SARAPIQUI TROPICAL 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 Sarapiqui’s 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 and 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. 4/5 stars on Tripadvisor!
Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 15 or more travelers.
2023 Tour Itinerary:
- 1 night in San José (Central Valley)
- 1 night in Sarapiqui
- 2 nights in Tortuguero
- 2 nights in Arenal
- 2 nights in Tamarindo
- Visit to Finca Ecoorganica – a family operated organic farm (Sarapiqui)
- Tortuguero Village
- Arenal Volcano
- Tamarindo Beach
- Central Valley art experience (outskirts of San José)
- Pumas Rescue Center and Animal Sanctuary (Arenal)
Your Tour Includes
- Optional round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation
- Accommodations in First Class hotels
- 19 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Max Group Size: 30 travelers
Activity Level: Level 2
Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More
Pacing Level: Balanced
Expect either half-day or full-day tours most days with a free day or free half-day to explore independently in most cities. There may be a few early mornings or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 3+ nights. Learn More
No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders
A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.
The Hanging Bridges and the Night Walk are more advanced. Also important to note that two of the eco-lodges do not have air conditioning (none of the eco-lodges in this area do), although there are fans provided.
For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.
2023 Tour Itinerary
Passengers who purchase flights will depart the same day as the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.
For flight details, see Before You Depart.
Day 1: Arrive in San José
Our unforgettable adventure to Costa Rica begins today as we arrive in San José and check into our hotel in the Central Valley, an exclusive area of Santa Ana in San José's outskirts that still maintains its traditional feel of a typical Costa Rican town. After we check-in, we'll have time to rest and relax and might consider enjoying the hotel's art collection - the largest art collection of Costa Rican artists after the national gallery. This evening, we'll enjoy a welcome dinner together.Accommodations: Studio Hotel Boutique or similar
Day 2: San José/Sarapiqui
We'll leave the Central Valley this morning for the lush northern lowlands where Sarapiqui is located on the banks of the Sarapiqui River and next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park - making it a nature lover's paradise and a gateway to many thrilling adventures and nature activities. We'll visit a family-run organic farm where we'll gain insights about organic and sustainable agriculture as well as the history of traditional products and how they've influenced the local economies and communities. 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 sugar cane, papaya, pineapple, banana, cocoa tunnel (chocolate making process), and more! After our delicious farm-to-table lunch, we'll check into our eco-loge located in the midst of the rainforest. This evening, we'll enjoy dinner at our lodge.Accommodations: Tirimbina Lodge Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: 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 of sea turtles so everything we purchase helps sustain the local community and turtle protection project. Returning to the lodge, the rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the lodge's amenities.Accommodations: Laguna Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: 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 waves. This afternoon is free to relax or explore independently.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: 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 to explore independently or you may join the optional half-day Paradise Hot Springs tour.Accommodations: Arenal Paraiso or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: 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. This evening we'll visit the home of Don Oscar and his family who own an amazing property with beautiful gardens and rainforest. We'll explore the trails as the sun sets, spotting nocturnal wildlife at this magical time of night. We'll also enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared on a wood-burning stove before returning to our hotel.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Arenal/Tamarindo
Today we leave Arenal behind as we continue towards Tamarindo. En route, we'll visit a Wildlife Rescue Center Sanctuary for an up-close animal experience with rescued Costa Rican wildlife. We'll learn more about eco-responsibility and the threats and measures Costa Rica faces in the country's conservation efforts. We'll see how staff and volunteers work to rehabilitate injured animals like monkeys, deer, pigs, otters, birds, and especially the wild cats. After lunch, we'll continue to Tamarindo where we'll check in at our hotel. Tamarindo has some of the best beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coastline and the neighboring beach is a protected nesting ground for the endangered Leatherback Turtle during the breeding season.Accommodations: Wyndham Tamarindo or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Tamarindo
Today is our free day to rest and relax or explore Tamarindo independently. You also have the option to enjoy a half-day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour. This evening we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Depart Tamarindo
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Travelers who purchased the air-inclusive package will depart our hotel early this morning as we make our way back to Liberia Guanacaste Airport for our return flight to the USA. We'll arrive home filled with memories from our Costa Rican adventure!Meals: Breakfast
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Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Half-Day Paradise Hot Springs
- $65 per person
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 to our hotel.
What to Bring: Bathing suit, slippers, dry clothing, money for personal expenses
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Half-Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour
- $100 per person
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 suit, towel, sunblock, camera, hat, money for personal expenses
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
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