Costa Rica Experience
10 days from £945 (was £1,050)
Costa Rica is one of our favourite destinations. With dazzling beaches, abundant wildlife, welcoming locals and amazing adrenaline activities, it’s a stellar choice for travellers with a sense of adventure. This unforgettable 10-day group tour covers San Jose, La Fortuna (the adventure capital of Costa Rica), Monteverde Cloud Forest and the lovely coastal town of Santa Teresa. With night safaris, yoga classes, homestays, zip-lining and hot spring visits included, it’s a great value introduction to this gorgeous country.
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Day 1: San Jose. Fly into San Jose where you’ll be met by one of our local team and taken to your starting accommodation in San Jose. Meet your guide and group this evening for dinner and drinks.
Day 2: Local homestay. Travel to the small rural community of Coope San Juan. Settle into your homestay accommodation then enjoy a cooking demo and authentic lunch, before exploring the local area on bikes. Spend the evening playing games and sitting round the fire with the locals.
Day 3: La Fortuna. Travel to the adventure capital of Costa Rica – La Fortuna. After we’ve settled into our accommodation, we’ll visit a hot spring attraction, featuring waterslides, swim-up bars and waterfalls!
Day 4: La Fortuna. We’re off to El Salto, the local swimming hole. There’s a rope swing over the water if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Tarzan! This afternoon head back to La Fortuna and spend the afternoon as you choose. Why not book one of the adventure activities the town is so famous for?
Day 5: Monteverde. Transfer to Monteverde with epic views on the way. This beautiful area is covered in cloud forest and rich in wildlife. Tonight, we’re going on a night safari. With sloths, armadillos, frogs and snakes calling the area their home, you’re sure to see some amazing animals.
Day 6: Monteverde. Get ready for an adrenaline rush as we head out to a breath-taking zip-line where we’ll fly through the cloud forest canopy like the birds. This afternoon is yours to spend as you choose.
Day 7: Santa Teresa. Head for the beautiful beachside town of Santa Teresa. Check into our accommodation, explore the beach and have a dip. Don’t miss the stunning sunset from one of the beach bars with your new friends.
Day 8: Santa Teresa. Treat yourself to a lie-in before a day of bumming around on the beach. Have a dip, play some volleyball or take a surf lesson. Later today we’ll enjoy a sunset yoga session before a dinner with the group.
Day 9: Montezuma. Take a day trip to the beach town of Montezuma and its waterfalls today. Swim in the beautifully clear sea, before enjoying some lunch, then walk across to Cabuya Island to explore its atmospheric cemetery. Then head back to Santa Teresa for a farewell dinner.
Day 10: Trip end. Your amazing Costa Rica Experience comes to an end today, so pack your bags, say goodbye to your travel family and either head home or continue your travels.
- 9 nights’ accommodation
- 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- Airport pick up on arrival
- All on-trip transport
- Coope San Juan homestay
- Bike ride in rural Costa Rica
- Monteverde night safari
- Monteverde zip-lining
- El Salto swimming hole visit
- La Fortuna hot springs visit
- Santa Teresa yoga class
- Montezuma day trip
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Return airport transfer
- Most meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
9 nights’ accommodation are included as part of this trip. You’ll be staying in a mix of twin rooms and dorm-style accommodation.
1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included as part of this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This gives you maximum flexibility to eat where and when you like.
The trip starts in San Jose. You’ll need to fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)on day 1 or earlier. You’ll be met from the airport by one of our local team and taken to your starting accommodation. There are no activities planned apart from an optional dinner and drinks with the group this evening, so arrive whenever suits you.
The trip ends in Santa Teresa. The closest airport is Tambor Airport (TMU). The airport is 29km from Santa Teresa and takes around 40 minutes to travel to by taxi. If you would prefer to fly out from the same airport you arrived into, it takes around 6 hours to get back to San Jose by bus, so you will need to allow plenty of time to accommodate this. Return transfers are not included so when the trip ends on day 10, you’ll need to make your own way to the airport. However, your guide can help you arrange this.
Please note: transfer times are approximate. Please allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
You need to be 18 years old to go on this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You can stay for up to 90 days under a tourist waiver. You may however, need evidence of return or onward travel. Your passport should have at least 1 month’s validity from the date of your departure.
Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. It’s your responsibility to ensure that information is valid at the time of travel.
Can I Travel On My Own?
Yes of course. Lots of our customers are solo travellers. Our small group format makes it easy to make new friends.
How Much Spending Money Do I Need?
It depends on your personal spending habits, and how many optional activities and excursions you want to participate in, but prices in Costa Rica are generally quite reasonable. As an indication, you can expect to pay between £5-£20 for a meal and between £1-£5 for drinks.
Can I Book Pre Or Post Trip Accommodation?
Yes, at an extra cost. Talk to your travel adviser for more information about booking extra nights.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.