The Best of Costa Rica Independent Adventure

Classic, San José to San José
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Tour description

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 Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 7: Tamarindo Spend time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful beach.

Day 8: Tamarindo Spend time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful beach.

Day 9: Tamarindo/San José Transfer back to the capital for the last night.

Day 10: San José Depart at any time.