11 days / 10 nights
Deluxe Costa Rica - Self Drive
Get to know Costa Rica during this 11-day self-drive deluxe tour around the country. From coast to coast, discover the intricacies of the differing regions, including the bustling capital city of San Jose, both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, have the opportunity to see a variety of active and dormant volcanoes, rainforests and a plethora of animals and plant life. All of Costa Rica wrapped up into one trip. Rincon de la Vieja: Steaming mud pots and boiling water - watch your step! Enjoy the volcanic views this national park has to offer Arenal: Admire one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the country and it’s park, dotted with trails and rich in wildlife Sarapiqui: This region is known for its kayaking and white-water rafting, and neighbours the Braulio Carrillo National Park for great animal spotting Tortuguero: This park is home to the nesting grounds of green sea turtles and offers spectacular beaches and opportunities galore to spot wild animals and birds San Jose: Costa Rica’s capital city was founded in the mid-18th century - visit its museums, the European-inspired National Theatre and stroll through its historic neighbourhoods Vara Blanca: This hilly verdant area is located just north of San Jose is found near the active Poas Volcano Jaco: Set on the Pacific coast, the area of Jaco boasts beautiful beaches and calm surroundings
Assistance on Arrival Daily Full Breakfast Hotel Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis. All tours / activities / shows as per the itinerary All entrance tickets as per itinerary All Pick up drops / transfers mentioned in the itinerary Transport in A/C car / Bus as mentioned Meals as per the itinerary / included in the itinerary
Air Tickets (International / Domestic) Visa and Insurance Hotel Taxes Suggested optional activities/ tours if any. Any meals / snacks other than mentioned in the itinerary Camera Fee and any other entertainment charges Tips of any kind – Guides, Driver, Cruise Crew, etc. Portages at airport Personal Expenses such as Laundry, Telephone etc Beverages of any kind
ARRIVAL LIBERIA – RINCON DE LA VIEJA (35km – 1 hr)
Your Costa Rican adventure begins on arrival to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, in the north-western part of the country. Here, a Destination Services representative awaits to greet you and take you to the car hire desk to collect your rental car. Then depart to the region of Rincon de la Vieja for your first night in Costa Rica. Recommended arrival time before 15:00 hrs. Overnight in Rincon de la Vieja hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis
RINCON DE LA VIEJA – ARENAL (150km – 3.5 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park in the section known as Las Pailas (entrance fee not included). The Las Pailas area, which means ‘the cauldrons’ in Spanish, spectacularly showcases of the awesome power of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the largest and most active volcano in the region. Steam and sulphur pour out of the rust-coloured ground from natural fumaroles while coffee-coloured pools boil with hot volcanic water and grey volcanic mud bubbles and explodes in large pits. This special volcano experience is like no other in Costa Rica. Accompanied by your bilingual naturalist guide, hike the 3.5 kilometre Las Pailas loop trail (2.5 miles) through dry tropical forest to discover the best views of the volcano, incredible nature, volcanic activity and wildlife. The park is home to more than 300 bird species and other animals like armadillos, collared peccaries, iguanas, snakes, white-nosed coatis, and white-faced howler and spider monkeys. Once finished with our park visit, our day tour in ends with a walk back to the hotel to collect your bags. (Entrance fee to the park is not included). In the early afternoon, drive yourself from Rincon de la Vieja to Arenal. Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica and this area is a paradise for adventure lovers. On arrival to the hotel, enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the surroundings on your own or join an optional activity.
After breakfast, take the opportunity to visit Arenal Volcano National Park on your own (entrance fee not included). During the hike, enjoy the verdant landscapes and the backdrop of the now-dormant volcano as you keep a lookout for animals that live in this national park, such as sloths, howler monkeys and even anteaters, to name a few. In case you are feeling adventurous, this area also offers activities such as zip lines, hanging bridges and kayaking, among others. Also, a visit to one of the numerous hot springs available in the area is a must.
ARENAL – SARAPIQUI (130km – 2.5 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by check-out and a drive to the Sarapiqui area. Hidden in the foothills of the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park, its setting alongside mountain streams and exuberant rainforest and pasturelands is truly a sight for sore eyes. Encounter the mysteries of the rainforest while enjoying a comfortable stay in the beautifully designed rooms of the lodge. Enjoy the natural surrounds and perhaps participate in one of the optional activities available.
SARAPIQUI – TORTUGUERO (85km – 3 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)
Your day begins early as you drive yourself to the town of Guapiles. You will need to arrive to a local restaurant to enjoy breakfast and to meet your guide for the following days. You must leave the car locked in the restaurant’s parking lot. After, continue by shared transport to a pier and then continue by boat and cruise the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park (Admission not included) Arrive and check in at your eco-lodge, followed by lunch at the lodge. Board the boat again for a visit to Tortuguero village, where you will get to walk around town and experience the locals’ way of life and stroll along the beach. During turtle hatching season, we will look for the baby turtles trying to find their way down to the ocean. Nesting is from July to September, hatching from September to December. Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, surrounded by the beautiful tropical forest and wildlife.
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
Today enjoy some free time to relax by the pool and also experience Tortuguero National Park (entrance fee not included) on a three-hour trip, where you can observe over 350 protected species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles and sloths and its lush vegetation. During the July to September season you can join an optional late night turtle nesting tour, purchasable directly at the lodge
TORTUGUERO – SAN JOSE (135km – 4 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)
After breakfast, around 09:00 hrs, depart by boat back to Guapiles. Here, stop for lunch (included) before you collect your rental car. Drive yourself to San Jose city, arriving in time to see some of the city highlights such as its parks, museums and monuments.
SAN JOSE – LA PAZ WATERFALL – VARA BLANCA (55km – 1.5 hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel, travel to the area of Vara Blanca where you can enjoy of optional activities as a visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens (entrance not included), a privately owned ecological attraction featuring five waterfalls, cloud and rain forest, and with great hiking trails. Visit the various exhibits of the gardens, including the butterfly observatory, insect exhibit, and over 100 species of animals, along with an environmental education programme
VARA BLANCA – HERRADURA BEACH (120km – 2.5 hrs)
Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel before you drive yourself from Vara Blanca to the Central Pacific coast. Sandy beaches and protected wildlife are two primary draws to this area that creates an inspiring landscape, and with its combination of ocean views and lush tropical vegetation, the Central Pacific has scenery unlike any other
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel, optional activities or explore the area on your own.
HERRADURA BEACH – DEPART LIBERIA (200km – 3.5 hrs)
At the appropriate time, drive from Herradura Beach to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, to catch your onward flight. En route to the airport, you will find the main office of the car rental company. Drop off your car here and then take a shuttle transfer to the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Recommended departure time from 15:00 hrs onwards. Breakfast included.
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- Above rates are subject to availability.
- Cancellation charges as per company policy.
- The above rates are subject to change in case of travel during the festive season
- In case we are not able to provide the same hotels as mentioned, then we shall provide similar alternate properties, change in the cost if any will be advised.
- In case of Political Unrest, bad weather or sudden breakdown of the vessel we may shift guest to alternative govt ferry and no refund will be entertained during that situation.
- Our Executive may change your itinerary depending on the weather condition and ferry availability same will be update to you daily basis.
Vehicle Options Car Category A: Daihatsu Bego or similar (4 seats / 5 doors) Car Category B: Suzuki Grand Vitara or similar (5 seats / 5 doors) Car Category C: Toyota Fortuner or similar (7 seats / 5 doors) Guide options Guide type: Not included Requirements Drivers must be over the age of 21 and hold a valid driving license.
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