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The Best of Costa Rica Independent Adventure

Can't decide between the jungle, volcanoes, or the beach? Do all three on this 10-day independent journey that proves why Costa Rica is world-renowned for its natural beauty. Start by cruising the remote rainforests of Tortuguero (no roads here!) before heading to volcano country. Stay at the foot of Arenal Volcano and explore the rivers, trails, and hot springs of the area before chasing sun and sea in Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf, and great weather.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: TCRBCC/126401
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
  • Age requirement: 2 +
You will Visit
  • San José
  • Tortuguero
  • La Fortuna
  • Tamarindo



Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
You will be met at San José International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the night.


Day 2: San José/Tortuguero

Travel to Tortuguero NP and enjoy a guided boat trip and wildlife viewing in the canals and coastal jungle. In leisure time, relax at the secluded lodge or opt to go kayaking.
In the morning, transfer by road then by boat to the famous canals of Tortuguero. This tropical eco-paradise is home to countless bird and animal species, and you will have many opportunities to view and photograph wildlife.

Plenty of opportunity to see a variety of birds, monkeys and other wildlife. Relax at the secluded lodge on a hammock or at the pool or beach. Opt to take a night excursion or go kayaking.


Day 3: Tortuguero

Enjoy a guided tour of the Tortuguero canals. Keep your eyes peeled for toucans, parrots, herons, kingfishers, fishing bats, three-toed sloths, iguanas, and howler, white-faced and spider monkeys. Try to spot the tracks of river otters, collared peccaries, and Baird's tapirs on the banks of the rivers and canals. Watch for caiman swimming in the waterways.


Day 4: Tortuguero/La Fortuna

Transfer to the Arenal region. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and opt to soak in the hot springs.
In the morning, transfer to your hotel near the Arenal Volcano, arriving mid-afternoon. This area is full of exciting and wonderful things to do: whether it's checking out the popular hot springs, La Fortuna's Waterfall, the Venado Caves or the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.


Day 5: La Fortuna

Today is free and there are a number of adventure activities available. Feeling lazy? Take some time to rest and relax at the hotel.
La Fortuna is one of the centres of adventure travel in Costa Rica. Options include river rafting, mountain biking, caving, or horseback riding. Don't forget about the hot springs, heated directly by the lava underneath the Arenal Volcano.


Day 6: La Fortuna/Tamarindo

Transfer to the Guanacaste coast. Opt to surf or swim the waves, practice yoga on the beach, or hang out in the shade of a palm tree.
Travel west through the province of Guanacaste to Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Spend time enjoying the long stretches of beautiful black sand beaches, considered some of the country's best for swimming and surfing.


Day 7: Tamarindo

Spend time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful beach.
Spend your day taking in the sun and sea, participating in optional activities such as surfing, fishing, golf, horseback riding, cycling, boating or snorkeling.


Day 8: Tamarindo

Spend time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful beach.
Spend your day taking in the sun and sea, participating in optional activities such as surfing, fishing, golf, horseback riding, cycling, boating or snorkeling.


Day 9: Tamarindo/San José

Transfer back to the capital for the last night.


Day 10: San José

Depart at any time.

    • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
    • Arrival transfer
    • Guided tours of the Tortuguero Canals and National Park
    • Free time in La Fortuna and Tamarindo
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (9 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Shared shuttle/van, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • This tour is an Independent Adventure with no group and no CEO (Tour Leader). A welcome package with information about your tour will be at the starting hotel
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Tour Highlights:
  • Spot monkeys and tropical wildlife along the Tortuguero canals
  • Relax on the Pacific coast
  • Get active in the Arenal Volcano region
  • Soak in relaxing hot springs after a hard day of play