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The Best of Costa Rica


This is the Costa Rica Bucket List!
9 days starting at $1,499/Person
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Why you'll love this tour!

This itinerary packs in the diverse highlights of Costa Rica. From the volcanoes and coffee region surrounding San Jose and Arenal’s volcanic landscape, to the mysterious and vibrant Cloud Forest of Monteverde and Tamarindo’s tropical beaches; you’ll soon discover the sheer beauty and attraction of Costa Rica.

Our local specialists and tour guides have designed and dialed in all the secret stops that any local would approve of.

What you can expect in every tour:
  • Choose any date, all tours have daily departures
  • Hand picked guides specialized for every excursion
  • 7 regional offices with 24/7 in country support
  • Transfers with English guide to/from all airports
  • Local specialists who live and guide the destination
  • Personal dining recommendations for food lovers
  • Incredibly comfortable authentic accommodations
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9 Day Travel Itinerary

Our tours depart any day of the year, there are no fixed departure dates. It’s really simply, we’ve designed some of the best experiences that cover your “bucket list” must see stuff in each destination. You can trust in our 20 years of experience, that everything will run just like clockwork.

Itinerary
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Days 1-2

SAN JOSE

  • Tour of a coffee plantation, Poas Volcano & a magical waterfall.
  • Explore San Jose’s museums, market and 19th century buildings on your own.
  • Dance the night away in one of our favored salsa bars.

San Jose’s surroundings are full of adventure and stunning views. You’ll see how coffee goes from a bean to a cup of Joe at a working coffee estate, visit steaming geysers at a volcano and soak in a secluded waterfall. At night, the city really comes alive with the sound of salsa from the local bars…while planning the trip with your travel specialist; ask for a list of our favorite salsa bars in San Jose for an authentic glimpse of Costa Rican culture.

Tour of a coffee plantation, Poas Volcano & a magical waterfall. Explore San Jose’s museums, market and 19th century buildings on your own. Dance the night away in one of our favored salsa bars.

San Jose’s surroundings are full of adventure and stunning ...

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Days 2-4

ARENAL

  • Spot wildlife high up in Arenal’s canopy on the Hanging Gardens tour.
  • Take time out from all the adventure and relax in natural hot springs.
  • Optional activities include horseback riding, a twilight nature walk & more.

As one of the most diverse wildlife destinations in the world, you’re never too far from experiencing Costa Rica’s natural beauty in Arenal. Although the Arenal Volcano is no longer spewing out hot lava there is plenty to do in the Arenal Volcano National Park from crossing hanging bridges through the canopy where you’ll be surrounded by playful monkeys and colorful, tropical birds to unwinding in some of the country’s best natural hot springs.

Spot wildlife high up in Arenal’s canopy on the Hanging Gardens tour. Take time out from all the adventure and relax in natural hot springs. Optional activities include horseback riding, a twilight nature walk & more.

As one of the most diverse wildlife ...

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Days 4-6

MONTEVERDE

  • Stunning boat ride across Lake Arenal on the way to Monteverde.
  • Fly through the air on some of Costa Rica’s longest zip lines.
  • Optional open-air gondola ride through Monteverde’s Cloud Forest.

As the jewel in the crown of the world’s cloud forest reserves, the immense biodiversity of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is spell-binding with a stunning display of the most sought-after flora and fauna in Costa Rica. Rise up through the treetops and explore the extensive canopy walkways and suspension bridges before taking one of Costa Rica’s longest and most exhilarating zip-lines back to ground level.

Stunning boat ride across Lake Arenal on the way to Monteverde. Fly through the air on some of Costa Rica’s longest zip lines. Optional open-air gondola ride through Monteverde’s Cloud Forest.

As the jewel in the crown of the world’s cloud forest reserves, ...

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Days 6-9

TAMARINDO

  • Paddle through Tamarindo’s verdant mangroves and estuary.
  • Traveling between November-February? Ask about adding a turtle nesting tour!
  • Optional activities include horseback riding, surfing lessons and more.

White sand, swaying palm trees, secluded beaches and breathtaking sunsets…welcome to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast paradise! As well as having heavenly beaches, Tamarindo is one of the world’s most important turtle nesting sites for the endangered Leatherback turtle. If traveling between November and February, a moonlight tour to this protecting nesting site is a must! If not, then there is more than enough wildlife to spot when kayaking through the Tamarindo Mangrove and Estuary Nature Reserve.

Paddle through Tamarindo’s verdant mangroves and estuary. Traveling between November-February? Ask about adding a turtle nesting tour! Optional activities include horseback riding, surfing lessons and more.

White sand, swaying palm trees, secluded beaches and breathtaking sunsets…welcome to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast paradise! As ...

Sustainable & Shared Experiences

We have over 20 years experience building relationships with a short list of some of the best hotels and guides in Central & South America, from 7 regional offices in Latin America. We always aim to offer our tour packages with as little impact with the culture, by using shared transportation and/or private “like a local” excursions using public transportation. Let us know your travel dates and destination preferences, and we’ll match you with YOUR PERFECT Latin America experience. 

Shared Hotels & Pricing

(Price estimate for 2 people traveling together)

Option 1: Comfort
$1,499 /person
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Option 2: Superior
$1,969 /person
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Option 3: Luxury
$2,719 /person
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Let us customize or book this trip for you

Our World Experts offer full support and dedication to customizing this tour to fit you wishlist.
We can mix and match experiences, hotels and highlights to fit you budget and taste.

What our travelers are saying

David & Apryl Imboden
from the United States to Peru
Dear CAT, Thanks so much for an incredible time in Peru. The service that you provided during our private tour was amazing. The guides were knowledgeable, the hotels were above the level we expected and everything that was included was more than we could have imagined. We loved traveling along the coast and of course Machu Picchu was a greater highlight than any pictures can do justice. Sincerely, David and Apryl Imboden, Orange, CA
Andrew & Debra Lee
from the United States to Argentina, Brazil & Peru
Hi Sarah, We had a wonderful time and it was a great trip overall! Could not have had the experience that we did without your help - no regrets at all in booking with CAT! (I have already forwarded a link to your website to a co-worker who is interested in traveling to South America in the future). Thanks for all of your and Alex’s help in making our trip a memorable one! Regards, Andrew
Angela Willis & Son
from the United States to Brazil & Peru
Sarah, The vacation to Brazil and Peru was great! All of the guides were good, but Luiz and Fernando were exceptional! Both of them went out of their way to accommodate us and make our trip special. Pascuale was also very good, he certainly knows his way around Machu Picchu. I would recommend this trip to anyone! The hotels were wonderful as well. We even enjoyed the Andean Wings. I found the staff to be welcoming and the hotel quaint. The Sonesta Posada was a real stand out. Thanks again for your help in putting everything together. We had a great time! Angela
Annalena Burbridge
from the United States to Argentina
Dear CAT Travel, We had a most wonderful time in Argentina. Working with Marcos was a real joy.  He proved to be very helpful and knowledgeable about his product and services.  All the transfers were executed punctually with friendly and professional staff.  The tours for the most part were excellent, depending on the guide, their overall knowledge, delivery and fluency in the English language. The hotels were all very clean, comfortable, and for the most part in good locations in respect to the center of town.  I can honestly say that it was a once in a lifetime trip and our best travel experience. It is a really wonderful travel destination, we loved, loved,loved Argentina! Annalena Burbridge
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