Colorful Costa Rica

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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!

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.

Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

2022 Itinerary:

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

2023 Itinerary:

  • 1 night in San José (Central Valley)
  • 1 night in Sarapiqui
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Arenal
  • 2 nights in Tamarindo

Tour
Highlights

  • Visit to Finca Ecoorganica – a family operated organic farm (Sarapiqui)
  • Tortuguero Village
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Make tortillas and enjoy traditional Costa Rican coffee (Arenal – 2022 Departures Only)
  • Tamarindo Beach

NEW in 2023:

  • Central Valley art experience (outskirts of San José)
  • Pumas Rescue Center and Animal Sanctuary (Arenal)

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare 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

2022 Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: USA to Sarapiqui

Day 2: Sarapiqui

Day 3: Sarapiqui/Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero

Day 5: Arenal

Day 6: Arenal

Day 7: Arenal/Tamarindo

Day 8: Tamarindo

Day 9: Tamarindo to USA

2023 Tour Itinerary

Map

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

Day 1: USA to San José

Day 2: San José/Sarapiqui

Day 3: Sarapiqui/Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero

Day 5: Arenal

Day 6: Arenal

Day 7: Arenal/Tamarindo

Day 8: Tamarindo

Day 9: Tamarindo to USA

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Sep. 2, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

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

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

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 Floating Safari on Sarapiqui River

Half-Day Paradise Hot Springs

Half-Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour

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.

Barry T

Excellent tour which to a very large part was attributable to the tour leader, Cesar Flores. Cesar was knowledgeable, intelligent, patient, willing to go beyond expectations and personable. The tour itself was great. Lots of wildlife and amazing scenery. The accommodations were good although is some cases (in the rain forest), they were a bit rustic with no A/C but one small and pretty ineffective fan. Other than that, we had a great time.

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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