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Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Costa Rica tours

A tour of Costa Rica presents many different options with its myriad national parks and variety of outdoor activities. Our specialists have traveled extensively around the country and their expert local knowledge is invaluable when planning your bespoke tour. They have designed a number of itinerary ideas to inspire you, though your own route will be tailored to your interests, perhaps combining Costa Rica’s well-known highlights with more unusual experiences to make your trip that bit more special.

Getting around Costa Rica and understanding its multi-layered culture is also made easy by our knowledgeable guides who aim to assist you in getting the most out of your time.

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Our recommended tours in Costa Rica

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Costa Rica, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

    Costa Rica self-drive family adventure

    Costa Rica
    • Explore Tortuguero National Park, an ecological treasure trove consisting of a maze of canals and rivers teaming with all sorts of wildlife.

    • Drive through some of Costa Rica’s most spectacular landscapes.

    • Explore Arenal Volcano, an activity hub that's home to hanging bridges, rainforest walks and lake kayaking.

    • Spend a couple of days in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui for great white-water rafting.

    • Relax in the thermal river of Rio Perdido.

    • Enjoy time on the beach, or take a surf lesson instead.

    15 days from $3,425pp

  • Driving through Tenorio, Costa Rica

    Costa Rica self-drive

    Costa Rica
    • Explore the lesser visited Tenorio Volcano, abundant in beautiful rivers, hot springs, lakes and waterfalls.

    • Hike through Tenorio National Park visiting Rio Celeste, one of Costa Rica’s hidden gems.

    • Wander cloudforest canopy walkways in search of a variety of birdlife.

    • Enjoy the scenic drive from the tropical forest area of Tenorio to the beautiful coastlines of Dominical and Uvita.

    • Explore the Osa Peninsula, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Costa Rica.

    12 days from $3,745pp

  • Manuel Antonio

    Classic Costa Rica self-drive

    Costa Rica
    • 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.

    14 days from $3,995pp

  • Sloth, Costa Rica

    Wildlife of Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Wander cloudforest canopy walkways in search of a variety of birdlife.

    • Enjoy a river safari in the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve.

    • Visit the coastal Manuel Antonio National Park to spot white-faced capuchin monkeys, among other species.

    • Explore the Osa Peninsula, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Costa Rica.

    11 days from $4,585pp

  • Hummingbird, Costa Rica

    Birdwatching in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Discover the famous resplendent quetzal in the tranquil cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota.

    • Enjoy the services of an expert naturalist guide at the Turrialba's renowned birding lodge, Rancho Naturalista.

    • Visit La Selva Biological Station to explore the pristine tropical forest trails, home to 448 species of birds.

    13 days from $5,085pp

  • Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

    Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon

    Costa Rica
    • Stay at the unique Pacuare Lodge, accessed by white water raft through spectacular mountain valleys.

    • Try the myriad of activities on offer around the Arenal volcano from zip lining, kayaking, mountain biking or visiting hot springs.

    • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

    • Relax and admire views of jungle-fringed beaches in Manuel Antonio.

    13 days from $6,480pp

  • Sea lions, Galapagos Islands

    Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

    Ecuador, Costa Rica and Galapagos Islands
    • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

    • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloud forest.

    • Get up close to the perfectly conical Volcan Arenal.

    • Undertake zip-lining, white water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

    • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

    15 days from $7,280pp

  • Kura Design Villas, Costa Rica

    Luxury Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Try some of Costa Rica's best wildlife and adventure activities around the Arenal Volcano.

    • Escape the crowds in a boutique, Cloud Forest hideaway.

    • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

    • Relax by your infinity pool or go whale and dolphin watching in Uvita.

    13 days from $7,340pp

  • Tango Mar beach, Tambor

    Costa Rica & Panama tour

    Panama and Costa Rica
    • Panama City - explore the three parts of the city and take a partial transit of the famous canal.

    • Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica's most famous volcano, and great activity hub.

    • Caribbean beaches - beautiful archipelagos in Panama and stretches of coastline in Costa Rica that provide fantastic opportunities for a range of activities.

    17 days from $7,655pp

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