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Trip idea in Costa Rica

Local Costa Rica

Cost

from £1,520 pp

(ex international flights)

Duration

17 days

This 17 day adventure takes you off the beaten track and into the heart of Costa Rica's natural beauty; hiring a car will enable you to explore the country's hidden gems. Highlights include: ➣ Delve into the daily life of Tortuguero Village. ➣ Spot the Resplendent Quetzal in the cloud forests of San Gerardo. ➣ Learn the culinary secrets of the community of Juanilama. ➣ Bask on the secret beaches of Nicoya Gulf. This trip is a perfect mix of community, beach, wildlife and jungle. Hop in a car and experience 'la pura vida' of Costa Rica at your own pace.

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San José

Day 1 - San José

  • Information about self-driving in Costa Rica
  • Private transfer from Juan Santamaría Airport to your hotel in San José
San José

Day 2 - San José

  • At leisure in San José
  • Meet & greet at your hotel
Tortuguero

Day 3 - Tortuguero

  • Guided visit to Tortuguero Village
Tortuguero

Day 4 - Tortuguero

  • Tortuguero Naturalist Walk
  • Afternoon boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero National Park
Guapiles, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

Day 5 - Guapiles, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

  • Boat transfer from Tortuguero to Guapiles
  • Pick up rental car in Guápiles
  • Self-drive from Guápiles to Sarapiquí
Boca Tapada

Day 6 - Boca Tapada

  • Self-drive from Sarapiquí to Boca Tapada along an unpaved road
  • Around Maquenque Ecolodge
Boca Tapada

Day 7 - Boca Tapada

  • Second day around Maquenque Ecolodge
Community of Juanilama

Day 8 - Community of Juanilama

  • Self-drive from Boca Tapada to the Community of Juanilama
  • Agriculture tour
  • Cooking lesson with community of Juanilama
Community of Juanilama, Tenorio Volcano

Day 9 - Community of Juanilama, Tenorio Volcano

  • Hike to a waterfall near Juanilama
  • Self-drive from Juanilama to the Tenorio region
Tenorio Volcano, Manzanillo

Day 10 - Tenorio Volcano, Manzanillo

  • Visit to Tenorio National Park
  • Drive from Tenorio to the Gulf of Nicoya
Manzanillo

Day 11 - Manzanillo

  • Relax by the Gulf of Nicoya
Ojochal

Day 12 - Ojochal

  • Self-drive from Manzanillo to the Pacific South along the Costanera highway
Ojochal

Day 13 - Ojochal

  • Enjoy the beaches of Ojochal and around
Playa Esterillos 
The Central Pacific shore is the nearest stretch of coastline to the capital, and as such it can be a busy place, especially at weekends, packed with visiting Josefinos, surfers here for the fine breaks, sun seeking retirees from the USA and local Ticos going about their business. However, if you yearn for a bit of solitude among all this activity, head for Playa Esterillos, a sweeping stretch of chocolate coloured sand that goes on for miles, linking the areas of Esterillos Oeste, Centro and Este. This is a beach to enjoy for its lack of crowds, its wild natural setting and its waves, which attract surfers to the area. It’s a low key place, with little more than a scattering of decent accommodation, a few shops and cafes, and miles and miles of unspoilt sand. It makes a good break from the hustle of San Jose, or for a restful change from the bright, brash lights of Jaco, just to the north. Jaco is a preferable target if you like fun, but a blowsy, tacky kind of fun involving everything from soothing restaurants to raucous clubs to dubious street life.

Day 14 - Ojochal

  • A second day on the beaches of Ojochal
San Gerardo de Dota

Day 15 - San Gerardo de Dota

  • Drive from the hot lowlands of Uvita to the foggy forests of San Gerardo
  • Day at leisure at San Gerardo de Dota
San Gerardo de Dota, San José

Day 16 - San Gerardo de Dota, San José

  • Quetzal Tour
  • Self-drive from San Gerardo de Dota to San José
  • Drop off rental car in San José
  • At leisure in San José

Day 17

  • Shared transfer from San José to the international airport