11 Days / 10 Nights
Costa Rica is blessed with a magnificent array of flora and fauna, making it one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The pristine, well-kept Arenal Volcano national parks are home to many incredible and exotic wildlife and plant species. See the best of what Mother Nature has to offer in this compact yet diverse country with our 11 day Classic Costa Rica Tour.
Special features of our 11 day Classic Costa Rica Tour:
Type of Tourism: Nature, Biodiversity, Beaches, Water sports, Adventure
Places to Visit: San Jose, Heredia, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio.
Duration: 11 Days and 10 Nights.
Type of Service: group tours.
Accommodation: 3 star hotels and lodges at every destination that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
Today is your arrival day to the San José airport. We will collect you and take you to the hotel to settle in. You will have a free afternoon and evening to explore the modern Costa Rican Capital with its bustling commerce and modern services for visitors. San Jose offers a variety of touristic, cultural and natural attractions, like the museums of Costa Rican Art, Gold, Jade, National and Children’s Contemporary Art and Design. The National Theatre, and historical architecture of the buildings and churches close to park...
This exciting route it’s an adventure in itself. We will pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, which is a protected area boasting beautiful landscapes and fascinating changes in the vegetation. As we get to the lowlands, we will pass through Guapiles, as well as extensive banana plantations until we reach the dock. This is where we board the boat to The Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero’s waterways are abundant and teeming with a variety of animal and plant species as we head to our lodge where we will spend...
The name Tortuguero refers to the Spanish word for turtle as this is the most important nesting site in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green turtle. Other species of sea turtles like the leatherback and hawksbill also nest on the vast beaches of the park and refuge where most exploring is done by small boat, although some hiking trails are available.
After breakfast, we will head out by boat into the national park and our guide, with an amazingly trained eye will astound us by finding wildlife in hidde...
Today we will take a scenic boat, then land transfer to the Arenal Volcano area. As we approach the small town of Arenal, the spectacular volcano is the perfect backdrop for where we will spend the evening at La Fortuna. La Fortuna is best known as the base from which to explore the spectacular Arenal Volcano and National Park. Located north of the Tilaran Mountains, this conical volcano rises out of the San Carlos Plains. Naturally heated thermal springs originate from its depth, offering the chance to be surrounded by nature ...
Today we will head out to explore the Arenal, on two hikes through the Arenal Volcano National Park, as well as a boat tour on Lake Arenal. Our guide will explain the history of the Volcano and the park and the park's different flora and fauna. We will hike across the lava flow on the 1992 eruption. On a clear day, there are spectacular views of this impressive volcano. The 2nd hike is to “La Peninsula” trail that takes us to the shores of Lake Arenal. Passing through beautiful tropical forests of 20 metre trees, we will ...
After breakfast, we will cross the Arenal Lake on a pleasant boat ride with unique and spectacular views of the Arenal volcano. We will make our way up the to the world-famous highland cloud forest of Monteverde for a cool respite and escape from the Costa Rican heat. This is one of the country’s most famous places and a world-class example of conservation by a local community. The forest offers amazing views of the Nicoya Gulf, where we can appreciate the forest's immense biodiversity and absorb the history and cul...
Monteverde’s variable climate and high altitude have helped produce incredible biodiversity. It is home to over 100 species of mammals, more than 400 species of birds, thousands of insect species and around 2500 species of plants – containing the largest number of orchids in the world. Monteverde is recognised as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges on the planet. Today we will head off on a combination of trails and suspension bridges above the Monteverde cloud forest's canopy. We can appreciate the magnifi...
After breakfast, we will head out on a relaxing, scenic drive to the Pacific coast, to enjoy the scenery of the pristine beaches and monkey sightings at Manuel Antonio National Park. This lush national park, houses an amazing coastal rainforest and white sandy beaches, which are home to a variety of animal species. Passing through the small agricultural town of Quepos a cliff top road leads to Manuel Antonio offering glimpses of spectacular forest and beach. This renowned touristic town sits up in the hills overlooking the vibrant Pa...
Today we will head out on horseback to explore Costa Rica´s exotic plants and wildlife. We will ride through the rainforest to the Tocori Private Ecological Reserve, just minutes away from Manuel Antonio Park. Don Gilberto and his family will show us the show us the real Costa Rica and we will learn all about the history and nature of this beautiful country. He will tell us about the native culture and take us for a refreshing swim in the mountain springs' natural, crystalline waters. This is where the impressive waterfalls of ...
After breakfast, we will explore this incredible National Park. Our expert guide will explain all about the park's biodiversity, preserved for over 40 years. This impressive park offers beautiful beaches and magnificent flora and fauna, which combine uniquely in this magical place. In the evening we will head back to the Costa Rican capital of San Jose.
Today is the final day of this Classic Costa Rica adventure. We will pick you up at your hotel, to take you to the San Jose airport for your flight back home or on to your next exciting destination!
You can check our safety protocols in the following link: https://www.horizontes.com/travel-bubbles
We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.
Hepatitis A Food & Water
Recommended for most travellers
Hepatitis B Blood & Body Fluids
Recommended for travellers to most regions.
Typhoid Food & Water
Recommended for travellers to most regions.
Yellow Fever Mosquito
Required if travelling from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Rabies Saliva of Infected Animals
A High-risk country. The Vaccine ris ecommended for long-term travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
There are often outbreaks of malaria in Costa Rica. While there is no vaccine for malaria you can take certain medications.
We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when travelling to the destination.
We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.
As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.
We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.
Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.
VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.
Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.
Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.
Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.
Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.
We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.
We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.
We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.
The official currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón (CRC). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.
Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.
As a committed tour operator we follow the next steps in order to promote sustainability with our collaborators, suppliers and clients:
We undertake sustainability certification processes to improve our operation and promote our green credentials.
We promote sustainable practices among our suppliers and evaluate their performance.
We educate travelers in how to be a responsible traveler.
With our Horizontes Foundation we work with local communities to improve livelihoods and preserve ecosystems.
Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.
Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature.
The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.
This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests.
For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the 24/7 Operations Phone & WhatsApp number: (506) 8730-0396
We have put together a vast selection of highly qualified organizations that we consider to have influenced their specific fields and the sustainable development of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is known for being a green sustainable country and you can do activities such as:
Visit National Parks
Visit rural communities and share with locals
Try local gastronomy
Immerse in nature and wildlife
Plant a tree
For more information you can check our Hands on Learning in Costa Rica Program on the following link: https://horizontes.s3.amazonaws.com/dev/ks/images/VNYhAKY31Ed7w0bY.pdf
All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: (506) 8730-0396. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: email@example.com
This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.
This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.
The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.
Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your hotel.
For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.
In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.
In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.
It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your program.
We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.
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