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Pura Vida Costa Rica

Trip Length

Trip Code

10 days GSCH

Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Start City

End City

San Jose San Jose
Pura Vida Costa Rica

If Costa Rica was a food, it would taste like a cross between coffee and vinegar. OK that sounds gross. But you can't leave without trying shade-grown Costa Rican coffee and salsa lizano, the tary sauce they slather on everything.

(Was Costa Rican Highlights)

Pura Vida Costa Rica

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: San Jose

As far as starting places go, you can't get much better than San Jose. Get here early so you can check out the museums, markets, National Theatre and start winding your body clock back to Caribbean time.

Day 1

Day 2

Spend free time exploring the cosmopolitan capital of Costa Rica and the centre of the country's theatre and art world

Day 3-4: Monteverde

When the dodo became extinct, the sloth stepped up as 'least likely to evolve'. YouTube 'sloth walking' to see what we mean.

Day 5-6: La Fortuna - Arenal

Whitewater rafting, horse riding, trekking at night to see molten lava spewing from Arenal Volcano, swimming in the waterfalls of La Catarata de Fortuna.

Day 7-9: Puerto Viejo

Your challenge: cram as much hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, diving, snorkelling, lobster, deep-fried cheese and empanadas into the next three days as humanly possible.

Day 10: Puerto Viejo - San Jose

Toast the end of your trip with a big plate of lobster dripping in butter and garlic. It's what the Costa Ricans would want.

Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

An experienced local guide plus there will be the services of local guides at some sites. Entrance fee to Arenal volcano, All transport, accommodation, sightseeing as indicated.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals



Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, meals, entrance fees, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Important Information

Important - A Word on Central America
Central America is different and that’s what makes it such an fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. The locals live with these issues everyday. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. If you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Central Americans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.

Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

24 December 2013

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