Keel-billed toucan in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Road Less Traveled: Touring the Pacific Coast Route

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Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

Heredia, San Jose, Rio Perdido, Manuel Antonio...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

An unusual path offers variety and uniqueness during your Costa Rica vacation, allowing you a personalized experience away from the familiarity of the beaten path. Follow the coastal road less traveled along the Pacific and see the splendors of the secluded and hidden beaches, national parks, and volcanic landscapes often overlooked by travelers. Lounge in natural thermal springs hidden under the jungle canopy and search for migrating whales and passing dolphins on a catamaran cruise. Find active...

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the unique experience of drifting down a canyon river on an inner tube for a more thrilling pace beneath the rainforest canopy
  • Delight in the flavors of Costa Rican coffee with a private coffee tour along the grounds of a private plantation
  • Glide through the rainforest canopy on a zip line excursion crossing the canopy of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Relax in the natural thermal pools heated by the volcanic activity of the Guanacaste region, hidden at the base of the gorge
  • Explore the gorgeous waters of the Pacific Ocean while in Marino Ballena National Park in search of dolphins and whales while on a private catamaran
  • Relish the chance to follow the trails in Corcovado National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park and around the Guanacaste volcanic region with naturalist guides
  • Delight in a rappelling expedition taking you down alongside a rushing waterfall at more than 160 feet tall
  • Luxuriate in gorgeous lodges that offer eco-friendly comfort on opulent grounds situated off Costa Rica’s beaten path

Detailed Description

Costa Rica is a place in which you could happily spend the rest of your life in an attempt to discover the hidden treasures found in the distant nooks and crannies that stretch from north to south, east to west. Your 9-day Costa Rica vacation immerses you in the beginnings of your lifelong connection with the scenery, wildlife, and people who will captivate you with their lifestyle dedicated to Pura Vida. The world moves at a slower pace, and you will have a chance to indulge in the wealth of flavor found in luxurious accommodations, delicious cuisine, and exciting activities.

The journey begins with your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport. Your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to Cariari Bed & Breakfast in the town of Heredia. Explore the historical colonial buildings or relax in the comforts of your lodge at your preferred pace. Take your time wandering through the coffee plantation on a guided tour to learn about the history of cultivation and the quality of the organic beans produced on the property before traveling to your magnificent resort near Playa Uvita.

Delight in the many excursions you can choose to enjoy as you indulge in the grand opulence bordered by golden beaches and emerald rainforest. Trek the trails of Corcovado National Park. Travel the landscape on horseback or venture to view waterfalls and rushing rivers with a rafting expedition. While at your resort in Manuel Antonio National Park you can enjoy the remarkable biodiversity of Costa Rica’s smallest protected landscape. Bask on the soft sands and warm Pacific waters, search for butterflies and scarlet macaws while zip lining or rappel within the forest canopy.

Board your private catamaran and set sail on the ocean in search of migrating whales between November and April, or super dolphin pods enjoying the wake. The splendors of Guanacaste emerge from the rolling volcanic peaks and encompassing dwarf forest and meeting point of two separate gorges. While enjoying the pleasures of your luxury resort, you can also take part in the marvelous adventures offered around the stunning landscape, including hiking to the natural thermal baths, trekking to magnificent lookouts, and riding an inner tube down the river’s whitewater framed by the canyon walls.  Learn from our other travelers by reading Costa Rica vacation reviews and have further inspiration for your own adventure.

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.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

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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