Rainforests of Costa Rica
Rainforests of Costa Rica

Rainforests of Costa Rica

12 days

Kayaking in Tortuguero National ParkTortuguero National Park canal walkingTortuguero National Park panoramic viewArenal Volcano landscapeBeautiful Costa Verde Hotel landscapeCosta Verde Hotel viewManuel Antonio National Park in Costa RicaNight on the Monteverde Cloud Forest LodgeMonteverde Cloud Forest panoramic viewHotel in Monteverde Cloud ForestRainforest trail in MonteverdeAmazing Monteverde landscapePachira Lodge viewWaterfall in Tabacon Costa RicaArenal Volcano lake view

Discover the wildlife and rainforests in the amazing national parks of Costa Rica

Costa Rica has so many incredibly beautiful regions and national parks to explore that it’s hard to choose just one to see! The Rainforests of Costa Rica tour says that you don’t have to! The only thing you’ll have to choose is the class of accommodation and transportation.

This amazing tour starts with a lodge stay in Tortuguero, where you’ll explore the sandbar nurseries of the giant sea turtle. Then you’re off to spend some time exploring the rainforests to discover the plants and animals that live near the Arenal Volcano and in the Monteverde cloud forest. The tour ends with some free time in Manual Antonio, where you can relax and enjoy the beaches or explore the coastal rainforests of the park. This tour will show off all the pristine national parks at an easy pace with lots of time for you to enjoy the pure life, or “pura vida” as they say in Costa Rica.

Highlights of the Rainforests of Costa Rica

Explore Tortuguero by boat to discover the amazing sandbars where giant sea turtles nest.
Soak in the natural mineral pools heated by the beautiful Arenal Volcano.
Hike through the cloud forest of Monteverde on a birding adventure in search of the brilliantly coloured quetzal.
Discover the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio and explore the coastal rainforest.

Prices

From $1,650USD
12 days
Difficulty
Partially Guided
Lodge, Hotel
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Rainforests of Costa Rica Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Your Hotel in San Jose

When you arrive in beautiful Costa Rica, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and transported to your hotel. You have the afternoon to explore San Jose and relax into the Costa Rican “pura vida” lifestyle.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Jose
Meals: None

Day 2 Journey to Tortuguero

Your journey to Tortuguero will be by land through the Braulio Carillo National Park, and then you’ll board a boat to travel the canals through the jungle to Tortuguero Park. You’ll have plenty of wildlife sighting opportunities on your way as you get your first taste of the jungle. If you booked the luxury option you’ll be flown to the lodge from San Jose.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Wildlife Watching by Boat and Land

Take a scenic boat tour of Tortuguero, where you can watch for wildlife and learn about the famous resident sea turtles.

In the afternoon you’ll go into town to visit the sea turtle conservation museum, where you’ll learn all about these amazing creatures and the efforts being made to protect them. You’ll even get to see the sea turtle nesting beaches!
Overnight Location: Lodge in Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Travel to Arenal

Today you’ll be able to observe some more wildlife during your scenic boat transfer, followed by a land transfer to Arenal. If you booked the car rental option you’ll pick up your SUV rental in Guapiles. If you booked the luxury option a flight will bring you from Tortuguero to Arenal Volcano National Park.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Nature Walk and Volcanic Hot Springs

On your first day in Arenal, you’ll have the morning to relax or explore at your leisure. Next, you’ll take an afternoon nature walk through the lush rainforest and learn about all the amazing plants and animals that live in Arenal Volcano National Park.

After your walk, you’ll visit the natural hot springs where you can soak in thermal pools.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Cruise on Arenal Lake

Start the day with a boat ride on Arenal Lake for some incredible views of the Arenal Volcano. In the afternoon, you’ll appreciate the cool air of the cloud forest when you arrive in Monteverde. If you are doing the self-drive option you’ll take a scenic drive around the lake and then take the dirt road to Monteverde.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Nature Hike in Monteverde

Your adventure today is in the Curicancha Private Reserve, where you’ll take a walk to look for native birds, including the amazing emerald and blue quetzals.

Tonight you can visit one of the many excellent local restaurants for a delicious dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Travel to Manuel Antonio

Leave the cloud forest behind and enjoy the scenery during your drive to the coast. During your stay in Manuel Antonia National Park, you’ll enjoy the endless beaches and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Keep your eyes on the trees and you’re likely to see some of the local monkey inhabitants before long!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Free Day to Enjoy Manuel Antonio

Enjoy a relaxing few days at the beach, or spend your time exploring the amazing rainforests of the national park. There are many amazing options for additional excursions that you can take during your stay in Manuel Antonio if you prefer to keep busy.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Relaxing Beach Day

Spend another amazing day relaxing in paradise! At the end of the day, you’ll want to watch the incredible sunset over the Pacific Ocean since it’s your last night at the beach.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Return to San Jose

Take your time to enjoy the incredible local coffee with breakfast. After a leisurely morning, you’ll start your journey back to San Jose. If you booked the luxury option, this will be a flight instead of a land transfer.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Tour Concludes

All too soon, it’s time to return home. You’ll either take the transfer to the airport or drive yourself there and drop off your rental at the airport.
Overnight Location: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Rainforests of Costa Rica Price and Dates

This partially-guided tour in Costa Rica is run as a group tour for deluxe and standard classes and a private tour for the luxury class. The price differs depending on the class, also whether you choose to use transfers or drive a rental car.

The prices below are per person sharing a double room:

  • Standard group tour with transfers: $1,650 USD per person
  • Standard group tour with rental car: $1,750 USD per person
  • Deluxe group tour with transfers: $2,360 USD per person
  • Deluxe group tour with rental car: $2,240 USD per person
  • Luxury custom tour with transfers: $4,750 USD per person
  • Luxury custom tour with rental car: $4,675 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
  • Car rental option includes the rental vehicle with cull coverage starting from day 4
  • Standard tour provides shared transfers, Deluxe and Luxury tours provide private transfers, except for Tortuguero, where all the transfers are shared
  • Luxury tour has local flights instead of long transfers, as outlined in the itinerary
  • On Standard and Luxury tours all the activities are shared with other travellers, while Luxury tour provides private activities, except for Tortuguero, which is shared for all categories
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Accommodation on the Rainforests of Costa Rica Tour

This tour is based in lodge and hotel accommodations. You can choose what class of hotels you’d like to stay at during this tour. If you choose the standard option you’ll stay in comfortable lodges and 2 to 3-star hotels. In the deluxe class the hotels are 3 and 4-star, and if you upgrade to the luxury option you’ll stay at the best hotel in each area. No matter which you choose all the accommodations are in great locations where you can fully enjoy the pristine nature that surrounds you.

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 price). Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Hotel in San Jose

Enjoy exploring the area from your accommodations in a prime location. Accommodation star level and amenities depend on the category booked.

Night 2-3

Lodge in Tortuguero

All accommodation levels will stay in a wilderness lodge in Tortuguero, where you’ll have your meals and wildlife boat tours included.

Night 4-5

Hotel in Arenal

Relax under the watchful gaze of the beautiful Arenal Volcano. The star rating of your hotel will correspond to the category that you booked.

Night 6-7

Hotel in Monteverde

Enjoy exploring the area from your accommodations in a prime location. Accommodation star level and amenities depend on the category booked.

Night 8-10

Hotel in Manuel Antonio

Enjoy exploring the area from your accommodations in a prime location. Accommodation star level and amenities depend on the category booked.

Night 11

Hotel in San Jose

Enjoy exploring the area from your accommodations in a prime location. Accommodation star level and amenities depend on the category booked.

What’s Included in the Rainforests of Costa Rica Tour?

Meals

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 11 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. Private transfers and internal flights as outlined in the itinerary are included in the luxury category. All other categories are provided with shared land and boat transfers throughout the tour. You also have an option to drive a rental car instead of using the transfers starting from day 4. Airport transfers are included unless you choose the car rental option.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide during guided excursions
  • Tortuguero National Park boat tour and entrance fee
  • Arenal Volcano National Park hike and entrance fee
  • Curicancha Reserve tour and entrance fee
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • 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
  • Entrance fees to parks or attractions
  • Optional Excursions

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Rental car option with full insurance coverage on Days 4 to 12

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We rate this tour as a 1/5. This tour includes some easy nature walks, and you get to decide the rest of your activities during your visit. Please note that there are some long drives on uneven roads

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