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Viva Costa Rica

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

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Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    9 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 28 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

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 From US$87.00
  • Soak in the geothermal waters of the Arenal hot springs US$40.00
  • 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

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 8 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    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.

About this trip

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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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. San Jose

  2. via via

    Sarapiqui

  3. 2 2 nights

    Arenal (La Fortuna)

  4. 2 2 nights

    Playa Tamarindo

  5. 2 2 nights

    Monteverde

  6. 2 2 nights

    Jaco

  7. via via

    Manuel Antonio

  8. San Jose

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DAY 1 - San Jose to Arenal via Sarapiqui

San Jose

Hola San Jose! After meeting up with your fellow Costa Rican explorers this morning we'll get straight on the road, bound for the biodiverse beauty of Sarapiqui.

Sarapiqui

Renowned for its fertile lands and gorgeous scenery, we'll stop off here for our first taste of fresh Costa Rican air - not to mention our first dose of adventure for those keen to get a little wet and wild.

Arenal (La Fortuna)

How to round off the first day of our adventure? How about catching our first glimpse of 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 (hint hint). Dinner tonight will be a group affair in town, already fully bonded after an action-packed first day. And our accommodation for the night is something special, set within stunning gardens in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano. Take a dip in the pool or watch iguanas bask atop the trees. This is the life.

Stay

Hotel Arenal Montechiari

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Arenal Volcano (weather permitting)

  • Eat a delicious dinner with a local family in Arenal

  • Learn how rich local chocolate is made in Arenal

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Go white water rafting in Sarapiqui

    US$80.00

DAY 2 - Arenal

Arenal (La Fortuna)

Rappelling through a rainforest canyon will be the perfect wake up call this morning. Not keen? How about taking advantage of the regions geothermal properties with a visit to the hot springs this afternoon? Whichever you decide - adventure, wellness or both, the day is going to be one to remember.

Stay

Hotel Arenal Montechiari

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a waterfall hike in La Fortuna

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Try canyoneering in Arenal

    From US$87.00

  • Soak in the geothermal waters of the Arenal hot springs

    US$40.00

DAY 3 - Arenal to Playa Tamarindo

Arenal (La Fortuna)

Leaving Arenal towering behind us this morning we'll move on for a taste of Costa Rican beach life.

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 boasts tasty waves and golden sands dotted with lounge bars and awesome restaurants. We'll be staying right by the beach so early morning swims are high on the agenda.

Stay

Best Western Vista Villas Tamarindo

DAY 4 - Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo

The bohemian atmosphere of Playa Tamarindo is utterly infectious, and it won't take long to ease into the pace of life here. Spend the day in the water snorkelling or scuba diving amongst the marine life, or stay above the waves and give surfing a try. This afternoon why not take advantage of our catamaran cruise Add-On, another unique way to experience this beautiful ocean paradise.

Stay

Best Western Vista Villas Tamarindo

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 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

DAY 5 - Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde

Playa Tamarindo

It's goodbye to the beach life for now as we pack up our towels and make for the mountains.

Monteverde

Feel the clean air filling your lungs as we arrive at the misty forests of Monteverde - a sight guaranteed to take your breath away. This leafy wildlife hotspot is home to butterfly gardens, coffee plantations, countless monkey species and passionate locals who work hard to preserve the balance between nature and tourism.

Stay

Hotel El Atardecer Monteverde

DAY 6 - Monteverde

Monteverde

You could spend your morning ziplining a 1km line through the treetops today; and the adventures don't stop there. If you're looking for something a bit more tranquil, take a stroll on the hanging bridges amongst the lush cloud forest offering prime sloth spotting opportunities. The afternoon is dedicated to 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 invigorating coffee beans.

Stay

Hotel El Atardecer Monteverde

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn all about authentic Costa Rican coffee on a Don Juan Coffee tour

  • Entrance to Selvatura Park, also known as Monteverde's Cloud Forest

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Go ziplining in majestic Monteverde's Selvatura Park

    US$55.00

  • Hanging Bridges Walk

DAY 7 - Monteverde to Jaco

Monteverde

Monteverde, it's been emotional, but we've got some beach hangs on our horizons. 

Jaco

Beachside Jaco is known for its surfing, nightlife and its optimal location as a gateway to Costa Rica's national parks. This afternoon it's time to check out the town or get right into some relaxing by the pool (or at the bar) whilst contemplating Costa Rican life, soaking up these last few days in paradise.

Stay

Hotel Playa Espadilla

DAY 8 - Jaco via Manuel Antonio

Jaco

Rise and shine! This morning we'll head over to Manuel Antonio, a spectacular national park.

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio serves up a dizzying mix of ancient rainforest, pristine beaches and dazzling coral reefs. Get your cameras ready and be on the hunt for wildlife as we walk through this hub of mind boggling biodiversity.

Jaco

After a day of exploration this evening we'll arrive back at our hotel for some poolside relaxation.

Stay

Hotel Playa Espadilla

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park and explore ancient rainforests, pristine beaches and dazzling coral reefs

DAY 9 - Jaco to San Jose

Jaco

After a final adventure op in Jaco (ATVs or kayaking, anyone?) we'll make our way back to San Jose where our trip will come to a close. 

San Jose

What an adventure it's been. Swap deets, we'll see each other on the road again soon. 

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Go ATV (quad-biking) through the rainforest in Jaco

  • Try kayaking along the coastline of Jaco

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 www.lan.com 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 https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.