Ten Days in Costa Rica

The Adventure Begins
Welcome to San Jose, Costa Rica, the cultural and political capital of this vibrant, thriving nation. Typically, you’ll be arriving in the afternoon or evening.

Today’s Highlights:

Meet a trip representative at the airport
Transfer to your accommodation in San Jose via private coach
Receive the latest schedule and trip updates from your Tour Director
Greet other travelers as they arrive
Kick back, relax and enjoy a quiet evening. Tomorrow, an incredible trip into the heartland of this country awaits.

Journey to the Jungle
Follow the winding, mountainous roads out of San Jose en route to the Arenal region. The journey into Arenal is full of scenic vistas featuring stunning volcanic backdrops.

Today’s Highlights:

Stop to look down at Lake Poás, the cloud-shrouded crater lake of the Poás volcano
Explore a coffee plantation with an expert local guide
Sample the world’s best coffees, both hot and cold, to determine your roasting preferences
At the end of the day, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers.

Hike La Fortuna Waterfall + Kayak on Lake Arenal

Today’s Highlights:

Hike 15 minutes to see the La Fortuna Waterfall, one of the most spectacular in Central America
Watch the water cascade 200 feet into the emerald reservoir below
Cool off with a swim in the waterfall’s plunge pool
Kayak and swim the pristine waters of Lake Arenal and take in volcanic views
Catch sights of the resplendent Quetzal, Costa Rica’s national bird

Explore the Santa Elena Cloud Forest
Today, you’ll experience a whole different jungle ecosystem: the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. High altitude and moisture (12 feet of rain per year) combine to make this a one-of-a-kind ecosystem.

Today’s Highlights:

Walk through the clouds and mist of the dense, tropical vegetation
Plant a tree to help conserve Costa Rica’s immense natural treasures
Continue on to Monteverde
Back in Monteverde, enjoy a night on the town. Try an Imperial, the national beer of Costa Rica, or a Gauro Sour, the national drink made from distilled sugar cane. The festive atmosphere is laid-back, but goes until early morning.
Horseback riding in Monteverde (extra cost)
Here’s your chance to hop on a horse for a two-and-a-half-hour ride through beautiful Monteverde scenery. At the end of the trip, the bus will meet your group and take you back to your hotel.


Zip line
Get your adrenaline pumping; it’s zip line time! Follow the jungle trail to reach 14 different platforms, then fly high above the ground at speeds over 50 mph. Pros and first-timers alike will appreciate the epic, action-packed run back to basecamp.

Today’s Highlights:

Get expert instruction from Central America’s best zip line team
Soar high above the jungle canopy, zooming from one platform to the next
Fly the final kilometer on one massive line
Reach speeds of nearly 60 mph!

Tarcoles River Crocodile Cruise
On to the Puntarenas region! En route, you’ll board a private boat for a cruise on the Tarcoles River.

Today’s Highlights:

Enjoy the views of the river as you cruise along with a local guide
See wild crocodiles up close and personal
Continue via bus to your accommodation in Puntarenas
Afterward, the night is yours to unwind. Stop at a local restaurant or bar for dinner and drinks or turn in early. Tomorrow is your beach day.

Explore Manuel Antonio Park + Beach Time
Manuel Antonio Park is one of Costa Rica’s coastal treasures, and home to a top-rated, white sand beach.

Today’s Highlights:

Explore Manuel Antonio’s vast trail system
Soak up the sun at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
It’s the final night in the Puntarenas area; celebrate at a local bar or restaurant. Live music has either a reggae or calypso vibe, and dancing is encouraged.

Travel to San Jose via Sarchi
On your way back to San Jose, stop at a cooperative market to see some local handicrafts.

Today’s Highlights:

Shop for colorful wood products and pottery at a co-op
Observe artisans firsthand as they manufacture their products
Have a local lunch, on your own, at the co-op
Back in San Jose, if you want to go out, your Tour Director will have some great dining and nightlife suggestions to experience the pura vida after dark in the capital.

Whitewater Raft the Sarapiqui River

Today’s Highlights:

Learn the basics of whitewater rafting from local river guides
Take on several different classes of rapids (1-3) over two hours of rafting
During the lulls in the action, swim in the cool river water
Have a riverside picnic comprised of fresh fruits like pineapple and watermelon
Back in San Jose, it’s time for your Farewell Dinner. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere—this is your last night to enjoy the rhythms of this Central American hotspot.

Fly Home
It’s time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.

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