An endless display of natural beauty

Nature’s kaleidoscope envelops you through red macaws, blue morpho butterflies, pink and green houses, purple-hued orchids, verdant rainforests and blazing sunsets. This beautiful land known for wellness, wildlife and waterfalls harbors nearly 6% of the world’s biodiversity, with 12 different ecosystems referred to as life zones.

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

  • Learn to cook Caribbean cuisine with a local

Itinerary for Costa Rica

Day 1: San José

Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! An included transfer brings you to your hotel. Meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers this evening. Tonight, in San José we’ll enjoy a local meal together. (d) 

  • Transfers are shared among travelers in our group. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to your hotel. You may need to wait a short time for other members of the group to arrive.
  • Our hotel in San Jose: Hotel Colonial

Day 2: San José > La Fortuna 

Venturing into the Costa Rican jungle region of La Fortuna, we’ll zip line through the jungle canopy with spectacular views all around. Relax in a hot spring, where the mineral-rich thermal waters are heated from the majestic Arenal Volcano. Today, we’ll live the meaning of Pura Vida and Costa Rica’s wellness lifestyle. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in La Fortuna: Hotel Magic Mountain

Day 3: La Fortuna

Today, our Insider Expert accompanies us on a hike through the rainforest, which is bursting with multiple varieties of flora and fauna. Along the base of the Arenal Volcano we find guava bushes, balsa, and bromeliads, sharing its space with deer, monkeys and turtles. From the Arenal Volcano’s observation point — the closest we can get to its base — we can appreciate its sheer size and magnificence. This evening, we’ll return to the hot springs. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Dinner tonight will be at the hot springs
  • Our hotel in La Fortuna: Hotel Magic Mountain

Day 4:  La Fortuna > Tortuguero National Park

The northern Caribbean coast, famous for its nesting grounds for sea turtles, awaits. Board a small boat and navigate the waterways into Tortuguero National Park, filled with freshwater creeks and lagoons. Internationally recognized for its protection of the endangered green turtle, the park is surrounded by dense rainforest. Our home for the next two nights — a riverbank lodge embedded in the rainforest —  we will be able to walk to the local village and beaches, listening to the howler monkeys as we explore. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at our Lodge
  • Our hotel in Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge

Day 5: Tortuguero National Park

A morning kayak tour casts a new perspective of the park’s extensive network of waterways. We’ll connect with Caribbean culture through a visit to a local village, where we will learn about life in the heart of the jungle. An unscripted evening allows for you to write your own adventure — and if you visit July–October, that could include a sighting of the nesting of the green turtle! (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at our Lodge
  • Our hotel in Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge

Day 6:  Tortuguero National Park > Puerto Viejo

Our last morning in Tortuguero National Park is perfect for wandering the beach or walking in search of the incredible birds that call this region home. In Puerto Viejo this evening, we’ll learn the secrets of Caribbean cuisine from our local friend, Veronica. Together, we’ll prepare an incredible meal, coupled with great company. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Dinner will be provided by Veronica, a local chef, who will help us prepare our meal
  • Our hotel in Puerto Viejo: Hotel Kasha

Day 7: Puerto Viejo

Create your own adventure today by choosing one of two excursions. Perhaps you’ll select a visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center, dedicated to the rehabilitation of mistreated or orphaned animals. Here, in addition to the animal care services, they provide education and research opportunities for biologists, veterinarians and researchers from around the world. Or, choose a one-of-a-kind hike in Cahuita National Park, where coral reefs and white-sand beaches meet dense coastal jungle. Our foray into nature provides an up-close view of Costa Rica’s unique ecosystem. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Puerto Viejo: Hotel Kasha

Day 8: Puerto Viejo > San José

We return to San José for one final night in this land of natural wonders. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in San Jose: Hotel Colonial

Day 9: San José

Our adventure ends today for some, while other travelers continue with an extension to Panama City. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Departure transfers are included on a group basis
  • Ask your Club Adventures representative about adding on a Panama City extension to your adventure!

Things to know before traveling to Costa Rica

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 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 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.


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.

 

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

9 days, from $1,999 USD