Costa Rica's Biodiversity and Beaches
15 Days / 14 Nights
On this 15 days tour you will have a chance to visit most of Costa Rica's amazing national parks and some of the best beaches. Start with a few days in the Southern Caribbean and discover the afro-caribbean culture. Explore Tortuguero's canals, visit the impressive Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, dominated by two volcanoes and divided into two sections: Las Pailas and Santa Maria. Finally spend some time on the beaches of Guanacaste.
Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.
Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Costa Rica with Seven Senses.
Day 1. Arrive San José (-/-/-)
Welcome to San José, Costa Rica. Meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Explore the city and its charms, its theatres, museums, shopping, or just enjoy a coffee while watching the daily life of the "Ticos".
Day 2. San José - Southern Caribbean (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive through the majestic Braulio Carrillo National Park, with its lush green vegetation and forest, on your way to the Caribbean side of the country. Our destination is the Southern Caribbean, home to Costa Rica’s Afro-Caribbean culture and town of Puerto Viejo, which has an incredible combination of colours and flavours.
Day 3. Southern Caribbean (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. The Southern Caribbean, largely influenced by Afro-Caribbean traditions and culture, boasts one of the best beach areas of the country. There are many other activity options, such as visiting the Cahuita National Park, diving or snorkelling around coral reefs and admiring the beautiful hidden marine life. Another experience that you should not pass is to enjoy a typical Caribbean lunch or dinner.
Day 4. Caribbean - Tortuguero (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Very early in the morning, transfer to the Tortuguero National Park, your journey will take you through small towns and extensive banana plantations, until arriving at the pier. At this time, your travel continues by boat for about two hours on rivers and canals until you reach the hotel. After lunch, we will visit the village of Tortuguero. Dinner included.
Day 5. Tortuguero (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, you will tour by boat through the canals of Tortuguero. The Tortuguero National Park is famous for being the habitat for seven species of turtles, a great diversity of crustaceans and many species of freshwater fish. After lunch, you have free time to stroll and enjoy the surroundings of the hotel. Also, we recommend the night tour to see nesting sea turtles (based on the time of year). Dinner is included.
Day 6. Tortuguero - Arenal Volcano (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel back through the canals of Tortuguero to reach the pier where your ground transportation will meet you. Awaiting you today in the Northern Plains is the impressive Arenal Volcano, a natural wonder offering you the chance to witness the cone-shaped crater. Along the way there, you will see various agricultural and ornamental plantations and cattle ranches, until you reach the town of La Fortuna. The town is worth visiting to walk around and to have lunch or dinner. Your hotel is strategically located to appreciate the Volcano.
Day 7. Arenal Volcano (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. The resorts with hot springs and spas are one of the biggest attractions to enjoy in this region. Another claim to fame in the area is the amount of activities available: canopy tours, suspension bridges, aerial trams, a visit to the La Fortuna Waterfall either by walking or horseback riding, as well as other activities on Lake Arenal.
Day 8. Arenal Volcano - Monteverde (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Our transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest will be a combination of land, water, and land again. This option is the best way to travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde. Our minibus will pick you up at your hotel to take you to Lake Arenal, where we will board a motorized canoe across Lake Arenal to get to Rio Chiquito; then, another minibus will take you to your hotel in beautiful Monteverde.
Day 9. Monteverde (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day. Monteverde is globally recognized for its cloud forest that extends to both sides of the Continental Divide. Currently, there are two reserves in the area: the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. You will be amazed at the area’s diversity and richness of nature walking along the numerous trails in either reserve. In the higher parts of the forest, there exists what is called “natural Elfin Forest” (the climate is such that the tallest trees do not exceed 10 meters). There are many activities in the area to complement your visit: adventure zip line tours, hanging bridges, hummingbird gardens, butterfly gardens, a Serpentarium (one of the best in the country), a nocturnal wildlife tour, horseback riding, a cheese tour (cheeses made in the town are the best in Costa Rica), etc.
Day 10. Monteverde - Rincon de la Vieja (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the cloud forest to the Northern Pacific - Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Enjoy a beautiful trip to the warm climate of the Tropical Dry Forest which has vast savannas, beautiful ranches, and the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano with its exotic bubbling volcanic clay pools.
Day 11. Rincon de la Vieja (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day to visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, dominated by two volcanoes and divided into two sections: Las Pailas and Santa Maria. The Las Pailas section includes the active volcano, Rincon de la Vieja, featuring fumaroles, bubbling mud cauldrons emitting steam clouds, as well as a large number of waterfalls. Or, you can enjoy many adventure activities in the area: Canyoning, canopy tour, horseback riding, river tubing, hiking and bird watching. Close the day with a cup of coffee watching a spectacular sunset.
Day 12. Rincon de la Vieja - Northern Guanacaste (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the Guanacaste Plains to the Northern Pacific, with its beautiful white sand beaches and a spectacular always-sunny climate that lets you enjoy world-class sport fishing, surfing, diving, Jet Ski, and sailing. Additionally, you can experience many Costa Rican traditions such as clay handicrafts, traditional "marimba" music, and a delicious typical dinner.
Day 13. Guanacaste (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have many different activities available in the area: visit the Palo Verde National Park, beach activities, canopy tours, etc.
Day 14. Guanacaste (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is free for your to visit the national parks and beautiful white sand beaches, and enjoy world-class sport fishing, surfing, diving, Jet Ski tours, sailing, and other activities.
Day 15. Guanacaste - San José (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure transfer to the airport. If your flight leaves before 14:00 pm; you will require a private transfer for additional charge.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS FROM £1,370 per person + flights
based on 2 people travelling together with shared transfers or self drive
The price includes:
Transfer in from the airport to the hotel
1 night accommodation in San Jose. Breakfast included
Shared transfer from San José to Puerto Viejo / Cahuita
2 nights’ accommodation in Puerto Viejo or Cahuita. Breakfasts are included.
Shared ground transfer from Puerto Viejo / Cahuita to the pier at La Pavona or Caño Blanco
Shared boat transfer from the pier at La Pavona or Caño Blanco to the hotel in Tortuguero
2 nights & 3 days package accommodation in Tortuguero, with full board included
Hike in the Tortuguero Village
Hike in the private trails of the hotel
Boat excursion through the Tortuguero Canals
Entrance fee to the Tortuguero National Park
Shared boat transfer from the hotel to the pier at La Pavona or Caño Blanco
Shared ground transfer from the pier at La Pavona or Caño Blanco to Guapiles
Shared transfer from Guápiles to Arenal Volcano
2 nights’ accommodation in Arenal. Breakfasts are included
Shared transfer from Arenal to Monteverde
2 nights’ accommodation in Monteverde. Breakfasts are included
Shared transfer from Monteverde to Rincón de la Vieja
2 nights’ accommodation in Rincón de la Vieja. Breakfasts are included
Shared transfer from Rincón de la Vieja to the Guanacaste beaches.
3 nights’ accommodation in Guanacaste. Breakfast included
Shared transfer from Guanacaste to the International Airport
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Costa Rica. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
Private transfer surcharges if required
Full cover insurance in case of self drive option
Prerequisites for self drive option:
Valid driver's license. The foreign license is valid in Costa Rica for 90 days from the date of entry into the country
Minimum driver age of 21 years
The driver must carry the driver's license of the country of origin
The driver must present a passport
The driver must present a valid credit card for the security deposit (USD 750 approximately)
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