Costa Rica Express
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From $1,550, 9 days, across Costa Rica, & Guatemala Trip code: QVKR

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 2 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the diversity of Costa Rica's environment
  • Spot wildlife in the lush Monteverde cloud forest
  • Swim in the warm waters of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Catch a show at San Jose's National Theatre
  • Lay back and relax in La Fortuna hot springs

Trip Summary

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The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica's environment is world-renowned for being diverse, vibrant and healthy. If you're short on time but want a taste of this country's unique sights then jump onboard this express trip through San Jose's colonial streets; La Fortuna's hot springs and volcano; Monteverde's cloud forest; and Manuel Antonio's turquoise seas. With abundant wildlife, intense volcanic landscapes and superb Pacific beaches, this Costa Rican adventure is sure to be a trip to remember.


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What will I be doing?

  • Day 1 San Jose ()

  • Days 2-3 La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano ()

  • Days 4-5 Monteverde ()

  • Days 6-7 Manuel Antonio National Park ()

  • Days 8-9 San Jose ()

Day 1 San Jose:

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Destination info

It is very easy to see why Costa Rica is such a popular destination with travellers from all over the world. It has something to suit everyone, from the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast to the untouched rainforest that covers much of the country. With over 27% of the country being made up of protected habitats and national parks, this is a haven for nature lovers with its variety of landscapes, flora and fauna. 

  • Location:

Get accustomed to Costa Rican time on a leisurely walk through San Jose or perhaps visit the lively San Pedro area.

Days 2-3 La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano:

Next Leg

Destination info

It is very easy to see why Costa Rica is such a popular destination with travellers from all over the world. It has something to suit everyone, from the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast to the untouched rainforest that covers much of the country. With over 27% of the country being made up of protected habitats and national parks, this is a haven for nature lovers with its variety of landscapes, flora and fauna. 

  • Location:

Head to La Fortuna and the beautiful surrounds of Lake Arenal, where big winds sweeping in from the Caribbean make the lake a windsurfer's delight. Why not visit the active Arenal Volcano - the sight of this magnificent beast lighting up the night sky is truly breathtaking.

Days 4-5 Monteverde:

Next Leg

Destination info

It is very easy to see why Costa Rica is such a popular destination with travellers from all over the world. It has something to suit everyone, from the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast to the untouched rainforest that covers much of the country. With over 27% of the country being made up of protected habitats and national parks, this is a haven for nature lovers with its variety of landscapes, flora and fauna. 

  • Location:

Ecologists have suggested that the steamy Monteverde cloud forest was actually once two different ecosystems, straddling each side of the Continental Divide. As a result, the area boasts several unique species of flora and fauna. Explore the emerald-green cloud forest by foot to admire the wide array of wildlife and to learn how this incredible ecological curiosity came to be.

Days 6-7 Manuel Antonio National Park:

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Destination info

It is very easy to see why Costa Rica is such a popular destination with travellers from all over the world. It has something to suit everyone, from the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast to the untouched rainforest that covers much of the country. With over 27% of the country being made up of protected habitats and national parks, this is a haven for nature lovers with its variety of landscapes, flora and fauna. 

  • Location:

Discover the soft-sand beaches, tropical vegetation and turquoise waters of Manuel Antonio National Park. Hike along the trails to spot some of the abundant wildlife - be on the lookout for armadillos, sloths and colourful birds. Impossible to resist, the warm waters offer great swimming, kayaking or surfing. While Manuel Antonio itself is a laidback kind of town, its nightlife is famously fiery - so kick up those heels and get a taste for Costa Rican revelry.

Days 8-9 San Jose:

Destination info

It is very easy to see why Costa Rica is such a popular destination with travellers from all over the world. It has something to suit everyone, from the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast to the untouched rainforest that covers much of the country. With over 27% of the country being made up of protected habitats and national parks, this is a haven for nature lovers with its variety of landscapes, flora and fauna. 

  • Location:

Return to San Jose to meander through the stalls of the Mercado Central, take a look at the collection of shimmering art at the Museo de Oro Precolombino y Numismatica or catch a show at the city's pride and joy - the Teatro Nacional. There is many a wonderful way to end this fantastic Costa Rican adventure.

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What's included?

  • All accommodation
  • Activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Meals as stated in the trip notes
  • Services of a trip leader throughout
  • 24 hour support

What's not included?

  • Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money, drinks, tips and gratuities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old.

 

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nts)

 

Transportation
Minibus, Shuttle Bus, Boat

Group Size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group

Budget
Allow USD $210 for meals not included.

Trip Kitty
 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

DBS

This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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