Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track
Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track

Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track

8 days

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Leave the popular tourist spots behind to discover the Caribbean side of beautiful Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a beautiful country full of natural wonders around every corner. The Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track tour skips the popular tourist spots and takes you to more remote locations for a truly authentic experience.

Your tour begins in the beautiful Pacuare Rainforest where you’ll reach your secluded accommodations by raft- what a way to travel! During your stay, you’ll discover the beauty and diversity of the rainforest and learn about the culture of one of its Indigenous communities. An exciting whitewater adventure caps off your time in Pacuare, and then you’ll move on to the southern Caribbean coast. Spend time here relaxing in the sun or exploring the beautiful beaches of the quieter coast. This tour offers a more unique and adventurous experience as you journey off the beaten path to explore natural Costa Rica!

Highlights of the Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track

Raft to your wilderness accommodations in the Pacuare Rainforest, paddling through exciting rapids.
Take a hike through the pristine rainforest to visit the remote Cabecar Indigenous reserve.
Walk the sandy beaches and go swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Enjoy free time on the coast to hike, bike, and explore on your own or just relax in the sun.

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From $950USD
8 days
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Partially Guided
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Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in San Jose

Receive a warm Costa Rican welcome when you arrive in San Jose. Your transfer will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in the city. Explore on your own for the afternoon to discover the sights and personality of San Jose.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Jose
Meals: None

Day 2 Rafting on the Pacuare

Your day starts early with a morning drive to the Pacuare River. You’ll go on a scenic ride down the river and into the rainforest, where you’ll find your hotel in the wilderness. Get settled and explore the incredible forest that surrounds you.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Pacuare
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Rainforest Hike

Adventure into the rainforest with your guide on a five-hour hike through the pristine wilderness. You’ll be visiting the Cabecar Indigenous reserve where you’ll learn about this amazing community that thrives in the middle of the forest.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Pacuare
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Whitewater Adventure

Instead of travelling back the way you came, you’ll be going through the rapids! Your whitewater rafting trip has rapids up to Class IV+ and will be an exciting ride! It’s a four-hour paddle to the town of Siquirres, where your shuttle will meet you to take you to the coast. If you chose the rental car option, this is where you’ll pick up your vehicle.
Overnight Location: Hotel on the South Caribbean Coast
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5-7 Beach Break on the Caribbean Coast

You have the next three days to enjoy the beautiful southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Relax and enjoy the sun or explore the natural beaches in the area.
Overnight Location: Hotel on the South Caribbean Coast
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Return to San Jose

This morning you’ll want to enjoy your last cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee before you start the four-hour drive back to San Jose. If you are driving yourself you can drop the rental vehicle off at the airport before you board your flight home.
Overnight Location: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track Price and Dates

This partially-guided nature tour in Costa Rica is run as either a custom tour (luxury option) or fixed departure tour (standard and deluxe options) and the price depends on the class of tour booked.

The best time to visit Costa Rica for this tour is the dry season (mid-December through April) when the weather is warmest and clearest.

Tour packages and pricing options

The prices below are per person sharing a double room:

  • Standard tour with transfers: from $950 USD per person
  • Standard tour with car rental: from $1,025 USD per person
  • Deluxe tour with transfers: from $2,450 USD per person
  • Deluxe tour with car rental: from $2,450 USD per person
  • Luxury tour with transfers: from $3,175 USD per person
  • Luxury tour with car rental: from $3,175 USD per person

Important notes:

  • Standard tour uses 2 to 3-star hotels and lodges; Deluxe – 3 to 4-star hotels and lodges; and Luxury tour uses the best accommodation available at each location
  • Transfers on this tour are private, but all the activities are shared with other travellers. This applies to all tour packages
  • Car rental option includes the rental vehicle with cull coverage starting from day 4
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Accommodation on the Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track Tour

This tour offers a choice of accommodations suited to all needs and budgets. Book the standard category for a stay at 2 and 3-star hotels and lodges at the best possible price. The deluxe option has hotels and lodges that are rated 3 and 4-stars. Upgrade to the luxury category to stay at the best hotels available at each destination.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible (please enquire for the pricing). Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Standard Hotels

Night 1

Standard hotel in San Jose

Enjoy exploring the area from your 2-3-star accommodations in a prime location of San Jose.

Night 2-3

Lodge in Pacuare

Immerse yourself in the rainforest at a lodge in the wilderness. The star rating of your hotel will correspond to the category that you booked.

Night 4-7

Standard Hotel on the South Caribbean Coast

Enjoy the beautiful beaches and coastal forests of the Caribbean from your 2-3-star accommodations.

Deluxe Hotels

Night 1

Deluxe hotel in San Jose

Enjoy exploring the area from your deluxe 3-4-star accommodations in a prime location of San Jose.

Night 2-3

Lodge in Pacuare

Immerse yourself in the rainforest at a lodge in the wilderness. The star rating of your hotel will correspond to the category that you booked.

Night 4-7

Deluxe Hotel on the South Caribbean Coast

Enjoy the beautiful beaches and coastal forests of the Caribbean from your 3-4-star accommodations.

Luxury Hotels

Night 1

Luxury hotel in San Jose

Enjoy a night in this fascinating city at a luxurious local hotel.

Night 2-3

Lodge in Pacuare

Immerse yourself in the rainforest at a lodge in the wilderness. The star rating of your hotel will correspond to the category that you booked.

Night 4-7

Luxury Hotel on the South Caribbean Coast

Enjoy the beautiful beaches and coastal forests of the Caribbean from your luxurious accommodations.

What’s Included in the Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners are included. No other meals, drinks, or alcoholic beverages are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in San Jose are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour, including private transfers to and from the airport. If you choose the car rental option your transfers are included until Day 4, and then the remainder of the tour will be self-driven.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide during excursions
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary including:
    • River rafting to lodge
    • River rafting with rapids from the lodge
    • Rainforest hike to Cabecar Indigenous reserve
  • Sales tax

Not included

  • Flights to and from San Jose
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired
  • Travel insurance
  • Tour leader or guide for entire tour duration
  • Visas if required
  • Entrance fees to parks or attractions
  • Optional excursions
  • Fuel

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Car rental with full insurance coverage for Day 4 through 8

Frequently Asked Questions about Costa Rica Off the Beaten Track

Since 1984 Horizontes Nature Tours has delivered top-quality service in Costa Rica. They dedicate time to exploring off-the-beaten-track destinations and authentic activities that allow them to offer unique barefoot-luxury experiences. Sustainability, quality, health, safety, and innovation are key ingredients in Horizontes Nature Tours immersive journeys.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You’ll have a lot of leisure time on this tour and can decide on your own activities and difficulty level. However, the included hike and rafting trips may not be suitable for everyone due to the adventurous nature and length of the tours. The rafting excursions don’t require previous experience, but children need to be 14 years and older to participate.

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