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Costa Rica Road Trip through Cloud Forests and Volcanoes

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Explore the highlights of sunny Costa Rica with this customizable two-week tour. Trek around Arenal Volcano, raft the Balsa River and zip-line through Monteverde Cloud Forest. If you prefer, relax in hot springs or bird-watch from hanging bridges above the rainforest. Get ready to experience the must-sees of this tropical paradise, through the freedom of a self-drive trip. Enjoy yourself...

Explore the highlights of sunny Costa Rica with this customizable two-week tour. Trek around Arenal Volcano, raft the Balsa River and zip-line through Monteverde Cloud Forest. If you prefer, relax in hot springs or bird-watch from hanging bridges above the rainforest. Get ready to experience the must-sees of this tropical paradise, through the freedom of a self-drive trip. Enjoy yourself!

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Rincon De La Vieja

Your tropical adventure has just begun…

• Arrival in Liberia Airport and pick up your 4WD
• Drive to Rincon de la Vieja volcano, and relax
• Spend your first day horse riding or tubing


Day 2: Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Select your day's activities from the options below...

• Set off on a horse back ride
• Hike through the jungle to hidden waterfalls
• Head to Las Pailas' volcanic craters


Day 3: Monteverde Nature Reserve

Bask in the serenity of the mountains...

• Transfer to mysterious Monteverde region
• Try bird-watching or photographing nature
​• Explore two forest reserves close by

Visited:
Monteverde

Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forests

Get your camera ready to snap up the wildlife…

• Take a guided tour around CuriCancha Refuge
• Spot armadillos, sloths, coatis and monkeys
• Hike through the reserve and take in the views 


Day 5: Relax at Arenal Paraiso

Time for a day of pampering in style…

• Drive on to Arenal Volcano (3 hours)
• Relax and put your feet up at your hotel’s spa
​• Look out over volcanic vistas


Day 6: Arenal Hanging Bridges

View the jungle from the treetops…

• Take a tour of Arenal Hanging Bridges
• Walk along 3 kilometres of bridges
• Venture out on a night tour of the jungle


Day 7: Raft Down the Balsa River

Watersports and local encounters…

• Take a white-water rafting trip on the Balsa River
• Eat a lunch of fresh fruits and local produce
• Meet the locals of La Fortuna on a cultural tour 

Visited:
La Fortuna

Day 8: Tortuguero, the Exotic Paradise

Glide through “Venice in the Jungle”…

• Transfer to the diverse Tortuguero National Park
• Take a tour of a banana processing plant
• Explore the canals and local village by foot 


Day 9: Sunrise and Turtles in Tortuguero

Experience a true Caribbean sunrise…

• Wake up early for a dawn tour of the canals
• Enjoy the private trails, or boats of your lodge
• Brave an optional night tour to see the turtles 


Day 10: Flamingo Beach Resort

Activities for land and sea lovers in Guanacaste…

• Fly to San Jose, then drive to Flamingo Beach    
• Relax on the blissful beach at your resort
• Go fishing, swimming or snorkelling

Visited:
GuanacasteSan José

Day 11: Put Your Feet Up on the Beach

Take a dip, snorkel, or stay on the sand…

• Sunbathe on your beach, or visit one nearby 
• Discover Conchal, Sugar Beach or Tamarindo
• Free evening to relax and unwind in the sun

Visited:
GuanacasteTamarindo

Day 12: A Second Day on the Sand

Beach and wilderness combine…

• Take another day to soak up the beach
• Go for a trek in the jungle to discover the wildlife
• Rent a surfboard, snorkel or kayak for the day

Visited:
GuanacasteTamarindo

Day 13: Return to Liberia

Your final day in Costa Rica…

• Transfer to Liberia and return your rental car
• Check-in to your luxurious hotel
• Use your final evening to relax or visit the city

Visited:
Guanacaste

Day 14: Departure from Liberia

Time to head home…

• Soak up the sights of the city in your final morning
• Transfer to Liberia International Airport
• We hope you've had an incredible trip!


Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park Monteverde Monteverde Reserve Arenal Volcano National Park La Fortuna Tortuguero National Park Guanacaste San José Tamarindo

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,970 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy

Included in price:

  • 2 nights at Hacienda Guachipelin, superior room, breakfasts
  • 2 nights  at Monteverde, Heliconia or similar, breakfasts
  • Guided hiking tour at CuriCancha
  • White water rafting Balsa River, lunch
  • 3 nights  at Arenal Volcano, ArenalParaiso or similar, breakfasts
  • Guided hiking tour at Arenal Hanging Bridges (bird watching)
  • 2 nights, 3 days Tortuguero, Pachira Lodge or similar, all meals, one boat tour to the canals, visit to Tortuguero Village
  • Domestic flight to San Jose
  • 3 nights lodging at Flaming Beach Resort, breakfasts, poolside room
  • 1 night at Garden Hilton, breakfast included
  • 10 days car rental with full insurance

Not included in price:

  • International flights and visa charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature

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