classic costa rica

Travel from coast-to-coast, discovering Costa Rica's stunning rainforests, breath-taking beaches and amazing abundance of wildlife along the way. With the volcanic spectacle of Arenal's lava glowing in the night, the misty cloud forests of Monteverde, as well as the turquoise waters in Quepos, this trip is a tropical paradise adventure that's as delightful as it is unforgettable.



Itinerary

Days 1-2 San Jose

Amid the galleries, theatres and modern architecture of San Jose are wonderful reminders of a traditional past. Take an orientation tour to discover the main sites - and little known secrets - of this bustling city. Stop by the bustling Central Market to peruse the eclectic range of goods on offer and score a cheap eat.

Days 3-4 Tortuguero National Park

Enjoy the thick forests, cool waterways and pristine, powdery beaches of the Tortuguero National Park. Explore the wild jungle by foot and try to spot monkeys, birds, frogs, sloths and other animals native to Tortuguero. An optional canoe trip or canopy tour offers a different perspective on this amazing and precious ecosystem.

Days 5-6 Sarapiqui

Journey to Sarapiqui, in the heart of Costa Rica's banana-growing region. In free time, opt to explore the surrounding jungle by mountain bike, find a quiet spot to listen to the sociable twitter of birds or enjoy the green mountain vistas Sarapiqui offers.

Days 7-8 La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano

With the Arenal Volcano breathing down its neck, La Fortuna is an exciting outdoor base with endless opportunities for adventure. Why not take a dip in a waterfall, go canyoning for a wet and wild view of the forest or head out for a full day of action-packed whitewater rafting. In the evenings, enjoy some R and R in the simmering hot springs. La Fortuna also boasts stunning night time views of Arenal Volcano glowing in the distance - a golden reminder of the raw power and epic beauty of nature. The most famous eruption of this mighty volcano happened in 1968.

Days 9-11 Monteverde

Travel through the mountains to Monteverde and take a guided tour through the Cloud Forest Reserve. Lush, green and jam-packed with colourful butterflies and exotic creatures, the Monteverde cloud forest is a nature-lovers paradise.

Days 12-13 Quepos

Descend from the mountains to Quepos on the Pacific Coast. Relax on the white, sandy beaches or hit the turquoise water for some kayaking, fishing, swimming or surfing. After the sun sets, join in the busy Quepos night activity perhaps mingling with locals in a cafe or bar.

Days 14-15 San Jose

Return to San Jose as this classic Costa Rican adventure draws to an end. Walk about the busy capital shopping for last-minute souvenirs at the markets, catch a show, or reminisce about your tour over dinner and a final night of fun out on the town.

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