Whether it’s strolling through tropical rain forests, coming face-to-face with exotic animals or tracking down pristine beaches, this 14-night handcrafted Costa Rica tour allows you to see every corner of the country.


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Arrive at Liberia Airport and travel to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Free time in Rincon de la Vieja this afternoon and evening.

Stay: Buena Vista Lodge (or similar)

Pull on your walking boots and start your Costa Rican adventure the right way, by hitting the trails of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

  • Hike the Las Pailas loop trail. It’s 2.5 miles long and shows off the best views of the park’s active volcano.
  • Soak in waterfalls and hot springs, surrounded by the sounds of birds and monkeys.

Free time in Rincon de la Vieja this evening.

Stay: Buena Vista Lodge (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

Rise early to watch the sun come up over Rincon de la Vieja National Park, before hitting the road for Costa Rica’s mountainous Central Pacific region. Free time this afternoon.

Stay: Buena Vista Lodge (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

It’s all about wildlife-spotting today, as you hike through Carara National Park. After, you’ll head to the Guacalillo Estuary and Tarcoles River.

  • Look out for monkeys, crocodiles, armadillos and sloths on a hike through Carara National Park.
  • Take a leisurely boat ride along the river, passing mangroves where exotic birds – like the scarlet macaw – come to nest.

Free time in Carara National Park this afternoon.

Stay: Villa Lapas Hotel (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

Manuel Antonio National Park is next on the agenda. Set against the Pacific Ocean, it’s a mix of animal-packed rainforest and secluded beaches.

  • Set out on a two-mile hike, which takes you through the rainforest and ends on a pearly white beach for a refreshing dip.

Stay: Cristal Ballena (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

Today, you’ll be hitting two of Costa Rica’s coastal gems, Cano Island Biological Reserve and Violines Island.

  • Snorkel along coral reefs, home to rays, turtles and schools of fish, on Cano Island.
  • You’ll touch down on Violines Island after a 30-minute boat ride. You can tuck into a picnic lunch, then follow it with swimming and sunbathing.

Free time on Violines Island this afternoon.

Stay: Cristal Ballena (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

There’s lots of adventure in store today, with a trip to Nauyaca Waterfalls.

  • Take a walk through the rainforest and you’ll reach Nauyaca Waterfalls – made up of two cascading falls and pristine pools for paddling.

Stay: Savegre Lodge (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

You’ll start the day with a bit of bird-watching, followed by natural marvels at Irazu Volcano National Park and city sightseeing in Cartago.

  • As day breaks, go in search of Costa Rica’s most elusive bird, the multi-coloured quetzal. San Gerardo de Dota is the best place to spot it.
  • After breakfast, hit up Irazu Volcano National Park – home to several steam-spewing craters and a mineral-rich lake that’s emerald green in colour.
  • Later, it’s on to the city of Cartago and its ancient ruins and ornate basilicas.

Stay: Guayabo Lodge (or similar) | Meals: Breakfast

Travel back in time to Tortuguero – a car-free village in the middle of Tortuguero National Park.

  • Tour Tortuguero, where there are no roads for cars, only narrow footpaths between the houses.
  • Learn about the species of sea turtles that nest on Tortuguero’s beaches at the visitor centre. The town literally means ‘turtle catcher’.

Free time in Tortuguero National Park this afternoon.

Stay: Pachira Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You’ll be up in time for sunrise today, then spend the rest of the morning exploring the waterways of Tortuguero National Park.

  • Take in a Caribbean sunrise on a guided walk along the nature trails.
  • Glide along the mangroves of Tortuguero National Park on a wildlife-spotting boat trip. Manatees, crocs and sloths all call this place home.

Free time in Tortuguero National Park this afternoon.

Stay: Pachira Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today’s spent travelling from Tortuguero to San Jose – by boat and bus. This mountain-cuddled city is the nation’s capital. Free time in San Jose this evening.

Stay: Presidente Hotel | Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Spend the morning getting to know San Jose, then unwind with a soak in the Tabacon Hot Springs.

  • Set off on a walking tour of San Jose, visiting the bustling Central Market, Democracy Square and the 19th-century Morazan Park.
  • Relax at the Tabacon Hot Springs, which are heated by the magma from Arenal Volcano.

Stay: Volcano Lodge | Meals: Breakfast

Get to grips with the rainforest – from the ground and canopy – with visits to the Danaus Ecocenter and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

  • Go on a circular walk through the rainforest. You can take in the wildlife, as well as a butterfly farm and a garden full of medicinal plants.
  • At the same reserve, you can meet the indigenous community – the Maleku – who put on performances and sell handicrafts.
  • Get a bird’s-eye view of the forest canopy from the Arenal Hanging Bridges – there are 16 in total, covering 1.6 miles.

Stay: Volcano Lodge | Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Begin your journey to Monteverde with a boat ride across Lake Arenal. Once here, you’ve got a coffee tour, which will prep you for your after-dark jungle experience.

  • Drift across Lake Arenal on a 30-minute boat ride, then finish the rest of your trip to Monteverde by bus.
  • Get clued up on the coffee-making process – from bean to bag – at the Don Juan coffee plantation.
  • See the Monteverde Cloud Forest in another light, with a night-time tour. Sloths, porcupines, spiders and snakes can all make an appearance.

Stay: Fonda Vela Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Bid farewell to Costa Rica and prepare for your flight home. Or extend your trip with our Multi-Destination programme.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Round-trip flights from London Gatwick to Liberia
  • 10kg hand baggage & 20kg checked baggage
  • 14 nights accommodation in hotels of 3* standard
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers in Costa Rica, boat and mini bus transport.
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 22 activities/excursions as mentioned in the itinerary


  • Flights to/from London Gatwick or your chosen UK airport
  • Airport transfers in United Kingdom
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Visa when required
  • Vaccines when required

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