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Classic Costa Rica self-drive
14 days from CAD5,310pp
Explore Costa Rica’s magical landscapes in your own 4x4, with the freedom to stop whenever you like.
Enjoy a river safari in the remote Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve.
Explore Arenal Volcano, an activity hub home to hanging bridges, lake kayaking and hot springs.
Discover the trails of Manuel Antonio, where rainforest meets beach.
Explore the Osa Peninsula, one of the most bio-diverse areas of Costa Rica.
- San José & Central Valley
- Arenal Volcano
- Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Manuel Antonio
- Puerto Jiménez
- El Remanso
- Puerto Jiménez
- Chayote Lodge
- San José & Central Valley
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Day 1 San José & Central Valley
Day 2 Arenal Volcano
Day 3 Arenal Volcano
The hanging bridges tour today offers a detailed and unique perspective on the flora and fauna of the tropical primary forest through a series of trails and bridges with a specialist local guide. This will be followed with a soak in the Eco Termales hot springs.
Day 4 Arenal Volcano
The Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve is located in a region widely considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. Once aboard the boat you will enjoy a river safari through the rainforest.
Day 5 Monteverde Cloud Forest
Day 6 Monteverde Cloud Forest
Located on the Caribbean side of the Costa Rican Continental Divide, the Santa Elena Cloudforest Reserve is one of the first community owned projects in Costa Rica. Today you'll have a chance to explore the area with a local guide.
Day 7 Manuel Antonio
Today you will drive south to the warmer Pacific coast to the town of Manuel Antonio, where rainforest meets beach. This journey will take approximately three and a half hours.
Day 8 Manuel Antonio
Day 9 Manuel Antonio
Day 10 El Remanso
Manuel Antonio , Puerto Jiménez , El Remanso
Continue driving south to Puerto Jimenez, the gateway to Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, which will take just over two hours. From Puerto Jimenez it will take at least 45 minutes and can take over an hour depending on road conditions and wildlife spotting opportunities along the way. During your time in the Osa Peninsula you will have your hire car with you. On arrival, you will meet the guides at the hotel and they will talk you through the options for activities during your stay and when might be best to do certain things, dependent on the weather.
Day 11 El Remanso
A day at leisure. To make the most of your time in the wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula, we recommend spending as much time as possible on the forest trails with your lodge's specialist naturalist guides. They will help you to spot toucans, macaws, squirrel monkeys and the many local species of butterfly.
Day 12 El Remanso
A further day at leisure. You could explore your surroundings or ask the lodge for some recommendations of where to go in the area.
Day 13 Chayote Lodge
El Remanso , Puerto Jiménez , Chayote Lodge
Drive back up the coast past Uvita and Manuel Antonio towards the Central Highlands. This journey will take approximately six hours. You will spend the night in a beautiful coffee-themed boutique hotel surrounded by coffee fields, green pastures, and a rich agricultural environment.
Day 14 Return home
Chayote Lodge , San José & Central Valley
You will drive back to San José Airport, where you will drop your car off, before taking your international flight home.
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