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Costa RicaCloud forest road trip

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Explore the highlights of Costa Rica through the freedom of a 14 day, self-drive journey. This active trip will immerse you in tropical paradise as you trek around Arenal Volcano, raft the Balsa River and zip-line through Monteverde Cloud Forest. When it's time to relax, bathe in hot springs, bird-watch from hanging bridges above the rainforest, enjoy fantastic spa treatments, or simply soak up th...

Explore the highlights of Costa Rica through the freedom of a 14 day, self-drive journey. This active trip will immerse you in tropical paradise as you trek around Arenal Volcano, raft the Balsa River and zip-line through Monteverde Cloud Forest. When it's time to relax, bathe in hot springs, bird-watch from hanging bridges above the rainforest, enjoy fantastic spa treatments, or simply soak up the sun at the beach. You will have plenty of opportunities to do a little more, or a little less. 

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Trip highlights
  • Jungle
    Jungle
  • Relax
    Relax
  • Volcano
    Volcano
  • Safari
    Safari
  • Beach
    Beach

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Day 1: Arrival in Rincon De La Vieja

Your tropical adventure has just begun...

• Arrival at Liberia Airport and pick up your 4WD rental vehicle

• Drive to Rincon de la Vieja volcano, and relax

• Spend your first day horse-riding or tubing


Day 2: Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Select activities from the options below...

• Set off on a horse-back ride

Hike through the jungle to hidden waterfalls

• Visit Las Pailas' volcanic craters


Day 3: Monteverde Nature Reserve

Bask in the serenity of the mountains...

• Transfer to Monteverde, one of the country's major eco-tourism destinations

• Try bird-watching or photographing nature

​• Explore two forest reserves

Visited:
Monteverde

Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forests

Get your camera ready...

• Take a guided tour of Curi Cancha Refuge

• Spot Incredible wildlife such as armadillos, sloths, coatis and monkeys

Hike through the reserve and take in the views 


Day 5: Relax at Arenal Paraiso

Time for a day of pampering in style…

• Hit the road and drive to Arenal Volcano (3h)

• Indulge in a treatment at the hotel spa 

​• Connect with nature and be still as you marvel at volcanic vistas


Day 6: Arenal canopy walk

View the jungle from the treetops…

• Embark on the Arenal hanging bridges excursion

• Walk along 3 kilometers of bridges

• Later, venture out on a night tour of the jungle


Day 7: Rafting the Balsa River

Water sports and local encounters…

• Take a white-water rafting trip on the Balsa River

• Recharge over a lunch of fresh fruits & local produce

• Set off on a cultural tour of La Fortuna and meet the locals

Visited:
La Fortuna

Day 8: The exotic paradise of Tortuguero

Glide through “Venice in the Jungle”…

• Transfer to the diverse Tortuguero National Park

• Take a tour of a banana processing plant

• Explore the canals and local village by foot 


Day 9: Turtles of Tortuguero

Experience a true Caribbean sunrise…

• Wake up early for a dawn tour of the canals

• Enjoy the private trails of your lodge or take out one of its boats

• Brave an optional turtle watching night tour


Day 10: Flamingo beach resort

Activities for land and sea lovers in Guanacaste...

• Fly to San José, then drive to Flamingo Beach

Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun at your resort's beach

• Go fishing, swimming or snorkeling

Visited:
Guanacaste, San José

Day 11: Beach day

Take a dip, snorkel, or stay on the sand...

• Sunbathe on your beach, or visit one nearby

• Discover Conchal, Sugar Beach or Tamarindo

Free evening to relax and unwind in the sun

Visited:
Guanacaste, Tamarindo

Day 12: Beach and wilderness combine

Second day on the beach...

• Take another day to soak up the sun

Go for a trek in the jungle to discover the wildlife

• Rent a surfboard, snorkel or kayak for the day

Visited:
Guanacaste, Tamarindo

Day 13: Return to Liberia

Your final day in Costa Rica…

• Transfer to Liberia and return your rental car

• Check into your luxurious hotel

• Make the most of your final evening and visit the city

Visited:
Guanacaste

Day 14: Departure

We hope you've had an incredible trip!

• Transfer to Liberia International Airport for departure


Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National ParkMonteverdeMonteverde ReserveArenal Volcano National ParkLa FortunaTortuguero National ParkGuanacasteSan JoséTamarindo

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent

Not included in the price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Car rental
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International flights are not included in this trip. Thanks to our partnership with Option Way, you can take advantage of booking your flights directly with your local agent.
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  • Your local agent Sonia, in Costa Rica, will inform you of any changes to your flights
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