Capuchin monkey in Manuel Antonio NP - Costa Rica
FROM: USD $2,155 pp
Costa Rica Express - 7 days map

Short on time? This express tour takes in the best of Costa Rica in a week! An abundance of wildlife, lush rainforests, a towering volcano and idyllic coast. Visiting charming San Jose and Tortuguero National Park - Costa Rica's 'Little Amazon'. La Fortuna - home of the iconic Arenal Volcano, and Manuel Antonio, with its beautiful coastal jungle and pristine beaches.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Tortuguero National Park - Head to the Caribbean Coast to explore Costa Rica's 'little Amazon'! Take a boat tour along the canals and spot wildlife in the lush rainforest
Manuel Antonio National Park - Go in search of rainforest wildlife with a naturalist guide in this spectacular national park and relax on the beautiful beach
Arenal Volcano National Park - Hike along a volcanic stone path to Arenal's best viewpoint and see a wide variety of flora and fauna trekking through primary rainforest
San Jose - Independently explore Costa Rica's cosmopolitan capital

Included

5 nights 4 star hotels and 1 night 3 star lodge in Tortuguero
Private airport arrival and departure transfer
Tortuguero nature walk and boat tour of Tortuguero NP (shared excursions, with other travellers)
Manuel Antonio National Park nature walk (shared excursion, with other travellers)
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
Tourist shuttle transfers: San Jose - Tortuguero - La Fortuna - Manuel Antonio (shared transportation, with other travellers)
Arenal Volcano National Park tour (shared excursion, with other travellers)
Services of English-speaking guides for all included excursions

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

San Jose

At San Jose international airport you will be met by our tour director, transferred to your hotel and given information about your tour. The rest of the day is free to explore San Jose or just to relax in the hotel. If you'd like a guided tour of the capital, this can be arranged upon request.
Overnight: San Jose

Day 2

Tortuguero

San Jose - Tortuguero. After breakfast travel to Tortuguero on Costa Rica's beautiful Caribbean coast. During the journey you will cross the majestic Braulio Carrillo National Park and enjoy amazing rainforest views until you reach the Caribbean. Tortuguero is only accessible by air or by water. Drive to La Pavona dock where a boat will be waiting to take you through the amazing canals to your lodge in Tortuguero. After lunch at the lodge, take a guided nature walk along the trails around the property, looking out for wildlife and learning more about the environment that surrounds the lodge.

Note: Tortuguero is well known for attracting hordes of sea turtles which come to nest on the beaches. Turtle season typically occurs from July through to October and this is the best time to hopefully spot turtle hatchlings emerge from their nest and scamper across the beach and into the ocean! If you visit during the turtle season, there are turtle nesting tours in the evening, which can be booked locally.
Overnight: Tortuguero  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero - La Fortuna. Very early this morning, before breakfast, explore Tortuguero National Park on a two-hour guided boat tour along the canals. Known as the Costa Rican “Little Amazon”, Tortuguero is a real paradise for nature lovers, with incredible wildlife including 186 species of birds, three of the four species of monkeys in Costa Rica, crocodiles, caimans, toucans, sloths and much more!

After this amazing tour enjoy breakfast at the lodge and then it's time to move on to the next destination. Travel by boat to La Pavona dock, once there the hotel transportation will take you to Guapiles city to enjoy lunch. After lunch, continue to La Fortuna, home of the majestic Arenal Volcano. On a clear day, the majestic Arenal Volcano can be seen looming over this picturesque little town. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: La Fortuna  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Arenal Volcano National Park

Head out on an Arenal Volcano National Park excursion this morning. Drive to the El Silencio Private Reserve to get as close to the base of the Arenal volcano as possible by vehicle. Then enjoy a scenic walk for 1km along a volcanic stone path to reach the best volcano viewing point. Learn all about this remarkable volcano and also enjoy wonderful views of the Green Lagoon and Lake Arenal. The walk back will take you through lush rainforest located along the edge of the Arenal Volcano. With a little luck you'll spot some of the wide variety of plants and animals that inhabit the rainforest, such as toucans, turkeys, orioles, peccaries, snakes, and monkeys. At the end of the morning tour enjoy a delicious snack of tropical fruit before returning to your hotel.

The afternoon is free to spend at leisure or perhaps enjoy some of the optional activities available on the area. We recommend an evening visit to Eco Termales hot springs which can be booked on request.
Overnight: La Fortuna  |  Breakfast

Days 5-6

Manuel Antonio

La Fortuna - Manuel Antonio. On day 5 transfer to beautiful Manuel Antonio, one of the country's most popular national parks, located on Costa's Rica tropical Pacific Coast. Offering the ideal blend of beach and rainforest, it's the perfect place to end of your holiday. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying your exquisite new surroundings.

The following morning explore Manuel Antonio National Park's tropical rainforest on a 2.5 hour nature walk. Your naturalist guide will point out many of the different species living in the park, such as sloths, Capuchin, Howler, and Squirrel monkeys. You will also be able to see several types of reptiles resting in the tropical rainforest and birds overhead. The afternoon if free for you to stroll along the beautiful beach, relax by the pool or perhaps enjoy one of the many activities available in the area.
Overnight: Manuel Antonio (2)  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 7

San Jose

Manuel Antonio - San Jose. Today a private transfer takes you to San Jose airport for your flight home. We recommend booking a late departure flight, as the transfer time is approx. 3.5 hours.

Should you wish to extend your time by the beach in Manuel Antonio or book post tour accommodation in San Jose, that can be arranged on request.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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USD $160

Hotels

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.

Park Inn by Radisson, San Jose

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The high-rise Park Inn Hotel boasts spectacular views of San Jose. The modern rooms are tastefully decorated with bright colours and come complete with a mini-bar, coffee machine and flat-screen TV - all you need to unwind after a day in the capital. The restaurant in the hotel serves up a variety of local and international dishes along with a complimentary breakfast buffet for guests. The hotel is situated just a stone's throw away from La Sabana Metropolitan Park and La Sabana Shopping Centre making it the ideal location for those looking to make the most of their time in San Jose.

Hotel Presidente, San Jose

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled in the very heart of Costa Rica's thriving capital, Hotel Presidente stuns visitors with its beautiful lobby, which features rich wooden flooring and furniture combined with exposed brick walls and decorated with antique sewing machines. Rooms are both modern and chic with neutral colour schemes giving the entire complex an air of sophistication and elegance. Guests are provided with free WiFi and breakfast buffets as well as a gym and computer area. Located a mere 2 minute walk from the Plaza de la Cultura, the National Theatre and some of the city's best Museums, the Hotel Presidente ideally positions guests right in the centre of the action.

Mawamba Lodge , Tortuguero

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

The Mawamba Lodge is far more than just a hotel. With the Tortuguero canals snaking in front of it and the Caribbean Ocean lapping at the shore out back, this resort is the ultimate when it comes to tropical paradise. Guests are invited to visit the hotel's exclusive butterfly and frog gardens before retiring to their beautiful wooden lodge complete with a private balcony and hammock. Further features include a games room, poolside restaurant and hiking trails. Nothing beats the water-lined location of Mawamba Lodge. The beach and the nearest town are just a few steps away and tours operate daily from the hotel.

Laguna Lodge, Tortuguero

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Combining style, comfort and personalised service, the Laguna Lodge invites guests to experience ecotourism at its best. The charming guest rooms offer views to the gardens and forest that surrounds the lodge with comfortable chairs out on the balcony for those who enjoy fresh air. Featuring drift wood that has been collected from the local beach and treated in the lodge's very own workshop, the open air restaurant is the ideal place to dine whilst soaking up the exotic views. The Laguna Lodge is located on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the Tortuguero Channel.

Lomas del Volcan Hotel, La Fortuna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled amidst the lush greenery and captivating landscapes of La Fortuna, Lomas del Volcan Hotel offers a serene retreat for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Guests are accommodated in spacious wooden bungalows, with modern amenities, complimentary WiFi and two terraces to enjoy a good book or a coffee, while taking in wonderful views of Arenal volcano or the rainforest. Savour the flavours of Costa Rica at the on-site restaurant, which serves a delectable array of local and international cuisine. You can order room service and enjoy a delicious private dinner on the deck, with magical views. The hotel can assist with booking tours and you can embark on unforgettable adventures right from the doorstep. Explore the nearby Arenal Volcano National Park or indulge in adrenaline-pumping activities such as zip-lining or canopy tours. After a busy day of exploration, unwind with a drink at the bar or take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool.

Arenal Manoa Hotel, La Fortuna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Arenal Manoa Hotel is surrounded by stunning gardens filled with verdant foliage and sparkling ponds, presided over by the Arenal Volcano looming in the distance. Guests are well catered for by the poolside bars and the restaurant, which offers culinary delights from around the world along with dazzling views of the volcano. The hotel also offers a range of relaxing spa treatments and a dairy tour for those looking for a bit of cultural education. The hotel's proximity to the Arenal Volcano National Park makes it the perfect base for exploring the area. It is also a short drive from the centre of La Fortuna.

Parador Resort and Spa, Manuel Antonio Village

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Sitting high above the Central Pacific coastline with access to some of Costa Rica's best beaches, the Parador is the premier eco-luxury resort in Manuel Antonio. Surrounded by 12 acres of beautiful rainforest the resort boasts a great selection of beautifully decorated, comfortable rooms and suites with views of the lush gardens, jungle or the ocean. Let your stress dissolve away in the hotel's luxury spa with wide open windows facing the tropical rainforest. The Parador is located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in Manuel Antonio near the town of Quepos. It's a 2.5 hour scenic drive from San Jose.

Si Como No Resort, Manuel Antonio Village

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled amidst the lush tropical rainforests of Manuel Antonio, Si Como No hotel offers an enchanting escape, where eco-luxury meets sustainability. Perched on a hillside overlooking the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, this first-class resort provides a serene sanctuary where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Costa Rica, while enjoying unparalleled comfort and service. The elegant guest rooms offer modern amenities (no televisions), free Wi-Fi and private balconies with stunning views of the surrounding jungle canopy or sparkling Pacific Ocean. Indulge in tasty Costa Rican dishes and classic tropical specialties at the restaurant, enjoy cocktails in the pool at the swim-up bar, or unwind with a rejuvenating spa treatment after a day of exploring the wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park. The hotel is conveniently located, 5 minutes away from the beach and 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, by car.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
San Jose
Ends
San Jose
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 1
Countries
Minimum Age
5 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Tortuguero Highlight
Tortuguero Highlight
Arenal Volcano National Park - web ready highlight
Squirrel monkey hiding in a tree near the Manuel Antonio Village
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