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7 Days
Availability : Flexible Dates
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Min Age : 10+

This self-guided itinerary has been specially designed for first-time travelers to Costa Rica, giving you the opportunity to experience a variety of destinations, adventures, national parks, beaches, rain forests and active volcanoes. The tour is fully customizable. 

Your first days in Costa Rica will be in San Jose at a boutique hotel, a true oasis in the heart of the capital city, San Jose. Located close to shops, museums, and restaurants, you’ll have time to explore the friendly environment of Costa Rica’s capital city. In the following days, there will be options for whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, visiting Poas Volcano, coffee plantations, Manual Antonio National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.


Read trip reviews for San Jose and Pacuare River Rafting to better understand the ecotourism experience.


Day 1Arrival into Costa Rica

Your first days in Costa Rica will be in San Jose at a boutique hotel with a designation of Level 4 Certificate in Sustainable Tourism. The hotel exudes the charm and character of a stately mansion with the comforts and amenities of a fine hotel. It has a secluded terrace garden with large Jacuzzis and courtyards filled with fountains and tropical flowers. Explore the city on your own or arrange for a private tour.

Day 2Optional Activities

Today you can choose whether to take an adventurous adrenaline-release tour on the Class III-IV waters of the Pacuare River, or enjoy a full day visit to the exuberant cloud forest and active volcano.

Pacuare River rafting tour: After an early morning pickup from your hotel, you will be driven by private, comfortable bus to the Operations Center for a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. Once at the river at our private put-in, you’ll raft 16 miles deep in the heart of densely vegetated gorges, past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids, in one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. The Pacuare River is one of the top five rafting rivers in the world for its scenery and rapids.

Poas Volcano, Coffee tour and La Paz Waterfall gardens: Early departure from the hotel, to the foothills of the Poas Volcano. Your first stop will be Doka Estate, where one of the best coffees in our country is produced. You will receive an introduction in the plantation; then, a visit to a wet coffee mill that is 70 years old and still works! Afterwards, the drying patios, and finally, the roaster and packing plant will give you a picture of the universe of our golden bean. From here, you will head to the Poas Volcano, featuring one of the largest crater in the world, 1.5 km (0.95 miles) wide and you will walk to the very edge of it! After spending some time at the crater, you will hike back to the transportation to head for La Paz Waterfall Gardens. At La Paz, you will enjoy the frog and snake exhibition, the butterfly garden and the hummingbird gallery and the two waterfalls of La Paz river. At the end of the tour, you will have time for some shopping.

Days 3-4Arenal Volcano & Hotsprings

Grab your bags and drive off to the famous Arenal Volcano, and a mere 200 meters from the hot springs. The hotel features large tropical gardens, swimming pool, conference room, vegetable garden, restaurant, bar and complete spa services including massages, facials, and more. Relax!

Here you can elect to visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges (not included), 15 miniature Golden Gates through the jungle, or arrange for other adventures. Visit to the Arenal Volcano National park where you will walk either in the trail Los Tucanes or Mirador El Silencio, depending upon which side of the volcano the lava is flowing. It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife, magnificent lava rock formations and the Arenal Lake. During the tour, experienced guides will provide interesting and educational information regarding the history of the majestic mountain and the Arenal Volcano National Park. At the hot springs you can enjoy a healthy and relaxing bath.

Days 5-6Manuel Antonio National Park

Time to hit the beach! Costa Rica is known for its pristine beaches and wonderful weather, and on this 2-day leg you will be spending your time on one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches, Manuel Antonio.

Your stay will be at a deluxe beachfront hotel located approximately 15 minutes drive from the main entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park. All rooms offer spectacular views of the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Pacific Ocean and the tropical rainforest. The hotel was built with an ambitious combination of deluxe accommodation, coupled with the highest level of certified sustainability. The buildings housing the guest rooms were altered to fit around existing trees, water is heated with solar panels and grey water is reused for irrigation.

During your stay, you’ll take two fantastic adventure tours. The first one is a spectacular Canopy tour, where you soar through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. It’s completely safe, and expert guides assist and educate you on the various layers of virgin rain forests. You’ve never seen nature from this perspective! This is a tour that you will never forget. Next, strap on your walking shoes and tour Manuel Antonio National Park. Once again, an expert guide will take you on an unforgettable journey through one of the country’s most beautiful national parks. You and your guide will discover nature together, seeking out a vast variety of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world

Day 7Departure

Transfer out – Drive to San Jose International airport to take the plane back to home, relaxed, invigorated, with plenty of memories!

Tour Details

Package pricing is for 2 adults and 2 children.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • One Lunch, One Dinner
  • Noted Activities
  • Private Transfers Between Airport & Hotels

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Optional Excursions
  • Most Lunches & Dinners
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Departure Taxes

Optional Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Yoga & Meditation