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Costa Rica BLT

  • Code #CRA
  • 9 Days
Duration
9 Days
/8 Nights
Availability
Jan,2018-Nov,2019
Group Size
Max 15
Departure City: 
San Jose
Ends in: 
San Jose
Accommodation
Budget Lodging
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Trip Overview

Costa Rica is a true adventurer's paradise! Brave river rapids, walk through old growth cloud forests, cross hanging bridges, swim in the Pacific Ocean and learn a little of the local lingo. From stunning jungle-lined beaches to barren and active volcanoes, you'll be amazed by the sheer diversity that Costa Rica has within one country. Experience it from the road, on foot, and by boat; with so many national parks, ample wildlife and sparkling coastlines, this all-encompassing Costa Rica adventure is what you've been dreaming of!

Included Highlights 
  • Experience a unique boat trip through the Tortuguero Canals
  • Thrilling mountain water slide tubing in Rincon de la Vieja
  • Scenic boat ride across Arenal Lake
  • See an active volcano at Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Relax and swim on Samara Beach
  • National parks & reserves - Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde & Rincon de la Vieja
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 15
Hotel
8 Nights

Food & Meals

  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner included

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Costa Rica BLT
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

 

2018 Itinerary

Leaving the bustling capital of San Jose and make your way through your first taste of Costa Rican paradise! You’ll encounter weather, temperature and landscape variations as you cross the Braulio Carrillo Cloud Forest National Park. Take in Guapiles and the Caribbean lowlands – one of the largest banana plantations in the world. Upon reaching Tortuguero National Rain Forest, you’ll be able to spot wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, crocodiles and turtles as you pass through the Tortuguero canals on an included boat ride. Your day ends with a visit to the small village of Tortuguero.

Accommodation

Caribbean ecolodge included

Meals

No meals included

Fill up on breakfast – another adventurous day awaits! This morning, you’ll jump back aboard the boat for another canal ride back to your van. Watch and listen as the forest comes alive to the sound of birds and other animals, and don't forget your camera! As you make your way through more of the Guapiles area and across the San Carlos Lowlands, you’ll pass both rural and urban scenery. Keep an eye on the skyline for the Arenal Volcano – you’ll get the chance to see it up close tomorrow!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

After lying dormant for 400 years, the Arenal Volcano erupted in 1968 – and has been erupting on a smaller scale ever since. With an almost perfect cone and a 140-metre-deep crater formed over an ancient caldera, it's like something out of a movie set. You have the day in the park to explore the area, taking in both the Arenal and the smaller, lesser-known Chato Volcano, which has been inactive for 3500 years and has a collapsed crater with a picture-perfect lagoon. You might also want to take a walk across the stunning hanging bridges; you won't forget the awesome views from some of the highest bridges in Costa Rica. If you’re looking for adventure, you can opt to unleash your inner Tarzan with a canopy tour – with a rope swing in the middle of the forest reaching 30m in height, it’s a must-do for adrenaline junkies!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included

Optional Activities

Biking tour US$55
Hanging bridges guided canopy walk US$60
Sky Tram gondola US$40
Sky Tram night tour with canopy sky trek US$70
Sky Trek zip lines US$70

Make a beeline for Arenal Lake, the largest and most important freshwater lake in Costa Rica. There's no better way to experience it than to board a boat for a scenic ride and listen to your guide talk about the lush rainforest, farms and mountains that surround the lake. Next up, continue by land along a dirt track road to Monteverde, founded by a group of Quaker farmers in the 1950s and today a town which oozes charm. Take a hike inside the humid grounds of Monteverde Private Reserve. The high humidity is thanks to the warm winds that come from both oceans (the Pacific and the Caribbean) which collide together, and it's a great spot for diverse and plentiful flora and fauna. See if you can spot purple mayflowers and coyol palms! Different species of trees, orchids and lichens are easily found, as well as bird species including the Resplendent Quetzal, hummingbirds, Black Guans, toucans and many more. You may also spot Howler Monkeys in the trees.

Accommodation

Lodge included

Meals

Breakfast included

We told you to get a good night’s sleep – an early morning hike will introduce you to the wonders of this fascinating 24,700 acre biological reserve. The lush forest surroundings take you past moss and fern covered trees, espaves and mayflowers with their purple blooms, coyol palms, bastard cedars, gumbo-limbos and wild cottons.  As altitude increases, the vegetation becomes more stunted and twisted, evidence of fierce winds that have blown through the area. Over 400 species of bird live in Monteverde, along with exotic frogs. After your morning hike, you’ll have the chance to explore the park in more depth on your own. You could opt to walk across the hanging bridges, accompanied by a guide who'll show you the multicolour world of the tropical rainforest below. The Sky Walk is a combination of suspension bridges and walking trails, with views guaranteed to leave you breathless.

Accommodation

Lodge included

Meals

Breakfast included

Optional Activities

Night hiking US$25-$35
Hanging bridges canopy walk US$35-$45
Zip lining US$45
Frog Pond Museum US$15-$20
Horse riding US$50

Travel the Pan American Highway and head north, passing by the cities of Canas and Liberia before arriving in Rincon de la Vieja. Experience the thrill of our included tubing experience on a 400 metre mountain water slide which cuts its way through some of Costa Rica's tropical forests. It's a totally refreshing experience; pure adventure and excitement which you won't forget in a hurry!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast included

If you want to explore more of Rincon de la Vieja, there's loads to see, including an active stratovolcano at 1916m above sea level, giant old-growth trees and an abundance of wildlife. At the foot of the southern flank of the volcano you can enjoy Las Pailas with over 133 acres of hot springs, sulphuric lakes and holes that eject clouds of steam. Late morning the beach calls, so we answer with a trip to stunning Samara Beach.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast included

With a day free to live the beach life, you’ll be able to beat the crowds at one of Costa Rica’s lesser-known but incredibly beautiful vacation spots. Offering a more authentic feel than the country’s bigger resorts, this thriving fishing and farming community is home to exotic fruit, tree nurseries and restoration projects. Rows of palm trees and soft, near-white sand makes it the perfect place for some downtime. Grab a drink at one of the beachside bars, take a dip in the gentle, shallow waters or simply watch the world go by. Can’t sit still? Get into some of the area’s popular watersports, including stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals

Breakfast included

Optional Activities

Stand up paddle boarding US$47
Ocean kayak US$45

Your tour sadly comes to an end today – so enjoy your final rays by the beach before returning to San Jose with a bag full of wonderful memories and a bunch of awesome new friends!

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00hrs

Meals

Meals paid locally
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

SAN JOSE - HOTEL VILLA TOURNON

Bario Tournon, 125 metres east of "La Republica", San Jose

Located a few blocks from downtown and close to attractions. With outdoor pool, jacuzzi, restaurant and bar.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £43 | US$56 | Eur51 | AU$72 | NZ$76
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £74 | US$97 | Eur89 | AU$126 | NZ$133
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Take the shuttle service from the airport. Transfer takes 20-30mins. cost approx. US$15 (one way per person). You must reserve the shuttle online www.interbusonline.com at least 48 hours before arrival. Or after clearing customs go to the Taxi booth (on your left) and hire a taxi for approx. US$30. Taxis take 30 mins from the International Airport (traffic dependent). 

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

  • Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per person
  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
  • We are ATOL protected and IATA licensed
  • Personal service - you're more than just a number

Call us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

4.6 out of 5

Costa Rica adventures with Trek America

Jazzie Roy

Most amazing experience of my life!

Reviewed May 2017

The perfect blend of adrenaline, hiking, wildlife and relaxation. It was as if someone reached into my head and designed the perfect trip for me. The group size was perfect and our Tour Guide and Driver were amazing, they had so much knowledge to share about everywhere we travelled. The best part was that I didn't once feel like a tourist, we may have been shown a slightly glamorised version of Costa Rica but it was still the real deal. I would recommend this trip to anyone who's even slightly thinking about going. I promise it's so worth it.

Past Trekkers Review

Couldn't believe my eyes!

Reviewed August 2015

Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing from start to finish, due in large part to our wonderful guide Edgar! His knowledge of Costa Rican history and ecology was extensive and he went out of his way to make sure we saw everything we wanted.Our group focused a lot on hiking around different areas to find...

Past Trekkers Review

Amazing country, just paradise.

Reviewed April 2015

I could not fault my trip to Costa Rica, this my 2nd trek with Trek America & I would never travel with anyone else, they are so organised. Our tour leader Yogi was incredible, he knew every answer to every question we had about the country.I saw things i didnt even know existed. Couldnt believe...

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