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THE REAL COSTA RICA

Spot sloths in a cloud forest, sip volcanic coffee and chill out in Pacific surf towns
Starts AtSan Jose
Ends AtTamarindo
Duration8 days
Group SizeMaximum 17
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtSan Jose
Ends AtTamarindo
Duration8 days
Group SizeMaximum 17
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
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About Your Trip

Explore a Costa Rican cloud forest, surf the best Pacific waves and sleep near the Arenal volcano. This eight-day adventure spans western Costa Rica from the capital, San José, to Tamarindo. It’s perfect for wildlife watchers and adrenaline seekers – you’ll spot sloths, hummingbirds and frogs, and white-water rafting through the jungle. There’s also a visit to a volcanic coffee plantation, a cooking lesson, and plenty of wind-down time to spend just splashing about in a swimming pool (or beneath a waterfall). All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

Women Making Empanadas
Surfing Nosara, Playa Guiones
Monteverde
Nicoya Peninsula,playa Avellana
Woman under Waterfall
People Having A Picnic on The Beach
Spider Monkey
Rafting

Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Go white-water rafting on the Tenorio River
  • 2
    Sip volcanic coffee at the Doka Collective
  • 3
    Spot sloths on a rainforest walk in Arenal
  • 4
    Cool off beneath a jungle waterfall
  • 5
    Kick back on the beach in Tamarindo
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Two nights eco-lodge accommodation
  • Two nights mountain retreat accommodation
  • Three nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Shared ground transport
  • Return airport transfers
  • Seven breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Arenal waterfall hike
  • Arenal sloth safari
  • Costa Rican cooking class
  • White-water rafting
  • Nocturnal wildlife hike

What's Not Included

  • Visas
    • Travel insurance
      • Flights to and from the destination

        Accommodation

        Hotel Presidente, San José (or similar)

        In the midst of bustling downtown San José, Hotel Presidente stands out – it’s covered in a vibrant multi-colored mural, and the interior mixes local history with modern touches. Breakfast is served buffet-style, while dinner (and drinks) are on the roof.

        Volcano Lodge and Springs (or similar)

        The mighty Arenal volcano is your neighbor at this laid-back jungle resort. Amenities are plentiful. There are several pools and jacuzzis (one featuring a swim-up bar) fed by natural hot springs; a Costa Rican restaurant; and sprawling tropical botanic gardens to explore.

        Monteverde Country Lodge (or similar)

        On the fringes of Monterverde’s cloud forests, this eco-conscious lodge has heaps of rustic, woodsy charm. Lush, landscaped gardens are encircled by a stone wall, while rooms come finished with wood-panelled ceilings, tiled floors, and balconies with garden or forest views.

        Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort (or similar)

        Surf’s up at this super-glam resort, overlooking the surf at Tamarindo beach. Expect barefoot luxury with king-size bedrooms opening up to landscaped gardens, four outdoor pools, six restaurants and cafes, and outdoor massages on secluded cabanas.

        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com