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Discovering Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America, Americas

From £1,310 for 13 nights
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"Costa Rica really would does have all the answers, if you're questioning how eco tourism and the environment can be so amazing, get to Costa Rica!"

Deemed the happiest country in the world, Costa Rica will leave you completely hooked! For the world’s best coffee, the sight of hatching sea turtles, stunning beaches, and (of course...) sloths, this is a trip that will change your life forever. This two-week tour takes you from San Jose to the active Arenal Volcano, whilst also allowing you to experience all the highlights of Costa Rican life between. Whether it’s the beach life you’ve been dreaming of, or the discovery of the banana plantations and local life, this tour truly will leave you debating about packing up and moving here permanently!

Rediscover the essence of nature as you explore the country’s best national parks, including Cahuita, renowned for its coral reefs, and the rugged rainforest of Manuel Antonio, known for its sloths and monkeys. To truly make the most of your Costa Rican adventure, you will stay at five different hotels and lodges as you tour the most awe-inspiring attractions of the area. There are four days dedicated to lazing upon the sand for the beach bathing enthusiasts, and national parks and canopy tours for nature lovers. There’s even a high-octane zip-line for the adrenaline-junkies amongst you. This all-encompassing tour has something for everyone!

Asuaire has a mission: to ensure that it provides travellers with a custom-designed experience whilst remaining dedicated to sustainability. One of the company’s aims is to maintain the balance between the three pillars of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental. By addressing each pillar through various sustainability measures, the company aims to ensure that its impact is an all-round positive one. In terms of environmental sustainability, Asuaire has various recycling, electricity-saving and water efficiency initiatives to help minimise waste and reduce emissions. They also work to replant native trees, helping to regenerate natural habitats.

To address the social and economic pillars of sustainability, Asuaire aims to bring benefits to local communities by hiring local guides, ensuring that revenue stays within destination communities. The company has also improved its commitment to social responsibility by adapting tours to meet the requirements of people with disabilities. Finally, Asuaire is not only dedicated to sustainability but also promotes programmes like the CST (Certification of Tourism Sustainability) and The Blue Flag Ecology Program - programmes that aim to protect the environment for future generations whilst also providing education relating to sustainable practises.

Day 1

After arriving in San Jose airport you will be met with a transfer to the Hotel Park Inn. Relax and recuperate after your flight before your Costa Rican adventure begins after an included morning breakfast!

Day 2

Travel through the rainforest and mystical cloud forest of the Braulio Carillo National Park. You will stop in Guápiles for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast before exploring the banana plantations. Continue to explore the local villages as you reach the dock and head to the Tortuguero canals (home to sloths, monkeys and iguanas) for a welcoming drink and lunch. This day also includes a visit to a local museum, a trip to the beach and a tour of the town of Tortugeuro. Tonight you will be staying at the Pachira Lodge to refuel.

Day 3

Start your day right with a hearty breakfast, but be ready by 9am as today takes you on a tropical trail before lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to exploring the Tortuguero canals where you can catch a glimpse of the monkeys swinging through the trees above, as well as the slow moving sloths that call this area home! In the evenings (between July and October) there is even the opportunity to take a breath-taking night-time turtle tour and watch as hundreds of turtles hatch and make their journey into the sea! Afterwards, you’ll return to the Pachira Lodge once more.

Day 4

Head to Guapiles and enjoy a lunch at El Ceibo restaurant before collecting your 10-day, fully insured Daihatsu Bego 4x4 (or similar model). End your evening by relaxing at the Hotel Cariblue.

Day 5

Spend the day doing whatever you please! Lovers of the sea and sand can relax on the beautiful white sand beach, whilst nature-lovers can take a trip to the Cahuita National Park.

Day 6

Depart to Bajos del Toro for an action-packed day. Surrounded by the Poas Volcano National Park, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to take snapshots of the volcano crater. You will also find the Juan Castro Blanco National Park nearby with its beautiful waterfall and surrounding scenery. There’s also the chance to go horseback riding, mountain biking, zip lining and even river rafting, definitely not one to miss for the daredevils amongst you. Later return for some much needed rest at the Hotel El Silencio.

Day 7

Another free day to enjoy taking independent trails and relaxing near to the river. If you fancy seeing a bit more of authentic Costa Rican life, you can also explore the local market before returning to the Hotel El Silencio.

Day 8

Head to the Arenal Volcano, where you'll enjoy zip lines and the hanging bridges. At the end of the day, relax in one of the gorgeous natural hot springs. Head back to the Hotel Volcano Lodge and enjoy the 4* comfort.

Day 9

Spend your time exploring the local area and getting a real taste of Costa Rica before your journey comes to a close!

Day 10

Head to Manuel Antonio and busy yourself at the National Park. Alternatively, make the most of the Costa Rican climate and laze about on the beaches before returning to Hotel El Parador.

Day 11-12

Enjoy another two days dedicated to making the most of the gorgeous beaches of Manuel Antonio!

Day 13

After returning to San Jose, you can get another chance to discover the city before you return to the Hotel Park Inn for your final night in Costa Rica.

Day 14

You will be transferred back to the airport via a 4x4 for your return flight home.

Rate Conditions

  • Price shown is based on double occupancy (2 adults sharing) during the low season
  • Click 'Ask a Question' to find out more about this tour's departure dates and costs
  • Price shown is with taxes included
  • Prices may change due to rate change from Asuaire's providers or lack of availability where a change could imply an extra cost
  • Asuaire's cancellation policies are aligned by their providers' policies. For non-peak season bookings travelers get a full refund 20 days before the trip, except in cases where the provider specifically demands the contrary, in which case, Asuaire will send a copy of the explanation. For cancellations during Christmas, New Year's and Holly Week, 40 days before arrival travelers will get a refund except in cases where the provider specifically demands the contrary, in which case, Asuaire will send a copy of the explanation.

Included

  • 11 x nights of lodging with breakfast included
  • A three-day/two-night guided tour to Tortuguero (including transportation, accommodation, meals, guide, entrance to the National Park, and an excursion along the canals and the town)
  • Daihatsu Bego 4×4 for 10 days (with full cover insurance)

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to chat to the operator directly!

Area & Location

Area/Country:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Local currencies:
CRC
Time Change:
UTC−06:00

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