- Soak up the history and culture of downtown San José
- Discover the misty cloud forest of Monteverde
- Explore the Children's Eternal Forest at night
- Dine on a catamaran and take in sunset views of Tamarindo
- Look for crocodiles as you float down a river on a safari tour
|Day 1||Arrive, Explore Downtown San José||San José|
|Day 2||Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Children's Eternal Forest||Monteverde|
|Day 3||Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest on a Guided Hike||Monteverde|
|Day 4||Enjoy a Catamaran Sailing Tour at Sunset||Tamarindo|
|Day 5||Float Down the Corobicí River on a Safari Tour||Tamarindo|
|Day 6||Depart Costa Rica, End of Trip|
Day 1: Arrive, Explore Downtown San JoséWelcome to Costa Rica! Your driver will transfer you to your hotel in San José. After settling in, go for a self-guided walking tour of the city's downtown. Depending on your hotel, you can walk or call a taxi to visit Mercado Central. Featuring over 200 shops, food stalls, and sodas (traditional restaurants), Mercado Central is the perfect spot to kick off your city tour. Explore the colorful fruit stands full of fresh produce, scope some souvenir ideas, or pop over to a soda for an early lunch of traditional Costa Rican casado.
It's a short walk to Central Park, a small plaza that is always bustling with activity. Admire various outdoor sculptures as you make your way through the park toward Catedral Metropolitana, whose interior combines Greek Orthodox, Neoclassical, and Baroque styles. Continue walking down Central Avenue until you reach the historic Teatro Nacional, an opulent Neoclassical building constructed in the late 19th century. A free guided tour is offered on the hour. If you require a caffeine fix, the theater's café is an excellent place for a quick coffee and pastry before moving on to explore the city's museums.
Your first museum stop is The Museo del Oro Precolumbino. Accessible from the Plaza de la Cultura, the museum is located beneath the plaza and holds the most extensive Pre-Columbian gold collection in Latin America. A guided visit provides unique insight into the history of Costa Rica and the rest of Central America. Next, head to the Museo del Jade, the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian jade artifacts. The museum's distinctive modern architecture is hard to miss as it was built to look like a block of raw jade. As you wander among thousands of unique jade pieces, you'll gain an even deeper appreciation for Costa Rica's rich history.
Day 2: Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Children's Eternal Forest
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
After a delicious buffet lunch, you will visit an old farmhouse and walk along forest trails to five waterfalls. Continue your journey toward Monteverde. Check into your hotel before the evening's activity, a nocturnal walk in the Children's Eternal Forest, begins. The largest private reserve in Costa Rica is part of UNESCO's Water and Peace Biosphere, the Costa Rican Network of Private Reserves, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The activity starts right after nightfall, allowing you to observe the awakening animals and others who seek their nests and caves to sleep.
Day 3: Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest on a Guided Hike
Transfer from your hotel to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of Costa Rica's ecological crown jewels. Known as the "green lung of Costa Rica" due to its rich biodiversity, this sprawling reserve is located high in the mountainous northwest region of the country. On a guided tour, you'll get an overview of the incredible biodiversity of this region, where upland and lowland rainforest meet. More than 350 bird species live here, including the resplendent quetzal. It's a nature lover's paradise.
Day 4: Enjoy a Catamaran Sailing Tour at Sunset
Head to the surf town of Tamarindo today. Soak up the bright afternoon sun until it transitions into soft pinks and oranges later in the afternoon. You'll be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the landing dock in Playas del Coco. You'll board a catamaran and begin silently gliding along the Gold Coast past picturesque bays, white-sand beaches, and tropical jungles.You're likely to spot many animals, from dolphins to sea turtles, flying fish, and the occasional breaching whale. The crew will be serving up plenty of delicious tropical drinks as you make your way to a tranquil bay where you can swim in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or stroll down the deserted beach. Have dinner on the boat, then sit back and listen to the waves lapping at the sides of the catamaran as you make your way back to shore, taking in gorgeous sunset views along the way.
Day 5: Float Down the Corobicí River on a Safari Tour
On a safari-style tour of the Corobicí River today, you'll float with a naturalist guide through a special ecosystem where you can see an incredible variety of animals, birds, fish, plants, and more. Keep your eyes open as you look out at gigantic kapoks, figs, rubber, and shoreline trees, which serve as habitats for monkeys, bats, lizards, birds, iguanas, and more.
Your guide will help you to spot some of these animals as you float down the river looking for the main attraction — crocodiles. You're likely to see quite a few!