Rainforests of Costa Rica

Costa Rica
Walking
Partially Guided
Rainforests of Costa Rica

Rainforests of Costa Rica

Prices

From $1,650USD

Difficulty

Partially-Guided

Lodge, Hotel

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

Rated 4.9 on Google Reviews
Start Your Booking

Highlights

Discover the wildlife and rainforests in the amazing national parks 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.

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.

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

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: $1,650USD per person
  • Standard group tour with rental car: $1,750USD per person
  • Deluxe group tour with transfers: $2,375USD per person
  • Deluxe group tour with rental car: $2,250USD per person
  • Luxury custom tour with transfers: $4,750USD per person
  • Luxury custom tour with rental car: $4,675USD 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
Start Your Booking

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.

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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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

Frequenty Asked Questions about Rainforests of Costa Rica

How hard is the Rainforests of Costa Rica tour?

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.

Do I need a visa to travel to Costa Rica?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Rainforests of Costa Rica tour?

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

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to San Jose to start this tour?

Fly into San Jose, at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Your airport transfer to the hotel is included in your tour.

Is the Rainforests of Costa Rica tour in English?

The included excursions will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Where does the Rainforests of Costa Rica tour end?

This tour ends in San Jose. You can book your flight from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Your transfers from the hotel are included unless you choose the rental car option, in which case you’ll drop the car off at the airport.

Can I rent a surfboard in Manual Antonio?

Yes, there are some local surf shops where you can rent a surfboard and book a surfing lesson.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Costa Rica?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Costa Rica?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Costa Rica for this tour?

The best time to travel to Costa Rica is the dry season (mid-December through April) when the weather is generally warm and clear.

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.

Learn More

Prices

From $1,650USD

Difficulty

Partially-Guided

Lodge, Hotel

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

Rated 4.9 on Google Reviews
Start Your Booking

What travellers say

When can I do this tour?

J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D

Tour Difficulty

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


Read about our scale for Tour Difficulty Ratings.

Get in touch

+1 (587) 327-9828

Book your next Adventure on 10Adventures

Hassle-free Adventure Travel

Sit back, relax, and enjoy! Let us take care of all the travel planning details, so you don’t have to.

Don't Just Take A Trip, Take YOUR Trip

Let us help you get exactly what YOU want with a customizable adventure tour centred around your active interests and passions.

No Hidden Fees

We don’t believe in hidden fees like credit card fees, booking fees or more. Even better, most people can pay in their local currency!

Happiness Guarantee

We want your journey to meet your expectations, and we will work with you to solve any issues you’ve encountered.

Personal Adventure Travel Concierge

Our dedicated adventure travel concierge will curate the perfect itinerary to make your travel dreams a reality.

Vetted Local Guides

Book with confidence, knowing that our team has carefully hand-picked each tour operator and they use local, experienced guides.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

Tours

Routes

Blogs