Map of your 4x4 road trip :
Arrival to San José and transfer to hotel
Arrival at Juan Santamaria Airport near San Jose, at 1150 meters of altitude in the heart of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. You will be welcomed by your English-speaking guide who will give you a brief introduction into Costa Rica. From here you will transfer to the Don Carlos hotel and have some time to rest up and relax. Meals not included on this day.
San José - Turrialba
for the rental vehicles, and then we will depart to the region of Turrialba, passing by Cartago, the former capital of the country. Along the way, we might visit the Irazu National Park which at 3,500 meters is the highest volcano in the country. Then we will continue in the middle of coffee and sugarcane plantations, which are two of the highlights of the Central Valley. That night we will spend in a guest house run by a Costa Rican family with a stunning view of the Turrialba Volcano.
Rafting Day in Turrialba
Get ready for an adventure today! We are going to be doing a rafting adventure of the Pacuare River which features rapids from levels three to five! It’s not all adrenalin though because this is one of the best ways to discover the wild landscapes of the region. At the end of the day, we will head back to Finca Dikla to rest up after all the excitement.
Turrialba – Puerto Viejo
We are heading down to the South Caribbean coast to the village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. You will take Route 10, which is the old main road between San José and the country’s largest commercial port, Moin. Your Costa Rica private tours have us continuing across the last mountains of the central volcanic Cordillera (mountain range) to the town of Siquirres, consider the gateway to the Caribbean coast. From here, we will journey along to the village of Puerto Viejo where you will have the free afternoon to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Manzanillo or Punta Uva. At the end of the day you will settle down in a small hotel near the ocean in the vicinity of Puerto Viejo and Playa Chiquita.
Explore Puerto Viejo
Today is dedicated to the discovery of the South Caribbean coast. There are some many incredible things to do here, but we strongly recommend you visit the Cahuita National Park where you will have the opportunity to take an easy walk in a small path on the edge of ocean and observe all the fauna of the region like howler monkeys and sloths ! Almost everywhere along the main trails, you have the possibility to take a break and swim in the clear and quiet waters of the Caribbean Sea. What else more could you want ?
Puerto Viejo - Arenal (La Fortuna)
We’ll take it easy in the morning to soak up a little more of Puerto Viejo before getting on the road towards the secluded region of the Arenal Volcano via Sarapiqui and continuing our Costa Rica excursions. This is one of the highlights of the entire country thanks to the stunning beauty of the volcanic region and its incredible wildlife.
Today you need to enjoy all the incredible things the Arenal Volcano area has to offer on our Costa Rica adventures. After breakfast, you will depart for a easy hike on the Arenal hanging bridges. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking view of tropical vegetation and Arenal volcano. Afterward, you will also have the possibility to also take a walk in the Arenal Volcano National Park through the ancient lava flows of the volcano. Then you can choose to end the day, by having a nice soak in the hot springs in the area.
La Fortuna – Rincón de la Vieja
On our way to Rincon de la Vieja, you will have the opportunity to see one of the most impressive natural phenomenons in Costa Rica. It is after a nice hike in the secondary and primary forest as you watch Rio Celeste changes colors right before your eyes. On our way back, you can make a stop to check out the magnificent waterfall and the Blue Lagoon. Then we will continue our route to the north towards Guanacaste along the Arenal lake, passing through the route between Details Miravalles and Tenorio volcanos. Finally, we will reach the region of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park where we will spend the night in a small hacienda converted into an “Ecolodge”
Day in Rincón de la Vieja
You will spend today’s day of Costa Rica private tours by discovering the beauty created by the volcanic activity of Rincón de la Vieja National Park. We will hike a few miles through the sector called “Las Pailas” where, through a path in the dry tropical forest, we can observe closely volcanic activity and small active craters. In the afternoon we will visit Santa Maria, to take a moment to kick back and enjoy the natural hot springs and incredible beauty of the region.
Rincón de la Vieja - Monteverde
Our Costa Rica excursions get serious today! It’s time to drive towards Monteverde via the North Pan American Road and Liberia, the main city of the north part of the country,. Monteverde is known for a great richness in biodiversity, but also to be the home of one of the country’s most beautiful birds, the famous Quetzal. The last 30 km before arriving in Monteverde will takes us along a trail that winds across the mountains of the Cordillera de Tilaran with superb views of the Gulf of Nicoya.
Today is dedicated to the discovery of the region of Monteverde known for “Cloud Forest”, a very unusual and incredible ecosystem unique to tropical countries. Costa Rica private tours don’t get any better than this! You will have the opportunity to take walks inside the forests with its gigantic trees or for the more adventurous try out something like the largest Canopy tours of the country, with cables of more than 1 km long. The region rich in agricultural activity and provides very interesting opportunities to visit local plantations including the “Coffee Tour” where you can learn all about the local production of some of the best coffee in the world.
Monteverde – Manuel Antonio
Now we journey out toward the central Pacific coast on our Costa Rica adventures. On the way, you can stop at the bridge over the Tarcoles River to see one of the largest crocodile communities in Costa Rica and Central America. Here we find crocodiles of over fifteen feet long! Then we continue down the road towards the south Pacific coast before settling in at your hotel near the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Day in Manuel Antonio (Quepos)
The Central Pacific coast is one of the most popular places for those exploring Costa Rica. This is a free day for you to enjoy this region and the many things you can do here. Some of the possible activities include visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park, which is considered the jewel of Costa Rica. Here you can see squirrel monkeys and white face monkeys or even three and two toed sloths who have taken up residence in this park. The national park also contains several beaches, all of them with perfect white sand. You can even have you choice of white river rafting, hiking the trails and visiting the waterfall of the rural tourism project “Los Campesinos.” Good luck fitting all that in too just one day !
Manuel Antonio – San José
Time to to wrap up our Costa Rica adventures. We advise you to arrive at the airport about three hours before your flight where you can return your vehicle and head back home or continue your journey elsewhere !