Ultimate Escape Costa Rica, Self Drive

Uncover the natural beauty of Costa Rica during this 11-day self-drive tour around the country. From coast to coast, discover the complexity of the different regions, including the bustling capital city of San Jose and both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Enjoy an unforgettable excursion in Tortuguero, in a shared shuttle and boat, give yourself the opportunity to see a variety of active and dormant volcanoes and rainforests, as well as admire a plethora of animals and plant life. Enjoy all of Costa Rica wrapped up into one trip!

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$2,441

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Duration

11 days

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  • What's included :
    • 10x Breakfast
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 10 nights
    • ACCOMMODATION:
    • - 10 nights' accommodation
    • TRANSPORT:
    • - Air-conditioned transportation for the arrival transfer on a shared basis,
    • from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia to the car rental office
    • - Shared land and boat transfers from day to/from Tortuguero
    • - Air-conditioned transportation for the departure transfer on a shared basis,
    • from the car rental company offices to the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia
    • CAR HIRE:
    • - From day 1 to day 11 with unlimited mileage
    • - Applicable local taxes (VAT)
    • - No excess
    • - Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
    • - Supplemental Liability Coverage (SLC)
    • - Unlimited mileage
    • - Coverage up to 70.000 USD per person or 175.000 USD per accident.
    • VISTITS AND ACTIVITIES:
    • - All activities in Tortuguero except the entrance fee to Tortuguero NP and optional activities
    • OTHER:
    • - Meet and greet on Day 1
    • - Hotel taxes
    What's excluded :
    • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
    • Airport taxes
    • Airport porterage
    • GPS, refundable deposit: 100$, gasoline/petrol costs
    • Optional tours
    • International / domestic flight tickets or visa fees and local taxes
    • Gratuities for drivers and guides
    • Tortuguero National Park entrance fee
    • Any extras at the hotels

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL LIBERIA – RINCON DE LA VIEJA (35km – 1 hr)

    Stop At: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Boulevard Aeropuerto S/N, Provincia de Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica
    Your Costa Rican adventure begins on arrival to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, in the north-western part of the country. Here, a Destination Services representative awaits to greet you and take you to the car hire desk to collect your rental car. Then depart to the region of Rincon de la Vieja for your first night in Costa Rica.

    Overnight in Rincon de la Vieja.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Standard= Cañón de la Vieja / other 3*

    Superior= Hacienda Guachipelín / other 4*

    Deluxe= Hacienda Guachipelín / other 5*

    Day 2: RINCON DE LA VIEJA – ARENAL (150km – 3.5 hrs)

    Stop At: Arenal Montechiari, 400 mts. Norte del Banco Nacional. Antes del puente a mano izquierda. Barrio Sinaí., Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
    Begin your day with a delectable breakfast at the hotel. Today you can visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park and explore its delightful area known as Las Pailas. Las Pailas, which means ‘the cauldrons’ in Spanish, spectacularly showcases the awesome power of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the largest and most active volcano in the region. Steam and sulphur pour out of the rust-coloured ground from natural fumaroles, while coffee-coloured pools boil with hot volcanic water and grey mud bubbles, exploding in large pits. This stunning volcano experience is like no other in Costa Rica. Accompanied by your bilingual naturalist guide, hike the 3.5 kilometre Las Pailas loop trail (2.5 miles) through dry tropical forests to discover the best views of the volcano, incredible nature, volcanic activity, and wildlife. The park is home to more than 300 bird species and other animals like armadillos, collared peccaries, iguanas, snakes, white-nosed coatis, white-faced howlers, and spider monkeys. Finish this memorable park visit and walk back to the hotel to collect your bags. (Entrance fee to the park is not included). In the early afternoon, drive yourself from Rincon de la Vieja to Arenal. Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica and this area is a paradise for adventure lovers.

    On arrival to the hotel, enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the surroundings on your own or join an optional activity. You can choose between a Canopy Tour in Arenal Ecoglide, a Kayaking experience, an ATV tour or a relaxing session at the stunning Tabacon Hot Springs.

    A great choice is the Canopy Tour in Arenal Ecoglide Park, known for having two separate cables, one you glide on and one for major safety precautions. The canopy consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms. These are divided into three sections found mostly in the trees, designed to provide you with greater contact with nature. One of the major attractions is the Tarzan Swing, the part of the tour that guarantees you will have the greatest adventure. All your worries will disappear as you fly through the trees like Tarzan!

    If this is not your cup of tea, you can always choose to spend your afternoon kayaking. After a short drive, arrive at Arenal Lake, where your guides will give you the equipment, consisting of a life jacket and a paddle, and introduce you to paddling. You will learn basic paddle strokes, safety, and rules of the water. Once on the water, our guides will lead you along the shoreline for an incredible view of the volcano. On your journey, you may observe different species of birds like the Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher, Flycatcher, Anhinga and may also possibly hear the Howler Monkey. Optional activities mentioned are not included.

    Overnight in Arenal.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard= Arenal Montechiari / similar 3*

    Superior= Arenal Springs / similar 4*

    Deluxe= Arenal Kioro Hotel / similar 5*

    Day 3: ARENAL

    Stop At: Arenal Montechiari, 400 mts. Norte del Banco Nacional. Antes del puente a mano izquierda. Barrio Sinaí., Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
    After a tasty breakfast, take the opportunity to visit Arenal Volcano National Park on your own (entrance fee not included). During the hike, enjoy the verdant landscapes and the backdrop of the now-dormant volcano, as you keep a lookout for animals that live in this national park. You have the opportunity to see sloths, howler monkeys, and even anteaters, to name a few. Afterwards, return to the hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring the surroundings on your own, or participating in an optional activity.

    You can again choose between Canopy Tour in Arenal Ecoglide, a Kayaking experience, an ATV tour or the relaxing session at the stunning Tabacon Hot Springs, depending on the choice you made yesterday, of course.

    If you are a nature lover and an adrenaline seeker, the ATV tour is a great choice. The Quads Adventure ATV tour not only gives you the opportunity for adventure and fun but also includes nature and unique views of the majestic Arenal Volcano. The trail you will traverse goes through pastureland at the base of the volcano from which you will have numerous opportunities to view the imposing mountain. You will then continue passing through Tropical Humid Forest and observe the area’s flora and fauna before arriving at the lookout point. There, enjoy one of the best views of the volcano and some of its most recent flows! And if you prefer to unwind and recharge your batteries, spend the afternoon at the Tabacon Hot Springs. Take time to relax your mind and body as you enjoy these therapeutic volcanic hot water springs, surrounded by natural beauty, the rainforest, and the volcano. The magnificent infrastructure of pools, mesmerising waterfalls and the inviting wet bars will make your visit memorable! Optional activities mentioned are not included.

    Overnight in Arenal.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard= Arenal Montechiari / similar 3*

    Superior= Arenal Springs / similar 4*

    Deluxe= Arenal Kioro Hotel / similar 5*

    Day 4: ARENAL – SARAPIQUI (130km – 2.5 hrs)

    Stop At: Sarapiquí's Rainforest Lodge, Heredia Province, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
    The delicious breakfast at the hotel is followed by check-out and a drive to the Sarapiqui area. Hidden in the foothills of the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park and set alongside mountain streams, exuberant rainforest and pasturelands, this spellbinding area is truly a sight for sore eyes. Encounter the mysteries of the rainforest while enjoying a comfortable stay in the beautifully designed rooms of the lodge.

    Enjoy the natural surroundings and, perhaps, participate in one of the optional activities available. Today you can choose between an adventurous Rafting experience, a delicious Chocolate tour, and an exciting Canopy tour.

    Rafting at the Sarapiquí River offers you the perfect combination of adventure and nature. This section is filled with class II-III rapids and clear, refreshing water that swerves its way through the tropical rainforest of Sarapiquí, making it a true paradise! Rapids with names like “Roller Coaster”, “Superman”, and “Air Force” will thrill you while the incredible surroundings filled with flora and fauna will leave you breathless. If you don´t feel adventurous today, you can enjoy an interesting Chocolate tour. This 2.5-hour experience will open the secrets and wonders of one of mankind’s favourite foods: chocolate. The tour will be led by a trained guide across the suspension bridge and a sector of the Tirimbina forest to a former cacao-growing plot. During the hike, the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree will be explained. The cacao plot, which is not in commercial use, was formerly cultivated in an ancient way – mixed with other forest trees. It was used for research purposes several decades ago and is currently used for environmental education, showing the traditional processes. If chocolate is not something you want to learn about, get closer to nature during an exciting Canopy Tour. While from the ground you get visual access to a part of the forest, on the canopy tour you can discover a different perspective. Fill your eyes with nature and your body with adrenaline whole exploring Sarapiqui, one of the most diverse areas in Costa Rica. The zip line adventure is one of the best ways to discover and admire the green world of the treetops. Optional activities mentioned are not included.

    Overnight in Sarapiqui.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = El Bambú or similar

    Superior = La Quinta Lodge or similar

    Deluxe = Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge or similar

    Day 5: SARAPIQUI – TORTUGUERO (85km – 3 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)

    Stop At: Pachira Lodge, Ent al Área de Conservación Tortuguero, Limón, Limon, 00000, Costa Rica
    Your day begins early with an enchanting drive to the town of Guapiles. Meet your guide for the following days and savour a rich breakfast at a local restaurant. Leave the car locked in the restaurant’s parking lot and continue by shared transport to a pier, where you hop on a boat and cruise the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park. Arrive, check in, and lunch at your eco-lodge. Board the boat again for a visit to Tortuguero village, where you have the incredible opportunity to stroll its beautifully arranged paths, explore the bewildering beaches, and experience the locals' way of life. During turtle hatching season, we will look for the baby turtles trying to find their way down to the ocean. Nesting is from July to September, hatching from September to December. Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, surrounded by the beautiful tropical forest and wildlife.

    Overnight in Tortuguero .
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Standard = Pachira Lodge or similar

    Superior = Evergreen Lodge or similar

    Deluxe = Aninga Lodge or similar

    Day 6: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Pachira Lodge, Ent al Área de Conservación Tortuguero, Limón, Limon, 00000, Costa Rica
    Today enjoy some free time to relax by the pool. You can also indulge in a three-hour trip exploring the famous Tortuguero National Park to observe over 350 protected species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and sloths, as well as admire its lush vegetation. During the July to September season, you can join an optional late night turtle nesting tour, purchasable directly at the lodge. Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park is not included.

    Overnight in Tortuguero.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard = Pachira Lodge or similar

    Superior = Evergreen Lodge or similar

    Deluxe = Aninga Lodge or similar

    Day 7: TORTUGUERO – SAN JOSE (135km – 4 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)

    Stop At: Holiday Inn San Jose Escazu, Next to Cima Hospital Plaza Tempo, Next to Cima Hospital San Jose, San José, San Rafael, 10201, Costa Rica
    After a luscious breakfast, depart by boat back to Guapiles. Before you collect your rental car, enjoy a flavoursome lunch. Drive yourself to the bustling San Jose city and arrive in time to see some of the city highlights or just stroll its charming streets.

    Overnight in San Jose.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Standard= Holiday Inn Express Forum/other 3*

    Superior= Holiday Inn Escaz/other 4*

    Deluxe= Real Intercontinental/other 5*

    Day 8: SAN JOSE – LA PAZ WATERFALL – VARA BLANCA (55km – 1.5 hrs)

    Stop At: Poas Volcano Lodge, Varablanca Heredia CR, Heredia Province, 31698, Costa Rica
    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and head towards the magnificent area of Vara Blanca where you can enjoy exciting optional activities, like a visit to the bewildering La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a privately owned ecological attraction featuring five waterfalls, cloud and rain forests, and great hiking trails. Visit the various exhibits of the gardens, including the butterfly observatory and the insect exhibit, see over 100 species of animals, and catch a glimpse of the environmental education programme. Entrance fee to La Paz Waterfall Garden is not included.

    Overnight in Vara Blanca.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard= Buena Vista Lodge or similar 3*

    Superior= Poas Volcano Lodge or similar 4*

    Deluxe= Peace Lodge or similar 5*

    Day 9: VARA BLANCA – HERRADURA BEACH (120km – 2.5 hrs)

    Stop At: Balcón del Mar, Bohio Street Jacó 0,, Provincia de Puntarenas, Jacó, Costa Rica
    Begin the day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel before you drive yourself from Vara Blanca to the Central Pacific coast. Sandy beaches and protected wildlife are two primary draws to this area. Relax and admire the impressive landscapes. With its combination of ocean views and lush tropical vegetation, the Central Pacific has scenery unlike any other.

    Overnight in Jaco.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard= Balcon del Mar or similar 3*

    Superior= Amapola or similar 4*

    Deluxe= Crocs Resort or similar 5*

    Day 10: HERRADURA BEACH

    Stop At: Balcón del Mar, Bohio Street Jacó 0,, Provincia de Puntarenas, Jacó, Costa Rica
    Have a toothsome breakfast at the hotel and spend the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel facilities or adventuring in the optional activities available.

    Adventure seekers can choose to join the Canopy tour. This is a project designed not only as an extreme adventure, but a way to enjoy nature without harming the environment. Admire the spectacular views of the Herradura Bay and Island, as well as the Nicoya Gulf and take advantage of the opportunity to view Scarlet Macaws, chestnut-mandible toucans and white-face monkeys. The adventure starts with a 15-minute ride aboard the specially designed 40 passenger tractor. Once you arrive at the top of the mountain, you begin descending via a series of zip lines, including 15 platforms and 14 cables with a total cable distance of 3.5 km including the longest one in the area, the 732m cable!

    Another option for today is the Carara National Park. This incredible protected area measures about 4,700 hectares and is home to approximately 48% of Costa Rica’s aviary species. Learn about the importance of the region, as it is situated in a transitional region between the tropical dry forest and the humid Pacific rainforest. This tour showcases colourful species of flora and fauna from a varied ecosystem. Spot the scarlet macaw, collared aracari and various monkey specimens.

    And if you want to learn all about the interesting crocodiles, choose to join the Crocodile Adventure, a tour along the Tárcoles River in Jaco, one of the most populated crocodile rivers in the world. From the safe riverboat, cruise along observing American crocodiles of all sizes in their natural habitat. You will also see an abundance of exotic wildlife and reptiles along the way, such as Jesus lizards, iguanas, scarlet macaws, purple gallinule and a variety of kingfishers, egrets, herons and more. Admire the dense mangrove canals where animals such as monkeys, racoons and crabs may be seen. The award-winning tour guides will ensure a safe, fun, and educational experience for. Optional tours mentioned are not included.

    Overnight in Jaco.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard= Balcon del Mar or similar 3*

    Superior= Amapola or similar 4*

    Deluxe= Crocs Resort or similar 5*

    Day 11: HERRADURA BEACH – DEPART LIBERIA (200km – 3.5 hrs)

    Stop At: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Boulevard Aeropuerto S/N, Provincia de Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica
    At the appropriate time, drive from Herradura Beach to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, to catch your onward flight. En route to the airport, drop off your rental car and then take a shuttle transfer to the Daniel Oduber International Airport.

    Breakfast included.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    A Destination Services representative awaits to greet you and take you to the car hire desk to collect your rental car.Airports
    • Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Boulevard Aeropuerto S/N, Provincia de Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Deluxe Hotel Category Car C 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Superior Hotel Category Car B 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Standard Hotel Category Car A 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • No refund for unused services. Splitting of package is not allowed
    • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents without prior notice
    • For self-guided visits, you must pay your entrance fee directly at the front desk of each park or attraction
    • Car Hire: Imperative to have a valid driver’s license, be older than 21 years old and have a valid credit card.
    • Recommended departure time after 15hrs.
    • What do I need to bring? Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Costa Rica. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat, and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Covid-19 risk assessment of the activity completed (routes, visit of sights, possible crowds, number of people in the group, reduced services).
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

3

Organised by Destination Services

Activity ID: V-36560P265

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