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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