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In spite of its small size, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world.

Explore its volcanoes, beaches, national parks, and cloud forests on this 12-day Costa Rica Adventure. Its colourful creatures range from howler monkeys to sloths to toucans, all of which are plentiful and relatively easy to spot. The natural beauty of this peaceful oasis is staggering, with hidden treasures around every corner.

This is a nature lover’s dream trip! It’s a self-drive itinerary that gives you the flexibility to travel at a pace you enjoy spectacular views. Hike through cloud forests, marvel at volcanoes, search for wildlife, snorkel, and relax on beaches. Pura vida!

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Highlights

  • Exploring the forests around Monteverde
  • Searching for wildlife in the pristine national parks
  • Learning about the flora & fauna in the cloud forest from naturalist guides
  • Hiking to secret waterfalls with crystal-clear pools of water
  • Relaxing at some of the nicest beaches in Costa Rica – Tamarindo & Samara
  • Driving through spectacular scenery on this Costa Rica Self-Drive itinerary
  • Trekking around Arenal Volcano


STARTING FROM

$2895

USD per Person

THIS IS A CUSTOMIZABLE ITINERARY FOR GROUPS OF ALL SIZES.
DATES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

Frog - Costa Rica Custom Tour

DAY 1: WELCOME TO LIBERIA, COSTA RICA

Welcome to Costa Rica! We are very happy that you decided to come to our amazing country. Today you will arrive at the Liberia International Airport. This is one of the biggest airports in the country and it has gained a reputation for being the airport of choice for tourists, specifically because of the accessibility of all the attractions and destinations around it. The airport is also called the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, named in honor of the former president of Costa Rica who supported the development of the area. Our private transportation will pick you up to take you to your first Hotel.
Your 4×4 rental car will be waiting for you at your hotel.

Overnight in Hilton Garden Inn (standard room), or similar, Liberia.

Meals: -/-/-

Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica Explorer

DAY 2: DRIVING TO ARENAL

Adventure is waiting for you!

After your first breakfast in Costa Rica at the hotel, the day begins with an amazing trip you traveling northeast, to the northern plains of the country where the stunning Arenal Volcano will welcome you. The Arenal Volcano was discovered after the full force unleashes of the volcanic explosion in July of 1968. Since then, it also erupted in 1975, 1993, and 1998 for several years but is currently inactive. The Arenal region is a prime destination for both accessible adventure activities as well as spectacular views of one of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanos. It is also very popular because of the natural hot springs. You will love this place!

You will arrive by the afternoon at the hotel in Arenal and the rest of the day will be free to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities.

Overnight in Arenal Observatory Lodge (standard room), or similar, in the area of Arenal Volcano.

Meals included: Breakfast

Canopy - Costa Rica Custom Tour

DAY 3: ARENAL VOLCANO, HANGING BRIDGES & LA FORTUNA WATERFALL

After your delicious breakfast, you will have a day full of activities planned for you. A representative will pick you up at your hotel and will take you on your first tour.

We will start with a hike across the Arenal hanging bridges. This hike is a beautiful, environmentally friendly project located near the Arenal Volcano. The trails span a total of 2 miles allowing you to see the rainforest from a bird’s eye perspective. Your nature guide will teach you about Costa Rican culture, history, and nature while pointing out different species of plants, animals, and birds along the way.
Next, we will take you for a nature walk in the Arenal Volcano National Park where an expert guide will explain interesting facts about the volcano and its history. There are many chances to see wildlife on the hike and, of course, experience the volcano activity firsthand. The trail is easy, and your guide will help with spotting and pointing out wildlife as you walk.

After this walk, you will visit the La Fortuna Waterfall! It has attracted travelers from all over the world for years. Dropping 75 meters into a bright blue pool, this waterfall paints a perfect postcard of the Costa Rican jungle. The water is fed by the Tenorio River that goes through the rainforest in the Arenal area until it reaches a cliff to create this waterfall. You can get different views as the hike will be from the visitor’s station to the base of the fall.

Overnight in Arenal Observatory Lodge (standard room), or similar, in the area of Arenal Volcano.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
 

DAY 4: TABACON HOT SPRINGS RESORT

After your breakfast at the hotel, you will have the time to explore the area or go straight to Tabacon Hot Springs Resort (natural hot springs heated by the Arenal Volcano). Relaxing in the hot springs is one of the highlights of every visitor’s trip to Arenal. You cannot miss them! We will take you to the relaxing thermal waters near the volcano where you can swim and relax in these naturally heated hot springs. There are many hot springs in La Fortuna and Arenal, with all sorts of attractions and scenery and it’s an absolute must-do activity. It’s the best way to end a fun stay by exploring the rainforest and hiking the volcano!

Dinner is included at the hot springs restaurant so you can enjoy more time here.

Overnight in Arenal Observatory Lodge (standard room), or similar, in the area of Arenal Volcano.
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

Birding - Costa Rica Tour

DAY 5: DRIVE TO MONTEVERDE

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you will leave the Arenal area for a drive to Monteverde. In Monteverde, you can find the warm smiles of farmers, artists, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts. Monteverde’s cloud forests are the byproduct of fog (a thick, low-hanging cloud) tangling amongst the leaves and branches of the forest canopy. When these water-based clouds come into contact with solid plant material, the plant absorbs what it needs and the remaining water condenses and drips down – layer by layer, organism by organism – until it reaches the forest floor. This natural ‘waterwheel’ is what maintains Costa Rica’s impressive ecosystem! You will have the opportunity to explore this forest but also meet the friendly locals who enjoy living in harmony with Mother Nature.

Overnight in Hotel Aguti Lodge & Reserve (Junior Suite), or similar, Monteverde.
Meals included: Breakfast.

Monteverde Tour - Costa Rica Exploreer

DAY 6: MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

Enjoy a nice breakfast at your hotel and get ready to explore because today you will discover the wonderful Cloud Forest accompanied by an expert tour guide. Departure from the hotel is early so you will have more opportunities to see wildlife, your guide will take you for a walk to admire the forest.

During the walk you can see different species of wildlife including some of the most beautiful birds of Central America, the Quetzal is for sure the main actor here but other elegant birds you can find here are hummingbirds, owls, bell-bird and other species of Trogons. Of course, your guide will have all the necessary equipment to get a close look at these birds.

Overnight in Hotel Aguti Lodge & Reserve (Junior Suite), or similar, Monteverde.
Meals included: Breakfast
 

Costa Rica Tour

DAY 7: TRAVELLING FROM FOREST TO THE BEACH

Make sure to enjoy your breakfast at the hotel because today you will be travelling to the beautiful and lively Samara beach. Samara is the perfect place to relax after your adventure-filled last days. Here you will find a beautiful beach, with small waves, surrounded by the tropical rainforest. The first thing you will notice is the change of vegetation and temperature as you get to the beach. Additionally, there are more people enjoining the activity of this beach town.

Samara is also the perfect beach to learn how to Surf or relax. The ocean has little to no rip currents and the waves are small to medium size, which is perfect for practicing your technique. A lot of locals here have been surfing since almost before they could walk and you can see the local surfers ride the waves.

Overnight in Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows (Deluxe room), or similar, Samara Beach.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8: SAMARA BEACH OCEAN KAYAKING

For today, you need a good breakfast at your hotel, because you will go Ocean kayaking and snorkeling near Chora Island. You will start paddling from Samara beach and continue across the bay to a deserted white sand beach on Chora Island. This island is a refreshing escape to an underwater world. You are free to snorkel with tropical fish, splash and swim in clear waters, or simply sit and absorb the golden rays of the sun. There will be time to enjoy some fruits, admire the landscape, or do any other activity that you desire such as yoga.

You will return to the hotel after this adventure and the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the beach and hotel facilities.

Overnight in Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows (Deluxe room), or similar, Samara Beach.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9: LEAVE SAMARA FOR TAMARINDO

Today you travel to the next beach location, Tamarindo.

Once a quiet fishing town, Tamarindo is now the area’s most developed and accessible tourist town. Located on the central west coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Tamarindo offers visitors of every budget a chance to experience the region’s unspoiled beaches and incredible biodiversity. Despite the town’s recent and ongoing development, it retains the laid-back vibe that is so characteristic of the region.

Tamarindo is perfect to explore the beach and enjoy the warm waters of the tropical Pacific Coast that are perfect for swimming and doing various water sports such as, again, surfing and snorkeling on the calm water. The beautiful sunsets of Tamarindo are a sight that you will never forget. Enjoy the beach and explore the coasts! There are several shops in town that offer surfboards, bicycles, quads (ATV’s), and small golf car rentals so you can explore the nearby beaches and towns. The white sand beach is also waiting for you. Enjoy a long walk and explore the beautiful Langosta beach south of Tamarindo or you can walk in the other direction and get to “Playa Grande” after crossing the Tamarindo estuary with the help of a taxi-boat.

Overnight in Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel (Deluxe room), or similar, Tamarindo.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAY 10& 11: BEACH DAY & FREE TIME

These days you will have the time to explore the town and beach by yourself. You can also go explore the area with your private rental car. After a long holiday full of activities, it is also nice to enjoy the facilities of the hotel and relax with a delicious Costa Rican cocktail. Breakfast is still included for these two days.

Overnight in Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel (Deluxe room), or similar, Tamarindo.
Meals included: Breakfast

Costa Rica Tour

DAY 11: DEPARTURE DAY

Unfortunately, it is time to go home. Say good-bye to beautiful Costa Rica and its people. The good thing… you’re traveling back home and reuniting with family and friends. We hope you had an incredible experience in Costa Rica and that you will carry these memories with you forever.

You will leave your rental car at the Liberia International Airport and get ready to leave Costa Rica.
 
Thanks for travelling with Finisterra!

Meals included: Breakfast

  • 11 nights in double/twin accommodation (4-star hotels)
  • 12 days rental car 4×4 automatic SUV Intermediate with basic insurance (self-drive itinerary)
  • All activities/entrance fees/shuttles, etc as per itinerary
  • Local guides with English-speaking guides for excursions
  • All meals as mentioned (11B=breakfast, 1 L=lunch, 1 D=dinner)
  • All taxes

Tour Exclusions

  • International Flights (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Services and entrances not mentioned above
  • Passport, COVID Tests, and visa fees
  • Tips/Gratuities for housekeeping, service staff, drivers, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTES

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change. Although we always do our best to stick to the itinerary, due to the ever-changing nature of Mother Nature, activities, hotels, and visits are subject to change due to forces beyond our control.

FLIGHTS: Please do not purchase your flights until this tour is confirmed.

PASSPORTS: Must be valid for at least 6 months upon return date to your home country. Proper documentation is the responsibility of each traveller.

VISAS & VACCINATIONS: Responsibility of the traveller.

Date: Custom Departure available upon request
Prices from: $2895 USD per participant based on Double / Twin accommodation
*Please note, the hotels and routing of this tour can be altered to best suit your needs. Prices may vary.

Travel Insurance

Cancellation, Travel, Flight, and Health insurance are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage. Click HERE for a Travel Insurance Quote or please email [email protected] for a quote.

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Waiver Form

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver Form prior to departure.

Please note that these are just sample hotels and all accommodation is subject to change. We can upgrade hotels for an additional fee.

4 Hotels (*Hotels subject to change)

Liberia – Hilton Garden Inn

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Monteverde – Hotel Aguti Lodge & Reserve

Samara – Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows

Tamarindo – Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel

Please note that these are just sample hotels and can be upgraded or changed to best suit your needs.

Are you all ready for your next adventure?

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