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Costa Rica Volcanoes, Rainforests & Beaches

Costa Rica Volcanoes, Rainforests & Beaches

On our nine-day expedition through Costa Rica, experience the true essence of “Pura Vida,” which is the immensely popular local phrase that translates to “pure life.” This itinerary features visits to both the Carribean and Pacific coasts as well as the volcano-filled center section of the country. You’ll fill your days with outdoor excursions, such as canal and canopy tours, and hiking around volcanoes and under waterfalls. Top off your Pura Vida experience with plenty of time to relax on iconic white-sand beaches.

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9 DAYS

Starting from $3,790 per person

Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Tortuguero National Park, home to rivers and canals replete with animals like manatees, monkeys, turtles, and exotic birds.
  • Hike along nature trails to the picturesque and crystal-clear waters of the Fortuna River, and go for a refreshing dip under a waterfall.
  • Climb into the rainforest canopy on a series of suspension bridges and get a bird’s-eye-view of pristine jungle, keeping a lookout for toucans, sloths, and more!
  • Walk along volcanic formations near the impressive Arenal volcano and learn about still-active volcanoes in the area.
  • Relax in the Manuel Antonio region, where the tropical rainforest meets idyllic white beaches.

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Sample Itinerary

Welcome to Costa Rica! On arrival to San Jose, you’ll be met by an SA Representative and transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

After breakfast, you’ll set out overland for approximately 2hrs before boarding a short boat ride onward to your all-inclusive Tortuguero lodge, where you’ll spend the next few days exploring the national park with a local guide. Tortuguero, which can be translated to the ‘Land of Turtles’, is a town surrounded by rivers and canals, situated on the Northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and nestled within the Tortuguero National Park, home to a large diversity of plants and fauna (such as manatees, monkeys, over 400 bird species, and even the jaguar!). After settling in and enjoying lunch, you might take advantage of an afternoon tour, such as an evening sea turtle nesting tour (seasonal) or a twilight canal boat ride.

Recommended Hotel Accommodations

You’ll enjoy a full day of exploration in the Tortuguero National Park with other lodge guests, selecting from a list of included excursions, such as bird watching, kayaking, local canal boat rides with wildlife viewing, canopy tours, and local fishing experiences.

Recommended Hotel Accommodations

Say goodbye to your lodge and the Tortuguero National Park as you are transferred to the local airport to board a short flight to La Fortuna, home to the iconic Arenal Volcano. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your Arenal hotel where you’ll settle in for a relaxing evening at leisure.

Set off in the morning to explore the rainforest from above, walking a couple of miles and across a set of suspended bridges - if lucky enough, you might spot some of Costa Rica's best, such as birds, exotic frogs, monkeys and even sloths! Then, enjoy a short hike along nature trails to the picturesque and crystal-clear waters of the Fortuna River and falls. A quick swim can be refreshing, so be sure to pack a bathing suit for this journey.

Today you’ll set out towards the western side of the Arenal Volcano, where you’ll embark on a trek traversing the rainforest and crossing over a lava flow from the 1968 eruption. During your hike, your guide will point out the most interesting plants and wildlife along with the impressive lava rock formations throughout. Before descending back to your hotel, you’ll reach an excellent viewpoint offering incredible vistas of the Arenal Lake below.

In the morning you’ll set off on a ~3.5hr private journey overland to the western coast of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio, where rainforest meets the ocean, boasting exotic scenery and pristine white beaches! Enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring independently and lounging beachside.

After breakfast, set out on a picturesque 2-mile hike through the Manuel Antonio National Park which is filled with exotic wildlife, all the while enjoying the occasional view over sandy beaches! Following your rainforest explorations, soak up more sun with some independent and well-deserved beach time.

At the appropriate time today, you’ll be transferred back to the San Jose airport from where you’ll board your flight home.

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