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13 nights accommodation
10 nights in Hotel, 3 nights in Contiki Special Stay
We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels, beach resorts and rainforest lodges for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.
23 included Meals
7 Dinner, 13 Breakfast, 3 Lunch
You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. We'll get 23 of your meals, you get the rest. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Getting around Latin America is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
10 included, 9 optional that you can add
Apart from transport, accommodation and meals along the way, we provide sightseeing tours of all major areas as well as a ridiculous amount of activities. We'll take you on a locally guided Tirimbina chocolate tour, show you the incredible Arenal volcano and then teach you mill sugarcane and harvest coffee. And that's just the start of it.
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This tiny country is a haven for discovery, so get ready to go in-depth on this 14 day trip. From jungles & rainforests, to volcanoes, beaches, cool coffee plantations & even cooler locals, it’s the perfect way to uncover amazing Costa Rica.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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San Jose
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2 nights
Tortuguero
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1 night
Sarapiqui
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Arenal (La Fortuna)
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Playa Tamarindo
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Manuel Antonio
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DAY 1 - Arrive San José
San Jose
Hola San José! After greeting your fellow travellers, this afternoon we'll explore the town and dive headfirst into the vibrant electricity of Costa Rica’s capital and cultural heart. Get a taste of street life at the Plaza, food safari through the Mercado Central, and be sure to poke your nose in a few mansions – many have been converted into hip galleries and restaurants. Over dinner tonight the excitement will be at an all time high as we gear up for the next 14 days of Costa Rican lovin'. With you the entire way is your expert Trip Manager, a naturalist guide who knows everything about this incredible country. You couldn't be in better hands.
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Guided city tour
DAY 2 - San José to Tortuguero
San Jose
We leave the city's charms behind and make for Tortuguero, which translates as "Land of the Turtles" - a sun-drenched town in the centre of a river-fed rainforest only accessible by boat or small plane.
Tortuguero
Though tiny, Tortuguero - with its strong Afro-Caribbean influence - bustles with people all year round. Yet despite the hustle, the vibes are chilled. We'll be staying in a jungle lodge tonight and this will be your first enounter with howler monkeys. Yup, and howl they do - your first realisation that you really are now at one with nature. Take a jungle walk, have a swim and kick back, already living that sweet pura vida life.
DAY 3 - Tortuguero
Tortuguero
Wake with the howler monkeys and jump in a boat with your expert guide to explore the snaking canals of Tortuguero National Park. Wildlife is abundant here - expect to spot primates, sloths, reptiles and maybe even a caiman, so don't dangle your legs off the edge just in case. Later, laze on the beach, hike in the jungle or, if the season is right, you may have the privilege of watching nesting sea turtles. After the cruise, the day is yours. Maybe head back into town, take advantage of the spa, or sip a cocktail or the national beer, Imperial, by the pool.
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Visit Tortuguero Village
Wildlife boat cruise with a naturalist guide
DAY 4 - Tortuguero to Sarapiqui
Tortuguero
Jungle to jungle - today we head to lush Sarapiquí for an overnight stay in an Eco Camp.
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Locally guided chocolate tour
Visit the Tirimbina Reserve
Sarapiqui
Sarapiquí is renowned for its rich biodiversity and fertile lands thanks to its river, which descends from clear mountain streams and winds through the county. Relax in the rainforest and indulge in a chocolate tour in the Tirimbina reserve (you can eat everything but the guide, basically) - it's here you will learn literally an A to Z of how it's done. Back at the Lodge, it's all about getting into the outdoors. Take a trail walk through the jungle, cross swing bridges over rivers, or hop in the pool for some group hangs pre dinner (a delicious BBQ feast, in case you were wondering). Tonight's home may be an Eco Camp, but we're not talking back to basics. In your comfy bed, with candlelight, you're sleeping to the sound of the jungle. Bliss.
DAY 5 - Sarapiqui to Arenal/La Fortuna
Sarapiqui
This morning the choice is yours as to how to make the most of the great outdoors. Whitewater rafting on the Saraquipi river, or soaring through the skies on a zipline? The choices are tough when you're living the pura vida life. You're sure to be hungry, so we'll load you up with a delicious local lunch of regional specialities before hitting the road.

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See Arenal volcano
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Hot Springs Visit
US$30.00
Arenal (La Fortuna)
We’ll then head towards one of the most incredible volcanoes in Costa Rica; Arenal. This volcano is near perfectly formed and famed for its hot springs and healing properties so you know what that means – spa times and treatments galore. Later, grab some munch in town with the crew, or continue to kick it in the hotel pool.
DAY 6 - Arenal/La Fortuna
Arenal (La Fortuna)
Rapelling through a rainforest canyon and waterfalls this morning will be the perfect wake up call. This optional activity is one you won't forget, and if you have a bit of a fear of heights, this is the best way to conquer them. Not keen? No problem. Head back to the pool, grab a delicious coffee, keep those eyes peeled for sloths or practice your Spanish on a friendly local. This afternoon you can spend your free time exploring or to really go local by experiencing the traditional "Tico" mentality at a country estate, La Fortuna. Here, you'll meet with school students and local farmers to learn about their way of life, before enjoying a delicious home-cooked dinner washed down with coffee (and a shot or two of coffee liquor) and some singing and dancing.
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Lost Canyon Adventures - Canyoneering (Waterfall Rappelling)
US$80.00
Casona Rio Fortuna
US$70.00
DAY 7 - Arenal/La Foruna to Playa Tamarindo
Arenal (La Fortuna)
See you later volcano lands, more of Costa Rica is calling and hell yeah we're listening.
Playa Tamarindo
Playa Tamarindo has the reputation of being Costa Rica's numero uno surf and party destination, and for good reason. This northern beach town boats tasty waves and golden sands dotted with lounge bars and fabulous restaurants. We're staying right by the beach, and loving every second of it.
DAY 8 - Playa Tamarindo
Playa Tamarindo
A bohemian atmosphere permeates every inch of this paradise. Pass the day in the water, snorkelling or scuba diving amongst rainbow fish, or getting amongst the surf. There's an optional catamaran cruise this afternoon, because really who doesn't love getting out there on the water. Whether you opt for this or not, make sure you catch the sunset. Divine. Dinner with the group will top off a perfect day.
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Catamaran Cruise
US$80.00
DAY 9 - Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde
Playa Tamarindo
Shake out your beach towel and pack away those swimmers (for now). Today we're making for the mountains!
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Guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde
With clean air filling your lungs our next spot awaits, and the misty forests of Monte Verde are sure to take your breath away. This leafy wildlife hotspot is home to coffee plantations, countless monkey species and friendly locals who work hard to preserve the balance between nature and tourism. This afternoon, be blown away (by natural beauty, not wind) as we go trekking in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. We will hike our way through the cloudforest with our guide pointing out birds and wildlife, delivering an in-depth run through of the nature found here. Nature knowledge at an all time high, we'll be rewarded with views of the Caribbean and the Pacific sides of Costa Rica. You can even feel the air change up here, due to it being on a continental divide...no we're not joking.
DAY 10 - Monteverde
Monteverde
Yes, yes and yes is what you will as we explore the tropical Selvatura Park – most likely whilst ziplining down a mind-blowing 1km long line. But that’s not all on offer. We’ll also be walking the hanging bridges amongst the lush Monte Verde cloudforest – there are eight in total of varying lengths, each offering unparalleled views of the forest floor – then popping in to a butterfly sanctuary to spot just some of the 20 species flying around. This afternoon is all about learning about everyone’s favourite caffeinated friend – coffee. One of Costa Rica’s most famous exports, we’ll learn how the plants are cultivated and the entire process of turning delicious little berries into rich coffee beans. Definitely a gift shopping op for the parents…
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Explore Selvatura Park and visit the hanging bridges and butterfly and hummingbird gardens
Coffee making demonstration and tasting
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Selvatura Park Ziplining
US$55.00
DAY 11 - Monteverde to Manuel Antonio via Jaco & Quepos
Monteverde
This morning we'll leave Monte Verde in the clouds and meander our way back to the coast.
Jaco
On route, we’ll stop off at the gorgeous surf resort of Jacó for some lunch. A cute little fishing town and a great spot to grab a bite and people watch, this is just what we’ll need to cure our sadness at leaving our rainforest paradise behind.
Quepos
In the spirit of seeing more, we’ll stop again at Quepos, maybe grabbing a coffee or some plantain crisps for a tasty snack en route.
Manuel Antonio
Oceanside Manuel Antonio is a dizzying mix of ancient rainforest, pristine beaches and coral reefs. We’ll arrive at the hotel for some relaxing by the pool (or at the bar) whilst contemplating Costa Rican life, soaking up these last few days in paradise.
DAY 12 - Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio
Today is yours to conquer as you will, but with a menu of appetising optionals up for grabs, we reckon you’ll find it hard to resist. So what can we tempt you with? How about a horseback excursion to the luscious Tacori Waterfalls, a ride your own ATV adventure where you can stop for waterfall fun and frolics, or a surf lesson to get you in and amongst the waves. With bleached sandy beaches, an underwater playground just begging to be snorkelled and fresh fish dinners a-plenty to be had, this lazy beach town may just claim your heart.
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Visit a local market
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Tacori Waterfalls Horseback riding
US$60.00
DAY 13 - Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio
Hike along the coast up through the mountains with an expert this morning, spotting macaws, toucans and sloths along the way. Don't forget your camera so you can snap all Manuel Antonio National Park's exotic plants and animals and get rewarded with a swim at the end. An optional catamaran cruise is on the cards in the afternoon, where we'll swim and snorkel with dolphins, whales and sea turtles - the salty water hiding our tears at the realisation it's our last night together. We'll end the day with an included dinner, and no doubt a few drinks to toast the trip, and oh what a trip it has been.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
ATV Tour
US$65 double & US$100 single
Surf Lessons Tour
Coastal Kayak / Snorkeling
US$65.00
DAY 14 - Manuel Antonio to San José
Manuel Antonio
Milk your final morning in Manuel Antonio for all it's worth, squeezing in a kayak or a snorkel before we head back to where it all began: San José.
San Jose
The trip ends on arrival as we pull back into the gritty city. Costa Rica, you've been a real treat!
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Mathew Losurdo
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It was the best time of my life, the destinations were breth taking and tour guid and driver were tops ?? the people on the trip are now friends for life ?? couldn't of asked for a better holiday ??
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Catherine Zydyk
Traveled Aug 2018
Good value for the meals, accommodations and activities. In order to fully enjoy the experience, you had to budget extra for the add-on activities and meals.
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
Awesome trip full of amazing locations, great people, and a wonderful tour manager!
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Ian Redmond
Traveled Aug 2018
The people and the sights were both awesome. Tour guide was knowledgeable and it was a great purchase. Well worth it.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2018
I’ve done a few trips in Europe but this was my first Contiki outside the region and I have to say that it was probably my favourite! The country is wonderfully diverse which made the trip excellent. I had a great group and fabulous trip manager and driver. The optionals were super. And we spotted so much wildlife! The only down point is that this trip also has two shorter trips which run simultaneously and so there is an awkward couple of days where the old and new groups overlap.
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Anonymous
Traveled Apr 2018
Great trip all around. Great tour guide and bus driver. Great Me-Time activities. Great included excursions. Great group of people. And a beautiful country.
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Samuel
Traveled Dec 2017
Defo worth the money. I would recommend to anyone eager of adventure and culture exchange.
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Chase Fibke
Traveled Nov 2017
Everything was amazing just a little pricey to do the extra activities but I get it people gotta make money
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Kelly Blanchfield
Traveled Sep 2017
The trip was amazing. We saw everything that Costa Rica had to offer
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Camryn Williams
Traveled Aug 2017
lots of rainforest and just enough beach
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2017
Amazing group, amazing guide, and an amazing trip! Will definitely go with Contiki again!
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2017
well planned adventure with good care taken of all travellers. very informative and friendly guides
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Lori Bakke
Traveled Jun 2017
Costa Rica Unplugged 2017 was by far the best travel experience I have ever had. I feel so fortunate to have been with such an amazing tour director throughout my entire Contiki experience. Not only was our tour guide kind, genuine, and from Costa Rica - his passion for his country and the nature around us made me so much more appreciative of this culture experience. I don't know how any other travel experience could live up to this one!
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Sophie Dimambro
Traveled Jun 2017
I'm lost for words how the tour was so special
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Anonymous
Traveled May 2017
It was totally worth the money I spent. I had a great time and it was really nice to not worry about organizing a trip. We saw a lot of beautiful places and visited many cities!
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Robyn Harding
Traveled May 2017
Thought this trip was really good value for money, as included a lot of excursions and the accommodation in Costa Rica was lovely (better than expected) ~ Not sure I could have done all this on my own for much cheaper.
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