Costa Rica Encompassed Independent Adventure

Classic, San José to San José

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Our most comprehensive Costa Rica Pass adventure! Start with the jungles and canals of Tortuguero, nesting ground for giant sea turtles. Next, try rafting or relax in hot springs around Arenal Volcano before heading into the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest region. Soak in the dramatic volcanic scenery of remote Rincon de la Vieja before topping it all off with some beach time and monkeys in Manuel Antonio.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: Monteverde Your Discover Moment: Quepos
  • Arrival transfer
  • Departure transfer (included for flights departing after 7am)


  • View wildlife at tortuguero national park
  • Keep active around arenal volcano
  • Zipline through the treetops in the cloud forest reserve.


Day 1 San José You will be met at San José International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the night. There are no planned activities, so enjoy the city on your own. Included Activities: Arrival Day Welcome Meeting for Independent Trips Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 San José/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel first by bus, then by boat through the Tortuguero canals. Additional Notes: Depending on availability, we will be staying at either Pachira Lodge or Evergreen Lodge. Included Activities: Tortuguero Village Visit Transport: Shared Van (4.00-5.00 hours) Small canal boat (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 3 Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy your time here, chilling out at the lodge and observing the abundant wildlife in the national park.
Day 4 Tortuguero/La Fortuna Transfer to the Arenal region. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and opt to soak in the hot springs. Transport: Small canal boat (1.50-2.00 hours) Shared Van (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 5 La Fortuna There are lots of optional tours available. 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 Arenal Volcano's lava.
Day 6 La Fortuna/Monteverde This mountain community is very different from those on the coast, and has several co-operatives worth visiting, including artist collectives, souvenir shops and the Quaker cheese factory, which is definitely worth a visit. Make sure to try their delicious ice cream. Transport: Shared Van (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 7 Monteverde Optional activities include the Sky Walk, a series of suspension bridges through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden and a thrilling canopy zip line. Or take a guided walk through the reserve. Local guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and passionate about conservation of this precious ecosystem.
Day 8 Monteverde/Rincón de la Vieja Volcano Transfer to the slopes of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Transport: Shared Van (2.00-3.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 9 Rincón de la Vieja Volcano Rincón de la Vieja NP is a prehistoric type of place, where sulfuric mud ponds bubble and ooze, geysers release jets of steam, and after a bit of a hike, you end up at a gorgeous waterfall.
Day 10 Rincón de la Vieja Volcano/Quepos Travel south-west to the lush tropical shores of the Pacific coast. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Shared Van (4.00-5.00 hours)
Days 11-13 Quepos If you are interested in activities, opt to visit Manuel Antonio NP. Although this is Costa Rica’s smallest national park, it is also one of the most popular and it won’t take you long to see why. It has fabulous beaches, abundant wildlife, and a great trail system for those who want to spend some time hiking and then cool off in the ocean.
Day 14 Quepos/San José Head back to the capital for one last night on the town. Transport: Shared Van (5.00-6.00 hours, 190km)
Day 15 San José Depart at any time. Departure transfer included. Transport: Shared Van