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Viva Costa Rica

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The one that sees you raft, snorkel & zipline your way across lush landscapes

9 Days
7 places

Visiting San Jose, Arenal (La Fortuna), Playa Tamarindo, Monteverde, Jaco, Sarapiqui, Manuel Antonio

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Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 28 people

Transport Style


  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

8 nights accommodation

8 nights in Hotel

We always provide comfortable accomodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels and beach resorts for you and your new crew to relax and take in the pura vida atmosphere.

12 Meals

4 Dinner, 8 Breakfast

You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.


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.


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.


7 included, 10 optional that you can add


  • Eat a delicious dinner with a local family in Arenal
  • Learn how rich local chocolate is made in Arenal
  • Take a waterfall hike in La Fortuna
  • Learn all about authentic Costa Rican coffee on a Don Juan Coffee tour
  • Take a catamaran cruise on the turquoise waters of Playa Tamarindo *
  • Soak in the geothermal waters of the Arenal hot springs *
  • Learn to surf in the paradise of Playa Tamarindo *
  • Go ziplining in majestic Monteverde *
  • Entrance to Selvatura Park, also known as Monteverde's Cloud Forest
  • Take a day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park & explore ancient rainforests, pristine beaches & dazzling coral reefs
  • Go ATV (quad-biking) through the rainforest in Jaco *

* This experience is a Free Time-Add on and not included in the trip price.

Ready for Costa Rica? From beach towns to dense rainforests, you'll snorkel, scuba dive, zip line, surf and even horseback ride your way around Central America’s most on-trend travel destination. 8-nights of Costa Rica’s teeming coral reefs, awe-inspiring wildlife, dramatic volcanoes and rejuvenating hot springs await.

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Viva Costa Rica

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Arenal Volcano (weather permitting)
  • Eat a delicious dinner with a local family in Arenal
  • Learn how rich local chocolate is made in Arenal
  • Take a waterfall hike in La Fortuna
  • Learn all about authentic Costa Rican coffee on a Don Juan Coffee tour
  • Entrance to Selvatura Park, also known as Monteverde's Cloud Forest
  • Take a day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park and explore ancient rainforests, pristine beaches and dazzling coral reefs

10 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Go white water rafting in Sarapiqui US$80.00
  • Try canyoneering in Arenal
  • Soak in the geothermal waters of the Arenal hot springs US$30.00
  • Take a catamaran cruise on the turquoise waters of Playa Tamarindo US$85.00
  • Try diving in Playa Tamarindo US$120.00
  • Surf Lessons US$45.00
  • Go ziplining in majestic Monteverde's Selvatura Park US$55.00
  • Hanging Bridges Walk
  • Go ATV (quad-biking) through the rainforest in Jaco
  • Try kayaking along the coastline of Jaco


Nights spent per location

  1. San Jose

  2. via via


  3. 2 2 nights

    Arenal (La Fortuna)

  4. 2 2 nights

    Playa Tamarindo

  5. 2 2 nights


  6. 2 2 nights


  7. via via

    Manuel Antonio

  8. San Jose

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more

Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a local taxi
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at


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