9 day escorted tour itinerary

Costa Rican Adventure tour

Go back to nature

Go back to nature with this amazing tour that will enchant you for the spectacular scenery and exotic wildlife. The ultimate adventure-filled experience. Be prepared for hiking among misty cloud forests, volcanic peaks, dramatic waterfalls and turtle-nesting beaches. A virtually unspoilt country, Costa Rica offers eco-lodges and sustainable excursions ideal for wildlife watchers and the more adventurous travellers. 

This tour is private with the exception of the boat transfer in Tortuguero and the lake crossing at Arenal which utilise shared services. 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Cruise the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Go birdwatching in Saraquipi
  • Visit the volcanoes in Arenal
  • Hike to La Fortuna for a leisurely swim
  • Cross the cloud forest of Monteverde for a canopy tour

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
9 days
Destination Breakdown
  • 1 night
  • Tortuguero
    2 nights
  • Sarapiqui
    1 night
  • 2 nights
  • Monte Verde
    1 night
  • 1 night
Options
Private basis
Included
  • Accommodation as detailed with private facilities (in case of early transfer breakfast cannot be guaranteed).
  • Meals included as stated. Breakfast is usually a Western style buffet in your hotel, while most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
  • Services of an English speaking guide, transfers and tours on a private basis.
  • All entrance fees and government taxes as appropriate.
Not included
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Domestic and international departure taxes (approx US$28)
  • International flights.

Itinerary Breakdown

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Aurola Holiday Inn or similar

Early departure by road through the Braulio Carrillo Rainforest National Park to the Caribbean plains, enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery and quaint villages en route. Later, continue through the jungle by boat and cruise the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park. After check-in and lunch at your eco lodge, board the boat once again for a visit to the Tortuguero village, where you will walk around the town and experience the local way of life, walk along the beach (during hatching season you will look for baby turtles trying to find their way to the ocean; nesting is from July-Sept, hatching from Sept-Dec) and a visit to the Tortuguero Museum (recommended donation of $1USD per person). Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, surrounded by the beautiful tropical forest and wildlife.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Pachira Lodge or similar

Today, you have some free time to relax by the pool as well as experiencing the Tortuguero National Park for about 3 hours, where you can observe over 350 protected species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and sloths, amid lush vegetation. In season (July-Sept) you can join an optional late-night turtle nesting tour (payable locally).

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Pachira Lodge or similar

Early departure by boat to Caño Blanco, where a bus will be waiting to continue your adventure to the fascinating Sarapiqui region, with its primary forest, swamps, and banana plantations. Temperatures in this biologically rich area hover around 26 to 28°C, important for the conservation of birds, butterflies, insects, and plants. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. In the afternoon you will be escorted on a guided hike through the forest in search of diverse wildlife and plant life.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Selva Verde Lodge or similar

You have the morning to relax or do an optional activity such as horseback riding, rafting, a visit to the butterfly farm, or a bird watching tour at Selva Verde Private Reserve (payable locally). Later, relax and enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside of San Carlos Valley to La Fortuna in Arenal, home to one of the world's most active volcanoes. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Arenal Springs or similar

Enjoy a morning hike to La Fortuna Waterfalls, where you can swim or just enjoy the beauty of this idyllic spot. In the evening you will visit the Eco Termales hot springs to relax in the thermal waters surrounded by the most amazing vegetation.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Arenal Springs or similar

Early departure to the cloud forest of Monteverde. The day begins with a transfer down to the lake where you will board a boat, then take a car/bus up to Monteverde. Admire the transition of the rainforest to the cloud forest as you reach an altitude of 1,200 metres above sea level. In the afternoon, we will head over to Selvatura Park for an exciting canopy tour, (for the less adventurous, you may choose to make your own way through the forest on the amazing hanging bridges, please advise at time of booking) afterwards transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight stay.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Establo Hotel or similar

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Rincon de La Vieja National Park, with its breathtaking scenery of cascading waterfalls, hot mud pots, and a freshwater volcanic lake. An impressive selection of wildlife includes insects, birds, and mammals such as spider monkeys, blue-crowned motmots, jaguars and pumas. After check-in at your hotel, get ready for the Rio Negro Tubing Adventure, (duration 3 hours) starting out with a horseback ride and then a short hike down to the river where you will hop into your own individual tub for your downstream river adventure (alternatively, you may substitute the tubing tour for something a little less adventurous such as a visit to the national park, mud baths and thermal waters, or horseback riding to one of the beautiful waterfalls. Please advise at time of booking).

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hacienda Guachipelin or similar

Early morning transfer to Liberia Airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in Costa Rica.

  • San Jose

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Capital of Costa Rica
    • Starting point to many Costa Rican itineraries
    • Visit the Jade Museum and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
    • Direct flights from the UK
  • Tortuguero

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Braulio Carrillo Rainforest National Park
    • Tortuguero National Park
    • Floating tour through the famous Tortuguero canals
    • Great for spotting monkeys and bird watching
  • Sarapiqui

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Horseback riding
    • White water rafting
    • Butterfly farm
    • Selva Verde Private Reserve
  • Arenal

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Hike around Arenal Volcano
    • Arenal Lake
    • Hot springs
    • La Fortuna Waterfalls
  • Monte Verde

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Monteverde cloud forest
    • Selvatura Park
    • Hanging bridges
    • Zip lining
  • Itinerary Highlights

    • Rio Negro Tubing Adventure
    • Horseback riding
    • Rincon de La Vieja national park
    • Mud baths and thermal waters