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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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  • 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 Montana 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 Montana 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 Amapola

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 Amapola

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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