A Self-drive Adventure In Costa Rica

# Tailor-Made Tour

A Self-drive Adventure In Costa Rica

13 Days from £2398 per adult.
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Self Drive

This diverse itinerary starts with the Caribbean jungle-fringed waterways of Tortuguero to spot three species of monkey, three-toed sloth, caiman and many bird species. It is then a transfer by boat and road to Guapiles where a hire car awaits. From here a highly varied and stimulating self-drive journey begins in which we feature many popular Costa Rican destinations.  Enjoy beautiful views of the classic cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, experience the verdant cloud forest from above during an exhilarating zip-wire tour, search for the magnificent resplendent quetzal in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and relax on the fine Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio.

Itinerary

Price from £2398 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Arrive in San Jose

Arrive San Jose, capital of Costa Rica in the late evening. Met and transfer to your hotel, not far from the airport

Staying at Bougainvillea Hotel. Includes No Meals.

Day 2 - Tortuguero

Morning pickup at your hotel and transfer through Braulio Carillo National Park to a Caribbean lowlands river dock to embark on a boat transfer to Tortuguero. Arrive at your lodge and settle in. In the afternoon, go on a guided visit to little Tortuguero Town.

Staying at Evergreen Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Tortuguero

Morning and afternoon boat trips through the jungle-fringed waterways and rivers of the Tortuguero region. It is possible to see howler, spider and white-faced capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloth, river turtle, caiman, iguana, basilisk lizard, freshwater turtles and many bird species. Night- time turtle watching trips are arranged in season.

Staying at Evergreen Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Arenal

Transfer by boat and road to Guapiles for lunch, then pick up hire car and self-drive to Arenal.

Staying at Lost Iguana Resort & Spa. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Arenal

Enjoy a natural history walk in the 617 acre Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. The trail leading through the park is almost two miles long and includes 15 bridges, six of which are suspension bridges. The remainder of the day is at leisure for independent exploration.

Staying at Lost Iguana Resort & Spa. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Arenal

A full day at leisure for independent exploration.

Staying at Lost Iguana Resort & Spa. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Monteverde

Depart Arenal and self-drive up into the mountains to Monteverde.

Staying at Hotel Belmar. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Monteverde

Early morning transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for a guided walk through the atmospheric forest. See many hummingbirds and trogons and, with luck, the beautiful resplendent quetzal and three-wattled bellbird. In the afternoon, perhaps opt for a canopy tour or zip lining adventure.

Staying at Hotel Belmar. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Monteverde

A full day at leisure for independent exploration.

Staying at Hotel Belmar. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Manuel Antonio

Self-drive from the mountains down to Manuel Antonio in the Pacific lowlands. Some of the finest beaches in the country can be found here, with lush rainforest coming down to the high tide mark and containing diverse wildlife. This includes mammals such as the three-toed sloth, black howler monkey, white capuchin monkey, endangered squirrel monkey and racoon, and 184 species of birds.

Staying at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Villas. Includes No Meals.

Day 11 - Manuel Antonio

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax or explore the area on your own.

Staying at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Villas. Includes No Meals.

Day 12 - Manuel Antonio

Enjoy a final full day in Costa Rica to relax on the beautiful beaches or perhaps visit Manuel Antonio National Park.

Staying at Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Villas. Includes No Meals.

Day 13 - Depart San Jose

Self drive to San Jose Airport to drop off your hire car and check in for your flight home.

Includes No Meals.

Travel Info

Are International Flights Included?
No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Best Visited:
December to May

Area Specialist

John Melton

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Thank you for sorting out our recent Costa Rica Tour. We had a really marvellous time in this beautiful country….. We both really wanted to express our thanks to ( your representatives) who provided a first class service all the time…. We were very lucky with the guides that we were allocated as we saw everything on our wildlife “hitlist” – macaws , 3 types of toucan, all 4 types of monkey, both types of sloth (and with babies!), and not forgetting the resplendent quetzal. We know that other people were not as lucky as us and I’m sure that a lot of this is down to the quality of the guide. So, a fantastic holiday and I know that we will be going back to Costa Rica.

Mrs C E - Kent

Route Map

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Evergreen Lodge: 10.542707, -83.511758
Bougainvillea Hotel: 9.999105, -84.109250
Lost Iguana Resort: 10.484843, -84.756069
Buena Vista Villas: 9.407636, -84.158256
Hotel Belmar: 10.313090, -84.811432