Explore Costa Rica

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4.5 Based on 5 Reviews
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  • Wildlife
  • Explorer
  • Active and outdoor
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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
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  • Nature and wildlife The opportunity to see sloths, monkeys and brightly coloured frogs, together with some of Costa Rica's spectacular birdlife
  • Volcanoes Admire the classic coneshape of Arenal and the vastness of Poas
  • Tortuguero Cruise the jungle waterways and explore the rainforest in search of abundant wildlife in this 'mini Amazon'
  • Monteverde Search for the beautiful quetzal in this remarkable cloudforest reserve
The Explore Costa Rica trip starts from and ends in San Jose. The Explore Costa Rica trip is an active and outdoor tour that takes 15 days taking you through San Jose, Savegre Cloud Forest, Puerto Viejo De Sarapiqui, San Jose and 5 other destinations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. This is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

For a tiny country, Costa Rica packs a huge wildlife punch. Containing 5% of the world's biodiversity, its thick forests teem with life, from brightly coloured toucans to slow-moving sloths. With adventure and beautiful beaches to boot, this two-week trip won't disappoint. Tortuguero - Cruise the jungle waterways and explore the rainforest of this 'mini Amazon' Adventure - Included white water raft on the Pacuare river, or opt to fly through the canopy on a zip wire Manuel Antonio - Share the stunning white-sand beaches with sun-bathing iguanas and capuchin monkeys
4.5 - Very Good
Based on 5 reviews
Very Good
4 - Very Good
  • Susie
  • On Jan 30 2020
“Learnt a lot! Thanks to Ron. Some of the accommodation could be a bit more upmarket, it would have been nice to finish especially with better hotel. ”
5 - Excellent
  • Keith
  • On Jan 20 2020
“Our first trip with Explore was to South Africa for our honeymoon and it was fantastic. Out of the many trips we have taken it remains our favourite.
Costa Rica is well up there with a couple of others in second place. A wonderful experience.”
5 - Excellent
  • Jill
  • On Jan 05 2020
Very Good
4 - Very Good
  • Janet
  • On Jan 03 2020
“It would be better to start and end the trip on days when there were direct flight from the UK to Costa Rica,
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in San Jose
  • Day 2 : Visit the Poas Volcano; try out traditional oxcart painting
  • Day 3 : Drive to San Gerardo de Dota and the Savegre Cloud Forest
  • Day 4 : Early morning search for quetzal; free day to explore the forest
  • Day 5 : Travel to rural Turrialba; free afternoon and evening meal at a traditional finca (farm)
  • Day 6 : Whitewater rafting through the forest-covered Pacuare River
  • Day 7 : Journey by bus and boat to Tortuguero National Park
  • Day 8 : Full day to explore the park searching for wildlife
  • Day 9 : Drive to Sarapiqui; Visit La Tirimbina for a chocolate tour and night walk in the forest
  • Day 10 : Walk in the Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve; drive to Arenal
  • Day 11 : Free day around La Fortuna; optional sloth tour
  • Day 12 : Drive south to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Day 13 : Explore Manuel Antonio's wildlife and beaches
  • Day 14 : Free day in Manuel Antonio; relax on the beach, snorkel or revisit the park
  • Day 15 : Travel back to San Jose International Airport where the trip ends
  • 14 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Autentico Hotel (2 nights)
  • Savegre Nature Reserve and Spa (2 nights)
  • Guayabo Lodge (2 nights)
  • La Baula Lodge (2 nights)
  • Selva Verde Lodge (1 night)
  • Hotel San Bosco Inn (2 nights)
  • La Foresta Resort (3 nights)
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Explore Tour Leader / Driver
  • Boat Crew
  • Any international flights to/from San Jose are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Explore Costa Rica tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Explore Costa Rica tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 04 May 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 04 May 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Explore Costa Rica tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Explore Costa Rica tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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