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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

9 Days 2 Countries 2 Cities

Relax on tropical Guanacaste Beach and meet the locals on this intimate Country Explorer trip.

"Trip was magic, scenery stunning"


About this trip

From San José and Sarapiquí to the Los Angeles Cloud Forest and Carrillo Beach-the urban highlights and natural wonders of Costa Rica are revealed on this in-depth adventure.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... waking up to something new and exciting every morning and trekking through some of the most biodiverse regions of the world. Experience the locals in the urban cities and breathe in deeply the fresh air of tropical rain forests. From active volcanoes and dry plains to coastal beaches and green cloud forests, every day is a new adventure.

Trip type: Hidden Journey

Trip code: LCRW

8 Nights


15 Meals
  • 8 full breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners.

  • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive San José

Welcome to San José. Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local host and a transfer to your hotel. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception

2. San José – Sarapiquí – Arenal (2 Nights)

This morning, head toward the Poas Volcano area, where you visit a local coffee plantation. Learn about coffee production in Costa Rica from the owner and sample a cup of gourmet coffee. Then, continue to Sarapiquí, an off the beaten path and rarely visited area surrounded by dense rainforests and full of wildlife. Here you are welcomed by Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a Be My Guest experience at their beautiful home, Hacienda Pozo Azul. Enjoy a tour of the plantation before sitting down for a luncheon with your hosts. Afterward, continue to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the giant Arenal Volcano. The afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool or in the hotel's beautifully landscaped hot springs.

Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Arenal Kioro Hotel Suites and Spa

3. Arenal Sightseeing and Free Time

Start the day with an informative visit at the Asis Project, a wildlife refuge where you will learn how the centre helps preserve the life of endangered animals and get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals. Then, savour a typical Costa Rican lunch before an entertaining Cultural Insight, brightened by the dances of children at a local education center. Afterward, enjoy a guided visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can walk eye-level within the lush canopy, observing monkeys, sloths and colourful chattering birds up close.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Arenal Natura Ecological Park

At this wonderful park you will have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica’s wildlife up close and personal where beautiful frogs, birds, reptiles, and their natural habitats will have the starring role. This package includes a frog sanctuary, bird watching, a serpentarium (home to different species of snakes found in Costa Rica), a reptile lagoon (to observe crocodiles) and a heliconia garden. Total duration is approximately about 2 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$38.00

Arenal Volcano Hike

Ever since the 1500s, locals considered Arenal to be just a regular everyday mountain. However, everything changed on the morning of July 29, 1968, when the mountain erupted spewing ash and lava over the region. Up until 2010, the volcano was quite active but has settled down in recent years. Your guided hike will allow you to see up close the areas that were destroyed in the 1968 eruption. Hike through recent lava flows, and see how Mother Nature has brought life back to the region. Total duration is approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$61.00

Kayak On Lake Arenal

Arenal Lake is the largest in the country and home to a wide diversity of birds, both resident and migratory, such as flycatchers, kingfishers and great blue herons. Kayaking on Arenal Lake is a great way to take part in an outdoor activity while you enjoy the amazing, one-of-a-kind views of Arenal Volcano. Along the shoreline watch for howler monkeys enjoying the good life high in the trees. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Adult Price: US$59.00

4. Arenal – Borinquen (2 Nights)

Today, head toward the Guanacaste province. Famous for its cowboys and cattle ranches, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking views of open fields. View Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, a smooth cinder cone volcano made up of 9 contiguous craters before arriving at your hotel in Borinquen. The beautiful resort offers spectacular sights and an abundance of relaxing activities.

Full Breakfast
Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa

5. Borinquen Free Time

The day is free for you to pursue your own interests. Thrill seekers can bike the miles of trails, zip line, take a hike or set off on a horseback ride. The property's thermal hot springs and natural steam room are available if pure relaxation is what you're after. There are dozens of unique options.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

White Water Tubing

Absorb the feel of the canyon from the most beloved means of river transportation, the inner-tube. While a slow float will take you through most of the trajectory, there are several intense rapids along the way. There are parts of the canyon where the rock walls narrow and daylight is scarce. Echoes grow louder and you really get a sense of where you are. But if you remain quiet for a bit, you will find that you are not alone. All kinds of birds and monkeys will announce their presence. Children under the age of 12 not permitted. Children over the age of 12 must be at least 4'7" tall and weigh more that 80 lbs to participate.

Adult Price: US$60.00

Zipline & Canyon Adventure

While Costa Rica has dozens of "canopy tours", Rio Perdido has a truly innovative one. The inspiring Rio Blanco canyon is the main stage for the awesome cable-based adventure, which includes 15 platforms, a pendulum cable, a 50 ft "Tarzan swing", a 90 ft challenge bridge and 5 zip lines with lengths varying from 260 ft to over 800 ft.

Adult Price: US$60.00

6. Borinquen – Palo Verde – Carrillo Beach (2 Nights)

Today, descend to the pristine Carrillo Beach at Nicoya Peninsula. This white sand beach is a secret paradise framed by mountains. En route, enjoy a boat ride on the Tempisque River through the famous Palo Verde National Park. Cruise through 12 different types of habitats, including 4 different species of mangrove trees, 55 aquatic plants and 150 species of trees, a real treasure for those who love and appreciate nature. After a typical lunch served in the park, continue the journey to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Full Breakfast
Nammbú - Beachfront Bungalows

7. Carrillo Beach Free Time

A white sand beach right off your bungalow, pristine and warm water and a beautiful blue sky is the perfect way to enjoy the "pura vida" way of living of the locals. If you wish, take the shuttle to the township of Samara for lunch at one of its casual restaurants, do some shopping, or perhaps embark on an optional experience such as snorkelling, kayaking or surfing-the options are endless. Your Travel Director is on hand to help plan the perfect day.

Full Breakfast

8. Carrillo Beach – Los Angeles Cloud Forest

Mid-morning, travel back toward San José, but not before one last stop in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. In this beautiful reserve, the weather is much cooler, and rain is expected during the afternoons. Join your Travel Director for a different type of experience as you are taken on a nocturnal visit through the Cloud Forest-when the sun goes down, the Cloud Forest transforms itself like no other habitat in the world. You'll see countless species of animals, birds, insects and plants. Later, share experiences with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Villa Blanca Los Angeles Cloud Forest

9. Cloud Forest – Depart San José

Travel back to San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight or extend your stay at the Studio Hotel.

Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Travel to Hacienda Pozo Azul to meet Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a special lunch in their home.

  • Cultural Insights
    Watch a performance by local children.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Trafalgar Cares
    Arenal Vida Campesina Organic Farm This self-sustained, organic cultural education center, produces food, spices, tropical fruits and medicinal plants for educational purpose. During your visit, you'll learn about sustainable agriculture in harmony with the environment.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • View the Arenal and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Samara Beach

    • Visit Sarapiquí, a local coffee plantation, Arenal National Park, Borinquen, Carrillo Beach, Palo Verde National Park and the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve

What's Included


    • 8 full breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners.

    • 3 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Rain ponchos and umbrellas provided for your use

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 5 Reviews

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    Service rating : ????Product : Living is SF Bay Area I found $32 lunch a bit high for 2 sandwiches and drinks.

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    Service rating : Excellent tour guide, choice of most hotels and resort were top notch --- except for one that is still in process of construction and should not be included until fully constructed. The "Be my guest" is a great idea and provided a local feel of the area. Thoroughly enjoyed the

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    Service rating : I was impressed, this was my first experience with a escorted tour group and I was beyond happy. As a solo traveler I feel I have discovered an exciting way to comfortably, and safely travel.In particular, I found the Be my Guest experience to be magical and the Asis Sanctuary to

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    Service rating : Tour director and driver are very professional. Accommodations are very nice and comfortable.Product : The Be My Guest lunch is good with lots of fresh produce. Would like to have more hiking and sightseeing tour. Hotel restaurant does not have too many local food choices, mostly

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    Service rating : Arriving at airport was somewhat confusing but made itProduct : Trip was more that what I was expecting. Guide was GREAT Rooms were well above expectation.

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    • Crossovers: All 2016 departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Please note: For the more remote areas of Costa Rica, we use the best available hotel facilities with comfortable but simple guestrooms and eco-friendly amenities perfectly suited to the natural surroundings. This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces and steps and sometimes through heavy showers (rain ponchos provided). This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.
    • Hidden Journey itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
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