Costa Rica Unplugged (Until August 2016)

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You will visit: Costa Rica, including San José, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Arenal, Monteverde, Quepos & Manuel Antonio

This tiny country is a haven for discovery, so get ready to go in-depth on this 12 day trip. From jungles & rainforests, to volcanoes, beaches, cool coffee plantations & even cooler locals, it’s the perfect way to uncover amazing Costa Rica.

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.


On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive San José

Meet up with your Trip Manage & fellow Contiki travellers before heading out to explore. Experience daily Costa Rican life at the Plaza & sample local delicacies at the Mercado Central (Central Market).

Day 1: Hotel Dinner

2 San Jose to Sarapiqui

Next up, our overnight eco-lodge in Sarapiqui – it’s perfect for those that love to relax. You’ll discover the rainforest on our Tirimbina chocolate tour to learn about one of mankind’s favourite treats. After we head to the lodge where you can explore the trails and hanging bridges or just chill by the pool.

Day 2: Contiki Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner

  • Locally guided Tirimbina Chocolate tour
  • Dance Lessons
3 Sarapiqui to Arenal/La Fortuna

This morning, its all go! We leave it up to you, with choices of rafting the rapids on the Sarapiqui River, a canopy tour (zipline) for birds-eye views over the rainforest or rapelling (abseiling) for that adrenalin fix, whatever you’re into is included! With your adrenalin fix had, it’s back on land before heading to Costa Rica’s famed Arenal Volcano after lunch.

Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape will impress, and being home to loads of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list. The area is also known for its spa & mud pool treatments, so if you’re feeling up for it then it’s the ideal place to treat yourself & relax.

Day 3: Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

  • Try rafting, a canopy zipline or abseiling - your choice!
  • See the incredible Arenal Volcano
4 Arenal/La Fortuna

This morning get into the adventure that Costa Rica is known for, adventure and nature! Maybe visit La Fortuna waterfall or try canyoneering/rappelling through a rain forest canyon. This afternoon relax by the pool or head into town for a bit of shopping.

Later on this afternoon experience the traditional Costa Rican "Tico" way of life. Our visit to Rio Fortuna La Casona will start by introducing us to the students of a local school where they will perform their local folk dances. You’ll love meeting the local students & watching them perform live. Even better is that we are giving back too, with our visit proceeds go towards supporting the school.

A place full of history, culture and traditions this country estate allows us a peek into the way life used to be here. We'll see how sugar cane was processed and after we'll head to a local farm where we will tour the plantation and meet the owner.

Later, we’ll head back to La Casona for a delicious home-cooked dinner, done the old fashion way on a wood stove. It's your chance to get hands on as you learn how to make traditional Costa Rican coffee & delicious fresh made tortillas. Learning from the locals is a great way to get that authentic angle & pick up some new skills in the kitchen. We think indulging in the results is the perfect way to end the lesson too. Yum!

You’ll love this unique meal & you’ll love the way it’s served, dished up in the traditional way on a banana leaf. No meal would be complete without some fresh coffee, famous homemade coffee liquor, with entertainment from our hosts Milton & Eli. It’s the perfect end to the day.

Day 4: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Guided tour of La Casona & its local industries
  • Learn how traditional products are made & try making some yourself
  • Lost Canyon Adventures - Canyoneering (Waterfall Rappelling)
  • Hot Springs Visit
5 Arenal/La Foruna to Playa Tamarindo

Today we head to the pacific coast to spend a couple of days in Playa Tamarindo, known for its great surfing beaches & party feel.

Day 5: Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

6 Playa Tamarindo

Get into the laid back vibe of this beach town, try your hand at surfing, snorkelling or diving. This afternoon join us on an optional catamaran cruise.

Day 6: Hotel Breakfast

  • Catamaran Cruise
7 Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde

Today it’s on to Monteverde, Costa Rica’s most popular reserve. It’s one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics, filled with cloud forests, coffee plantations, monkeys, mist & friendly locals. This afternoon we hike into the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.

Day 7: Hotel Breakfast

8 Monteverde

It's an early start this morning as we visit Selvatura Park to walk the hanging bridges, visit the butterfly Sanctuary and for the thrill seekers opt in for ziplining. This afternoon learn the A-Z about Costa Rica's famous coffee.

Day 8: Hotel Breakfast

  • Hike the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Costa Rican coffee making tour
  • Selvatura Park Ziplining
9 Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

It’s all sun & good times this morning, we’re off to the beautiful beaches of the Costa Rican Central Pacific coast! We’ll make a stop in Jaco then Quepos before arriving at Manuel Antonio, a haven for those who love to relax.

Day 9: Hotel Breakfast

10 Manuel Antonio

This morning is all about doing your own thing. Hit the beach with your iPad & a book, head out to explore the town or just sit with a drink & work on your tan. This afternoon opt in for a horse ride through the jungle & the Tacori waterfalls.

Day 10: Hotel Breakfast

11 Manuel Antonio

It’s time to get active & walk with our expert guide through the exotic, bio-diverse tropical rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park. This afternoon join us on an optional catamaran cruise. Set sail on our awesome boat trip to spot many dolphins, whales, sea turtles & birds. Don’t forget your swimming gear for swim stops & snorkelling.

Day 11: Hotel Breakfast

  • Visit a local market
  • Coastal Kayak / Snorkeling
  • ATV Tour
    US$85.00 Single / US$57.50 Double
  • Surf Lessons Tour
  • Catamaran Cruise
  • Tacori Waterfalls Horseback riding
12 Manuel Antonio to San José

This morning you can relax in paradise or for the adventure lovers get your final fix with a kayak excursion before we head back to San José where your tour ends on arrival. Pura Vida!

Day 12: Breakfast

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.


  • Locally guided Tirimbina Chocolate tour
  • Dance Lessons
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Me Time

  • Lost Canyon Adventures - Canyoneering (Waterfall Rappelling)
  • Hot Springs Visit
  • Catamaran Cruise
  • Selvatura Park Ziplining
  • Coastal Kayak / Snorkeling
  • ATV Tour
  • Surf Lessons Tour
  • Catamaran Cruise
  • Tacori Waterfalls Horseback riding
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  • The average cost per day for this tour is n/a
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay



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