The Best of Costa Rica Independent Adventure

Classic, San José to San José

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • 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


  • 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


Day 1 San José You will be met at San José International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the night. Included Activities: Arrival Day Welcome Package Hotel Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 San José/Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Additional Notes: *Please note that the entrance fee of $10 USD per person into the national park is not included. Transport: Shared Van (4.00-5.00 hours) Boat (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 3 Tortuguero (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Tortuguero National Park Guided Boat Tour
Day 4 Tortuguero/La Fortuna (1B) 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. Transport: Boat (1.50-2.00 hours) Shared Van (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 5 La Fortuna (1B) 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 (1B) 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. Transport: Shared Van (4.00-5.00 hours)
Days 7-8 Tamarindo 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 (1B) Transfer back to the capital for the last night. Transport: Shared Van (6.00 hour(s))
Day 10 San José (1B) Depart at any time.