9 days
from $1,999

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

3

Costa Rica: San José (round trip)

An endless display of natural beauty


Find yourself surrounded by a multitude of colors: red macaws, blue morpho butterflies, pink and green houses, purple-hued orchids, verdant rainforests and blazing sunsets. The land of Pura Vida known for wellness, wildlife and waterfalls will come to life during this adventure.

Tour Highlights

  • Zip line over the canopy of La Fortuna's jungle

  • Explore the Arenal volcano during a guided hike

  • Relax for two nights in Tortuguero National Park

Trip code: 9CRCOLOR

Activity Level:
3

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Costa Rica to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Colorful Costa Rica 2020

9 days

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Details

  • Countries Visited: Costa Rica
  • Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights), Rainforest lodge (2 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $475
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle, Boat
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure Transfers included
  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from San José (round trip)

Day 1: San José
Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! An included transfer brings you to our hotel. Meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers before enjoying a local meal together. (d)

  • Our hotel in San Jose: Hotel Autentico

Day 2: San José > Tortuguero National Park
The northern Caribbean coast awaits. Board a small boat and navigate the waterways into Tortuguero National Park, filled with freshwater creeks and lagoons. Our home for the next two nights is a riverbank lodge embedded in the rainforest. (b, l, d)

  • Our lodge in La Tortuguero: Laguna Lodge

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
This morning, view the park’s variety of animals, plants and birds during a boat trip through the Tortuguero Canals. An unscripted evening allows you to write your own adventure — and if you visit July through October, that could include a sighting of the nesting of the green turtle! (b, l, d)

  • Our lodge in La Tortuguero: Laguna Lodge

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park > La Fortuna
Venturing into the Costa Rican jungle region of La Fortuna, we zip line through the jungle canopy. Then, enjoy dinner and an evening at the mineral-rich thermal hot springs, heated by the majestic Arenal Volcano. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in La Fortuna: Hotel Magic Moutain

Day 5: La Fortuna
Our Insider Expert accompanies us on a hike through the rainforest, which is bursting with multiple varieties of flora and fauna. From the Arenal Volcano’s observation point we can appreciate its sheer size and magnificence. This evening, you may wish to return to the hot springs for another dip. (b)

  • Our hotel in La Fortuna: Hotel Magic Moutain

Day 6:  La Fortuna > Manuel Antonio National Park
Our journey takes us along a coastline of fine sand beaches, separated by the occasional area of mangrove and endless plantations of African palm. Relax upon arrival at the national park, with a free evening of leisure. (b)

  • Our hotel in Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio Park Hotel

Day 7: Manuel Antonio National Park
The morning is yours to explore the beach as you please. Later, enjoy an afternoon catamaran cruise — where you can swim, snorkel and relax before enjoying a Costa Rican sunset out on the water. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Manuel Antonio: Manuel Antonio Park Hotel

Day 8: Manuel Antonio National Park > San José
Return to San José this afternoon. Perhaps go and explore Escazu — where you can overlook the city at night. (b)

  • Our hotel in San Jose: Hotel Autentico

Day 9: San José
Our adventure ends today. (b)

Note: 2019 departures feature Puerto Viejo instead of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to know before traveling to Costa Rica

CURRENCY:
The official currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colón (CRC)

Costa Rica is the most expensive country in Central America, particularly compared with its neighboring countries Nicaragua and Panama. Expect meals, souvenirs and optional activities to cost as much as they would in western countries. That said, Costa Rica has done a great job of looking after its natural wonders yet maximizing their potential as tourist attractions. So, while optional activities are pricey, you can expect a high standard of service, well maintained gear, clear paths and signalling and well trained local guides that allow you to make the most of every activity.

For this trip we recommend between USD 22 to 40 per day. How do we work this out?

Lunch - If you are happy with a quick snack on the go, you may get away with as little as USD5 to USD10 for a set menu at a local eatery or a sandwich and a drink at a café. On the other hand, a lunch meal at a more tourist restaurant can cost between USD10 to USD15.

Dinner - At dinner time, your leader will normally recommend restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget, are happy to eat just local food and are not afraid of an upset tummy every now and then, you can eat cheaper than this. If you want to try just the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in the United States.

ATMs:
You can pay with major credit and debit cards at many hotels, restaurants and stores. You can use major credit cards and some debit cards to withdraw colones from ATMs and over the counter at banks. US dollars are widely accepted except for taxi fares (so if you arrive by plane please ensure you get some local currency at the airport before taking a taxi).

WELCOME MEETING:
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.

Please be careful when booking flights to/from San Jose; make sure you fly into/out of Juan Santamaría International Airport [SJO]. Please do NOT book flights to/from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport [SJC] as this is located in California, United States.

WEATHER:
Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Club Adventures monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.

COSTA RICAN CUISINE:
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat dinner together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts.

Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus. However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stalls, markets, etc.

More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, celiac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home. We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.

VISAS:
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Costa Rica

Pre-Night Add-ons

Pre-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Post-Night Add-ons

Post-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Extensions

Panama Post-Extension on Colorful Costa Rica

  • Length: 5 days/ 4 nights
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts
  • Price: $1,549 per person, double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $950
  • Passengers: maximum 7, average 4

Day 1: Travel today to Panama City, Central America’s glitziest capital. Settle into our hotel this afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 2: This morning, enjoy a tour of Panama City. After, travel along the Panama Canal to the Miraflores Locks. Entrance to the Visitor Center is included, which features a large interactive museum, multiple viewing platforms and a delicious buffet restaurant with views of the canal. (B)

Day 3: This morning we will travel approximately two hours to Rio Hato, located on Playa Blanca on the Pacific Ocean. Our resort is nestled among lush, tropical gardens and a lagoon with views of the ocean. (B)

Day 4: Enjoy a full unscripted day to relax and unplug or partake in many of the adventurous activities available through the resort.  (B)

Day 5: Say goodbye to Panama this morning – we’ll transfer back to Panama City for your international flight home. (B)

HOTEL INFORMATION:

Panama City, Le Meridien
Rio Hato, Buenaventura Hotel


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

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