Costa Rica Main Attractions 2017-11-02T16:05:31+00:00

Costa Rica Main Attractions

Jungle, Wildlife and Sandy Beaches

Explore Costa Rica unrivaled beauty and charm with your family or small group. Take time to discover Monteverde Cloud forest, combine zip lining and canopy tours to soak its beauty, or watch turtles laying eggs in Tortuguero National Park, or simply relax by a sandy beach. Whatever your choices are, let our expert guides lead your way and immerse yourself in this magical paradise.

Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity although the capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is also renowned for its upscale, private resorts and stellar service, that will make you feel like royalty on your well-deserved and long anticipated vacation in this Central American jewel.

San José

San José is the capital and the largest city in Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, it is both a historical and modern city filled with Costa Rican traditions. Due to the fact that the city is situated in the center of the country, it is the perfect place to use as a base camp and departure point to tour Costa Rica. Once you have explored San José, there are plenty of wonderful destinations, only minutes away, on the outskirts of the capital city.

Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano area is the perfect spot for nature and adrenaline lovers. As one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal Volcano is a fascinating natural wonder and a must-see destination for many travelers to Costa Rica. The volcano’s surroundings are just as impressive and worth visiting, including hot springs, waterfalls, forests, lakes, caves and beautiful traditional towns, such as La Fortuna.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Lush green mountains and tropical jungle, shrouded in clouds, resonate with nature’s concert of exotic bird, animal and insect calls. Located in central Costa Rica, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the country’s most coveted tourist destinations due to its astonishing natural beauty, extraordinary biodiversity and abundance of activities including ziplining and canopy tours.

Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park

Drake Bay is one of the most peaceful and beautiful destinations in Costa Rica. The town, commonly referred to as simply ‘Drake’, is a tranquil village that offers easy access to Corcovado National Park – known for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife and unique ecology. National Geographic has called it “the most biologically intense place on Earth“.

Manuel Antonio National Park

It is Costa Rica’s smallest National Park, but Manuel Antonio National Park is also the country’s most visited as it is easily accessible from San Jose. Located on Costa Rica’s mid-Pacific coast nearby the city of Quepos, Manuel Antonio comprises a diverse array of ecosystems including lush rainforests, white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs.

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park sits tucked away in a northeastern pocket of the Caribbean coast. Tied to Costa Rica’s mainland by weaving rivers and canals, this isolated park lures nature-seekers looking for a remote piece of jungle paradise. There are no roads leading to Tortuguero and is most commonly accessed by boat. Tortuguero offers a variety of activities, but an absolutely awesome experience is to visit the nesting beaches at night with a guide and watch the turtles laying eggs or eggs hatching.

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Costa Rica – Jungle, Wildlife and Sandy Beaches

 

Day 1: Arrive to San José, Costa Rica

Days 2-3: Monteverde | In the Cloud Forest

Day 4: Arenal/Tortuguero | Forest Views & Volcanic Observations

Day 5: Tortuguero | Exploring the Park

Day 6: Lapa Rios | Time to Relax

Days 7-8: Lapa Rios | Rainforest Explorations

Day 9: San Jose | In the Big City

Day 10: Depart San Jose

Costa Rica – Jungle, Wildlife and Sandy Beaches

 

Day 1: Arrive San José, Costa Rica

Arrive in San José, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Accommodation

Days 2-3: Monteverde | In the Cloud Forest

Drive to Monteverde this morning. Upon arrival, visit the Ecological Sanctuary alongside your private naturalist guide. Walk along lush, forested trails, seeing waterfalls, coffee and banana plantations, and upwards of 150 species of birds. You may also encounter coatimundis, sloths, agoutis, porcupines and white-faced monkeys as well as butterflies. The following day, pay a visit to the Butterfly Garden. See them fluttering throughout four enclosures; also, observe scorpions, spiders and many species of tropical insects. Proceed to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which features six distinct, wildlife-rich ecological zones. Keep your camera at the ready, as you may spot the resplendent Quetzal as well as three-wattled bellbirds, emerald toucanets and white-faced and howler monkeys. Then, stop to see hummingbirds at the Hummingbird Gallery.

Accommodation: | Meals: B L D

Day 4: Arenal/Tortuguero | Forest Views & Volcanic Observations

Travel by land and boat to reach the Arenal region. Arrive at the Arenal Hanging Bridges, which offer a bird’s-eye view from fixed and hanging bridges positioned at or above the tree line. On ground level, walk along beautiful trails and, weather permitting, enjoy views of Arenal Volcano. Sit down to a family-style lunch at Ecotermales La Fortuna and take a swim or soak in the hot springs. This afternoon, fly to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, arriving in charming Tortuguero to explore its narrow, tranquil creeks by boat, in search of abundant wildlife.

Accommodation: | Meals: B L D

Day 5: Tortuguero | Exploring the Park

Head by boat to Tortuguero National Park, home to howler monkeys, three-toed sloths, river otters, caimans, lizards and the strawberry poison dart frog. Later, visit Tortuguero Village, visiting its school if it’s in session. Learn about the village’s history as you stroll past colorful Afro-Caribbean homes and meet with locals to learn about their way of life. Continue to the Sea Turtle Conservancy to gain insight into how species lay their eggs on Tortuguero Beach. During your visit, you will also hear about the ongoing, impactful studies and the conservation efforts that are underway.

Accommodation: | Meals: B L D

Day 6: Lapa Rios | Time to Relax

Cross the Tortuguero River by boat and fly to Lapa Rios, where you check in to your nature lodge, which is set with in a lowland tropical rainforest overlooking the intersection of Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: | Meals: B L D

Days 7-8: Lapa Rios | Rainforest Explorations

Two full days in Lapa Rios enjoying the property and choosing from forest and wildlife activities, such as guided bird-watching; a hike to discover medicinal plants; a waterfall tour along the Carbonera River; or a night walk through the rainforest.

Accommodation: | Meals: B L D

Day 9: San Jose | In the Big City

Transfer to the airport and fly to San Jose, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax, explore or prepare for departure the following day.

Accommodation: | Meals: B

Day 10: Depart San Jose

Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.

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