Hidden Gems of Costa Rica Vacation

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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

Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Barra Honda National Park, Montezuma, Playa Zancudo

Suggested Duration

8 Days

This adventurous, one-week journey leads you off the beaten track to celebrate the country’s undiscovered gems, including Terciopelo Cave, Playa Zancudo, Montezuma, and Rincon de la Vieja. It is easy to be immersed in the appeal of Costa Rica, which is a country of monkey-filled cloud forests, Caribbean and Pacific beaches, volcanos, and waterfalls. While its natural history leads most visitors to a handful of iconic destinations, Costa Rica hides many more adventures beneath the rainforest canopy.

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Trip Highlights

  • Rappel into the depths of Terciopelo Cave during a day in Barra Honda National Park
  • Explore jungle trails and venture to hidden waterfalls in the beautifully remote Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • Snorkel Pacific reefs and kayak to deserted beaches during your time in Montezuma
  • Boat through the mangroves for two nights in Playa Zancudo, which is an undiscovered, beachside gem
  • Horseback ride through dense cloud forest before taking to the high wires on a canopy tour
  • Enjoy challenging jungle treks to waterfalls and lakes that rarely see visitors
  • Tailor the adventure to your interests with a private and naturalist guide throughout your entire journey

Detailed Description

If you dream of Costa Rica, a series of classic images will come to mind, such as hiking through a jungle to a waterfall that tumbles into a volcanic crater or wandering along a quiet coastline before watching the sunset from a beachside suite. There may also be the image of exploring cloud forests on foot, on horseback, or along canopy bridges. You can imagine volcanos and rainforests along with crystal-clear pools and hot springs. All of these experiences can be found when you follow the popular tourist trail. If you venture off the beaten track, you can still enjoy these adventures, except they will not be interrupted by tourist crowds.

Even now, so much of Costa Rica remains under-explored and undeveloped. You can rappel into vast cave systems, ride horses along unexplored trails, boat around deserted coastlines, and immerse yourself in the jungle allure. The country’s infrastructure has improved tremendously in recent years, creating new destinations for locals and tourists. However, many of these destinations are not on standard itineraries, and it always seems a little more magical when you can explore without crowds. New airports and flight routes have expanded access to the country, so many of these undiscovered gems can be combined in just a private, one-week tour.

With seven nights in Costa Rica, this customizable tour will lead you to the country’s next big destinations before they gain popularity. After flying into Liberia, you will spend two nights at a hacienda near Rincon de la Vieja National Park. On one afternoon, you will trek along new trails to jungle waterfalls and azure lakes, where you bask in the seclusion and serenity. Day two will utilize horses and high wires to explore more of the national park before the depths of Terciopelo Cave become the highlight of day three. Epitomizing this week in Costa Rica, the cave system can create a wonderful sense of seclusion and undiscovered nature.

After your cave tour, you will be transferred to Montezuma for three nights on a Pacific peninsula. Day four will be all about the rainforest interior, and you will walk through the canopy and follow sounds to hidden waterfalls. You will then spend day five along the coast with kayaking, snorkeling, and some surprisingly deserted beaches. A new flight route connects nearby Tambor with Golfito, so on day six, you can fly to the Southern part of the country and take a boat to Playa Zancudo, which is a beachside village that is defined by thick jungle and local wildlife encounters. Two nights here will culminate your vacation, and you will fly out of Golfito to begin your journey back home.

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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