The Best of Costa Rica

The Best of Costa Rica

Explore impressive national parks and see Costa Rica’s stunning wildlife. You visit Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano and Monteverde’s rainforest. End with beautiful days on the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. See calculatorinc for culture of Costa Rica.

We call this travel proposal “the best of Costa Rica” because we have picked the raisins out of the cake and put together a trip with the absolute highlights Costa Rica has to offer.

You start in the capital San José with one night to catch up after a long journey. Then the adventure begins. First out is Tortuguero National Park with its unique wildlife and the national park can only be visited by boat or plane. The experiences in Tortuguero National Park are very clear on how the country works with ecotourism and sustainability. Everyone connected to the national park works hard to protect the site and its unique ecosystem. Then continue towards the village of Puerto Viejo which is known for its beautiful Jamaican atmosphere and nice restaurants, music and tasty food from the Afro-Caribbean cuisine. On the other side of Costa Rica and La Fortuna lies the magnificent Arenal Volcano. The area around the volcano offers many adventures and hiking experiences. The next highlight is the cloud forest in Monteverde where you do a “canopy walk” to experience the cloud forest and wildlife from a bird’s eye view. The day in Monteverde ends with fun and fast ziplining. The trip ends in Manuel Antonio National Park where you have some beautiful days by the sea and beach. Here, too, there is a wide range of exciting activities such as. hiking in Manuel Antonio National Park, sea kayaking tours and much more. Enjoy an eventful vacation in Costa Rica.

Day 1: Departure from Sweden and arrival in San José

Departure from Sweden to Costa Rica, where you (depending on the airline) arrive in the evening. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel in San José. The city has a wide range of attractions such as colorful local markets, historical museums and green parks that give the city’s people pleasant places to catch their breath in the country’s capital. In the capital there is the Plaza de la Cultura which is full of small stalls, shops and street vendors who live on selling clothes, jewelry and carpets. In the city center, it is also often cheap to buy surfing equipment for the trip.

Day 2: San JoséTortuguero National Park

This morning you will be picked up at the hotel and continue by public transport and drive to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. The trip takes approx. four to five hours. On the way there you can see Costa Rica’s beautiful landscape and the country’s colorful plantations. When you reach the eastern passage of the national park, you take a boat further on the beautiful river systems through the rainforest. On the boat trip you can see crocodiles and alligators in the river. You can also see other animals living in the jungle, e.g. monkeys in the rainforest trees and along the river bank. You arrive at the sonar in the afternoon. During the period July-October, you may be lucky enough to see some of the 2,500 green turtles that go ashore annually to lay eggs on the national park’s dark sandy beaches. This experience is not included in the price and should be booked in connection with the trip as there are restrictions on how many people are allowed to attend this special event. It is important to point out that Tortuguero National Park is a fantastic experience even outside the normal dry season and the turtles’ hatching season. The stay includes meals as well as some selected experiences in the national park. After arriving at the lodge, you can spend the rest of the day feeling comfortable. ( The stay includes meals as well as some selected experiences in the national park. After arriving at the lodge, you can spend the rest of the day feeling comfortable. ( The stay includes meals as well as some selected experiences in the national park. After arriving at the lodge, you can spend the rest of the day feeling comfortable. (F , L , M )

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

Enjoy an eventful and magnificent day in Tortuguero National Park. A visit to the national park is one of Costa Rica’s most unique animal experiences. Here you will find lush nature, hundreds of different plant species and impressive rainforest trees along the rivers. Many tourist guides describe Tortuguero National Park as a miniature version of the Amazon rainforest in South America. You can do whatever you want during the day until the afternoon when it’s time to go on a boat safari in Tortuguero National Park. You can spend the morning exploring the many beautiful nature trails on your own or book one of the lodge’s additional tours in the national park. After lunch, an eventful boat safari begins on the national park’s many rivers. The local guide on board the boat is good at discovering the animals that often hide well along the river or in the trees when the boat passes by. It can be a good idea to bring binoculars on the trip. You return to the lodge before the sun goes down and then it’s time for supper in the lodge’s restaurant. For the rest of the evening, you can do whatever you want. In the evenings it is often possible to hear sounds from all the jungle animals at the lodge. (F , L , M )

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

After breakfast, head back through the rainforest and then south to the picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, located on the southern coast of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The village is popularly called Puerto Viejo and is known for its Jamaican atmosphere with reggae music and calypso rhythms that give the village a pleasant atmosphere. After checking in, you can enjoy the surroundings of the hotel or perhaps book a tour for the next day. ( F )

Day 5: On your own in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

On this day you can enjoy your stay at the hotel or spend time on the Caribbean beaches. Here the sand is a little darker than it is on other beaches in the Caribbean. You can e.g. rent a bike or go on an excursion to the Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. This nature reserve is ideal for hiking and there are several waterfalls in the area that you can see on hiking tours or from horseback. The city is also known for its restaurants with tasty dishes from the Afro-Caribbean cuisine. ( F )

Day 6: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – La Fortuna

After breakfast, cross Costa Rica to the area around the Arenal Volcano, a trip that takes approx. six to seven hours. You will arrive at the hotel in the afternoon. You will stay here for two nights. The area is home to perhaps Costa Rica’s most beautiful volcano, which last erupted in 1968, after centuries of inactivity. During the eruption, two nearby villages were destroyed and forests and many farms were also covered by lava. If you are lucky, on clear days you can see how the Arenal Volcano sprays ash. Since 1995, the area around the volcano has been a national park and there are currently some restrictions on hiking in the area, which means that you are not allowed to hike up to the top of the Arenal Volcano. The hotel you are staying at can help with advice on permitted hiking trails and the wide range of exciting activities in the area. (F )

Day 7: On your own in La Fortuna by the Arenal Volcano

You design the day at Arenal Volcano on your own because the area offers a myriad of exciting activities and experiences for all tastes. The town of La Fortuna is beautifully situated next to the volcano and it is easy to find everything from small cozy hotels to large, lavish hotels. You can see volcanoes, magnificent nature, La Fortuna waterfall, hot springs and take part in a wide range of adventure experiences. Hiking around the Arenal Volcano is among the area’s most popular activities and although you can no longer see lava erupting from the top of the volcano, it is still one of Central America’s most breathtaking volcanoes. In the area around the 1,633 meter high Arenal volcano there are many different hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. If you are looking for more challenging hiking routes, a hike at the Cerro Chat Volcano may be an interesting option for you. This hike takes 6-7 hours and takes you up to Arenal’s beautiful sister volcano. You walk through the dense rainforest and after several hours of challenging hiking you reach the volcano’s crater which contains an azure lake. The road on this hike can be muddy and slippery and therefore we recommend good hiking shoes or boots if you intend to participate. From La Fortuna you can also take part in several different mountain bike rides, kayak or explore the volcanic landscape by ATV. You can also participate in adventure experiences such as. rappelling, cable cars, bungee jumping from a height of 40 meters and rafting. There are many different activities to participate in. If you find something that sounds interesting, a travel consultant can easily tailor the tours for you and also possibly help to extend your stay for a fee. (F )

Day 8: La Fortuna – Monteverde

This morning you travel early to the beautiful rainforest of Monteverde, a car ride by minibus that takes approx. four hours. On the way you pass through Costa Rica’s beautiful highlands. Some parts of the journey go on small primitive roads that make it feel like you are on a real adventure. You arrive around noon and immediately after arrival it is time to go on an exciting tour called “Sky-walk”. This is a hike that is performed on seven suspension bridges that are spread over a hiking trail of approx. 3 km. From the forest branch, you can see the rainforest from a bird’s eye view. You can also learn a little about some of the more than 2,500 plant and bird species found in Monteverde’s rainforest. In addition, this beautiful rainforest has the world’s highest concentration of orchids and is also home to hummingbirds, toucans and colorful quetzals that many ornithologists describe as one of the most beautiful bird species in the world. After a pleasant hike above the rainforest, an eventful ziplining adventure awaits, which begins with you receiving safety instructions. Then you get strapped into different braces and can float forward over the rainforest. On this tour, you pass 12 different zipline tracks that together form one of the world’s longest zipline trails. You will return to the hotel late in the afternoon. ( On this tour, you pass 12 different zipline tracks that together form one of the world’s longest zipline trails. You will return to the hotel late in the afternoon. ( On this tour, you pass 12 different zipline tracks that together form one of the world’s longest zipline trails. You will return to the hotel late in the afternoon. (F ) NOTE! Children from approx. 7-8 year olds can participate in the ziplining trip across the rainforest together with a guide.

Day 9: Monteverde – Manuel Antonio

In the morning you drive on to Manuel Antonio in a minibus, a car journey that takes approx. four hours. This is a place where the lush rainforest meets some of Costa Rica’s most exotic sandy beaches. In addition, the national park is among the most visited national parks in the country and has four large beaches adjacent to it. The wildlife in the rainforest is very varied. Among other things, there are upwards of 184 bird species and approx. 109 species of mammals, including howler monkeys, polar bears, sloths, jaguars and the small claw that is known from the films about Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. This national park on the Pacific coast is adjacent to a large number of nature trails that are perfect to use for hiking among the jungle’s exotic animal species. ( F )

Day 10–13: Travel on your own in Manuel Antonio

In Manuel Antonio you can spend some fantastic days and combine a wonderful swimming holiday on the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean with a wide range of exciting activities. Among other things, you can hike in Manuel Antonio National Park and take part in a variety of fun day trips that include everything from kayaking, rafting, tubing and rappelling. ( F )

Day 14: Manuel Antonio – San José

It’s time to say goodbye to this exotic paradise after a wonderful and, to say the least, eventful holiday where you have seen many of Costa Rica’s top attractions. After breakfast you return to San José, a journey that takes approx. four hours. the rest of the day is on its own.

Day 15: San José – Airport

You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport.

Day 16: Arrival in Sweden

The time you get home to Sweden depends on which airline you fly with.

Overnight stays

Two nights in standard hotels in San José
Two nights in a standardekolodge Tortuguero National Park
Two nights in standard hotels in Puerto Viejo
two nights standard hotel in La Fortuna at Arenal Volcano
Two nights of standard hotel in Monteverde
Four nights in standard hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park

The Best of Costa Rica