Basic Costa Rica

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Basic Costa Rica

from £649
Duration: 14 days
Countries: Costa Rica
Stay flexible in Costa Rica on this unique two-week adventure. You’ll hit the volcanoes, a cloud forest, and both of the incredible coasts.

Basic Costa Rica

Chill out on white-sand beaches and explore pristine wildlife reserves. Best of all, this trip gives you the flexibility to create the adventure of a lifetime, so you can soar across the treetops by zipline, rappel down a waterfall, or learn to surf the Pacific breaks. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials – everything you need to explore the diversity and beauty of Costa Rica.


Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Travel to the Caribbean coast and enjoy the tropical seascape.

Days 3–4 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Opt to try snorkelling in the Caribbean or hiking in Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

Day 5 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/La Fortuna

Travel west from the coast, then north to central Costa Rica. Try to catch a glimpse of Arenal Volcano through the cloud cover.

Days 6–7 La Fortuna

Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.

Day 8 La Fortuna/Monte Verde

Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde and into the cool mountain air of the area.

Day 9 Monte Verde

Free day to enjoy; opt to tour the cloud forest or visit a coffee plantation.

Day 10 Monte Verde/Sámara

Travel to the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula and enjoy this laid-back beach town.

Days 11–12 Sámara

Surf or swim the waves, practice yoga on the beach or chill out in this laid-back beach town.

Day 13 Sámara/San José

Back to the capital for a final evening with the group.

Day 14 San José

Depart at any time.

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Plenty of beach time in Puerto Viejo and Sámara
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


Simple hotels (13 nts, sometimes multi-share).


Allow USD435-565 for meals not included.


Local bus, boat, taxi, private van, walking.

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