Pura Vida means ‘Pure Life’ and this is the tour to bring you just that! From the beaches of Manuel Antonio where you will spot sloths lazing in trees, iguanas sunning themselves and monkeys laughing at you through to the high country cloud forests and wilderness of Monteverde, down to the adventure capital of Costa Rica, La Fortuna, and then the magic of Tortuguero National Park. This tour captures the essence of Costa Rica.
Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Departure City: San Jose, Costa Rica
Ending City: San Jose, Costa Rica
Accommodations: hotels (10 nights)
Transportation: private mini bus, public buses, taxis, boat
Leaders: Tour leader
Included meals: 6 breakfasts
Included Activities: Guided Nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, Nature walk through Monteverde Cloud Forest, turtle spotting in Tortuguero.
Is this trip right for you?
Costa Rica’s diverse natural attractions have always beckoned but you’ve been waiting for your chance to get all the highlights in one trip. The opportunity to experience both coasts, plus the highlands, to participate in the adrenaline activities around Monteverde and La Fortuna, and take in the incredible scenery in between, is compelling. But, above all, the tropical wildlife and birdlife in each area, calls. You’re ok with modest but clean hotels, and a few longer travelling days appeals, because you get to appreciate more of the country that way. Please see Our Style for more of what to expect on our trips.
Day 1: Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Day 2: We leave San Jose for the jungle lined beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, a three hour bus ride with views for miles! A free afternoon with your choice of beach or jungle.
Day 3: Be sure to bring your cameras for our early morning guided jungle tour to get some great shots of Costa Ricas most famous residents: monkeys, sloths, macaws, iguanas, snakes and more! Then, enjoy the beach before meeting together to head to “El Avion” for some spectacular sunset ocean views.
Day 4: Our private transportation takes us through lush green jungles, then up into the rugged terrain of Monteverde, with a stop to spot a 2000-strong colony of crocs. This drive will take your breath away. At Montervede, we enjoy an included excursion of the cloud forest, hopefully meeting the area’s star attraction, the elusive Quetzal.
Day 5: Horse riding, zip lining, coffee, chocolate and sugarcane tours, night tours to see the forest in a different light and more: Take your pick of tours and fill your day, then enjoy our bonfire dinner!
Day 6: A short travel day to La Fortuna takes in more stunning landscape. Our day includes a boat ride across Lake Arenal, a highlight, and our first glimpse of Volcano Arenal.
Day 7: A free day to enjoy one or more of many activities in this adventure capital, take a scenic hike to La Fortuna waterfall or to spend at your leisure.
Day 8: We travel by private bus to La Pavona, where our waiting boat takes us into Tortuguero National Park, famous for wildlife, and the turtles who return year after year to nest here.
Day 9: We head into the village of Tortuguero to learn more about the turtles that inhabit Tortuguero, perhaps shop for souvenirs and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
Day 10: We bid our hosts farewell and begin our boat journey back to the port of Moin. More exciting wildlife spotting will offer our last chance to get some money shots before heading back to San Jose.
Day 11: The tour ends for those finishing in San Jose, and becomes the departure day if you are continuing on to Panama City.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation. All travellers will be matched up with another traveler of the same gender. If you would prefer a guaranteed room to yourself there will be a mandatory single supplement charged and single rooms are subject to availability.
If you prefer to have a room to yourself, you must select “Single Supplement” when making your booking. If you wish to room with someone specific who has made a separate booking please advise us of your roommate’s name in the special requests box or by email at email@example.com .
Add-on 1: Single Supplement – $480.00