San José, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui & Arenal
Colorful villages and tropical sights are just some of the highlights that make Costa Rica an incredible place to visit. Our eight-day guided tour includes several experiences that you’ll remember forever, including walking along a hanging bridge that overlooks the rainforest and even the Arenal volcano. In the village of Tortuguero, we’ll learn about the locals’ lifestyle, shop for Afro-Caribbean handicrafts, and immerse ourselves in the Caribbean atmosphere. An abundance of wildlife, including birds, monkeys, caiman, and river turtles, awaits you at Tortuguero National Park. In Sarapiqui, visit the famous Finca Eco Organica to gain insights about organic and sustainable agriculture and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table meal.
Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our Colorful Costa Rica with Tamarindo tour visiting Costa Rica’s highlights from San José to the Tamarindo.
Itinerary at a Glance
2024 Tour Itinerary:
- 1 night in San José (Central Valley)
- 2 nights in Tortuguero
- 2 nights in Sarapiqui
- 2 nights in Arenal
- Central Valley art experience (outskirts of San José)
- Colorful Tortuguero Village
- Explore Tortuguero's National Park wildlife from the water, while enjoying the numerous canals in a boat
- Finca Eco Organica visit with farm-to-table lunch (family-operated organic farm in Sarapiqui)
- Arenal Volcano
- Hanging Bridges Experience (Arenal)
Your Tour Includes
- Optional round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach
- Accommodations at first class hotels and eco-lodges
- 17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees as per itinerary
- Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director
Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect
2024 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.
Note: Flights are not available on departures.
You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.
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 – Tortuguero
Day 3: Tortuguero
Day 4: Tortuguero – Sarapiqui
Day 5: Sarapiqui
Day 6: Sarapiqui – Arenal
Day 7: Arenal
Day 8: Depart Arenal
Guided Tour Pricing
Explore savings of up to $800 per person to dream destinations! Book by Mar. 1st.
Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.
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.
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. Full payment is due days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Studio Hotel Boutique
Tirimbina Rainforest Lodge
Selva Verde Lodge & Reserve
Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa
Montaña de Fuego Eco Resort & Spa
What to Expect
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.
I want to give a shout out to everyone who was a part of this group. It was a blessing to meet and tour with people from different parts of USA. Kudos to Vinicio (Vinny) Viquez, our tour guide. He was apart of our group every step of the way. He was attentive and patience throughout the trip. Wilmar our main bus driver was great as well!
This trip isn't for the faint of hearts. I could be strenuous as well has taxing on the muscle but so much fun!
Costa Rica is a beautiful country where the people are true to their culture. The beautiful forests, plants and animal is so much apart of the environment. It's nothing to pick a lychee or banana straight from a tree. This trip allowed us to experience Costa Rica from their beaches, city life, rainforest, swamps, mountain views to their upscale resorts area. It pinpointed all of Costa Rica in seven days.
Smart Tour have us sold and we will definitely go back on vacation with them in the future.