9 or 10 days
San José, Arenal Region, Monteverde, Central Pacific Coast
With well-protected national reserves and an unparalleled diversity of wildlife, Costa Rica is the jewel of Central America. The Arenal Region showcases an active volcano, hot springs, and a broad range of flora and fauna. In Monteverde, visit a local school, and in Manuel Antonio National Park keep your eyes open for sloth, toucans and howler monkeys.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 2: San José • Arenal region

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    Visit Arenal Volcano National Park

  • Day 3: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Participate in a local exchange 

    Visit the Arenal Hot Springs

  • Day 4: Arenal region • Monteverde

    Travel to Monteverde

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Local Food Workshop

    Local Food Workshop

    Try your hand at creating some of Costa Rica’s culinary specialties during a visit to a local working mill. You’ll make—and sample—tortillas, artisanal coffee, and juice extracted from sugar cane. (Just save room for sobado, a candy made from the sugar cane plant.) 

  • Day 5: Monteverde

    Participate in a canopy adventure

    Please note: Travelers must weigh below 200 lbs to participate in this activity. 

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

  • Day 6: Monteverde • Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit the Rainforest Adventure Park, where you will:

    • Ride an aerial tram above the canopies
    • Explore a nature trail
    • Visit a butterfly sanctuary

    Enjoy a crocodile safari boat cruise

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Day 8: Central Pacific Coast • Sarchi • San José

    Travel via Sarchi to San José
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore Evening

    Folklore Evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Costa Rican dinner. Marimba music, entertainment by a local dance troupe, and spectacular city views from the restaurant will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 1 more day

  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion 

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 2: San José • Arenal region

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    Visit Arenal Volcano National Park

  • Day 3: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Participate in a local exchange 

    Visit the Arenal Hot Springs

  • Day 4: Arenal region • Monteverde

    Travel to Monteverde

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Local Food Workshop

    Local Food Workshop

    Try your hand at creating some of Costa Rica’s culinary specialties during a visit to a local working mill. You’ll make—and sample—tortillas, artisanal coffee, and juice extracted from sugar cane. (Just save room for sobado, a candy made from the sugar cane plant.) 

  • Day 5: Monteverde

    Participate in a canopy adventure

    Please note: Travelers must weigh below 200 lbs to participate in this activity. 

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

  • Day 6: Monteverde • Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit the Rainforest Adventure Park, where you will:

    • Ride an aerial tram above the canopies
    • Explore a nature trail
    • Visit a butterfly sanctuary

    Enjoy a crocodile safari boat cruise

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Day 8: Central Pacific Coast • Sarchi • San José

    Travel via Sarchi to San José
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore Evening

    Folklore Evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Costa Rican dinner. Marimba music, entertainment by a local dance troupe, and spectacular city views from the restaurant will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 1 more day

  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion 

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Hotels

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  • Meals

    3 meals daily (Days 2-8 and Day 9 on extension); Dinner on arrival day; Breakfast on departure day

  • Entrances

    Poás Volcano; Hot springs; Kayaking on Lake Arenal; La Fortuna waterfall; Santa Elena Reserve; Canopy Tour; Aerial Tram; Crocodile River Tour; Manuel Antonio National Park; With extension: Whitewater Rafting

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