Playa Samara in Costa Rica

Best of Costa Rica Itinerary for All Ages

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio National Park

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Costa Rica can be very relaxed and a perfect destination for senior travelers, which you will discover on this luxurious, 8-day excursion. From volcanos to rainforest and beautiful beaches, Costa Rica can create an adventure for people of every age. You do not need to participate in challenging hikes through humid jungle to appreciate the essence of Costa Rica. With private guides and customizable activities, you will explore the country’s iconic, natural highlights, connect with indigenous cultures,...

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Trip Highlights

  • Bask in natural hot springs and feel the serenity of a Costa Rica vacation
  • Spend a day with an indigenous Indian community to learn about their native culture and customs
  • Customize a leisurely day of exploring around Arenal Volcano, which is Costa Rica’s most iconic attraction
  • Immerse yourself in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, where butterflies and bats move amid the mist
  • Cruise through the mangroves on a private boat tour of Damas Island estuary
  • Discover San Jose’s colonial history, including the theater and two superb museums
  • Indulge in adventure activities, such as a canopy walk, bird watching, and guided hikes
  • Luxuriate in a selection of Costa Rica’s finest lodges, where the premium is on service and seclusion

Detailed Description

Costa Rica is one of the world’s major adventure tourism destinations. It is famous for surfing, ziplining, volcano hikes, and getting muddy in the rainforest. This adventurous reputation follows the country around, but you do not need overly ambitious hikes in order to experience Costa Rica. This handcrafted tour will adopt a slow pace, and it is handcrafted with the best activities and destinations for senior travelers. Private guides will reveal how you can experience the country’s highlights without jumping beyond your comfort zone or workings yourself too out of breath.

You will begin your adventure in San Jose, where a traditional dinner with entertainment will provide a relaxed first evening in Costa Rica. On day two, you can explore a little more of the capital city, including two excellent museums and a decorous theater. After lunch, you will travel to La Fortuna, which is an iconic town that is nestled beneath Arenal Volcano. Everybody knows the volcano for its shape and hiking trails, but there is another side to the geothermal activity. You will spend three nights at an upmarket lodge that features private hot springs, and each evening you can rest your legs in the therapeutic waters while gazing at silhouetted volcanos.

Your two full days in La Fortuna area will provide contrasting experiences. You will spend one day in and around Arenal Volcano, and a local guide will explain different activity options and help you to explore at a pace that suits you. Then, on day four, you will travel to a small, indigenous Indian community, where you will be immersed in their culture, customs, craftsmanship, and Maleku language. Older people are revered in this culture, so you should receive a very warm welcome. Being older also allows you to converse with the community’s elders, so you can ask questions and learn more about changing lifestyles in this remote part of Costa Rica.

Nights five and six will be spent in Monteverde, and you can opt for a treetop walk en route to the cloud forest, where the guide will customize two days of activities to the wildlife that you want to see. Capuchin monkeys will be one highlight, and you can spot three-toed sloths as well. The birdlife here is remarkable with over 200 species that flutter around the mysterious cloud forest. Like in La Fortuna, the hotel is charming and boutique with sprawling gardens that are occasionally visited by the local wildlife. It is an excellent place to relax and have an early night, so you can wake up early and maximize the cooler, morning hours.

From Monteverde, it will be a breathtaking drive along the coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, which is another Costa Rican destination that is packed with rare flora and fauna. Here, you can spend the afternoon on the beach, where the sand is backdropped by indigenous forest, and dolphins often breach the Pacific waters. You can also choose to participate in a short hike through the rainforest or a sunset sailing trip along the coast. You will be on the water on day eight, enjoying a private boat tour through thick mangrove forests before a short transfer returns you to San Jose for your outbound flight.

Starting Price

$1,435 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

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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