14 Day Kaleidoscope of Costa Rica

$1789
Land Only
$2069*
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14 Day Kaleidoscope of Costa Rica
Hotel Holiday Inn AUROLA Downtown San Jose San Jose
Aninga Boutique Hotel Tortuguero
Hotel Evergreen Tortuguero
Arenal Paraiso Arenal
Monteverde Country Lodge Monteverde
Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Hotel Villas Lirio Manuel Antonio

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Mar 28  (Sold Out) $2319* $1999
May 09  (Sold Out) $2219* $1949
$2149* $1789
$2109* $1789
$2069* $1789
$2109* $1789
$2239* $1849

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers arriving in San Jose should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Transferring between cities can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions. Hotels in Tortuguero are reached by a short boat ride. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Costa Rica
Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Rest, relax and get ready for your adventure in eco-rich Costa Rica, often called "Pura Vida" - the country with a relaxing and happy lifestyle before an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: San Jose

DAY 2, Friday - Travel to Tortuguero
Depart San Jose this morning traveling east to the shores of the scenic Caribbean coast. See the lush vegetation along with acres of banana plantations, one of Costa Rica’s major exports. At a nearby port, board a motor launch that takes you to the canals in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle with their unique flora and fauna. Perhaps you'll spot Toucans, Jacamars and even Screech Owls. Truly a nature lover's paradise! Arrive at the lodge in Tortuguero in time for lunch. Afterwards, drive to the village for a walking tour. Here, you learn about the significant conservation efforts developed to protect sea turtles that come to nest here each year along the 22 miles of protected coastline. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the lodge
Overnight: Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Full Day in Tortuguero
Awaken this morning to the sounds of the jungle in one of the most remote areas of Costa Rica. Tortuguero is a magical area where the lagoons, rivers and canals are a never-ending story of marine biology. Acquaint yourself with the many tree and insect species of Costa Rica on an easy guided hike through trails in the nearby rainforest. Learn first-hand how wildlife here interacts with forest plants, thus achieving a perfect balance of each species. After lunch, a boat takes you through remote unspoiled sections of the park's waterways on the winding canals where you're likely to see turtles, caimans, monkeys, and many colorful tropical birds thriving in the wild. Dinner together at the lodge
Overnight: Tortuguero
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Travel to San Jose
Travel by motor launch and motor coach this morning on your return to San Jose, center of Costa Rica's best museums, including the Gold Museum and the Costa Rica Art Museum. Take the afternoon to independently explore the city. Be sure to visit the Museo Homenaje Joaquín García Monge, which features temporary exhibitions by contemporary Costa Rican and Central American artists. Perhaps, shop for handicrafts in the Central Plaza, filled with artists selling their wares. This evening, enjoy a drink and orientation with your Tour Manager
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Travel to Arenal
Morning departure for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits, there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Full Day in Arenal
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps, spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an optional evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes a home-cooked traditional dinner
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde Cloud Forest
In the morning, embark on a brisk 2 mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Full Day in Monteverde
Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired

DAY 9, Friday - Travel to Guanacaste
Today, depart Monteverde for Guanacaste. See a huge contrast in scenery as you arrive in the tropical paradise of Guanacaste, located in the northwestern part of the country along the Pacific Coast with its sun-splashed beaches. The rest of the day is yours to discover the many options in this coastal paradise. Enjoy an evening at leisure
Overnight: Guanacaste
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Guanacaste
A day at leisure in picturesque Guanacaste, strikingly beautiful with its exotic bays, exquisite beaches and admire the most beautiful natural scenery. Don't miss the optional Panache Sailing Tour. Spend a relaxing afternoon sailing along Costa Rica's coast in a Catamaran, passing beautiful offshore islands and isolated beaches. Return to land after watching the magnificent sunset
Optional: Panache Sailing Tour (PM)
Overnight: Guanacaste
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Travel to Manuel Antonio
Drive along the shores of the striking Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the country with an exotic combination of exquisite beaches and an exuberant tropical forest. Travel through the scenic mountains to the ocean's shores - it's not unusual here to see iguanas and white-faced monkeys on the beach! Arrive in the bustling town of Jaco, a surfer's paradise, for free time to stroll and perhaps sample some of the local cuisine for lunch. Afterwards, continue to Manuel Antonio. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this popular beach area. In town tonight, you're sure to find great food, music, trendy bars and lots of activity
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Full Day in Manuel Antonio
Enjoy a day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. Perhaps relax at the beach while savoring the gorgeous surroundings. Consider joining the optional Carara National Park Tour where the tropical dry forest and the humid pacific rainforest offers an opportunity to spot an abundance of different native wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, macaws, and hummingbirds. Tonight, dinner together at one of the most popular restaurants in Manuel Antonio. It's time to bid farewell to your Tour Manager, traveling companions and to "Pura Vida"
Optional: Carara National Park Tour (AM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Manuel Antonio National Park Tour, Travel to San Jose
Morning departure for Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most visited conservation areas. Its large land and marine biodiversity and beautiful coral reefs make this one of the world's most impressive natural habitats. Your Tour Manager will lead you through the paths of this tropical paradise with opportunity to discover the mangrove swamps, 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds, beach vegetation and lagoons. Observe several species of monkeys, iguanas, and birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth. Afterward, travel back to San Jose, stopping in Maravillas de Costa Rica to shop for local crafts and souvenirs to bring back home. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city independently. Perhaps, join the optional San Jose City Tour with dinner. Take a panoramic city tour of San Jose including visits to the Gold museum, where more than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts are displayed and the National Theater, the principal jewel of San Jose. Conclude the tour with an authentic Costa Rican dinner at a popular restaurant in the city
Optional: San Jose City Tour with dinner (PM)
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart Costa Rica
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Featured Hotels

Hotel Holiday Inn AUROLA Downtown San Jose Image
Aninga Boutique Hotel Image
Arenal Paraiso Image
Monteverde Country Lodge Image
Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort Image
Hotel Villas Lirio Image

Optional Tours

Enjoy the peaceful sights and the sounds of the rain forest as you quietly float down the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border. A professional guide will share educational and interesting facts about the plants and animals encountered on the float. This area is abundant with bird species, including the Snake-Bird, Wood Storks, and Olivaceous Cormorants. Keep an eye out for the various monkey species, sloths, turtles, and caimans that live along the rivers banks. This tour also includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, along with regional fruit, juices, and coffee. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

This tour is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. Please bring sunscreen, hat, and light clothes.

Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $60.00
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Spend this evening relaxing in the renowned Hot Springs of Arenal. The family owned EcoTermales has four different pools ranging in temperature from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, surrounded by the local flora of the forest. Private and secluded, these hot springs are a great way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. While there, enjoy an included traditional Costa Rican dinner.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $54.00
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Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, making this extreme adventure one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5-3 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $44.00
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Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity. For some, this activity may be considered strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $27.00
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Spend a relaxing afternoon sailing along the coast of Costa Rica's shores! Gaze off the bow as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, or even a breaching whale, depending on the season. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor in front of a secluded white sand beach and frolic in the blue Pacific waters. See beautiful offshore islands and deserted beaches while the ever-helpful crew prepares a delicious snack. Return to land after watching the magnificent sunset. Bring your camera and capture every moment.

Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 - 4 hours.
Suggested items to bring: sandals, extra clothes, sunblock, towel, swimsuit, and Dramamine (if prone to seasickness).

Day #10 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $77.00
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Spend the morning exploring the trails of Carara National Park. The tropical dry forest and the humid pacific rainforest offers an opportunity to spot an abundance of different native wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, macaws, and hummingbirds. With one of the highest diversity of trees in the world, the Carara National Park has some of the most uncommon and rare hardwoods in Costa Rica. Your guide will help point out flora and fauna as you walk through the park. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Suggested items to bring: comfortable walking shoes, insect repellant, sunglasses, and hat.

Day #12 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $72.00
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Begin with a panoramic city tour of San Jose. Stop for a visit to the Gold museum, where more than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts are displayed, dating from 500-1500 AD. Continue to the National Theater, the principal jewel of San Jose. This ornate Neoclassical theater, was declared a National Monument in 1965. Visit the lobby with its Carrara marble floor and admire the lavish furnishings and beautiful murals. Conclude the tour with an authentic Costa Rican dinner at a popular restaurant in the city.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #13 01 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 $69.00
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