Trip idea in Costa Rica

Local Costa Rica

Trip cost ex. international flights
from £1,670 per person
Duration
17 days
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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
  • Drive from Tenorio to the Gulf of Nicoya
  • Visit to Tenorio National Park
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
No locations for this day
  • Shared transfer from San José to the international airport