Epic Costa Rica

Central Valley, Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Pacuare, San Jose
13 nights private tour from $7,500 per person

Famed for its amazing wildlife, adrenaline inducing activities and gorgeous beaches, Costa Rica is a sure winner for a tropical getaway and unforgettable moments! See monkeys, sloths and turtles, learn to surf, kayak through the jungle, cycle along the palm fringed coast and sip cocktails whilst enjoying the most spectacular sunsets…what are you waiting for?

Epic Costa Rica
At a glance
  • Stay at a boutique retreat surrounded by gorgeous scenery where you can savour the perfect cup of coffee in the morning, visit volcanoes during the day and enjoy spectacular sunsets and cocktails in the evening

  • Spot sloths hanging out in trees and caiman swimming alongside your boat as you explore the pristine jungle and waterways of Tortuguero National Park

  • Top up your tan and while away the hours in a hammock whilst sipping rum punch from a coconut, accompanied by pulsating reggae tones in the lively Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

  • Get wet and wild as you raft through white-water rapids to reach your luxury eco-lodge in the middle of a rainforest

Journey highlights
  • Stay at a boutique retreat surrounded by gorgeous scenery where you can savour the perfect cup of coffee in the morning, visit volcanoes during the day and enjoy spectacular sunsets and cocktails in the evening

  • Spot sloths hanging out in trees and caiman swimming alongside your boat as you explore the pristine jungle and waterways of Tortuguero National Park

  • Top up your tan and while away the hours in a hammock whilst sipping rum punch from a coconut, accompanied by pulsating reggae tones in the lively Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

  • Get wet and wild as you raft through white-water rapids to reach your luxury eco-lodge in the middle of a rainforest

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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This itinerary can be experienced year-round yet the climate on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, like elsewhere in this tropical country, in unpredictable and guests shouldn't be surprised by rain even in the dry season. It's an unwritten rule known by locals and Costa Rica experts alike though that when the rest of the country is wet and rainy, the sun is likely to be shining on the Caribbean Coast. The best months to visit Costa Rica's Caribbean coast are February to April and August to October, the latter of which can be particularly popular as it coincides nicely with turtle season in Tortuguero. Generally it is a good year-round destination.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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May $8,100 $2,000 plan your trip
June $8,100 $2,000 plan your trip
July $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
August $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
September $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
October $7,500 $1,900 plan your trip
November $8,100 $2,000 plan your trip
December $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
January $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
February $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
March $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
April $8,600 $2,200 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,100
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    $2,000
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,100
    Deposit from*
    $2,000
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $7,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,900
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,100
    Deposit from*
    $2,000
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
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Itinerary

Fly to San Jose
Day 1-3

Coffee Region

Upon touching down in San Jose, you will be greeted at the airport and whisked off to your boutique hideaway situated on an organic coffee plantation, away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, in Costa Rica’s lush green Central Valley. Finca Rosa Blanca is an architecturally striking and supremely relaxing bolthole, the perfect spot to begin your holiday. After a long flight, take a refreshing dip in the infinity pool, built into the hillside with spectacular volcano views, and unwind with a cocktail or two amongst the tropical gardens. Take dinner at the fabulous onsite restaurant, which emphasises seasonal, organic, locally grown and regionally inspired fare, much of it from the estate itself.

Costa Rican coffee is among the best in the world and given that you are staying on a plantation producing its own beans, you can be sure of a delicious cup to kickstart your morning. Coffee aficionados can even discover all about the process involved in cultivation, harvesting and roasting.

Along with coffee, Costa Rica is also well known for its many volcanoes. After a delicious breakfast, including a mouth-watering fresh fruit platter, you’ll be taken to visit the nearby active Poas Volcano, whose impressive crater is around 350 metres deep and can often be seen blowing out plumes of smoke. The rest of the afternoon can be spent how you like, you may just want to laze around beside the pool or enjoy a massage at the spa, or for those still fuelled by the morning’s coffee there are nature trails to be explored around the property. 

Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort ( 2 nights )
Day 3-6

Tortuguero

It’s an early start as you take to the skies and fly towards the country’s wild Caribbean coast and protected mangroves and jungles of Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll spend a couple of days discovering Costa Rica’s famous wildlife. The short flight is rewarding in terms of its views and the adventure really begins when you jump onboard the boat that takes you across to your lodge. You’ll get your first glimpse of wildlife on this journey, and maybe even a sloth if you’re lucky! 

Embark on a series of wildlife encounters on jungle walks, guided boat trips and nocturnal explorations as you discover the surrounding ecosystems, home to a huge variety of endemic species. Keep your eyes peeled for colourful toucans and screeching macaws in the treetops, monkeys swinging through the branches, caiman gliding across the waters and glistening poison-dart frogs hugging tree trunks. The nearby beaches are also important nesting sites for sea turtles and (in season) it’s possible to take a guided night-time walk along the moonlit beach, in search of turtles and their eggs. 

The remainder of the time can be spent kicking back at lodge. It’s an opportune time to switch off from all the usual distractions of home and work life, there’s a refreshing pool to escape the heat and the bar staff can shake up a fruity cocktail for you. The more adventurous can rent a kayak and explore the surrounding waterways at their own pace, gliding through the canals you are likely to come across all kinds of wildlife on the banks and in the trees above, so have your camera phone ready! 

Accommodation: Tortuga Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 6-9

Puerto Viejo

Today you will be transferred overland to the brightly coloured Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, where your home for the next three nights will be a luxurious oasis tucked away amongst beautiful manicured gardens, just a stone’s throw from the sandy beach. Puerto Viejo is a unique side of Costa Rica, rich with Afro Caribbean influence, there’s a free-spirited energy that bounces along to the beat of reggae and calypso, with spicy coconut-infused flavours, plenty of rum and a friendly laidback vibe. 

Life at Aguas Claras is slow and relaxing; a morning yoga session (or an extra hour in bed) leads into a bountiful breakfast, a stroll on the beach is a chance to spot exotic birds in the palm trees or explore the colourful reef with complimentary snorkelling equipment. After a long lunch (a delicious selection of tacos for example), laze by the pool with a book or visit the hotel’s wellness centre, with its dizzying array of available treatments. Despite inviting you to unwind and relax, the hotel is surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful flora and fauna, which yearns to be discovered. The easiest way to do so is by bicycle, with a series of flat trails winding through the jungle leading out to quiet beaches. You could also visit a wildlife rescue centre and learn about the rehabilitation of sloths and monkeys or explore the bean-to-bar process on a tour of a Cacao plantation. For those seeking out more adventure, there are plenty of adrenaline pumping activities, from learning to surf, kayaking through mangroves or zip-lining through the canopy. And the best thing is knowing that back at the hotel you have the comfort of a cloud-like bed and a luxurious pool. Once the evening creeps in follow the bassline sounds to one of the rudimentary bars in town where you can sink a few cold beers with the friendly locals and grab a bite to eat.

Accommodation: Aguas Claras ( 3 nights )
Day 9-12

Turrialba and Pacuare

The adventure ramps up several notches today as you slip on your safety equipment and jump into your inflatable raft and begin the thrilling white-water journey to reach your next lodge, nestled deep inside the tropical forest. Prepare to tackle bubbling rapids whilst floating through steep, densely vegetated canyons and past cascading waterfalls, whilst colourful toucans and parrots fly overhead. Pacuare is one of our favourite lodges in Costa Rica, it offers the perfect combination of adrenaline inducing activities and beautiful, exotic and stress-free surroundings. 

During the day, choose from a range of activities designed to suit all interests, including jungle hikes to nearby waterfalls, visits to indigenous communities, horse-riding, nature trails and of course plenty more wet and wild fun on the river. Back at the lodge, sip cocktails in the gorgeous infinity pool under the twinkling night sky and enjoy the exceptionally romantic atmosphere created by the dimly lit candles and lanterns flickering in the shadows. 

Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 12-14

San Jose

It’s your final morning in the wilderness, today you’ll be heading back to the city! After breakfast, you and your bags will be loaded back onto the rafts and you’ll paddle down the river again for one last crack at the rapids. This is the most exhilarating stretch; feel like a seasoned pro stage as you navigate the twists and bends of the river, it’s a rollercoaster ride, before finally reaching the disembarkation point. There will be a chance for you to dry off and change clothes, before being whisked off to your hotel in the centre of the vibrant capital city, San Jose. 

Most tourists head straight from the city’s airport to the country’s more famous regions in search of wildlife and adventure. However, the capital has plenty of its own pulling power and shouldn’t be overlooked. To help you really get under its skin we’ve booked you onto a fun and lively guided excursion, centred around food and accompanied by plenty of craft beer and traditional liquor. Swerve the touristy spots and uncover the local neighbourhoods (barrios) where the city’s best and most tasty street food can be found. As the evening rolls on and the drinks continue to flow, you’ll discover more of San Jose’s pulsating nightlife as you party with the locals into the early hours. Pura Vida! 

Accommodation: Grano de Oro ( 2 nights )
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

This itinerary can be experienced year-round yet the climate on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, like elsewhere in this tropical country, in unpredictable and guests shouldn't be surprised by rain even in the dry season. It's an unwritten rule known by locals and Costa Rica experts alike though that when the rest of the country is wet and rainy, the sun is likely to be shining on the Caribbean Coast. The best months to visit Costa Rica's Caribbean coast are February to April and August to October, the latter of which can be particularly popular as it coincides nicely with turtle season in Tortuguero. Generally it is a good year-round destination.

Epic Costa Rica
Epic Costa Rica

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
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