Relax in the natural hot springs of Arenal while inhaling the misty air of the region, Costa Rica

8-Day Highlights of Costa Rica Vacation: Coast-to-Coast Adventure

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Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Soar through the Monteverde Cloud forest by zipline, admiring the breathtaking rain forest views with the warm wind in your hair, and unwind in Arenal’s natural hot springs as you breathe in the region’s misty air. Take a private tour of the tropical jungle and discover howler monkeys and two-toed sloths hanging from trees in addition to exotic birds fluttering above and brightly colored flowers that bloom among the leafy green foliage. Discover Tortuguero’s marshy landscape as you boat through...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the rich local culture and engaging history in San Jose, Costa Rica's vibrant capital city
  • Explore Tortuguero’s marshy landscape on a privately guided boat tour as you spot manatees and crocodiles bobbing in the waters
  • Marvel at the enormity of Costa Rica’s most active volcano, Arenal, as you hike its base and savor its stunning views of the shimmering lake below
  • Listen to the relaxing sounds of nature as you unwind and breathe in the jungle’s misty air, decompressing in Arenal’s natural hot springs
  • Refresh your spirit as you plunge into La Fortuna waterfall, admiring the 75 meters of cascading waters that lie above and the luscious rainforest that envelops the scene
  • Visit a premium coffee plantation and engage in local culture as you observe the farming process from crop to cup
  • Soar through the Monteverde Cloud Forest by zipline at exhilarating speeds with the warm wind in your hair
  • Decompress on Manuel Antonio’s pristine white-sand beaches and encounter dolphins, whales, and sea turtles on a sailboat cruise

Detailed Description

After touching down in San Jose, your adventure begins by exploring Tortuguero Canals National Park. Home to a labyrinth of natural waterways, Tortuguero offers visitors the unparalleled opportunity to explore the depths of this misty rainforest by land and by sea. On your privately guided excursion, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the relaxing peace of nature without the distraction of loud city sounds. Vines and thick foliage surround the waterways, and the deep green of the jungle stretches as far as the eye can see. Sea turtles poke their heads out of the water, and your guide will direct your attention to iguanas and crocodiles who linger on the lagoon’s shores.

Next, you will take a private transfer to Arenal, which is Costa Rica’s most active volcano. You will discover the vast enormity of the volcano as you follow your guide through the Las Coladas Trail. As you hike, you will savor the fascinating nature that surrounds you. The clouds swirl around the volcano’s mystical peak as Lake Arenal shimmers in the sunlight below. At the end of your hike, your guide will direct you to one of Arenal’s most famous attractions, the majestic 400-year-old Ceiba tree, which stands at 164 feet.

The following morning, your private guide will escort you further into the Arenal region. You will unwind by basking in Arenal’s mineral-rich hot springs, soothing your adventurous muscles as you breathe in the misty air of the jungle. Next, you will journey to the iconic La Fortuna waterfall where you will refresh your spirit as you plunge into its waters, admiring the 75 meters of cascading waterfalls that lie above and the luscious rainforest that envelops the scene.

On the next day of your vacation, your private transfer will escort you to the Monteverde region. You will absorb in picturesque views during your drive from the tropical Caribbean into the misty Pacific Slope. Upon arriving in Monteverde, you will have the exciting opportunity to uncover Costa Rica’s history and vibrant culture. You will meet your guide for a private tour of an organic coffee plantation and breathe in the sweet aromas of sugar cane, bananas, and pineapple that grow throughout the fields. From handpicking the seeds to grinding the beans, you will witness the entire coffee farming process before sampling a freshly brewed cup.

On the next leg of the adventure, the scene shifts to the hazy Monteverde Cloud Forest. Here, you will have the opportunity to channel your adventurous spirit as you soar between mountains by zipline at exhilarating speeds. Suspended in the open, humid air, you will experience the weightless feeling of flying through the clouds with gorgeous jungle views at every turn. On your trip’s final stop, you can relax on Manuel Antonio’s pristine beaches, basking in the Costa Rican sun one last time before heading back to San Jose. Interested in browsing some of our travelers’ Costa Rica tour reviews? Click here for more. Interested in browsing some of our travelers’ Costa Rica tour reviews? Click here for more.

Starting Price

$1,867 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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