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Colorful Costa Rica

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SARAPIQUI TOPRICAL FOREST, TORTUGUERO, ARENAL VOLCANO, & TAMARINDO BEACHES

On this exotic adventure with airfare included, be dazzled by Costa Rica’s vibrant beauty and culture. Begin with an eco-farm experience at Sarapiquis tropical forest. Then head out on a captivating boat ride through the rainforest and arrive at Tortuguero National Park where you’ll discover beautiful flora and fauna, and pristine beaches. On your way to Arenal, admire the agricultural landscapes and pineapple plantations. The following day, visit the Arenal Volcano area to admire breathtaking views and spectacular scenery and partake in fun activities like traversing suspension bridges, soaking in the hot springs, spotting colorful dart frogs, and other fun options. On our way to the beautiful Pacific beaches of Tamarindo, we’ll have a cultural experience and visit a traditional Guanacaste home & kitchen where we learn how to make tortillas and enjoy some Costa Rican delicacies. Finally, enjoy the Pura Vida at Tamarindo’s beaches with its great sunsets.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Sarapiqui
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Arenal
  • 2 nights in Tamarindo

Tour
Highlights

  • Visit to Finco Ecoorganica – a family operated organic farm (Sarapiqui)
  • Tortuguero Village
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Make tortillas and enjoy traditional Costa Rican coffee (Arenal)
  • Tamarindo Beach

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations in Superior First Class hotels
  • 19 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

USA to Sarapiqui

Our unforgettable adventure to Costa Rica begins today as we depart Miami for San José. Upon arrival we’ll be transferred to Sarapiqui, an off-the-beaten-path destination with an abundance of wildlife and tropical forest, and with less rain than Monteverde, increasing our chances of seeing the local wildlife! After we check-in at our lodge, we’ll have time to rest and relax or explore one of the beautiful hiking trails surrounding the lodge before our welcome dinner this evening.

Selva Verde Lodge & Reserve or similar | Dinner

Sarapiqui

After breakfast this morning we’ll visit a family-run organic farm at Finca Ecoorganica Sarapiqui where we’ll gain insights about organic and sustainable agriculture as well as the history of traditional products and how they’ve influenced the economies of local communities and impacted families looking to improve their quality of life. During our visit, we’ll also learn about a great variety of crops that have not only been infused into Costa Rican cuisine but transcend borders to other countries and continents like pineapple, passion fruit, cocoa tunnel (chocolate…

Sarapiqui/Tortuguero

After breakfast, we’ll begin our journey into Tortuguero National Park. This Caribbean Delta is a key nesting site for Costa Rica’s turtles and is known for its lush rainforest and tropical wildlife. At the port, we’ll board a motorboat and travel through the Tortuguero rainforest via its canals to our lodge where we’ll have time to rest and enjoy lunch. This afternoon, we’ll visit the colorful village of Tortuguero to learn the lifestyle of locals and their Afro-Caribbean handicraft shops. The village of Tortuguero depends on eco-tourism and the conservation…

Tortuguero

Today we’ll explore the area’s wildlife through the creeks and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park spotting birds, monkeys, caiman, and river turtles. Tortuguero is the primary nesting site for the Green Turtle from July through October. Arrive earlier in the season and we may be lucky enough to see the larger Leatherback Turtle come ashore to lay her eggs. Outside of turtle nesting season, there is plenty of wildlife to keep us occupied. November through January we may miss the turtles nesting, but we might have the chance to see baby turtles make their first dash into the…

Arenal

This morning we’ll continue our adventure by traveling to the Guapiles area where we’ll break for lunch at a traditional Costa Rican restaurant. After lunch we’ll continue to the northern lowlands, enjoying the beautiful scenery and amazing views of the mountains as well as views of the agriculture, a major source of revenue in the area.  After we arrive in La Fortuna de San Carlos, we’ll have time to relax before sundown. The evening is at leisure so we can rest up before tomorrow’s adventure!

Arenal Paraiso or similar | Breakfast, Lunch

Arenal

This morning we’ll embark on a hike high into the verdant forest of the Arenal Reserve. From the reserve’s hanging bridges, we’ll enjoy incredible views of the rainforest canopy, the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, and the surrounding mountain range. During this morning’s excursion, we’ll gain insight into the native flora and fauna of the area with plenty of opportunities to spot birds and howler monkeys in the surrounding canopy. The afternoon is free to explore independently. This evening we’ll visit the home of Don Oscar and his family who own an amazing…

Arenal/Tamarindo

Today we leave Arenal behind as we continue towards Tamarindo. En route, we’ll visit la Hacienda el Viejo for a cultural experience in the Palo Verde wetlands where we’ll experience the traditional Guanacaste farm life. We’ll visit an old-fashioned kitchen and traditional Guanacaste home and we’ll learn about sugar cane, the ox-powered trapiche (sugar cane mill), how to make tortillas, and try some tasty Costa Rican coffee with local treats. After lunch, we’ll continue to Tamarindo where we’ll check-in at our hotel. Tamarindo has some of the best beaches…

Tamarindo

Today is our free day to rest and relax or explore Tamarindo independently.

| Breakfast

Tamarindo to USA

We’ll depart our hotel early this morning as we make our way back to San José International Airport for our return flight to the USA. We’ll arrive home filled with memories from our Costa Rican adventure!

| Breakfast

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $499

Costa Rica Departure Tax ($29) not included. Departure Tax must be paid on departure directly by each traveler.

Mar 30 Departure: This is a women-only departure. To learn more about the added experiences, please click here.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

To enhance and make your visit to Costa Rica more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours. All rates are approximate in US dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and supplier rates. Payment should be made by cash (local currency or USD), or by American Express or MasterCard (a service fee may apply for payment by credit card). Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Half-Day Floating Safari on Sarapiqui River

  • Sarapiqui

On our half-day tour we’ll immerse ourselves in a day of nature and adventure! After lunch we’ll travel to our safari float, embarking from a very tranquil and safe part of the river ideal for observing birds and the rainforest. Our tour spans a distance of 7.3 miles with opportunities along the way to enjoy the opulently lush rainforest full of brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds. Along the river, we may encounter caimans, sloths, monkeys, toucans, and many other bird species.

Tour Length: Approx. 2 hours
What to Bring: Shorts, t-shirt, swimsuit, water…

Half-Day Paradise Hot Springs

  • Arenal

Visit the relaxing Paradise Hot Springs! Warmed by water flowing through the heart of the Arenal Volcano, this natural hot spring is the perfect place to relax while enjoying views of the Arenal Volcano. There are seven different landscaped pools and Jacuzzis, hot mineral springs, and waterfalls – all with different temperatures so we can find the perfect temperature. Enjoy relaxing music and light therapy in the surrounding gardens creating the perfect ambiance to unwind. At the end of our visit we’ll enjoy a delicious Costa Rican meal offered in the restaurant before returning…

Half-Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour

  • Tamarindo

Our tour starts aboard a luxury catamaran at the Flaming Marina area. Our crew will set sail (depending on wind) and navigate for about five miles, giving us access to some of the most beautiful isolated beaches and snorkel locations of Costa Rica. A snorkeling guide will show us the marine wildlife like the pufferfish, starfish, sea turtle, dolphin, and whale. We might also experience kayaking and fishing. We’ll stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor, and snorkel or reach a deserted white beach while a chef prepares a delicious meal.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing, bathing…

Reviews

Anonymous

Excellent tour which was attributable to a very large part to our guide, Cesar Flores. Cesar was knowledgeable, intelligent, patient, willing to go beyond the expected and personable. Our driver, Gerardo, was also excellent given the bumpy roads we sometimes encountered. We saw a lot of wildlife and some amazing scenery. The accomodations were very good with the exception of that in the rain forest, where the room was cooled with one lonely and pretty ineffective fan. However we tour, not to spend time in our room but to see things and we saw wonderful things. I highly recommend this tour to those who love scenery and wildlife and don't mind if things do not live up to North American standards.

Anonymous

Wonderful tour. I rate our tour guide, Cesar Flores, exceptional. He was personable, knowledgeable, intelligent, hard working and kind. He often went out of his way to show us things that were often not on the regular itinerary. The tour itself was great. Lots of wildlife, great locations, lots of things to do and see. We visited in May so as advertised we had high heat, humidity and some rain but that was balanced by the smaller crowds of tourists. Some of the accomodations were on the rustic side, especially in Tortuguero but you do not take a tour like this to spend time in your hotel room. Costa Rica is a wonderful country and the Smartours trip made our visit a great experience

James

The Ecotour of Costa Rica was very good. There was hiking, jungle river rides, village visits, and learned a lot about tropical agribusiness. Our tour guide, Viktur L. (SwissTour), is a naturalist so he was wonderful at identifying all the strange flowers, trees, animals, birds, butterflies--and an easy-going guy able to handle any crisis or change. We absolutely loved all the fresh ripe fruit available at every meal. Most of the buffet stops were very similar menus with rice, beans, cooked veggies and fruit. We had enough on-your-own meals to balance out the buffets but those buffets were all exactly alike. Overall, the tour was a nice balance of activities. However, it was awkward and disorganized to not have the tour guide, Viktur L. (from Swiss Tour) allowed at the beginning & ending dinners. He was wonderful and it was sad he wasn't at the farewell meal at the Radisson Europa.

Anonymous

Our trip to Costa Rica was wonderful. Our tour guide Victor was amazing and Our bus driver was very competent. The places we stayed were great and the food was delicious. Thank you!
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