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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

9 Days 2 Countries 3 Cities

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

"Trip was magic, scenery stunning"


About this trip

San Jose and Sarapiqui 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... meeting the Quintanas at their eco-hacienda, where you'll discover the secrets to their sustainable way of living, explore the gardens and share delicious home-made dishes and local wine together.

Trip type: Hidden Journeys i

Trip code: LCRW

8 Nights


15 Meals
  • 8 full breakfasts.

  • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 4 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive San Jose

Welcome to San Jose, 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
Studio Hotel

2. San Jose – Sarapiqui - Arenal (2 nights)

This morning head towards 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 Sarapiqui, 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 Hacienda Pozo Azul. Enjoy a tour of the plantation before sitting down for a delicious and convivial luncheon with your hosts. Afterwards, continue to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the giant Arenal Volcano. This 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 a guided visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges where you can walk eye-level within the lush canopy, observing monkeys, sloths and colorful chattering birds up close. Then, savour a typical Costa Rican lunch before an entertaining Cultural Insight, brightened by the dances of children from a local school.  Afterwards, enjoy an informative visit at the Asis Project, a wildlife refuge where you will learn how the center helps preserving the life of endangered animals and get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals. Back at the hotel, there is more time to relax in your suite.

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 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 still quite active but has settled down in recent years. Your guided hike will allow you to see the areas that were destroyed in the 1968 eruption up close. 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 – Rio Perdido (2 Nights)

Today head towards San Bernardo Lowlands, located in the Guanacaste province. This place is a hidden gem, two converging canyons, where the cool Rio Blanco meets the hot waters of Rio Perdido. Upon arrival, you will have the afternoon at leisure. The beautiful resort offers spectacular sights and many activities, all just steps from your forest bungalow.

Full Breakfast
Rio Perdido Thernal Spa Experience Hotel

5. Rio Perdido Free Time

The day is free for you to pursue your own interests. Take a short walk from your bungalow and in minutes you'll spot unique species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Thrill seekers can bike the miles of trails, zip line, take a hike, go white water tubing. There are over a dozen unique options..

Full Breakfast

6. Rio Perdido - Palo Verde - Carrillo Beach (2 nights)

Today, leave behind the dwarf forest and 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 your journey to Carrillo Beach 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 – 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 and some shopping, or perhaps take an optional activity such as snorkelling, kayaking or surfing – the options are endless.  Your Travel Director is on hand to help you planning your perfect day.

Full Breakfast

8. Carrillo Beach - Los Angeles Cloud Forest

At mid-morning travel back towards San José, but not before one last stop, this time 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 your experiences with your fellow travellers at a festive Farewell Dinner.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Villa Blanca Los Angeles Cloud Forest Hotel

9. Cloud Forest - Depart San Jose

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

Full Breakfast

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Be My Guest
    Visit Haciendo 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.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Visit San Jose and a nearby coffee plantation, Sarapiqui, Arenal National Park, Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve, Palo Verde National Park, Rio Perdido and Carrillo Beach

    • View Arenal Volcano 

What's Included


    • 8 full breakfasts.

    • 3 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 4 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 7 nights First Class accommodation

    • Rain ponchos and umbrellas provided for your use

    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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    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 and umbrellas provided).  This journey is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health and who can take such conditions in stride.Hidden Journeys: itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2017 brochure.Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. Festive Departures: We've arranged Christmas or New Year's Eve celebrations for these departures.
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  • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
  • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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