20 day tour
Adventurous Costa Rica
From € 1481,-
- Swing between tree tops
- Visit the BriBri Indians
- Surf the Caribbean coast
During this adventurous Costa Rica road trip, you will slide through the tropical rainforest in a canoe looking for monkeys and sloths. With some luck you will see sea turtles crawling onto the beach to lay their eggs at night. Put on a snorkel at the Caribbean coast to get to know the underwater world or learn to control the waves during a surf lesson. The BriBri Indians welcome you as their guest and will teach you everything about the rainforest. In the area of the Arenal volcano you can take a refreshing dip in the pool at the bottom of the waterfall or pay a visit to the hot springs which are heated up by the Arenal volcano in the evening. You will explore the Tenorio volcano followed by swinging from tree top to tree top like a real-life Tarzan or Jane in Monteverde! After all these adventures in the jungle of Costa Rica, enjoy a few relaxed days at the tropical beach of Montezuma.
20 day tour of Costa Rica:
San José – Tortuguero – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – Bribri Indians – Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí – Boca Tapada – Volcán Tenorio – La Fortuna – Monteverde – Montezuma – San José
Day 1 – Arrival San José
On arrival at the airport in San José, a driver will be waiting for you and will bring you to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival you can explore the city on your own.
Day 2 – San José to Tortuguero National Park
In the morning you will travel to the town of La Pavona. A 1.5 hour long boat trip will take you across the river and through the bushy canals into the jungle. Our final destination is Tortuguero National Park. Between the summer months July and August the green sea turtle nests here, and in the months September, October and November you can spot the cary- and baula turtle. If you’re lucky you will be able to see the turtle eggs.
Tip: Read Lola’s blog on how to responsibly visit Tortuguero National Park.
Day 3 – Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero is not only well known for its sea turtles but also for the many bird species, monkeys, sloths, caimans and crocodiles. The rare, brightly coloured, small frogs can also be found here. You can take walks or discover the park by boat. You will spend the night in a jungle lodge with a pool.
Day 4 – Tortuguero National Park to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Today you will travel by boat to Guapiles. After lunch a rental car will be delivered and you will drive to the Caribbean coastal town Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in about four hours. Clear road signs are basically non-existent in Costa Rica, which is why there will be a navigation system in the car. You will stay at a fun hotel at the beach in Cocles.
Day 5 – Visit to the Bribri Indians
Today you will go on an interesting day tour to the Bribri Indians. On arrival you will get a tour of the village, where you will visit a house where four generations live under one roof. The indians tell you about their traditions and the healing powers of diverse plants and trees from the rainforest. There is also chocolate making the old fashioned way, from when the chocolate was still used as a drink for the gods. After the typical lunch and a walk through the area you will be brought back to Cocles.
Day 6 – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
The vibe at the Caribbean coast is completely different to the rest of Costa Rica. Here you will find reggae, Rastafarians and a laidback vibe. Located alongside the coastal road is Cahuita, a town which is adjacent to the national park. We recommend a visit to the jaguar rescue center, where you will find out everything about these special animals.
Day 7 – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí
Today you will travel on to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, located between the pineapple and banana plantations and adjacent to the tropical rainforest. It is home to a variety of birds. With a local guide you can explore the rainforest and spot many birds and other animals. During a hands-on chocolate tour you will learn all there is to know about cacao and how to make chocolate from it.
Day 8 – Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí to Boca Tapada
You drive towards the Nicaraguan border to the town Boca Tapada. In order to reach the special Maquenque Lodge you have to cross the San Carlos river. The lodge is located in a private reserve. During your stay it will feel like you are part of the surrounding nature. You will be completely secluded from the rest of the world.
Day 9 – Boca Tapada
A beautiful canoe tour will take you through the untouched nature. Monkeys are swinging above you in the trees and there is a great variety of wild animals to be spotted from the river. The stay in the eco-lodge is a unique experience and by visiting you will be contributing to the protection of this natural wonder.
Day 10 – Boca Tapada to Volcán Tenorio
You drive to the farmers’ town of Bijagua. There are not many tourists in Bijagua and it has the typical pura vida vibe of Costa Rica. This town is located close by the National Park Volcán Tenorio, you final destination for today.
Day 11 – Volcán Tenorio
You will visit Volcán Tenorio and the nearby river Rio Celeste. The river is named after the turquoise colour it has from the minerals in the water. The legend, though, is that the river gets its special colour from the fact that after God painted the sky, he washed his brushes in this river.
Day 12 – Volcán Tenorio to La Fortuna
La Fortuna is located close by the Arenal volcano, the most famous volcano in Costa Rica. Until two years ago it emitted smoke clouds and lava daily. The volcano has been asleep for a while now and offers stunning views. Spend the evening visiting the hot springs at the foot of the Arenal.
Day 13 – La Fortuna
Take your pick today from taking a refreshing dip underneath a waterfall, or choose for a day tour to Caño Negro. Caño Negro is a nature reserve where many different water bird species, monkey, caimans, crocodiles, iguanas and sweet water turtles can be found. Enjoy the area and have lunch on the shores of the river.
Day 14 – La Fortuna to Monteverde
In about four hours you will drive to Cordillera de Tilarán, where the famous cloud forest of Monteverde is located. It is a lot cooler here, around 18 degrees Celsius. The weather changes constantly: wind, rain and sun alternate all the time, but it is an amazing place for walks. The park is famous for its diversity in flora and fauna and the unbelievably vibrant green colours.
Day 15 – Monteverde
Nearby Monteverde is the “Sky Walk”. You will walk over the hanging bridges between tree tops 40 meters high and swing down in a harness like a real-life Tarzan or Jane! The view is phenomenal. At the entrance of the park there are a few bowls with sugar and water which attract humming birds. In the evening a visit to the frog garden is recommended as the small, brightly coloured frogs become active at that time.
Day 16 – Monteverde to Montezuma
The next destination of the trip is Montezuma. You will drive via the interamericana to the harbour town Puntarenas, where you will board a ferry with your rental car and sail to the Peninsula the Nicoya. You will arrive by boat in Paquera and continue your trip to the beach town Montezuma.
Day 17 – Montezuma
You have a free day to enjoy the beach. Until the 80’s this fisher’s town was pretty much inaccessible. The infrastructure has created a mixture of hippies, surfers, backpackers and eco-tourists among the Costa Ricans. The little centre consists of many streets and is fun to pay a visit to.
Day 18 – Montezuma
Relax with your feet buried in the sand, take a refreshing swim in the ocean or go for a nice walk along the beach. From Montezuma you can also make a beautiful boat trip to a deserted island, Isla Tortuga. On the way there you can snorkel and if you are lucky dolphins will swim along the boat.
Day 19 – Montezuma to San José
Today you will drive back to San José within three hours. Here you will spend the night in the same hotel as at the beginning of your trip. A representative of the car rental company will come pick up the rental car.
Day 20 – Departure from San José
A driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the airport. This trip through the impressive nature of Costa Rica has come to an end, but can easily be extended with other destinations.
adventurous costa rica
Adventurous Costa Rica
|20 days/19 nights|
Adventurous Costa Rica
|Based on 4 persons travelling in low season|
|Including||Accomodation including breakfast, car rental 16 days, bus & boat transfer from & to Tortuguero, 2x lunch, 7x dinner, 2 tours in Tortuguero & day tour Bribri Indians|
|Excluding||International & internal flights, entrance fees, optional tours/excursions, personal expenses, booking fee|
|Accommodation Costa Rica||Overnight stay in a double room|
|Flights||At Better Places Travel, you book your own international flights. Your travel expert will gladly advise you on the best option. Read here for more information and tips.|
This information is based on the sample itinerary mentioned above. All our tours are 100% tailor-made, and costs will vary depending on availability, travel period, number and age of travellers, etc. Liesbet would be happy to help you design your ideal travel experience.