Costa Rica East to West ( lydia)

Highlights

  • See Costa Rica from Coast to Coast
  • Spot sea turtles, monkeys, hummingbirds and more, in a country of richly diverse wildlife
  • Swim under waterfalls and in a geothermal lagoon in the jungle
  • Ride the longest zipline in Latin America, above the cloud forest!
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What you'll do

Tour Summary

Day 1         San Jose
Day 2 & 3 Torteguero
Day 4,5,6  La Fortuna
Day 7 & 8  Monteverde
Day 9 – 13  Nosara
Day 14  San Jose
Day 15   Departure Day

Once you land in San Jose, relax and allow our expert local hosts take care of everything, from transfers to accommodation and activities and simply drink in one of the most exciting travel destinations on earth.

From hiking at the base of Arenal volcano and bathing in the h...Read All

Arrival Day

Arrive at San Jose International Airport and meet your driver, who will take you straight to your accommodation to relax, refresh, and get ready fro your Costa Rican Adventure.

Journey to Tortuguero National Park

Today you’ll have an early start at 6am, diving straight into your once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Costa Rica.

After just twenty minutes of driving out from San José towards the Caribbean lowlands, you will have an early introduction to Costa Rica’s natural highlights, as you pass by the magnificent Braulio Carrillo National Park, with a rich variety of wildlife and through agricultural farmland with pineapple and banana plantations.

After another half hour, you wil...Read All

explore tortuguero National Park

Today you have a full day to explore the Tortuguero area, you will take guided boat trip  the  jungle-fringed waterways behind the beach are teeming with bird, animal and insect life. More than half of Costa Rica’s bird species can be found here along with monkeys, sloths and for the lucky alligators, tapirs, ocelots, peccaries and ant-eaters.

You will have free time to hike to Tortuguero Hill for a spectacular view of the area – the walk is a short but sharp climb, with ...Read All

Volcanoes and Hot Springs

After breakfast today you will leave the beautiful Caribbean coast via the beautiful rivers of the North Caribbean, and arrive back at the pier to jump into the bus for your drive to the northern plains.

In 1968 the Arenal Volcano, which until then was unassuming and dormant, erupted and the lava and ash completely buried the community of Pueblo Nuevo.

Little by little, the spectacular eruption attracted tourists and La Fortuna has transformed from a simple agricultural area to ...Read All

Waterfalls and Local Lunches

Today you will explore the area around Arenal Volcano – a La Fortuna waterfall visit and a volcano hike is on the itinerary, and is one of the most memorable days of the entire adventure.

The day starts late in the morning at 11am, so you have time to enjoy a nice breakfast, explore the surroundings of the hotel and relax a little before your pick up.

Wear your swimming gear and take a leisurely hike down 500 steps that lead the way to a magnificent waterfall. On the way d...Read All

Tenorio Volcano National Park hike

Set in the north of Costa Rica, Tenorio Volcano National Park is home to a magnificent volcano from which it received its name, best known for the beautiful Río Celeste, whose light blue waters are caused by a reaction between sulphur and calcium carbonate in the river. The park is covered in natural tropical forests and decorated with rivers and waterfalls. One of the many highlights here is a hike to the magnificent Celeste Waterfall, known for its stunning blue waters. Visitors can also e...Read All

Lake Cruise and Travel to Montverde

Today you will travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde, crossing the Arenal Lake. First you’ll travel by land to the lake, where you’ll board a boat for a one-hour cruise to Monteverde.

This is the fastest way to travel, but it is also an incredibly scenic journey where you can admire beautiful views of mountains, sky and the colossal Arenal volcano.

When you reach the other side of the lake, you will be picked up and driven to your hotel in Monteverde.it might be a tra...Read All

Forest Canopies Zip line and Cuisine

In the morning, you will have the experience a canopy tour with an added adrenaline rush as you swing from platform to platform on the longest zipline in Latin America!

Enjoy the unique, spectacular panoramic views that can only to be seen from this lofty perch.

A walk through a cloud forest in Monteverde reveals a lush garden of mosses, ferns, flowers and epiphytes growing thickly on every tree. Clouds drift in and settle among the slopes, providing the plants with the continuo...Read All

Local Crafts and Cooking

Today, you’ll transfer to Nosara, on the Nicoya Peninsula known as the land of yoga and surf.

The pacific beaches are wide and sandy with long surf breaks, it has a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

Enjoy wandering the small, quaint towns of Nosara and Guiones, take a dip in the amazing waves of the protected beach, and spot the wildlife in the forest and perhaps even the nesting Olive Ridley turtles on Ostional Beach between July and February.

Today you will be visiting...Read All

Relax on the Beach

For the last few days of your holiday, enjoy a relaxing time at the beach!

Fill your time surfing, practicing yoga, or perhaps visit the village of  Ostional.

Located on the western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, the small fishing village of Ostional is known for its unspoiled nature and fascinating nesting turtles.

Enjoy the crystal-clear waters lapping at the beautiful beaches, creating the perfect habitat for these protected animals. The beach of the Ostional Wildlife...Read All

Coffee Plantation Finca Rosa Blanca

Today, you’ll say goodbye to the coast and head back to the Central Valley, and your final stay is at a charming, sustainable boutique hotel on an organic coffee plantation, which is a global leader in responsible tourism.

Departure Day

Today, the time has come to fly home. You’ll be transferred to the airport and waved off by your driver.

We hope you’ve had an amazing time in Costa Rica, and really felt as if you know the country, its culture and its people intimately, and haven’t simply been a tourist, but have travelled like a local.

What's included

Included

  • Private transfers from and to the airport
  • 1 night at Parque del Lago Boutique Hotel BB
  • 2 nights at Laguna Eco-Lodge HB+ (dinner, bed & breakfast & tea/coffee/soft drinks included)
  • 3 nights at Arenal Manoa Village Resort BB
  • 2 nights at Koora Hotel Monteverde BB
  • 5 nights at Olas Verde Hotel BB
  • 1 night at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort BB
  • Shared bus from/to Tortuguero
  • Tortuguero Village Tour
  • Tortuguero Canals (includes National Park entrance)
  • Arenal Volcano National Park guided hike and entrance fee
  • La Fortuna Waterfall guided visit and entrance fee
  • Tenorio Volcano National Park guided tour and entrance fee
  • Zip lining experience
  • Guided Coffee/Coco/Sugar Cane Farm visit in Monteverde
  • Authentic community experience: ceramic and cooking classes in a house-museum

Accommodation

Parque del Lago Boutique Hotel or similar

Located 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and in close proximity to San Jose city. Your comfortable room will include air-conditioning and free Wifi, there is also a restaurant on site.
Meals: Breakfast

Laguna Lodge Tortuguero, Standard Room or similar

Your accommodation tonight is in an Eco-lodge  built on a narrow strip of land 650 feet wide, between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, the Laguna Lodge rooms, reception, restaurants, bars and swimming pools are located in 15 acres of trees and exotic plants which are home to numerous birds and butterflies. There are amazing views of the lagoon and direct access to the beach.

Meals
Half Board+ (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast plus tea/coffee & soft drinks included)

Hotel Arenal Manoa ( Junior Suite) or similar

Surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals, this is a wonderful place to relax, and enjoy the peaceful gardens, take a tour of the farm for an insight into the daily operations of a traditional Costa Rican farm.

There are 80 comfortable and spacious bungalows all with bright tropical décor, a small garden and private terrace. Nestled in the tropical gardens, the bungalows all feel very private and offer panoramic views of the volcano. Its large swimming pool is made up of 3 connected pools, and there a jacuzzi and a swim-up bar.
Meals: Breakfast

Koora Hotel ( Junior Suite) or similar

Your hotel is the Eco Lodge Koora, a luxury ecolodge in the heart of the cloud forest, with just 10 cosy suites and bungalows the  boutique hotel is the perfect nature retreat.

With stunning treetop views only the natural beauty of Monteverde can provide, you will feel the magic of the cloud forest as you sip coffee or enjoy a late-night drink on your private balcony.
You will sleep in the treetops, literally! The suites and bungalows seamlessly integrate with the surroundings and you’ll be able to gaze at this natural oasis from the floor to ceiling windows with the chirping and singing of birds as the soundtrack. The rooms have handcrafted furniture made by local artisans, comfortable beds, and  hot showers and some have kitchenette.

After an action-packed day, you can dine at the Restaurant Kiré with its delicious fresh local produce and amazing views.
Meals :Breakfast

Olas Verdes Hotel ( Pool side Suite) or similar

Tonight you will be staying at the Olas Verdes hotel, a small Costa Rican boutique hotel  dedicated to preserving the natural environment and supporting the local community.

Located in Nosara, a world class surfing destination, with Playa Guiones featuring 4 miles of beach break that catches any swell direction year-round. There is a flourishing wellness community of local artists, organic farmers, an array of renowned yoga studios and an abundance of adventure and ecotourism activities in the area, to help you achieve the 'pura vida'

The accommodation is in buildings each  named after a different region of Costa Rica, and each suite is decorated with authentic crafts from the designated areas. All suites have a living room, bedroom, and bathroom.

Olas Verdes’ restaurant, El Manglar, serves your favorite Tico or fusion dishes prepared with freshly harvested seasonal ingredients, including a variety of seafood caught by artisanal fishermen, dishes are always cooked to order and accompanied by in house made bread, and dressings, fresh herbs and vegetables from local farms.

The hotel has a yoga deck and a salt water pool. The beach is accessed via a path and is about a 5 minute stroll
Meals: Breakfast

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation ( junior suite) or similar

Finca Rosa Blanca is a friendly boutique eco-resort set within a coffee farm plantation only 25 minutes from the international airport.

All 15 rooms are individually designed and have a Jacuzzi bath along with spectacular views. There is a strong emphasis on sustainability here and a tour of the coffee farm is available.

The Restaurant offers classic Costa Rican food and Bar Buho has comfy sofas set around a fireplace. There is also an infinity pool and spa.

Meals: Breakfast

Your local host

Will Patterson

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Location

You’ll be picked up from Juan Santamaria International Airport, before embarking on an incredible itinerary that takes in both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the jungle interior of Montverde, and the mountains and villages of La Fortuna.

At the end of your incredible experience you will be dropped off back at the airport for your flight home

1. San Jose
2. Torteguero
3, La Fortuna
4. Monteverde
5. Nosara
6. San Jose

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