IDEAL LENGTH 11 nights
Price From $4,490 pp
When to Go Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May
Classic Costa Rica

This classic itinerary showcases three of Costa Rica’s top highlights. You’ll zip line through the tree tops in Arenal, explore the wildlife-rich wetlands of Tortuguero, and end with the jungle and beaches of Manuel Antonio.

Day 1

Day 1
Arrival in San Jose

Upon arrival at San Jose, you’ll be met by a LIghtfoot Travel representative and escorted by car to your accommodation in the peaceful Alajuela Province.

The remainder of your day will be spent at leisure.

Day 2

Day 2
Tortuguero

Today, you’ll head to the Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast – you have the option of flying or choosing a boat and ground transfer.

Spend the rest of the day strolling around the gardens, go trekking, laze in a hammock or arrange a private excursion.

Day 3

Day 3
Tortuguero National Park

Start your day with an early morning bird and nature walk, before enjoying a three-hour boat trip of the creeks and lagoons in the national park. After lunch at the lodge, you’ll head on a tour of the village of Tortuguero.

 

Day 4

Day 4
Tortuguero National Park

Enjoy a second day of guided small group trips, exploring the landscape of Tortuguero.

Today you'll have the chance to take a boat trip along the flooded forest connected by a series of waterways. Your guide will help you spot wildlife, such as caimans, tropical water-birds, howler and capuchin monkeys. Look out for iguanas sitting on tree branches and macaws winging their way over your head.

Day 5

Day 5
Guapiles - Arenal

Travel by boat and car to Guapiles, where you’ll pick up your transfer to Arenal.

After checking into your hotel there’s the option to enjoy a rejuvenating massage in the spa.

Day 6

Day 6
Arenal Volcano National Park

Start your day with a boat trip into the Arenal Volcano National Park, where you’ll hike to a great viewpoint overlooking the lake and explore an area previously destroyed by volcanic activity. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for tropical birds.

 

Day 7

Day 7
Arenal Volcano National Park

Today will be spent at leisure.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities to suit your interests before departure. We highly recommend taking the Sky Tram to the top of the Arenal Reserve where you can enjoy a Sky Trek tour among the treetops with views over the volcano and lake.

Day 8

Day 8
Manuel Antonio National Park

Today, you’ll go to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, with a ground transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day 9

Day 9
Manuel Antonio National Park

Enjoy a full-day excursion with a knowledgeable nature guide who’ll take you hiking through the national park, pointing out flora and fauna along the way.

The remaining two days will be spent at leisure – your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities to suit your interests before departure.

Day 10,11

Day 10
Manuel Antonio National Park

Spend today at leisure – your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities to suit your interests before departure.

Day 12

Day 11
Departure

Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey (approx three hours).

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itinerary highlights
  • Explore the waterways of Tortuguero in search of wildlife

  • Experience the volcano and cloud forests at Arenal

  • Discover the rainforest and beaches of Manual Antonio

  • Marvel at the diversity of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna

  • Experience the habitats of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts

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