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Ultimate Costa Rica - 15 days

Discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica on this 15 day tour. Encounter wonderful wildlife in acclaimed national parks, learn about everyday life as a local Tico or Tica, explore the vibrant capital of San Jose and indulge in some relaxation on idyllic Samara Beach. This is Costa Rica encompassed!

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Monteverde - visit the world renowned Cloud Forest Reserve which is famous for its adrenaline activities
Tortuguero - take a walk along the famous turtle nesting trail and spot wildlife on a cruise along the canals of this spectacular national park
Manuel Antonio - explore the beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches and lush green forests of this beautiful national park
Santa Rosa de Pocosol - gain a fascinating insight into rural life and stay with a local family
El Trapiche - learn about the farming and the processing of sugar cane, coffee and chocolate on an interactive tour
Samara - relax on one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches in this enchanting coastal hamlet
San Jose - get acquainted with the country's capital and opt to visit the nearby Volcano Poas
La Fortuna - gaze in awe at the famous Arenal Volcano and take a dip in the relaxing hot springs
Juanilama Reserve - take a hike to picturesque La Leona waterfall

Included

Santa Rosa de Pocosol agricultural tour
8 nights 3 star hotels, 4 nights lodges and 2 nights homestay
Escorted by a local English speaking tour guide with specialist guides at certain sites of interest
Tortuguero boat cruise and village visit
Guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park
Specialist local guides at certain sights of interest
14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
San Jose airport arrival transfer on day 1
Private transportation in air conditioned vehicles
Excursion to Juanilama reservation and hike to waterfall La Leona
El Trapiche Sugar Cane and Coffee Tour

Not Included

International flights and visa
Airport departure transfer - can be booked at an additional cost upon request
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

San Jose

Monday. Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival to San Jose airport you will be transferred to your hotel to check in before having the rest of the day at your leisure. Take a stroll through the central market and try some local delicacies or explore one of the many theatres and museums this enchanting city has to offer before our tour starts tomorrow.
Overnight: San Jose

Day 2

Tortuguero

San Jose - Tortuguero. This morning we meet our tour leader after breakfast and se off to Tortuguero National Park which is known as “land of the turtles”. On the journey we drive through the beautiful rainforest of Braulio Carrillo National Park, where we enjoy some of Costa Rica’s most picturesque views. We will also pass through banana plantations, the main economical activity of the Caribbean area.

Arriving at the port in Limon we board a shuttle service boat which takes us along inland jungle canals to our lodge in Tortuguero National Park, located on the Atlantic/Caribbean coast. This popular national park, which incorporates eleven different habitats including rain forests, swamps, beaches and lagoons, is literally teaming with wildlife and famous for its turtles. After checking into our accommodation we take a scenic boat ride through the canals to visit Tortuguero village and the Sea Turtle Conservancy Centre.
Overnight: Tortuguero  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park is renowned for being an important turtle habitat. Green Sea turtles, leatherback turtles and Hawksbill turtles all nest on the beaches here so if you come at the right time of year you may have the opportunity to some of these beautiful little creatures hatch as you take a stroll along the famous turtle nesting trail. Today we cruise along the extensive canal system of natural and man-made waterways to explore the national park and witness the rich wildlife of monkeys, iguanas, and colourful tropical birds hiding in the jungle around us.

Note: The Green Sea and Hawksbill turtle’s nesting season runs from July to October with the peak in August, and the Leatherback turtles nest from February to April.
Overnight: Tortuguero  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Santa Rosa de Pocosol

Tortuguero - Santa Rosa de Pocosol. We leave tranquil Tortuguero behind to continue our journey to Puerto de Santa Rosa de Pocosol, where we get a fascinating insight into the daily life of the locals, known as Ticos. After a warm welcome we are taken on a guided walk through the village and get to sample delicious fresh fruits from the trees. There's also the opportunity to participate in an optional workshop where you can learn how to cook like a local or make arts and crafts with the village ladies. We spend the next two nights at a homestay with a local family.
Overnight: Santa Rosa de Pocosol (Homestay)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Juanilama Reservation Hike

After breakfast we embark on a scenic hike through the ecological reserve in Juanilama until we reach the beautiful La Leona waterfall. Here we can take a dip in the clear water and if we're lucky we may even see some pakas, agutis, frogs or rare howling monkeys. This evening enjoy a tasty dinner with your homestay family.
Overnight: Santa Rosa de Pocosol (Homestay)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-7

La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano

Santa Rosa de Pocosol - La Fortuna. On day 6 we set our sights on La Fortuna de San Carlos, one of the main tourist destinations in Costa Rica and home to the famous Arenal Volcano which overlooks the town. Here we have two days to explore the amazing natural landscapes and discover what makes this town so special. In the afternoon you can take a relaxing bath in the hot springs that owe their warm temperatures to the volcanic activities and in the evening consider a night walk, where you can spot nocturnal creatures.

Day 7 is free to enjoy a whole host of exciting optional activities such as hiking, kayaking, rappelling, rafting and cycling or simply relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings. The Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, Venado Caves, Fortuna waterfall and the Arenal Lake are some of the attractions at our fingertips.
Overnight: La fortuna (2)  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 8-9

Samara Beach

La Fortuna – Samara Beach. Bidding farewell to Arenal we travel along Costa Rica's beautiful Pacific coastline to sunny Samara, which is our home for the next two nights. Known for having one of the prettiest and safest beaches in all of Costa Rica, Playa Samara also has a spectacular coral reef and wooded island in the bay – Isla Chora which is very popular with swimmers and windsurfers. As well as many shops, bars and restaurants Playa Samara has a thriving fishing and farming community unlike other Pacific Ocean resorts.

The next two days are free to relax on the idyllic beach or for the more adventurous there is an array of activities on offer – from snorkelling and diving to sport fishing, horse riding and bird watching.
Overnight: Samara Beach  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 10

El Trapiche farm tour

Samara Beach – Monteverde. Leaving the beach behind we venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Known as the best Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, this lush reserve is a nature lovers paradise and an excellent place for bird watching. After checking into our hotel, we will visit El Trapiche for a tour of a local farm. Here we will see everything from small tilapia ponds to sugarcanes and coffee plants and embrace the local way of life while sampling some of their delicacies. This evening we return to our hotel for the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Monteverde  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Monteverde Cloud Forest

The day is free to explore the best Cloud Forest in Costa Rica! Uncover the natural beauty of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve or the Butterfly Gardens. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush you could ride the longest zipline in Latin America, Bungee Jump, cross hanging bridges, go on a night-walk through the jungle and much more.
Overnight: Monteverde  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Quepos

Monteverde – Quepos. Known for being one of the best places in the world for big-game sport fishing, we venture to the vibrant city of Quepos, the gateway to the Manuel Antonio national park. The locals, also known as Quepenos, know how to celebrate life and dancing in the streets seems to be part of everyday life. Every year flocks of people descend on Quepos for the various concerts, parades and carnivals as well as admire the colourful flora and fauna surrounding the village. After checking into our hotel the evening is yours to explore this wonderful village.
Overnight: Quepos  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Manuel Antonio National Park

Known as one of the most bio diverse parks on the planet we spend the day discovering the natural wonders of Manuel Antonio National Park on a guided tour. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. It is also famous for its four pristine Pacific beaches.
Overnight: Quepos   |  Breakfast

Day 14

San Jose

Quepos – San Jose. Leaving the Pacific Coast behind us we head to the sunny capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose. After checking in to our hotel the rest of the day is free to explore the capital or opt to visit the Volcano Poas National Park National Park. In the park you can see the largest volcanic lagoon in the world or take a boat down the cold water lake which flows from the mountain to the Sarapiqui River. Explore some of the many trails of the park and take a peek at over 80 species of birds that call this park home.
Overnight: San Jose  |  Breakfast

Day 15

San Jose

Monday. It’s time to say adios to beautiful Costa Rica and the group. We can arrange a departure transfer upon request. We 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.
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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 when necessary.

Hotel 1492, San Jose

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

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.

Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Surrounded by a network of scenic canals, the Pachira Lodge is set in 14 hectares of lush vegetation and provides a comfortable base from which to explore the nearby Tortuguero National Park. The comfortable and spacious rooms feature vibrant decor whilst the hotel's signature turtle-shaped outdoor swimming pool is a fun place to cool down and relax. The hotel also has a restaurant and cocktail bar. The lodge is ideally situated just 5 minutes from the incredible Tortuguero National Park, across from the main canal facing the town of Tortuguero.

Hotel San Bosco, La Fortuna

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

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.

Hotel Samara Inn, Samara Beach

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Tropical Samara Inn provides laid-back accommodation close to Samara's town centre. Its charming guestrooms feature colourful decor and tiled floors, including free WiFi, a TV and a balcony or terrace. They overlook a pretty central courtyard with an outdoor pool and hot tub. If that wasn’t enough, you can also enjoy beautiful views of the scenic Samara Beach from the hotel’s terrace. Head up there at sunset and watch the sky’s changing colours with a cocktail in hand.

Historias Lodge, Monteverde

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set on the main route to Monteverde Cloud Forest, Historias Lodge offers a peaceful and friendly atmosphere, with a team of staff who will happily go beyond their call of duty to ensure you have a great stay. Both the lodge’s exterior and interior are decorated with rustic wood, with free WiFi available throughout. Guests can enjoy either a garden or mountain view from their rooms and a hearty breakfast is also included. The onsite bar and lounge offers a spot to unwind with an evening drink, or you can head to one of several restaurants just footsteps away.

Hotel Karahe, Quepos

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

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.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
San Jose
Ends
San Jose
Departs
Mondays
Hotel Rating
3 star hotels & lodges
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 4
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