Ultimate Costa Rica

Explore Costa Rica's key attractions on this in-depth tour from Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast to the remote Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Coast.

Costa Rica is a wildlife lover’s dream with over 25% of the country being designated a national park. This 15 day ultimate tour of Costa Rica gives you the chance to explore many of these national parks, starting with Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast. From here you move onto Arenal and its picture-perfect volcano before heading onto the cloud forest above San Gerado de Dota. Head south to the Osa Peninsula, famous for being one of the most bio diverse regions in all of the Americas and finish your trip in Manuel Antonio with its stunning tropical beaches.

Tour highlights

  • Visit one of the most bio-diverse regions in the Americas - the Osa Peninsula where wild jaguars still live
  • Spot the resplendent Quetzal at San Gerado de Dota reserve high up in the cloud forest
  • Enjoy a canopy tour through tropical rainforest close to Arenal
  • Visit Manuel Antonio national park and relax on some tropical beaches in the region
  • Discover Tortuguero's wildlife rich hidden canals by boat
  • Direct flights available with British Airways from London Gatwick (regional departures also possible)
  • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements


Day 1

Arrival into San Jose

Arrival into San Jose international airport. Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International Airport. Transfer to your Hotel in San Jose Located in Barrio Don Bosco, three blocks from Paseo Colon and only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport, the Park Inn Hotel is conveniently situated close to downtown San Jose.

Night at Park Inn Hotel. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

San Jose - Tortuguero

Early pick up from your hotel. Admire the biodiversity of an astonishing protected area in Costa Rica as the bus drives through Braulio Carrillo National Park. Stop on route to have a delicious typical breakfast. Along the road, you can observe many different kinds of products grown in this area such as pineapples and bananas. Board a comfortable boat upon arrival to Caño Blanco pier and let this extraordinary exotic paradise enchant you, as you travel through the Tortuguero canals. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch as you arrive to the lodge.

After lunch, visit to the picturesque town, the green turtle information center and the beach area. Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemisphere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here. Before dinner, free time to enjoy the pool or just relax. Dinner will be served from 7:00 pm. 

Between July and October optional night tour (not included in the package) to observe the turtle nesting. 

Night at Pachira Lodge. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3


After breakfast, guided walking tour through the trails. Free time before lunch. In the afternoon, visit to Tortuguero National Park, exploring the canals in small, open boats to allow a better visibility. Tortuguero is a network of navigable lakes, rivers and canals (both natural and man-made) that are used for transportation and are a great place for observing local wildlife such as birds, monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, American crocodiles and caimans. The canals also provide shelter to endangered animals such as the Oriental Indian Manatee, crocodiles, a large variety of crustaceous and about 30 species of sweet water fish, including the Gaspar, considered as a living fossil. Free time before dinner is served.

Night at Pachira Lodge. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Tortuguero - Arenal

After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to the pier, where you will continue by shared transfer to Arenal. Lunch is included.  

Night at Arenal Springs. Junior Suite.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5


Breakfast at your hotel. You are then collected from your hotel to take the Sky Adventure. 

Firstly take the Sky Tram, a guided tram which travels up over 3200 ft. (1000 m.) hovering over the incredible Arenal forests and arriving at a station with a unique view of Arenal Volcano and Lake. After this take the Sky Trek, a zip line system which fly's you over mountains at incredible speeds and heights to have an extraordinary adventure. Finally finish with the Sky Walk, a series of hanging bridges which are perfect for discovering the exuberant Arenal rain forest from all perspectives, while also enjoying great views and waterfalls. Afternoon at leisure. 

Night at Arenal Springs. Junior Suite.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Arenal - San Gerado de Dota

Private transfer to San Gerado de Dota. 

Trogon Lodge’s property is part of the protected Los Santos Forest Reserve, named like this because most of the towns belonging to the Reserve are named after a Saint (Santo or Santa in Spanish). Therefore, we can find the towns of Santa María, San Marcos, San Pablo, San Gerardo, among others. This custom of naming towns after saints was very popular among the first settlers of this area.

Night at Trogon Lodge. Standard Room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

San Gerado de Dota

Free day. Perhaps take some of the activities on offer from the Lodge. The Savegre valley is famous as one of the best bird-watching destinations in all of Costa Rica, and great place from where to glimpse the elusive Quetzal.  

Night at Trogon Lodge. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

San Gerado de Dota - Osa Peninsula

Private transfer from San Gerado de Dota to the Osa Peninsula. Check-in at your new hotel. 

Hidden in the rainforest above a secluded and wild Pacific Beach, El Remanso Lodge is situated on the Osa Peninsula, close to the famous Corcovado National Park. With its 185 acres of private reserve, it is part of the Osa Peninsula National Refuge. El Remanso is ideal for couples or families, naturalists, photographers and all nature lovers who enjoy experiencing nature at first hand, while respecting and protecting the environment.  

Night at El Remanso Lodge. Classic Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Osa Peninsula

Free day. A wide variety of activities can be enjoyed at the El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge with their highly knowledgeable guides: thrilling waterfall rappelling, early-morning bird watching, guided interpretative hikes, a canopy tree platform tour or simply relax on the wooden deck of your cabin while watching monkeys swing through the surrounding trees! Outside excursions are offered by local guides and include dolphin-watching in the Golfo Dulce, horseback rides through the rainforest and beach, surfing on the famous Matapalo breaks or hiking on a day tour in the Corcovado National Park. 

Nights at El Remanso Lodge. Classic Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Osa Peninsula

Free day. Perhaps take a hike through the nearby Corcovado national park or relax by the pool which offers spectacular view of the surrounding forest. 

Night at El Remanso Lodge. Classic Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Osa Peninsula - Manuel Antonio

Private transfer from the Osa Peninsula to your hotel close to Manuel Antonio. 

Overnight at Hotel Parador. Garden view Room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 12

Manuel Antonio

After breakfast half day tour of Manuel Antonio National park. Located 120 miles (192 km) from San Jose on the Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio National Park is internationally recognized as being one of the most biodiverse parks on the planet. Lush tropical forests, lagoons, mangroves and pristine white sandy beaches make up one of the most diverse ecosystems imaginable. Among the 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, some of the frequently viewed residents include white-faced and howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths and iguanas. The endangered squirrel monkey calls the park home as well. The park contains a great system of well-marked trails to allow visitors to explore (maps may be purchased at the park entrance). The four beaches in the park, Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Escondito and Playita, are some of the best in the country. Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio offer very good snorkeling when the water is clear, which is best during the dry season. 

Afternoon at leisure. 

Overnight at Hotel Parador. Garden view Room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 13

Manuel Antonio

Free days to relax at the hotel or to revisit the national park.

Overnight at Hotel Parador. Garden View Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 14

Manuel Antonio

Final day in Manuel Antonio. Perhaps take a snorkelling trip. 

Overnight at Hotel Parador. Garden View Room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 15


Breakfast at your hotel. Then private transfer back to San Jose airport. Approximate travel time of 2 and half hours. Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to the flight departure.

INCLUDES : Breakfast



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