Drive Through Costa Rica: A Two Travel Guide
Day 1 in San José & Central Valley
Today marks the beginning of your adventure as you embark on your international outbound flight to San José & Central Valley. Upon arrival in Costa Rica’s bustling capital city, San José, you will be warmly greeted by a private transfer and an experienced English-speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel. Take a moment to unwind, rejuvenate after your long flight, and prepare for the exciting day ahead. Tomorrow’s early start promises an unforgettable experience, so ensure you’re well-rested and ready for all that lies ahead.
Day 2 to 4 in Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast
Your shared coach transfer will collect you between 6 am and 7 am, ready for your journey to the stunning Tortuguero National Park. As you travel, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast along the way, providing you with the energy you need for the day ahead. The journey lasts all morning, but the scenic route takes you through some of the most beautiful and untouched primary forests, giving you a glimpse of the fantastic natural wonders around you.
As you near your destination, the roads slowly begin to give way, and you’ll soon find yourself taking a shared motor-driven canoe transfer to your lodge. This unique experience is an adventure as you glide through the sparkling waterways, taking in the lush vegetation and wildlife surrounding you.
Once you arrive at your lodge, you’ll have time to freshen up and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you may want to join a small group for a guided jungle hike, where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the many mysteries and wonders of the forest. Alternatively, you can visit the charming Tortuguero Village, where you’ll experience the local culture and traditions up close. Whatever you choose, your day will be filled with adventure, wonder, and excitement.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape of Tortuguero with another day of guided small-group trips. During your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to take a leisurely boat ride through the lush greenery of the flooded forest. The forest is connected by a series of waterways, allowing you to witness some of the most incredible wildlife in the area. Your knowledgeable guide will be there to help you spot some of the most fascinating creatures, including caimans, tropical water birds, and howler and capuchin monkeys. You may even glimpse iguanas sitting on tree branches or macaws flying overhead. Be prepared to have your senses heightened as you take in the sights and sounds of this incredible ecosystem.
Indulge yourself in a leisurely day at your Tortuguero lodge, surrounded by lush greenery and a serene atmosphere. Spend your day unwinding by the pool, soaking up the sun and enjoying a refreshing swim. Stroll through the enchanting gardens and marvel at the vibrant display of exotic plants and flowers. For the more adventurous, opt for additional canal tours and discover the hidden treasures of Tortuguero. The day is yours to enjoy at your own pace, and you can rest assured that you will be rejuvenated and ready for the next adventure.
Day 5 to 6 in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Today is exciting as you embark on a journey to Guapiles with your group. You will experience the beauty of Costa Rica’s lush green scenery. As you make your way towards Guapiles, you can take a moment to appreciate the stunning landscapes surrounding you. Once you arrive in Guapiles, your guide will take you to a delightful spot for lunch where you can savour some of the local cuisines. After lunch, your guide will assist you in collecting your rental car. You can look forward to getting behind the wheel and hitting the road as you complete the necessary formalities. Your next destination is Sarapiqui; the drive should take about an hour. Driving through the beautiful countryside, you can enjoy the stunning mountains and lush rainforest views, making this an unforgettable experience.
Experience an unforgettable morning of adventure as you navigate the rapids of the Rio Sarapiqui on a thrilling rafting expedition. As you take in the stunning scenery, get your heart pumping and adrenaline flowing. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the area after your exciting morning on the water. You may indulge in a chocolate or coffee tour to learn about these delicious treats’ fascinating history and production. Alternatively, you could hike along one of the many picturesque nature trails nearby. Whatever you decide, you are sure to be captivated by the beauty and tranquillity of this stunning destination.
Day 7 to 9 in Arenal Volcano
On those days, the itinerary involves a scenic drive from Sarapiqui to the breathtaking highlands and majestic Arenal Volcano. Get ready to experience the natural beauty and wonder of the Costa Rican landscape as you embark on this exciting journey.
Indulge in an exhilRica’sg adventure by embarking on Costa Rica’s most thrilling zip-line and canopy tours. Soar through the lush greenery and marvel at the stunning panoramic views. After a day full of exciting activities, you can unwind and explore the area at your leisure in the afternoon.
Indulge in a day of leisure and unwind at your own pace. Take a break from your routine and luxuriate by the hotel pool, basking in the warm sun while enjoying the stunning views of the majestic Arenal Volcano, looming in the distance (weather permitting). If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, explore the wild side of life by going kayaking on the tranquil waters of Lake Arenal, soaring through the treetops on a thrilling zip-lining tour, or taking on the rapids of a white-water rafting adventure. Alternatively, discover the natural wonders of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, marvel at the enchanting Rio Celeste waterfalls or hike through one of the many scenic trails in the national park, immersing yourself in the beauty of the surrounding rainforest.
Day 10 to 11 in Rio Perdido
As you depart from the beautiful Arenal region, you’ll journey towards the serene dry forest around Rio Perdido in Guanacaste province. You’ll have two choices for your route - you can opt for a picturesque drive around the stunning Lake Arenal or venture through the Tenorio National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking Río Celeste waterfall. Regardless of your chosen route, you can expect to be immersed in the tranquil beauty of the secluded dry forest area around Rio Perdido.
During your free time in Rio Perdido, you’ll find yourself amid a natural wonderland with plenty of options to explore. If relaxation is on your mind, soak in the warm, natural waters of Costa Rica’s only thermal river and let the soothing mineral properties rejuvenate your body and mind. For the more adventurous spirit, zip-line through the magnificent Rio Blanco canyon, taking in the breathtaking views of the lush rainforest and crystal-clear waters below. Alternatively, you can opt for an exciting river tubing experience or explore the extensive trail network on a mountain bike. The choice is yours!
Day 12 to 14 in Playa Potrero
As you descend from the lush tropical dry forest, the Guanacaste plains open up before you, offering a breathtaking view of the scenic landscape. The drive to your Pacific beach resort is around 90 minutes, but it is a journey filled with natural beauty and wonders you will remember for a while.
Experience a tranquil day basking in the sun on the pristine sandy beach with this hotel at the edge of the azure sea. The hotel is designed to provide the ultimate relaxation experience, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate in the most serene setting. Take a leisurely walk along the sandy shoreline as the sun sets, or lounge by the sparkling swimming pool, immersing yourself in the calm and peaceful ambience surrounding you. You can also immerse yourself in the refreshing, crystal-clear water as you soak up the warm sun and the gentle sea breeze.
After a long day of exploring the city, you find yourself back at your hotel, looking for a way to unwind and rejuvenate. The spa catches your eye as you glance through the hotel’s amenities. You imagine yourself sinking into a warm, bubbling hot tub, surrounded by the calming aroma of essential oils. You may indulge in a luxurious massage, letting the skilled hands of a therapist work out all the knots and tension in your muscles. The thought of a few hours at the spa sounds like just the thing you need to recharge and prepare for another exciting day ahead.