Rainforest | Costa Rica

Family self-drive tour - Costa Rica

An unforgettable family self-drive expedition in Costa Rica full of scenic routes, from tropical coastlines to lush rainforests. Explore wildlife-rich parks, relax on pristine beaches, and discover the vibrant culture together on this enriching journey.

15 Day Costa Rica Itinerary

Day 1: San José & Central Valley

Arrive in Costa Rica, where a private transfer takes you to Hotel Presidente in San José for a relaxing evening in preparation for the next day.

Day 2: Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Embark on a shared coach transfer to Tortuguero National Park, enjoying a scenic journey through primary forests and a canoe transfer to Mawamba Lodge, followed by a jungle hike or a visit to Tortuguero Village.

Day 3: Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Explore Tortuguero further with guided small-group trips, including a boat trip through the flooded forest to spot wildlife like caimans, water birds, monkeys, iguanas, and macaws.

Day 4: Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Take a free day at the Tortuguero Lodge, offering opportunities to relax by the pool or partake in optional canal tours.

Day 5: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Travel with your group to Guapiles, where you'll collect a rental car with the guide's assistance before heading to Sarapiqui for a stay at Tirimbina Lodge.

Day 6: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Experience an adrenaline-filled morning of rafting along the Rio Sarapiqui, followed by a leisurely afternoon for optional activities like chocolate or coffee tours or nature trail hikes.

Day 7: Arenal Volcano

Drive from Sarapiqui to Arenal Volcano, staying at Arenal Springs Hotel and exploring the surrounding area.

Day 8: Arenal Volcano

Enjoy one of Costa Rica's most thrilling zip-line and canopy tours, with the afternoon at leisure for further exploration.

Day 9: Arenal Volcano

Spend a day at leisure, offering the option to relax by the hotel pool, go kayaking on Lake Arenal, zip-line, white-water raft, or visit Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and Rio Celeste waterfalls.

Day 10: Rio Perdido

Leave Arenal for Rio Perdido in Guanacaste, with the choice of a scenic route or a visit to the Río Celeste waterfall before settling in at Rio Perdido.

Day 11: Rio Perdido

Enjoy free time at Rio Perdido, relaxing in Costa Rica's only thermal river, or engaging in optional activities like zip-lining, river tubing, or mountain biking.

Day 12: Playa Potrero

Descend to the Guanacaste plains, driving to Playa Potrero for a beachfront stay at Bahia Del Sol.

Day 13: Playa Potrero

Experience a leisure day at the beach, with the option to stroll along the shore, relax by the pool, or swim in the calm waters.

Day 14: Playa Potrero

Another day of relaxation at the beach hotel, with the opportunity to visit the spa if desired.

Day 15: International return flight

Drive back to San José for your international flight home, completing the journey with a scenic 4.5-hour drive

15 Day Costa Rica Itinerary Highlights

  • Tortuguero National Park: Explore an ecological treasure trove with a maze of canals and rivers, offering a unique wildlife experience.
  • Arenal Volcano: Discover the activity hub with hanging bridges, rainforest walks, and lake kayaking amid spectacular landscapes.
  • Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui: Experience the thrill of white-water rafting, adding an adrenaline-filled adventure to your journey.
  • Rio Perdido: Relax in the therapeutic thermal river, providing a serene and rejuvenating contrast to your adventurous exploration.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 14 Dinners
  • 15 Lunches
Rainforest | Costa Rica
Self driving | Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica
Family self-drive tour
15 Days

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