Rainforest adventure meets lazy days on the beach on this custom Costa Rica tour itinerary that is perfect for a week-long escape!
What is Custom Travel? The itinerary below is only a small sample of options in Costa Rica. Every traveler can envision their ideal way to see the world. International Expeditions’ experienced Custom Travel Planners create individually tailored tours that match your style of travel, budget and timeline. Tell us the dates you wish to travel, and we’ll take care of the details.
Arrive San José
Upon arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, you will be met by a representative of International Expeditions and assisted through immigration and customs. Transfer to your hotel for the evening.
San José/Sarapiquí (Zipline Tour)
Take a short drive to the primary forests, swamps and banana plantations of Sarapiquí, an important region for conservation of birds, butterflies, insects and plants. The crystal Sarapiquí River snakes through the region, beginning in the old crater of the Poas Volcano — joining with the waters of several tributaries such as the Rio Sucio and Rio Puerto Viejo. The moderate rapids are particularly attractive to rafting enthusiasts. However, the banks of the river are also home to monkeys, iguanas, sloth, river turtles and crocodiles, among others. Specialists have identified 79 bird species, mammals such as coyotes, weasels, rabbits, skunks and some cats. Most of the park is covered by primary forest, where there are about 6,000 species of plants representing half of Costa Rica’s native species. (B,L,D)
Sarapiquí (White Water Rafting)
Listen to the morning songs of the forest’s birds and frogs on a ride through the Costa Rican lowlands en route to the Cascades. Swim in the natural pools of spring water created by these small waterfalls. Gaze at beautiful tropical butterflies in their natural environment at the on-site Butterfly Garden before walking the trails into the heart of the jungle. After lunch at the hotel, you will depart for an exciting white-water rafting adventure! (B,L,D)
Sarapiquí/Arenal Volcano (Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs)
Departing Sarapiquí, travel to Arenal Volcano. Located between the towns of Tilaran and Fortuna, Arenal was active from 1968 to just last year, erupting almost continuously. The volcano's peak is shrouded in ash clouds, most visible by day. Depart for a nearby reserve where you have an opportunity to experience life in the treetops on a rainforest canopy walkway. Arenal Hanging Bridges consists of 14 bridges designed to blend with the environment. As we walk these trails, see flowers and wildlife typical of the rainforest, and enjoy imposing views of Arenal Volcano. Visit the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs for a chance to enjoy soaking in thermal waters surrounded by rainforest. Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner before retiring to your hotel. (B,L,D)
Drive to the coastal region of Guanacaste, where you spend the next two days at Playa Tamarindo. Located on the Northwestern shoreline of Costa Rica, Tamarindo is a charming fishing town of 1,000 inhabitants. The picturesque region opens a doorway to the romance and serenity of flat lands, green mountains and rich foliage. Because of the unique climate, the region boasts a tremendous diversity of terrain from dense rainforests to airy deciduous forests, towering active volcanoes to lush sugarcane fields, and thick lagoons to unburdened beaches. (B)
Explore and enjoy Tamarindo and the surrounding area. Optional activities may be booked directly at the hotel. (B)
You will be met at the hotel and transferred to the Liberia International Airport for your flight home. (B)