Volcanoes, Wildlife & Adventure

Experience the best of Costa Rica’s wildlife and natural beauty – wonder at its volcanoes, walk high above the canopy on Monteverde’s hanging bridges, relax as you float downstream on a wildlife safari tour, go snorkelling in the Cahuita National Park …

Monteverde Hanging Bridge

Volcanoes, Wildlife & Adventure - sample holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive into Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose, and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Day-trip to visit Poas Volcano and a coffee plantation. Overnight in San Jose.

Day 3

Transfer to the cloudforest area of Monteverde, location of 2 National Parks situated at 4,500 ft above sea level.

Day 4

Today there is a choice of activities: experience Monteverde's famous Hanging Bridges - the longest and strongest bridge system in Costa Rica; visit the Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens; ride the Monteverde Cloudforest Train; visit the Bat Jungle; go horse-back riding; alternatively, enjoy some amazing zip-lining high about the cloud forest tree canopy.

Day 5

Transfer by road & boat across Lake Arenal to the town of La Fortuna, whose skyline is dominated by Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica's most famous volcano. The peak of the volcano has an almost perfect cone, soaring 5,360 ft into the sky.

Day 6

Enjoy a guided hike around the foot of Arenal Volcano then take a relaxing dip in the nearby naturally-occurring Hot Springs.

Day 7

Go on a Safari Float Tour on the Peñas Blancas River, floating downstream on the lower, slower-moving, section of the river. Look out for howler monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, toucans and a wide variety of other birds.

Day 8

Transfer to Tortuguero, on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, nesting grounds of Green Sea turtles (nesting season runs from Jul through Sept/Oct).

Day 9

Enjoy an early-morning nature tour by boat cruising along Tortuguero’s canals & riverways. There are plenty of opportunities for nature walks or to take another boat tour.

Day 10

Transfer by boat then road to Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast. Soak in the laid-back vibes of this lesser-visited part of Costa Rica.

Days 11-13

Days at leisure. Opportunities for: snorkelling in the Cahuita National Park; visit the Botanical Gardens; go bird watching; visit the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge; enjoy some zip-lining; or simply relax in the pool or on the nearby white sands of the beach at Playa Cocles.

Day 14

Today you’ll return to San Jose for your final night. En route go white-water river rafting on the Pacuare River, one of the top 5 locations for rafting in the world.

Day 15

Transfer to the International Airport in time to catch your flight home

This sample Costa Rica holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Costa Rica has a wide variety of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Costa Rica holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Costa Rica Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Costa Rica itinerary are just a selection of what is available in each location. The progromme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday in Costa Rica; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made holiday.

Duration of your Costa Rica Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on this holiday in Costa Rica, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Costa Rica holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Costa Rica.