Costa Rica Explorer

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11 Nights
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Discover Costa Rica's hidden treasures

On this 11-night self-drive vacation, explore all of Costa Rica's hidden treasures! Visit exotic beaches, rainforests, cloud forests, waterfalls, and volcanoes in Central America's tropical playground.

What's Included
  • Round-trip economy class airfare to San Jose (SJO)
  • Airport arrival transfer
  • 1 night in San Jose at the Autentico Hotel, or similar
  • Transfer from San Jose hotel to Tortuguero National Park; boat transfer to hotel
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero at the Laguna Lodge, or similar
    • Lunch and dinner daily while in Tortuguero
    • All ground and boat transportation while in Tortuguero
  • Tour the secondary Tortuguero Canals
  • Visit to Tortuguero Village
  • Automatic 4x4 car rental for 8 nights including unlimited mileage (Compact SUV - SsangYong Korando MT, or similar)
    • Rental car will be brought to you on Day 4, return to SJO on Day 12
  • 1 night in Bajos del Toro at the Bosque de Paz Lodge, or similar
  • 2 nights in the Arenal Volcano area at the Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, or similar
  • 1 night in the Celeste River area at the Celeste Mountain Lodge, or similar
  • 3 nights in Guanacaste/Tamarindo at the Wyndham Esplendor Tamarindo, or similar
  • 1 night in San Jose at the Autentico Hotel, or similar
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
Great Ways to Explore
  • Spend your first night in the bustling capital city of San Jose, known for its vibrant art, fascinating architecture and delicious cuisine!

  • Watch turtles nest at Tortuguero National Park, then tour its canals and village!
  • Explore the secret waterfalls and rainforests of Bajos del Toro, one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

  • Hike, bike, and see the elusive Resplendent quetzal bird at Arenal Volcano and its national park.

  • Learn to surf in Guanacaste, a northwestern province on the Pacific known for its pristine beaches and perfect waves!

Package Overview

In Costa Rica, "pura vida" is the law of the land. Meaning pure life, it's not simply a phrase you'll hear a lot in Costa Rica, but a way of life! Embrace the optimistic attitude and natural beauty of this Central American jewel as you drive from city to rainforest to beach.

After a night in San Jose, your adventure begins in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, Tortuguero National Park. Virtually untouched by man and only accessible by plane or boat, this rainforest region is one of the principal turtle nesting spots in the world. Tour its freshwater canals and lagoons by boat, zipline through a maze of tangled trees, and meet a few locals at the colorful Tortuguero village. 

Then pick up your rental car and make your way to Bajos del Toro, an off-the-beaten-path town in Central Costa Rica. On the slopes of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, the town is home to a misty cloud forest reserve and the awe-inspiring Cataratas del Toro waterfall. Enjoy a range of outdoor activities from hiking to bird watching. 

You will continue exploring the country as you drive towards the northern lowlands. There, discover two incredible natural attractions: Arenal Volcano and the Celeste River. Tour the diverse volcano region then see the river that winds through the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Admire the river's bright blue hue, which gets its shade from volcanic minerals!

Your final Costa Rican destination is on the North Pacific Coast in Guanacaste. Explore exotic beaches, learn to surf, or go hiking at the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Return to San Jose and spend one last night before saying goodbye to this tropical paradise. 

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Please note that some recommendations in the following suggested itinerary may not be included in your package. Check What's Included above for full details on inclusions.

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