Costa Rica – The Natural Highlights

8 - 10 Days



8 Years

£ 2600

A Fantastic Adventure

For this fantastic activity packed Costa Rican adventure we explore the central and north-eastern part of Costa Rica, taking in the canals and rainforest in the Tortugero Sarapiqui – an adventurers dream. We will also see the stunning volcano of Arenal before heading to the Monteverde cloud forest. An optional beach extension takes you to the beautiful and rugged Nicoya Peninsula.

Price £2,600 / $3,120

Prices are based on 2 pax. Excludes international flights.

Accommodation Upgrade: £750/$900

Beach Extension: £495 (Punta Leona Hotel Manuel Antonio)

Luxury Option: £780 (El Parador Hotel Manuel Antonio)


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Day by Day

Upon arrival in San José, you will be met at the airport by a Pioneer representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Rincón del Valle Hotel or similar (Deluxe room) (PT)

This morning we will head East to Lirio Lodge, where you will stay for a couple of nights, giving you a chance to explore the area. Meals and boat transfers are all included. Additionally, you will have a guided walk in the Pacuare Biological Reserve, where you will get to see Leatherback Turtles, Agarni Heron, Wild Felines, Sloths, and Monkeys.


Overnight at Los Lirio at TTG Lodge (Standard room)

Lirio Lodge is located in Barra de Pacuare, the most pure section of the Totuguero canals. Found in this extensive and unspoilt natural canal, Lirio Lodge is enclosed by tropical rainforest, and separated from the sea by a narrow peninsula of tropical jungle; the famous Pacuare Reserve.

Lirio lodge is surrounded by three Sea Turtle conservation projects, and you will get the chance to have a tour around a turtle protection project. Costa Rica is home to 5 of the 7 sea turtles in the world, and the Caribbean beaches and waters are used by the Leatherback, Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles. Additionally, during your stay here you might get the chance to visit a local school (Monday to Fridays).

Overnight at Los Lirio at TTG

After breakfast at the lodge, we will take the boat ride back to dock before transfer to Guápiles. Here we will have a buffet lunch before picking up our car or meeting our private driver guide for our transfer to Sarapiqui.

Overnight at La Tirimbina Lodge (Standard room)

We take a dose of adventure this morning on the half-day Sarapiqui river white water rafting (class II-III) – this is a fun rafting descent suitable for beginners (available at other levels – please ask) but for those in search of an alternative activity this can be arranged. After lunch we will transfer to beautiful Rio Celeste. Celeste River is a river in Tenorio Volcano National Park of Costa Rica. It is notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration. The Celeste River also borders several hot springs and has one large waterfall.

Overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel (Junior Suites)

Today we can hike alongside the surreal turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste.

The Río Celeste gets its name from the unusual color of the water. The deep turquoise hue is a result of the Buenavista River and its silicon particles meeting the more acidic Sour Creek, the combination causes the suspended particles in the Río Celeste to scatter light, creating the turquoise colour. In the afternoon we continue to La Fortuna and Arenal volcano.

Overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel (Junior Suites)

This morning we visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a natural history walk.

In the afternoon we are back on the ground with rainforest chocolate tour will introduce to every aspect of chocolate production from beans to bar. In addition to the natural elements we’ll explore the history and origins of chocolate and, of course, get to sample some along the way.

Organic Farm Tour:

During this tour, you will have the opportunity to share with a farmer and taste the farm's products during the harvest. In the Trapiche, we will take the Sugar Cane Juice and its derivatives by means of our sugar cane milling. You and your family can visit and feed our goats, chickens and cows.


At the end of our tour, we will have an authentic and traditional Organic Typical Lunch, prepared with firewood and buffet style and accompanied by our coffee made in a traditional "choreador."

This morning we can visit the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve for a morning walk tour. This offers you a fantastic opportunity to see birds . This afternoon is free to relax or go for a hike.

Overnight at Trapp Family Lodge (1 Mountain Suite)

This morning we can visit the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve for a morning walk tour. This offers you a fantastic opportunity to see birds. This afternoon is free to relax or go on one of the many hiking trails.

Overnight at Trapp Family Lodge (1 Mountain Suite)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive or take a private transfer to San José


Overnight at Park Inn hotel (Room TBC)

After breakfast at the hotel. Return Hire Car or Privarate Transfer to International airport. (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaria). Or stay for a few days and relax – see our extension below from Day 9.


Area Map

Beach Extension: Quizalez

Optional Extension Day 9: Monteverde to Quizales Beach

Rather than heading back to San Jose, we will transfer to the beautiful and rugged Quizales Beach on the Nicoya Peninsula. Or the family friendly beaches at Manuel Antonio where you can enjoy surfing kayaking or horse riding.

Overnight at Tango Mar Resort (Beach front room)

Optional Extension Day 10 – Day 12: Quizales Beach

Days at leisure or optional excursions.

Overnight at Tango Mar Resort (Beach front room)

Day 13: Quizales to San José

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive or private transfer to San José.

Overnight at Park hotel (1 Deluxe)

Day 14: San José

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to International airport. (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría).

Day 15: Home

Arrive back in UK early morning

Beach Extension: GBP £950 | USD $1,050

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A Fabulous Country And Experience!

A very enjoyable and well organised trip. Stephanie and the local team were superb, as were the logistics. A country with lots to offer in terms of wildlife, activities, beach and adrenaline. Fabulous country and experience. I would recommend it.

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