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Experience one of the most biodiverse places on the planet with this 11-day guided tour of Costa Rica. Cruise through the tropical rain forests of Tortuguero National Park and soak up the sun on the pristine white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio. Discover the unique ecosystems of Monteverde’s cloud forest and relax in natural hot springs at the base of an active volcano in Arenal. The tour includes all transport, park fees, many meals, and 10 nights of accommodation.  

Highlights

  • 11-day guided tour of Costa Rica from San Jose
  • Explore Tortuguero National Park (Parque Nacional Tortuguero) by boat
  • Visit Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal)
  • Soak in thermal hot springs at Baldi resort and watch the active volcano
  • Take a Sky Walk tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Enjoy the beaches and tropical forests of Manuel Antonio National Park (Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio)
  • 10 nights of accommodation, transportation and entrance fees included

What You Can Expect

11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Parks

Manuel Antonio National Park

Explore the best of Costa Rica on this 11-day tour that takes you to both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and through several of Costa Rica’s remarkably distinct ecosystems. The tour includes all transport, park fees, many meals, and 10 nights of accommodation in your choice of 3.5- or 4-star hotels.

From Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose, journey to the wildlife reserve of Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll explore the lush rain forest and mangroves by boat. At Arenal Volcano National Park, hike around the base of one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere and rejuvenate with a soak in natural volcanic hot springs.

Ascend to the enchanting cloud forests of Monteverde, where you’ll walk through the treetops on a series of suspension bridges to spot some of the hundreds of species of wildlife that call this misty area home. At Manuel Antonio National Park, soak up the sun on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and encounter sloths and howler monkeys on a leisurely jungle hike.

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose
After you arrive at the San Jose airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in San Jose. Take time to relax and refresh after your journey and prepare for your Costa Rican adventure!

Overnight: Country Inn and Suites or Studio Hotel (or similar) in San Jose

Day 2: San Jose – Tortuguero (L, D)
Depart early in the morning from your hotel aboard a comfortable coach with your tour group, heading toward Tortuguero. On the way, pass though Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of the largest in Costa Rica.

After you’ve stopped for breakfast in the town of Guapiles, board a boat at the pier for a 2-hour cruise to the town of Tortuguero. During the ride, keep an eye out for all kinds of birds and other wildlife.

Next, check into your hotel in Tortuguero, located on the northeast Caribbean and known for its canals that traverse the national park. In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious lunch and then visit the local town, learning about the cultural traditions of the local community from your knowledgeable guide.

Overnight: Mawamba Lodge or Pachira Lodge (or similar) in Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero
Enjoy an exceptional visit to the nearby Tortuguero National Park, exploring the wildlife sanctuary by boat. Discover the lush vegetation that abounds in the tropical rainforest, a natural habitat for more than 300 species of birds plus a wide incredible array of other wildlife, such as monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles.

Today you will have time to enjoy free time at your leisure. Swim or lounge by the pool, check out the souvenir shop, walk the nearby trails or just lie in a hammock and relax.

Overnight: Mawamba Lodge or Pachira Lodge or similar in Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero – La Fortuna (B, L)
After breakfast, depart again for the canals to transfer by car to Arenal. Later, enjoy a delicious lunch back in the town of Guapiles and arrive at your selected hotel around 4pm to check in.

Overnight: Arenal Paraiso or Mountain Paradise Hotel (or similar) in La Fortuna

Day 5: Arenal (B, D)
Once you’ve eaten breakfast, you will have the morning free to enjoy it by yourself.

In the afternoon, head with your guide to Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal) and take a short hike around to check out the breathtaking views. The impressive Arenal Volcano is a natural phenomenon that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

In the afternoon, unwind in one of the best thermal baths in the area at Baldi Hot Springs resort. Later, get ready to dine on a sumptuous feast while taking in spectacular views of the active volcano and be on the lookout for explosions of incandescent light. Afterward, relax at your hotel.

Overnight: Arenal Paraiso or similar, Mountain Paradise Hotel or similar in La Fortuna

Day 6: La Fortuna – Monteverde
Transfer to Monteverde, including a 30-minute boat tour across Arenal Lake. Along the way, spot several small islands and enjoy panoramic views of the natural surroundings. Once you’ve arrived on the other side, ride in a comfortable van directly to your hotel.

After checking in, explore the area at your leisure or just enjoy the breathtaking views while you relax. You’ll have several options (own expense), including a canopy tour, frog pond or butterfly garden.

Overnight: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or El Establo Hotel (or similar) in Monteverde

Day 7: Monteverde
Depart for the Monteverde Reserve for a 2-hour Sky Walk tour – a series of suspension bridges and well-maintained walking trails built 984 feet (300 meters) above the tropical forest canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Explore the forest safely and easily as you admire the area’s flora and fauna with commentary by an expert guide. After you descend, enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing at your leisure.

You’ll have the additional option to go on a canopy tour, frog pond or butterfly garden (own expense).

Overnight: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or El Establo Hotel (or similar) in Monteverde

Day 8: Monteverde – Quepos (B)
After breakfast, board the coach for a 4-hour drive toward your last destination, Manuel Antonio National Park (Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio), known for its pristine beaches bordered by tropical rain forest that edges right up to shore.

When you arrive, visit one of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches and relax on the soft white sand while taking in the beautiful surroundings. Although the smallest of Costa Rica’s 20 national parks, Manuel Antonio is one of the most stunning with its coves of crystal clear water along the bright blue Pacific Coast.

After you settle into your hotel, enjoy a relaxing evening in Quepos, named after the indigenous people who inhabited the region in the colonial era. Gateway to the national park, the town supports a spirited nightlife with its many bars and restaurants.

Overnight: Casitas Eclipse or Parador Hotel (or similar) in Quepos

Day 9: Quepos
Experience more of Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most famous, on this day tour with your group. Be amazed by the natural beauty and abundant animal life as you take in the peaceful atmosphere of a tropical forest during a walk with your guide.

Learn about the life cycles, behaviors and other special adaptations of the flora and fauna, including numerous types of colorful butterflies, birds, snakes and orchids. You’ll be awed by the wonders you discover in this marvelous environment.

Keep an eye out for the endangered squirrel monkey and the white faced capuchin monkey, 3- and 2-toed sloths, white-nosed coatis and black-collared hawks as you pass cedar trees, bully trees and silk cotton trees, as well as swamps of red, buttonwood white mangrove.

Overnight: Casitas Eclipse or Parador Hotel (or similar) in Quepos

Day 10: Quepos – San Jose
Set out on a 3-hour return trip to San Jose, arriving at your hotel in the afternoon. You’ll have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure, just relaxing or exploring on your own. If you’d like, enjoy an optional city tour or coffee tour (own expense).

Overnight: Country Inn and Suites or Studio Hotel (or similar) in San Jose

Day 11: San Jose (B)
After your final breakfast with the group, you’ll receive complimentary pickup from the hotel lobby with a transfer to the San Jose airport.

Customer Reviews

lynda s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic, Our Guide Daniel was very knowledgeable and a super fun guy to spend time with. Every attention to detail was taken and the food amazing. Great way to see Costa Rica when you only have 11 days. We highly commend Viator and will travel with them again. China here we come. G and L

kmkilford

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a brilliant tour from start to finish. It was well organised and the transfers all arrived on time apart from one which was an hour late. The hotels were all good, with the exception of the Arenal Paraiso which was amazing fantastic view of the Volcano. The hotel in Manuel Antonio Casitas Eclipse was a bit disappointing, but the restaurant over the road El Avion, more than made up for it. We saw a Sloth in a tree whilst we were eating our dinner. It came out of cover and started eating. Absolutely amazing.
I would recommend this trip to anyone. Only thing to bear in mind is that some of the transfers between places are quite long, but we met lots of lovely people on these transfers, where you can chat and compare experiences.
Well worth the money

Nahed

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Stunning

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Amazing tour, everything was taken care of. Had a blast in Costa Rica and well worth the price!

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