Pura Vida Experience

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 10-99 yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-36631
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English, Spanish
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
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The "Pura Vida Experience" trip starts and ends in San Jose. It is an active and outdoor trip that takes 9 days taking you through San Jose, Arenal Volcano National Park and Tamarindo Beach in Costa Rica. "Pura Vida Experience" is a self-guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Welcome to beautiful Costa Rica! You will fall in love with this tropical paradise. Find the balance between mind, body and spirit surrounded by nature thanks to the lush jungle and the imposing Arenal Volcano. Discover Tortuguero National Park located in the North Caribbean side of Costa Rica, an incredible opportunity to see wildlife and cultural experiences to get closer to the Costa Rican essence. Relax at the vibrant beach of Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica's best-known surf spots, a wonderland of adventure with the serenity of a tropical getaway.
  • Day 1: Arrival San Jose (20km – 30min)
  • Day 2: San Jose – Tortuguero (120km – 3hrs)
  • Day 3: Tortuguero
  • Day 4: Tortuguero – Arenal
  • Day 5: Arenal
  • Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde
  • Day 7: Monteverde – Tamarindo
  • Day 8: Tamarindo
  • Day 9: Tamarindo – Departure San Jose
  • Standard Hotel Category = Wyndham Herradura or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Pachira Lodge or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Lomas del Volcan or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Monteverde Country Lodge or similar 3*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Tamarindo Diria or similar 3*
  • 8 night's accommodation
  • Hotel taxes
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches (Day 2-4)
  • 2 Dinners (Day 2, 3)
  • Arrival shared transfer from Juan Santamaria International Airport (Day 1)
  • Shared transfers between areas including Land and Boat ride to Tortuguero and Lake Crossing Arenal-Monteverde
  • Departure private transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport (Day 9)
  • Operated with English- and Spanish-speaking local guides during the scheduled activities (Day 3, 5, 6). Please note you will be accompanied by local guides for the activities only. There is no guarantee that you will be part of a group, or part of the same group during the tour.
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Tortuguero Canals boat tour, Tortuguero village (Day 3); Arenal Volcano trail 1968 hike; Baldi Spa hot springs (Day 5); Monteverde Hanging Bridges (Day 6)
  • Meet & Greet
  • Visa fees
  • Domestic flights
  • International flights
  • Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)
  • Optional tours (if any)
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.
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REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Pura Vida Experience tour. You can cancel the tour up to 22 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 21 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 June 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 June 2024, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 21 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Pura Vida Experience tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Pura Vida Experience 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

Know Before You Go

It is advisable to arrive no later than 20:00 in San Jose since pick-up day 2 is early in the morning around 05:30 Due to the scheduled private transfer to the airport, a set time for departure is not recommended. The transfer will be adjusted to the time of the flight. Otherwise recommended not to leave before noon We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons Children can be added to the booking when sharing a room with at least 2 adults, if not they must be added to the booking with the adult rate. Maximum 2 children per room Early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms in the hotel are subject to availability and not guaranteed In many hotels in Costa Rica, the triple rooms are double room with an additional bed or sofa bed. Their comfort conditions are lower than the international standards of the triple room No refund for unused services. Splitting of the package is not allowed   Please note single are available to book under request. 

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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