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Definitely a complete travel program to explore the best of the country. Within 14 days we will be able to dive into the nature of Costa Rica crossing the country in its most spectacular places. Starting from the side of the Atlantic ocean and arriving at the Pacific, we will pass through various types of forests, from the rainforest to the tropical rainforest, and to dry tropical one. As we pass through them, we will be able to notice and study the various types of animals that live from one side of the coast to the other. This is a road trip that will start with the arrival in San Jose. Here, once on board of our private vehicles,we will discover the riches of the country such as landscapes, animals, history and culture by visiting some of the most important characteristic sites. The main goal of the trip, in addition to fun, will be to be able to understand the infinite beauty of nature with which we are surrounded every day.

Travel program

Day 1

The journey will start from San Jose in the morning after breakfast. With the rental cars we will head to the east coast of the country, in the Caribbean Sea, to the Tortuguero National Park, where it’s possible to find some of the most varied animal species in the world. Arrival at the end of the morning (traffic permitting) and accommodation in the Hotel. During the rest of the day we will start visiting the park and settle in the pretty village with a canoe trip during a beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Day 2

The day will begin, as always in the morning after breakfast, with a nice walk on the beach. During the months of July, August and September it is in fact possible to witness the exciting hatching of the sea turtles’ eggs. It is no coincidence that we are talking about the Tortuguero Park, or land of turtles. We will therefore take all the time necessary to make beautiful photos of this unforgettable moment. We will then continue by sailing in rowing canoes with local guides, entering the surrounding nature, listening to its voice and admiring the wildlife that lives there. We will end the day with a beautiful sunset. Dinner at leisure and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Wake up at first light for final walk to admire the hatching of the sea turtles once again. Once we have said goodbye to this magnificent place with a beautiful souvenir photo we will return to our vehicles and leave for the next destination: the Arenal volcano. We will arrive at the hotel in the afternoon. The varied geographical area of Arenal includes four types of forest, pre-mountain-wet, mountain-rain, tropical-wet, and finally rainy-low-mountain. If the weather conditions are in our favor there will certainly be no shortage of starry sky photos, so a tripod is recommended for long exposures. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day 4

After a hearty breakfast, we will go to visit the naturalistic center dedicated to the endemic species of Costa Rica. Here it will be possible to see many animals, many of which unfortunately endangered. In addition to being a rehabilitation center, the center is also used to reproduce endangered species and then release them freely. It will therefore be possible to create unique photographic shots. In the afternoon we will experience the zipline in one of the most beautiful parks in all of Costa Rica. We will fly over the forest, darting from one side to the other, we will walk over elevated bridges surrounded by greenery on the slopes of the volcano with Lake Arenal in the background. During the activities it will be possible to see toucans and some primate species so the use of the action camera is recommended. It will be the best way to capture an incredible memory. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day 5

The day is dedicated to abandoning oneself completely to the surrounding. The Arenal volcano is considered to be one of the 20 most active volcanoes in the world and during the day we will dedicate ourselves to the realization of various optional activities: trekking on the volcano, panoramic car ride in the small city of La Fortuna, with its typical shops and restaurants, some hours in a spa, or, for those who have not been fully satisfied, a last ride on the longest and highest zip line in Costa Rica, perhaps taking more photos of some of the country’s particular endemic animal species. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6

We will leave early in the morning, after breakfast, towards the Manuel Antonio National Park (about 236 km – 5h). We will travel along the Pan-American Highway, one of the most famous roads in the world, which connects South America to North America. We will arrive at the hotel in the early afternoon. Afterwards it will be possible to relax on the beautiful beach offered by this enchanting place, and enjoy the sunset in the beautiful restaurant “El Avion”. Supposedly, former CIA agent Barry Seal, played by Tom Cruise in the “Barry Seal” movie, used this plane to transport drugs from South America to the United States. Free dinner and an overnight stay in hotel.

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Day 7

First we will go to visit the Manuel Antonio National Park. We will dive into a living paradise characterized by crystal clear water and shining green vegetation. Animals of all kinds such as iguanas, basilisks, toucans, sloths and capuchin monkeys, and many other endemic species. It will be possible to take beautiful close-up photographs of this wonderful fauna. The park has a well delimited path; we will therefore have the opportunity to visit it all day but once we will leave it, it will not be possible to return. For this reason we will organize a picninc lunch to enjoy the beautiful “Playa Manuel Antonio” beach. Here we will have nice encounters with raccoons and capuchin monkeys. The park will close at 16:00 so we will return to the hotel by then. After a refreshing shower, we will go out to enjoy the sunset. For those interested, it will be possible to make a night excursion to see the forest light at night with UV lamps (excursion not included, request info). Free dinner and an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 8

We will leave Manuel Antonio Park early in the morning after waking up at 6 to continue the journey south, along the Pacific coast. We will meet with a local guide at 09:00 in Sierpe, on the Osa Peninsula. The guide will lead us to explore the beautiful mangrove forest with its fascinating biodiversity. It will be an excursion of about 3 hours, in a real open-air living laboratory. At the end of the excursion, a boat will take us to Drake where we will arrive around 13.00 (lunch on the sea – not included -). We will then walk to the hotel. During the day it will be possible to explore the paradise of the Corcovado National Park. The park is a protected area of ​​about 42,000 hectares, one of the largest lowland tropical rain forests on the planet. Its biodiversity is an infinite growth of animal and plant species. Free dinner and overnight at the Allegra Hostel (private room with extra cost).


Day 9

Departure at 7.30 after breakfast (not included) from Drake Bay for an ocean safari to spot cetaceans, with the possibility of swimming with them wherever suitable conditions are dictated by Mother Nature. At 12:00 lunch (included) in San Josecito and free time to relax on the beach or go snorkelling. At 2:00 pm return to Drake Bay, where we will arrive in the early afternoon. Free time for a tour of the village or to enjoy the beach. Free dinner and overnight at the Allegra Hostel.

Day 10

Wake up at 06:00 in the morning. After breakfast, about an hour-and-a-half boat ride to reach the Siren Ranger station. At 7.45 am, short trek to the ranger station, baggage drop-off, then departure for a trek of about 3 – 4 hours in the heart of the Corcovado National Park. At 11:30 am break to rest and have lunch. Around 12:30 we will hike to the Sirena Ranger Station. During the hottest hours of the day we will rest and regain energy. Around 14:30, we will leave for a trek of about 2 hours and a half to reach the Claro River, where we can cool off with a restorative bath. Trek back to the ranger station, dinner and overnight.

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Day 11

Early wake up call (around 04:30 am) for a trek of about 3 hours. At 7.45 am breakfast at Siren Ranger Station and some rest. At 09:00 we will go out into the forest again for another 3 hours of trekking, after which we will return to the ranger station for lunch. At 2.30 pm we will resume our trekking activity for about two and a half hours, until we reach the San Pedrillo waterfalls, where it will be possible to take a refreshing bath and take incredible photos. Return to the ranger station at about 17:30. Dinner and overnight at the ranger station.

Day 12

Early wake up call (04:30 in the morning) for a trek of about 3 hours. At 7.45 am breakfast at Siren Ranger Station and some rest. At 09:00 we go out into the forest again for another 3 hours of trekking, after which we return to the ranger station for lunch and packing up our personal belongings to begin the drive back to Drake Bay. Upon arrival, free time to relax after this busy day. Free dinner and overnight at the hostel.


Day 13

Wake up call at 06:30 in the morning and breakfast (not included). At 07:30 a boat will take us back to Sierpe, where we will repossess our vehicles to take the famous Pan-American Highway, which we will travel north along the Pacific coast. We will reach Playa Herradura, located in Herradura Bay, another enchanting place where to relax after a few hours of driving and where surfing or diving activities are possible. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day 14

In the morning time at leisure for a surfing session (optional). At 11:00 am departure for the capital of the country, San José, where we will take the flight back to Italy in the early afternoon.

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