Classic Costa Rica
Starting and ending in San Jose, visiting Tortuguero, Rio Pacuare , Arenal , Monteverde & Manuel Antonio
- Day 1: Pick up from San Jose Airport.
- Day 2: Transfer into Tortuguero.
- Day 3: Transfer from Tortuguero to Maquengue Falls Lodge in Siquirres.
- Day 4: Rafting Pacuare River. Drop off Arenal area.
- Day 5: Day in Arenal, La Fortuna.
- Day 6: Transfer from Arenal to Monteverde by Jeep boat Jeep.
- Day 7: Day in Montverde.
- Day 8: Transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio.
- Day 9: Day in Manuel Antonio.
- Day 10: Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose hotel.
- Day 11: Private shuttle transfer from San Jose hotel to Airport for Departure flight.
10 nights of lodging, all transport, rafting Rio Pacuare, activities in Tortuguero, all breakfasts & 3 lunches
Starting at $899 per person in double occupancy, Single supplement charge available for an extra $180
We have packed all of Costa Rica’s adventure highlights into this trip!! Stroll through our amazing rain forests, admire beautiful waterfalls and jump into crystal clear water pools, raft the waters of the mighty Pacuare River, discover the wonders of our cloud forests in the Crown Jewel of Cloud Forest reserves in the world Monteverde, and enjoy the warm surf on the beautiful golden sands of our Pacific coast. This adventure will take you through our country's most beautiful areas and show you the adventure of your life!
Day 1 – Airport Pick Up
Today we will have a private transport ready for you at the airport upon arrival.. We will bring you directly to your hotel in San Jose so you can relax.
Day 2 – Head to Tortuguero
Time to embark on the most extraordinary jungle adventure, our 2 days / 1 night Tortuguero Expedition. This National Park is located on the northern Caribbean plain of the country. A navigable network of lagoons and canals parallel to the coast crosses the Park with great scenic beauty, home to a great number of species surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Tortuguero is considered the most important nesting site on the western half of the Caribbean for the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) that comes to the beach to nest every year from July to October. All meals, lodging and transportation are included.
Today we have a Canal Tour and a Tortuguero Village Tour included. Not Included:Park Entrance fee $17pp and Seasonal Turtle nesting tour $35pp
Day 3 – Maquengue Falls Lodge
Today you will have an early start and enjoy one last Canal Tour in Tortuguero and a guided hike, then boat out to Siquirres, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. We will drive you to Maquengue Falls lodge, just 25 minutes away from our Exploration Center.. Finca Maquengue is a large Hacienda, with portions of it dedicated to cattle ranching, agriculture and conservation. With its costa rican flavor, the smoking Turrialba volcano right behind it, great views of the Caribbean sea in the distance and its great location, Maquengue is the best option to spend the night between your Tortuguero and Pacuare adventures.
Day 4 – Raft the Pacuare River
We will pick you up from your hotel reception and head to the Pacuare River for a day of rafting. The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. It is world famous for its sheer beauty: A true river gorge flanked by steep, green walls. Here you enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature. You see waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head.
The white water that is equally exciting. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot of rapids, therefore giving you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18 mile one day run includes a total of 52 rapids.
After rafting we will drop you off in the beautiful town of La Fortuna by the Arenal Volcano.
Day 5 – Day in Arenal, La Fortuna
Arenal is a breathtaking site, perfectly shaped Volcano standing at 1600 meters height, it's an amazing photo. The volcano has an east green, vegetation covered side, and a west grey, forest less side. An ideal way to make the best of your day is to arrange an activity visiting the green side in the morning, like a horseback ride to the Fortuna waterfall, and another adventure covering the grey side, like the mandatory volcano hike with hot water springs.
Optional Tours and activities available, book with us and save:
- Eco Glide Zip Line Tour. $55
- Arenal Volcano National Park Hike & Hot Springs. $55
- Horseback ride to La Fortuna Waterfall. $67
Day 6 – Transfer from Arenal to Monteverde by Jeep – Boat – Jeep
The taxi-boat-taxi service, or sometimes called jeep-boat-jeep, is a one-way transfer between Arenal and Monteverde. The two places are only about 50 km apart, but the shortest direct drive takes about 5 hours. Taking a motorized, covered boat ride across the Arenal Lake is far better than driving around it. This shuttle departs daily at 8:30am.
Day 7 – Day in Monteverde
Monteverde is a small community located in the central mountains of the country, halfway between Arenal and the pacific coast. The area is host to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and numerous others, which draw considerable numbers of tourists and naturalists. National Geographic has called the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve "the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves". Monteverde’s variable climate and high altitude has helped produce an extremely high biodiversity, it is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges worldwide.
Optional Activities available! Book them with us and save:
- Monteverde Extremo Zip Line Tour $50
- Don Juan 3 in 1 Coffee Tour $35
- Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike $55
Day 8 – Shared transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio
The Manuel Antonio National Park is a small biological peninsula found within an area devoted to different productive activities, such as agriculture, cattle and tourism development. Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, great ocean and mountain views, beaches and coral reefs. These beaches are some of most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest, and the snorkeling is excellent too.
Day 9 – Day in Manuel Antonio
Optional activities available and save with us:
- Manuel Antonio National Park guided Hike. $59
- Sunset Catamaran Cruise with light dinner. $80
- Canopy Safari Zip Line Canopy Tour. $85
Day 10 – Transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.
Today we have a shared shuttle service ready to pick you up in Manuel Antonio and drop you off at any hotel in San Jose.
Day 11- Airport drop off
Today we will have a private shuttle to pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the airport for your departure flight.NOTE: The drive from Manuel Antonio to the Airport is only 3 hours. Therefore if you can book an afternoon flight you can drive directly from Manuel Antonio to the airport and fly the same day. Your last night in San Jose can be used elsewhere in this itinerary, OR you can shorten trip by 1 day.
Rincon de San Jose
Arenal La Fortuna:
Hotel Campo Verde
Maquengue Falls Lodge
La Buala Lodge
Mariposa Bed & Breakfast
Karahe Beach Hotel