and book more nights for you if you’re still not quite ready to head home.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Hotel San Bosco, La Fortuna
Set in the heart of La Fortuna, Hotel San Bosco is conveniently located within a 2-minute walk of local shops and restaurants. Its bright guestrooms feature traditional wood furnishings and include a private bathroom, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. An outdoor pool offers guests both a refreshing swim and stunning views of the nearby Arenal Volcano. And with breakfast served at the poolside, there’s certainly plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the vistas.
Rancho Makena, Monteverde
Originally a dairy farm, Rancho Makena is now comprised of grazing land, lush forest and rustic cabins. Built from reforested wood, the guest accommodation is simple yet comfortable, with hot water bathrooms. A cafeteria-style restaurant serves a tasty breakfast, with lunch and dinner available upon request. Relax and enjoy the peace of this natural setting. With beautiful views down to the forest and valley below, Rancho Makena gives you a wonderful taste of life in rural Costa Rica.
Hotel Karahe, Quepos
This tropical-style hotel offers you both a wildlife and beach experience. The lush grounds are often frequented by troops of monkeys, iguanas and even sloths, and also feature a pool fringed by swaying palms. Enjoy direct access to Playa Espadilla Beach, where you can take a refreshing swim, kayak or surf. You'll find the guestrooms to be spacious with marble decor, equipped with a mini fridge, terrace and air conditioning. The onsite restaurant serves a tasty breakfast buffet and the a la carte lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of dishes including fresh seafood.
Hotel Colonial, San Jose
Featuring neo-colonial architecture, Hotel Colonial is ideally located close to the city’s top sights. Guestrooms are equipped with all the essential amenities, with a regional breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, bread and juices included. If you’re looking to unwind, you can relax in either the lobby, terrace or the pool located in the center of the hotel’s interior garden. WiFi is also available in communal areas and a wide range of restaurants offering both local and international cuisine can be found close by.
Hotel 1492, San Jose
Set in the downtown Barrio Escalante area of San Jose, Hotel 1492 is a small and cosy property. Offering just 12 guestrooms, the hotel has a very homely atmosphere and each of the rooms is equipped with a ceiling fan, security box and WiFi access. The local area not only offers a safe, residential vibe, but was also one of the first neighborhoods of the city dating back to the 1940s. You'll find buzzing restaurants, bars and shops to be just a short walk away.