Stunning jungle along the Caribbean coast and the Tortuguero River. Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

One-Week Costa Rica Itinerary: Nature & Culture

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Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal

Suggested Duration

7 Days

The charming wildlife and stunning jungle terrain have shaped a fascinating heritage that will be revealed during your customizable tour of the history and culture of Costa Rica. Whether viewing the splendor of the rainforest’s ancient life or finding artifacts of the pre-Columbian peoples, you will wander through a wide range of national preserves that protect the natural evolution of diverse flora and abundant fauna. Watch for turtles returning to the Caribbean shores, glide through the air...

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Trip Highlights

  • View the cultural heritage of Costa Rica with the lavish displays of artifacts and gilded relics in the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
  • Witness the natural history of turtle nesting season at the beaches of Tortuguero on the secluded northeastern Caribbean Sea
  • Learn about the important of the cocoa tree in Latin America and sample fresh, handmade chocolate during a guided plantation tour
  • Soar through the trees in search of marvelous wildlife and fascinating flora of the rainforest during a captivating zipline adventure
  • Traverse a private reserve at night to find some of Costa Rica’s famous nocturnal wildlife, such as red-eyed tree frogs
  • Glide through the isolated canals of Tortuguero National Park on a tour in search of alligators, birds, and the endangered Geoffroy’s spider monkey
  • Enjoy a fantastic panorama of Arenal National Park that encompasses the lava fields that are framed by tropical rainforest and crowned by the volcanic summit

Detailed Description

Your 7-day, Costa Rican tour will focus on the history and culture of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, where you will celebrate the marvels of flora, fauna, and human heritage. Nature will provide ample treasures that include abundant tropical fruits and delicious coffee-growing terrain. You will trek through the treetops on hanging bridges, wander the canals of secluded Tortuguero National Park, and delight in the friendly ambiance of the Pura Vida culture, stretching from the impressive peak of Arenal Volcano to the isolated shores of the Northeastern Caribbean Sea.

Your enlightening tour of Costa Rica will begin with your arrival in San Jose. One night in the nation’s capital will reveal the contemporary and ancient history of the country that is featured in the stunning architectural designs of the Amón neighborhood as well as the captivating artifacts that are on display in the Gold and Jade museums. You will enjoy an immersive cultural experience that provides insight into the heritage of Costa Rican tradition. Two nights in Tortuguero will showcase the splendors of natural history. The secluded region is wedged between canals, and the Caribbean sandbar is reachable only by plane or boat. Exploring the village will offer you a glimpse of coastal tradition and plantation life as well as the unique custom of turtles returning to the shoreline each year between March and October to lay their eggs. The national park will contain unique canals that weave between the lowland jungle terrain, offering spectacular views of the local wildlife.  

Three nights in Arenal will immerse you in the contemporary life of the exotic rainforest interspersed with historic plantations. Hiking trails will wind beneath the dense canopy and open to images of stunning waterfalls or staggering views of the Arenal volcano. Ziplines will weave through the trees for unique perspectives of the rainforest with visitors loving the thrill of the ride and the breathtaking, panoramic views for which it allows. Guided night walks will allow you to view fauna emerging after sundown, such as frogs, jaguars, and bats. Make sure your perfect Costa Rican vacation is an unforgettable one by seeing additional Costa Rica travel ideas.

Starting Price

$1,633 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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