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Tailor-Made Costa Rica: Under a Rainforest Canopy

10 days from $9,495

Few countries enjoy as many paradisian qualities as Costa Rica. Renowned for its incredible biodiversity and exceptional beauty, it’s the ultimate dream destination. Dive deep into the country’s unspoilt beauty and explore its natural parks, rainforests, and beaches on this 10-day trip that will take you all the way from San José and Arenal to the Osa Peninsula. Discover landscapes shaped by volcanic activity and rise high above the trees by walking on the famous hanging bridges. Marvel at three-toed sloths and sea turtles at Tortuguero National Park, and relax at the incredible Ecotermales Fortuna natural springs spa. With so many things to do and see, it’s an experience of a lifetime!

Costa Rica at a Glance

Costa Rica is defined by its perfect tropical climate, mesmerising landscapes, incredible biodiversity, and sustainable ecotourism looking to protect the fragile and unique ecosystem. The national identity in Costa Rica is shaped by the “pura vida” or “pure life” motto. Travellers from far and wide are drawn to Costa Rica to experience life in its purest form by connecting to nature and all things living. While Costa Ricans pride themselves on being friendly and welcoming, the public attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community is still rather conservative. In the capital, the gay scene is thriving, but there’s not a lack of places where public displays of affection may still be frowned upon, so it’s best to practice caution. The peak travel season in Costa Rica is between November and April when the weather is driest. Quieter months include May and June, as it’s the beginning of the rainy season, also known as the “Green season”, when the rainforests are at their lushest and crowds are minimal.

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Currency

Costa Rican Colon (CRC)

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Language

Spanish

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Visas

Not needed for travellers from the US, Canada and Europe

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Best Time To Visit

December – April

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Timezone

Central Standard Time (GMT-6)

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Homosexual Activity

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Costa Rica Credit Zdenek Machacek

Photo: Zdenek Machacek

10-day travel itinerary

DAY 1

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Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

Arrive in the capital city San José and transfer to your luxury hotel to spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

DAY 2

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Arenal | Breathtaking Rainforest

Immerse yourself into the fascinating sounds and sights of the rainforest – today you are heading to the Arenal Volcano National Park, home to incredible biodiversity and geological activity alongside rivers, lakes, and volcanic lava fields.

DAY 3

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Arenal | Hanging Bridges & Volcano Views

Continue exploring the flourishing Arenal region. Rise high above the treetops by walking the famous hanging bridges before exploring the various trails on the ground. Enjoy a refreshing lunch at a local restaurant and spend the afternoon relaxing at the lush Ecotermales Fortuna thermal hot spring outdoor spa.

DAY 4

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Tortuguero | Rainforest Creeks & Canopies

In the morning, leave for San José and board a flight to the Caribbean coast, where you will visit the famous wildlife hotspot Tortuguero.

DAY 5

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Tortuguero | Far More Than Sea Turtles

Discover what makes Tortuguero so fascinating – first, go on a boat ride that takes you down creeks as you eagerly seek out turtles, monkeys, sloths, a variety of colourful frogs, and other jungle inhabitants. With such an abundance of thriving wildlife, even the unluckiest are guaranteed to see an animal or two. Afterwards, visit Tortuguero Village to see the life from a local’s viewpoint, and the Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn more about these fascinating reptiles and how they lay eggs on Tortuguero Beach.

DAY 6

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Osa Peninsula | Time to Relax

Fly to San José for a connecting flight to the Osa Peninsula. Upon arrival, transfer to your eco-lodge set in a tropical rainforest reserve. Enjoy the afternoon at a relaxed pace and admire the views of Golfo Dulce and the Pacific straight from your accommodation.

DAY 7

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Osa Peninsula | Rainforest Explorations

Embrace the lush natural surroundings at Lapa Rais with an abundance of wildlife activities on offer. Discover some of the most beautiful birds during guided birdwatching, learn about medicinal plants and local customs, tour Carbonera River and swim under the waterfalls, or go for something even more adventurous and not for the faint of heart – partake in a rainforest night walk to see nocturnal wildlife buzzing.

DAY 8

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Osa Peninsula | Your Choice Of Activities

Enjoy another day on the Osa Peninsula. Whether you spend the day relaxing at Lapa Rios or continue exploring the surroundings, there’s always something to do. If you’re feeling active, go on the Osa Walk trail hike or opt for the tree-planting experience. You can always head to the beach town of Matapalo and dip your toes in the water at one of the white-sand beaches or surround yourself with birdsong in the nearby forests.

DAY 9

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San José | An Easy-Going Finish To Your Journey

Leave the Osa Peninsula for your final leg of the journey, returning to San José. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace.

DAY 10

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Depart San José

Enjoy a lovely breakfast and leave for the airport to head home.

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Additional recommended experiences

Embark on an unforgettable journey and elevate your experience with a plethora of options available at an additional cost. Take a sip of adventure and discover the magic behind coffee cultivation and roasting on a tour of a working farm and mill. Savour the nuances of various roasts at a local coffee shop and leave with a newfound appreciation for the bean. If exploring the city is more your style, San José awaits you with open arms. Take a stroll through the National Monument, the old National Liquor Factory, the charming neighbourhoods of Amón and Otoya, and lush parks like Spain Park and Morazán Park. Let the vibrant energy of San José Central Market, a cultural hub since 1880, take over as you interact with vendors from multi-generational stands and savour delicious local dishes. For an experience that will take your breath away, soar through the canopy of the Braulio Carrillo National Park rainforest on a zipline adventure. Afterwards, explore a captivating butterfly garden and a frog pond that will leave you awestruck.

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