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Pura Vida - Costa Rica Essentials

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Pura Vida - Costa Rica Essentials

From the beaches of Manuel Antonio where you will spot sloths lazing in trees, iguanas sunning themselves and monkeys laughing at you through to the high country cloud forests and wilderness of Monteverde, down to the adventure capital of Costa Rica, La Fortuna, and then the magic of Tortuguero National Park. This tour captures the essence of Costa Rica.

DAY 1

Meeting Day in San Jose

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in San Jose. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many renowned restaurants nearby. Overnight at the joining hotel. Read more

San Jose
DAY 2

Head for the Beaches

A morning departure from the hustle and bustle of San Jose, we will leave from one of the main bus terminals for the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio. This may be the second smallest park in Costa Rica, but this is where you want to be to see the most abundance of wildlife. This afternoon is free to enjoy the area, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Tonight we will meet for dinner and to discuss optional excursions for Monteverde. Read more

Manuel Antonio
DAY 3

Manuel Antonio National Park

An early start will see us as one of the first groups in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio! Our guide is ready with his telescope to spot monkeys (squirrel, howler and white faced capuchin), sloths, iguanas, racoons and more! Be sure to bring your camera as our guide can take some stunning shots through said scope! Our tour will take about two hours; after that you are free to enjoy the beaches inside Manuel Antonio or perhaps take an optional excursion to see the Scarlett Macaws who populate this area frequently. A late afternoon meet-up will see us off to the famous ‘El Avion’ restaurant for sundowners and dinner! Read more

Manuel Antonio
DAY 4

Monteverde Reserve

Our private bus today will depart the humid jungle atmosphere and head for the cloud forests of Monteverde! First we take a stop at the Rio Tarcoles Bridge, a fabulous spot to watch giant crocodiles that inhabit this river. We will also have time for a local snack, which we can promise you is not crocodile. From there, the views go from stunning, to absolutely breathtaking! Our arrival in Monteverde is timed perfectly for lunch and booking for tomorrow’s tour options. After lunch we will make our way to the Monteverde Reserve, where our guide will be waiting to help us find the elusive Quetzal bird. Read more

Monteverde
DAY 5

Optional activities in Monteverde

Today you have a free day to enjoy the wonderful, lush, green area of Monteverde, and take in the activities you booked yesterday! Our top picks are zip lining, horseback riding, bridge walking and coffee and chocolate tours. We will meet this evening for our BBQ/bonfire dinner (Optional).

Monteverde
DAY 6

Lake Arenal and La Fortuna

This morning we depart on an early bus for one of the loveliest drives! On a predominantly dirt road, we will be treated to jaw-dropping landscapes through rolling green hills, with views to the Pacific and Caribbean. We will stop for some photo opportunities. The ride takes us to the shores of Lake Arenal, where our boat will be waiting to take us across forty minutes of calm waters while enjoying gorgeous views. Once we disembark, we will drive another 20 minutes to our hotel in La Fortuna. After check in, we will meet with our friends at Desafio Adventure Company to decide on activity options for tomorrow. We will then go straight for dinner. Read more

La Fortuna
DAY 7

Explore La Fortuna

Today is a free day to enjoy the activities that we booked last night. If whitewater rafting, canyoneering, wildlife spotting or caving aren’t your thing, there are hot springs, bike tours and more. Remember, this is the adventure capital of Costa Rica!

La Fortuna
DAY 8

Lodge in Tortuguero National Park

We leave after breakfast for a drive across to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Arriving in La Pavona, we board a boat that will take us deep into Tortuguero National Park. We will arrive at our lodge for the next two nights, check in and confirm our time to visit the turtles tonight (seasonal). These turtle species have a tendency to return during the following months: Olive Ridley – July to September; Loggerhead – May to August; Hawkesbill – May to November; Green – June to October; Leatherback – March to July. As with all nature, it’s never a guarantee but if we don’t see turtles we will still see an abundance of other wildlife. Our lodge is rustic and located in a very special place, between the river and the ocean. Absolutely magic! Read more

Tortuguero National Park
DAY 9

Wildlife spotting & Tortuguero village

An early departure (don’t worry, coffee will be waiting), we will head out on a boat trip with our local guide for some early morning wildlife spotting. Caimans, crocodiles, toucans, macaws, monkeys and more, will be waiting to greet us this morning. We will return to the lodge for breakfast and a rest until around midday, when we will head into the village of Tortuguero. Free time for lunch before meeting at the visitors centre for a further delightful education on the turtles. Read more

Tortuguero
DAY 10

Boat ride and a scenic day-trip

After breakfast, we will board the boat for our scenic day-trip that will eventually end in San Jose. This is another great journey for which you will want to have your cameras ready. We will pass through canals and rivers, spotting more wildlife, before popping out onto the Moin River, and eventually the port of Moin. From there we will be taken to the bus station in Limon, for a three-hour journey back to San Jose. Read more

San Jose
DAY 11

Farewell morning

Our trip ends today. We hope that you have had a fabulous time, and we have managed to exceed your expectations! If you are flying out today, please refer to your tour leader for the best way to get to the airport. For those continuing on with the tour to Panama, there will be a group meeting tonight at 6 pm here in the hotel. Read more

San Jose

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location San Jose
Day 2
Location Manuel Antonio
Day 4
Location Monteverde
Day 6
Location La Fortuna
Day 8
Location Tortuguero
Day 10
Location San Jose

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Tour Leader throughout
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees
  • Included meals: 6 breakfasts
  • Included Activities: Guided nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, Guided nature walk through Monteverde Cloud Forest, morning boat tour in Tortuguero, turtle spotting in Tortuguero.

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Although we make every effort to provide the listed hotels, they may vary according to availability and our discretion.
  • If you are interested in a private tour on any of our listed dates or alternate dates, please contact us with your date and how many people in the group and we will provide a customized quote for you.

REVIEWS

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Andrea, Canada

We saw so much wildlife, & the fact that local guides were at no extra cost made a big difference to the things we saw. Other people without local guides walk right past things that our guides showed us, also very helpful getting great photos. Our tour guide was fabulous. Accommodations were great!

Kelly Brewer, Australia

I recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica and am beyond satisfied with the service provided. Everything was super straightforward and we were well looked after from the second we booked our trip. We had really lovely accommodation, reliable transport that ran on time and some delicious meals...

Shendra B, Canada

The West Adventures trip to Costa Rica was better than expected. Beautiful country, excellent guides. Excellent, experienced host guide, Becky. We saw almost all the animals. had wonderful adventures, zipline, exciting river cruise through Tortuguero National Park, a day at the hotsprings.

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