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Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife with Zoomer Travel Club

9 days |  12 days with Manuel Antonio & San José extension
9 days |  12 days with Manuel Antonio & San José extension
Group size1530 travelers
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Costa Rica is a real-life paradise.

From misty cloud forests and lush jungles to volcanic landscapes and sun-kissed beaches, there’s so much to love about this Central American hot spot. Begin your adventure in Tortuguero, the Land of Turtles, then take a dip in the natural hot springs at the foot of the mighty Arenal Volcano and explore the majestic cloud forest region before ending your tour in San José.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 7 dinners with beer or wine
  • Guided sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • pineapple farm
  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
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Day-by-day itinerary

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San José1 night
Day 1: Arrival in San José
Included meal: Light dinner

Fly to Costa Rica and settle in to your hotel in San José.

Tortuguero2 nights
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Tortuguero
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome dinner

Drive through the Costa Rican countryside. Then, boat through jungle-lined canals to beachside Tortuguero, the Land of Turtles, for a guided tour of the tropical area.

  • Pass through Braulio Carrillo National Park, home of many dormant volcanoes and placid crater lakes
  • Take a scenic drive through local banana plantations
  • Enjoy an included lunch of local cuisine
  • Learn about endangered turtles at the Sea Turtle Conservancy

(Please note: Sea turtle nesting season is from June–September. Turtles may not be on the beaches for the remainder of the year.)

Later, get to know your group at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Rainforest & canal expedition
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn about Tortuguero National Park’s diverse habitats, including mangrove forests, swamps, and beaches.

  • Walk and boat through the park, seeking out monkeys, tapirs, caimans, and more
  • Enjoy an included lunch featuring local cuisine
  • View the freshwater creeks and lagoons, home to endangered turtles and over 50 species of fish

Sit down for an included dinner of traditional Costa Rican food.

Arenal Region2 nights
Day 4: Arenal via Guapiles & pineapple farm
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to the Arenal region today.

  • Pass by banana plantations
  • Stop in Guapiles for an included lunch of local cuisine
  • Take a tour of an organic pineapple farm to learn how the sweet fruit is grown using compost fertilization, natural herbicides, and crop rotation
  • Try some fresh-cut pineapple, homemade empanadas, pineapple juice, and a piña colada
  • Catch your first glimpse of Arenal Volcano National Park’s lush landscape, shaped by the majestic volcano and massive lake of the same name

This evening, explore an array of heated pools kept warm by geothermal activity surrounding the Arenal Volcano. Then, enjoy dinner, along with views of the volcano, at a restaurant in the charming town of La Fortuna.

Day 5: Hiking tour of Arenal & farm visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike through Arenal Volcano National Park on a guided tour.

  • View the mile-high volcano, a near-perfect conical shape that emerges from the Sierra de Tilarán mountain range
  • Gaze at the placid Lake Arenal, watching for northern jacana, woodpeckers, and kingfishers by its shores

Please note: Travelers should be able to hike around two miles over uneven terrain and hardened lava.

Pay a visit to a local organic farm this afternoon to discover Costa Rica's commitment to sustainably sourced food and eco-friendly energy.

  • Try your hand at harvesting various foods grown in the small orchard during a guided tour
  • Hear how the farm's biodigestor machine converts organic material into a form of renewable energy that can be used as fertilizer
  • Stop by the medicinal plants garden and trapiche to learn about the sugar cane extraction procedure and sample some raw sugar cane
  • Head to the kitchen for a cooking demonstration to learn how to make tortillas and picadillo, a traditional Costa Rican stew containing peppers, onions, herbs, and spices
  • Enjoy an included lunch after the cooking demonstration.

Please note: We recommend wearing a sturdy pair of walking shoes and dressing accordingly based on the weather.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Monteverde2 nights
Day 6: Monteverde via Heliconia Ranch, coffee, chocolate & sugarcane tastings
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Get another look at the spectacular Lake Arenal as you travel to Monteverde by boat and bus. There, learn about Costa Rica’s diverse ecology and vibrant culture.

  • Help with reforestation efforts by planting a native tree at Heliconia Ranch
  • Have lunch at a local farm and enjoy coffee and dairy products cultivated on-site
  • Watch traditional Costa Rican dances performed by children from the community
  • Head to a nearby coffee plantation to learn about the history and production of coffee beans
  • Sample some of the locally sourced coffee
  • Discover how cocoa is produced and turned into chocolate before sampling the sweet treat
  • Enjoy a tasting of raw sugarcane as you hear how it’s harvested
Day 7: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a guided tour of what may be the world’s most stunning cloud forest reserve. 

Then, enjoy a free afternoon in Monteverde or add an excursion.

Sit down at a local restaurant and enjoy an included dinner.

Sky Walk

From $89 per person

San José1 night
Day 8: Transfer to San José & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Travel to San José and get to know Costa Rica’s capital city on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Stop at the Plaza de la Cultura, site of many performances and celebrations, and admire the National Theater of Costa Rica
  • Pass Bellavista Fortress, home of the National Museum
  • Marvel at the steel exterior of the century-old Edificio Metálico

Head to a local restaurant to enjoy live music and scenic vistas as you celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner.

Flight home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Costa Rica to explore Manuel Antonio.

Extension to Manuel Antonio & San José
Soak in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio, a vibrant destination full of lush rainforests and postcard-worthy beaches.
Manuel Antonio2 nights
Day 9: Tarcoles River cruise
Included meal: Breakfast

En route to Manuel Antonio, relax on a riverboat tour of the Tarcoles River with a local guide.

  • Take in views of lush mangrove forests and jungle settings
  • Look out for wildlife such as crocodiles, iguanas, lizards, monkeys, and birds
Day 10: Manuel Antonio National Park & sunset cruise
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know the country’s smallest national park, popular for its breathtaking beaches and scenic hiking trails.

  • Keep an eye out for local fauna—the park is home to 109 mammal species and 270 bird species
  • Walk to the top of rocky Cathedral Point to view the park from across the Pacific
  • See the blowhole at Escondido Beach
  • Survey the saw cliff and sea caves at Serrucho Point

Spend the afternoon cruising along the central Pacific coast of Quepos on board a catamaran.

  • Sail through the various islands and rock formations as you explore Manuel Antonio National Park from the water
  • Keep an eye out for dolphins and sea birds that inhabit the area
  • Snorkel in the calm turquoise waters as you explore the underwater beauty up close

Please note: This sunset cruise is weather-dependent.

San José1 night
Day 11: Transfer to San José
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free morning before traveling back to San José and rejoining your group for a farewell dinner.

Flight home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Holiday Inn San José Downtown – Aurola
Holiday Inn San José Downtown – Aurola

This contemporary hotel is located in Downtown-Aurola. Guests enjoy an indoor pool, fitness center, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Parque Nacional, th...

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Aninga Hotel & Spa
Aninga Hotel & Spa

This canal side hotel is located along the Laguna Penitencia. Guests enjoy a pool, a spa, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Parque Nacional Tortuguer...

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Arenal Manoa and Hot Springs Resort
Arenal Manoa and Hot Springs Resort

This rustic hotel is located in the Arenal neighborhood. Guests enjoy a spa, restaurant, and pool. Nearby, you’ll find Arenal Volcano National Park, A...

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El Establo Mountain Hotel
El Establo Mountain Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in Monteverde. Guests enjoy a tennis court, indoor pool, and a spa. Nearby, you'll find the Monteverde Butterfly Ga...

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