Costa Rica Highlights Tour

A winning combination of nature and beach time – a great option couples or for families of all ages. At certain times of the year there is the opportunity to watch turtles hatching.


  • Explore the wild waterways of Costa Rica in Tortuguero
  • Kick back at Tamarindo and enjoy the beaches of the Pacific coast
  • Surround yourself in nature at lush Monteverde
Day 1 San Jose
Day 2 Poas Volcano, Coffee and Waterfalls
Day 3 Tortuguero
Day 4 Tortuguero
Day 5 Arenal Lake and Spa
Day 6 Arenal Volcano
Day 7 Monteverde
Day 8 Monteverde
Day 9 Tamarindo
Day 10 Tamarindo
Day 11 Tamarindo
Day 12 Tamarindo
Day 13 San Jose
Day 14 Home
Full Itinerary


  • Accommodation with breakfasts.
  • All tours, land transportation and entry fees.

Not included

  • International flights to and from Latin America. The price and schedule vary, we can quote a flight inclusive price according to your travel dates.

Itinerary - Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Day 1. San Jose

On arrival to the capital of Costa Rica, we will pick you up and take you to your centrally located hotel.

Day 2. Poas Volcano, Coffee and Waterfalls

Today you experience the beauty and power of nature in Costa Rica. At a coffee plantation you learn about the process of coffee production – from bean to cup. You visit one of the country’s many volcanoes; Poas which is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the Americas. Its crater is nearly one mile across and there are stunning crystal blue steaming sulphur lagoons. Finally youu visit La Paz Waterfall Park for a relaxing walk and a visit to butterfly and hummingbird observatories.

Day 3. Tortuguero

This morning you travel through the lush Braulio Carrilo National Park to Tortuguero on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Tortuguero National Park is a rich natural environment where the freshwater rivers meet the sea to create beaches, canals, lagoons and wetlands. It is a very important nesting ground for three different breeds of turtle.

Day 4. Tortuguero

Take a boat ride and nature walk through the forests and creeks of Tortuguera – home to river turtles, Spectacled Caiman, Southern River Otters as well as Spider, Howler and Capuchin Monkey and hundreds of types of birds.
During turtle nesting season there are optional guided walks to see turtles nesting or hatching – one of the best places in the world to see this incredible event. Ask us for more details.

Day 5. Arenal Lake and Spa

Head back into the mountains and the cloud forested area around Arenal Volcano. Your hotel has a full spa, two pools heated naturally by volcanic thermals, and views of the now resting Arenal Volcano.

Day 6. Arenal Volcano

This morning you visit Arenal Springs and Hanging Bridges. These raised walkways give an excellent view into the different layers of the forest. Situated in the migration path of both North and South American birds, Arenal is especially rich in birdlife.
Active for most of the past 50 years, Arenal volvano is resting for the moment. From the thick, wildlife-rich forests in the slope, you can take a gentle hike to a rocky area to see signs of recent eruptions.

Day 7. Monteverde

Organic farming and respect for the environment has made Monteverde a great destination for lovers of outdoor activities and nature. Stay here in a spa hotel noted for its extensive gardens and organic, home-grown produce.

Day 8. Monteverde

This morning a local guide takes you to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The temperate climate here attracts many orchids as well as birds such as the famous Quetzal.

Day 9. Tamarindo

For the final part of your trip, we take you to the North Pacific Coast and your beachfront hotel at Tamarindo Beach. Here you can choose from the many activities on offer, or simply relax.

Day 10. Tamarindo

At Tamarindo Beach

Day 11. Tamarindo

At Tamarindo Beach

Day 12. Tamarindo

At Tamarindo Beach

Day 13. San Jose

Today we pick you up and take you for your final day in the capital of San Jose.

Day 14. Home

We take you to the airport for your international flight home or onward travel. Ask us for a price including your international flights

Accommodation - Costa Rica Highlights Tour

We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel. Ask us for upgrade recommendations and prices.

Pachira Lodge Tortuguero

5 minutes away from the Tortuguero National Park with its peaceful jungle fringed canals.

Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and situated on a sand bar between the Tortuguero canals and the Caribbean Sea.


With its own thermal pools and sweeping views of the volcano this hotel makes a great base for a few days.


Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano.

Trapp Hotel Monteverde

This small, 26 room swiss style rustic lodge is only a 20 minute walk from the Monteverde reserve.

The hotel and villas are surrounded by tall indigenous trees that are home to families of howler monkeys, as well as tropical birds and butterflies.

Expert Lowdown - Costa Rica Highlights Tour

There are many National Parks in Costa Rica. This trip features ones that are easy to access but if you feel like exploring a bit deeper let us know.

Flight Information - Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Costa Rica has 2 international airports, San Jose and Liberia. There are no internal flights required for this particular trip.

14 days from $2700 pp

plus international flights



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