Highlights
  • Try adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and surfing
  • Take in the views of arenal volcano towering over la fortuna
  • Chill out by the pacific ocean

Hit two of Costa Rica's famed features — volcanoes and beaches — on this exciting trip that isn't too hard on the wallet. Get the adrenaline pumping in La Fortuna, then travel to Santa Teresa and relax on the beach. While you're free to choose your own adventure with optional adrenaline-inducing activities like waterfall rappelling, your accommodation and transportation are included. Our expert CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials — eight days of maximum Costa Rica at minimum cost.

Trip Description
Costa Rica on a Shoestring
 
Destinations
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Itinerary

Day 1 San José

Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 San José/La Fortuna

La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano, is an excellent base for adventure. Optional activities in this area abound. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Other optional activities include full-day white water rafting on the Toro or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Transport: Taxi to bus station. Taxicab Local bus (3.00-5.00 hours, 150km)

Day 3 La Fortuna

Enjoy a full day in La Fortuna to relax or experience some of the many optional activities available.

Day 4 La Fortuna/Santa Teresa

Head to the Pacific coast for some much needed beach time and relaxation. Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais are small towns frequented by surfers. Opt to hit the waves, or visit Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve – take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach. Transport: Local van (3.00 hour(s)) Ferry Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

Days 5-6 Santa Teresa

Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach. Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - surfing, ziplining, ATV, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids.

Day 7 Santa Teresa/San José

Squeeze in morning beach time before embarking on our journey back to the capital, San José. Arrive in the evening (approx 9pm) in time to shower and head out for a final night on the town. Transport: Local bus (8.00 hour(s))

Day 8 San José

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing
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Price Per Day:

$ 73 per day
 
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Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD
Details
Trip Includes
  • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Beach time in Santa Teresa
  • Free time in La Fortuna
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: No meals included
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportLocal bus, ferry, taxi, walking.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 18
Max 18, avg 14

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Simple hotels (3 nts), hostels (4 nts, multi-share).
Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Some nights we use multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room). We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip. Couples: Please note that due to the variety of accommodation used in Central America, couples will be split into separate rooms when we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
Start City
San José
End City
San José
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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