San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Poas Volcano National Park, Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Conchal Beach
Dates are customizable for private departures.
This luxurious 2-week Costa Rica tour dazzles from every angle. Iconic volcanos stand guard over cloud forests and ancient wildlife trails, Caribbean beaches provide nesting sites for different sea turtle species, and unique birds fly around as monkeys howl from the trees. Handcrafted to create intimacy with Costa Rica’s nature, this two-week tour will lead you from turquoise waters to mystical forests with adventures that include hiking, biking, wildlife river cruises, and bathing in natural...
San Jose – Historic Barrio Amon
After landing at the country’s main airport, you will be greeted by a local guide and transferred to your luxurious accommodation in an area of late 19th-century estates. Once you check-in, the rest of the day will be flexible, and your guide will be able to customize something to your energy and interests. Your two weeks in Costa Rica will be all about nature, and the green landscapes will take hold very soon. The city’s relaxing charm is complemented by an excellent dining scene with restaurants that range from traditional cuisine to contemporary fusion.
Tortuguero National Park – Sea Turtle Encounters
Tortuguero is only a 30-minute flight from San Jose, and it quickly catapults you into a different world of Tortuguero National Park. Today’s natural adventure will focus on the coast. Green sea turtles nest here from August to November. Three other turtle species take their turn during other months of the year. Location is integral to any tour here because the wildlife experience changes week after week. A local guide will lead you around Tortuguero’s beaches and bays on a private tour with stops at two or three different beaches. During your tour, you can witness turtle conservation in action. As part of your tour, you can also indulge in a snorkeling excursion, where encounters with large sea turtles may make for special moments in the water.
Day 3 - 4
Tortuguero National Park – Wildlife River Cruises
Tortuguero is a real haven for wildlife, but the Caribbean side of Costa Rica has a conspicuous lack of tourists. Cruising along the terrain will prove surreal and serene, and the natural world unfolds without the hordes of other boats or camera-clicking visitors. These two days will be tailored around your wildlife interests. River cruises are best in the early morning and late afternoon because wildlife is more active. Everything will be customizable, although there is a strong chance you will be getting up with the birds to enjoy this special park.
Poas Volcano National Park – A Volcanic Crater
A rough mountain road winds to the summit, making Poas Volcano far easier to reach than some of Costa Rica’s more famous volcanoes. After a short flight back to San Jose, a local guide will lead you to the volcano’s lower slopes. From here, your tour can be customized. You can choose from any of the different walking trails with easy and challenging ascents available. It will also be possible to choose the length of the trek, or you can drive directly up to the summit and peer into the volcano. Descending from the top, you will spend the night at a small mountain lodge on a plateau and beneath the shadow of volcanoes.
Arenal – A Tale of Many Volcanoes
You will have a spectacular journey to Arenal this morning. Skirting the edge of Juan Castro Blanco National Park, you will drive alongside three more volcanoes, each of differing heights and shapes. After checking in to a rainforest lodge, your local guide will lead you into the forest, where trails crisscross along the lower slopes and some ascend to the summit, although any hike to the top will need to wait for one of the following two days. Today’s hike will be gentle and mostly flat, leading you to small waterfalls and rich rainforest birdlife. Your lodge will have an excellent restaurant, and you can also travel to the nearby town of La Fortuna for a wider choice of places to dine.
Day 7 - 8
Arenal – Rafting in the Wilderness
With two full days in the Arenal area, you can customize a natural adventure to your interests. Costa Rican rafting is usually in small four-person rafts. These can turn small rapids into moments of adrenaline, and they mean that the experience is full of excitement as opposed to water levels. A white-water rafting trip will be scheduled, but this can be changed once you are in Arenal and a local guide has explained everything that is possible in the area. Hiking Arenal is a worthy challenge, and horseback riding can create a natural expedition to parts of Arenal National Park that are less frequented by visitors.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park – Mountain Biking on a Volcano
Today, you will be exposed to Rincon de la Vieja, which will lead you off the beaten path after three days around Arenal. A three-hour road transfer will be followed with lunch in your lodge’s farm to table restaurant. Everything that you eat here will be grown or raised on the property, and the menu is incredibly diverse. Today’s natural adventure will be by bike. This is the only place in Costa Rica where you can mountain bike on an active volcano. After your ride, you can lounge around your lodge and watch how the sky changes colors at dusk.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park – A Cowboy Expedition
Rincon de la Vieja is the land of the sabaneros, which is Costa Rica’s equivalent to the Argentina gaucho. These people keep alive their traditions, riding horses at breakneck speeds through the national park. You will not be galloping at extreme speeds, but you will be spending the day with sabaneros, riding into Rincon de la Vieja National Park and its evocative nature. A six-hour riding and hiking excursion will demonstrate the secrets of this national park. The afternoon and evening will be at your leisure, and your lodge can provide a charming place to rest and relax.
Day 11 - 12
Monteverde Cloud Forest – A Canopy in the Clouds
After a three-hour transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, you will spend the afternoon on a wildlife walk, looking for all the mammals and birds that call this corridor of nature home. Sometimes, the cloud hangs low, and it is difficult to see very far. It is these times that are the most enchanting, especially when you are seeking out wildlife. At other times, you can see the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. The following day, you will explore the cloud forest with a series of ziplines that will have you zooming above the canopy and among the trees. Afterward, you will spend the evening on a wildlife walk, which will be an opportunity to discover Costa Rica’s nocturnal wildlife.
Conchal Beach – Day on the Beach
You will conclude your time in Costa Rica with 24 hours on the coast of Conchal, which is a beautiful beach resort that is slowly growing in popularity. After a transfer from Monteverde, you will have completed the journey from coast to coast across the country. Nothing will be planned for your day on the beach, so you can check in to your Pacific lodge and can spend the day however you please, especially after all the hiking and other adventures you have experienced. There are places nearby to surf, walk, or kayak should you wish. You may also want to indulge in a sunset catamaran tour.
Conchal Beach – Departure
Late checkout will be arranged so that you will have time to rest and relax before a mid-afternoon transfer to Liberia and Costa Rica’s second-largest airport. From this Pacific side of the country, it is much quicker to depart from Liberia than San Jose.
- Admire three types of sea turtles during a three-night stay on the Caribbean coast in Tortuguero National Park
- Indulge in the thrill of mountain biking on an active volcano by peddling the trails of Rincon de la Vieja National Park
- Immerse yourself in the cloud forest and discover the amazing wildlife of Monteverde
- Explore Costa Rica’s evocative volcanos with a walk on the active crater of Poas Volcano and the iconic shapes in Juan Castro Blanco National Park
- Cruise through the mazy river channels of Tortuguero, encountering monkeys, sloths, rare birds, and iguanas
- Search for the quetzal and be amazed by Costa Rica’s remarkable diversity of birdlife
- Lounge on Conchal Beach and reflect on your two weeks in Costa Rica because this Guanacaste destination an idyllic place to end your vacation
- Experience the best of Arenal Volcano’s nature with hiking, rafting, and rejuvenating hot springs
Costa Rica is pure nature. Ash spurts from active volcanos, turtles nest on incredible Caribbean beaches, and howler monkeys call boisterously from the treetops. Costa Rica is home to a vast array of waterfalls, natural hot springs, cloud forests, quetzals, and 200 other bird species. This is where you can spend one day gazing into a volcano before being surrounded by capuchin monkeys. It is difficult to find many places in Costa Rica that are not dominated by nature. Even the coffee fields have a wild feel to them, and small plantation restaurants epitomize organic farm to table cooking. This country of remarkable biodiversity is one of the best in the world for an immersion into nature. With this two-week Costa Rica tour, you will experience the different sides to Mother Nature.
Handcrafted around Costa Rica’s best national parks and natural experiences, your two-week vacation will begin with an overnight in San Jose. Afterward, you will fly to Tortuguero, where you will spend time on the Caribbean side. For three days, you will indulge in sea turtle conservation, beautiful beaches, and cruising down rivers in search of monkeys and rare birds. It will be a very relaxed beginning to your vacation. On day five, you will be able to gaze into the astonishing crater of Poas Volcano before connecting to a series of volcanos in Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Two nights in the Arenal Volcano area will provide you with opportunities for wilderness rafting, guided waterfall hikes, and therapeutic natural hot springs.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a little off the beaten track. Here, there will be adventure as you mountain bike on an active volcano before experiencing the life of the Costa Rican cowboy with a full-day hiking and horseback riding expedition. Your wild nature encounters will continue in Monteverde Cloud Forest with ziplines being the mode of exploration in this destination. During your time here, you can immerse yourself in the clouds and continue the wildlife encounters before concluding your incredible vacation with some quiet time on the Pacific coast at Conchal. In two weeks, you will have traveled to both coasts and seen a handful of volcanos with so much wildlife and wilderness along the way.
$2,515 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.
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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