Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Visit the most popular regions of Costa Rica

Available year round

FROM $1,995 per person sharing


“Itinerary was excellent, and tour was awesome in every way. From the planning to the execution, excellent tour. Would go again.” Charlene B. (CO)

– Mixture of nature, culture, relaxation and optional adventure / sports activities
– A private bilingual naturalist guide (if requested) and driver with A/C motor coach for 5 days


  • Nature walk at El Silencio Cloud Forest
  • Rainforest walk at Arenal Hanging Bridges
  • Tabacon Hot Springs and Spa
  • View Arenal Volcano
  • Las Pumas Rescue Center
  • Turtle Nesting Tour (if Las Baulas National Park is open)


  • Studio Hotel’s private collection of 100 paintings and sculptures by CR’s most renowned artists
  • Espiritu Santo Coffee Farm
  • Local market in San Ramon
  • Villa Blanca, country estate of former CR President


  • Optional spa treatments in Arenal
  • Optional Canopy / Zipline Tour in Arenal
  • Pacific Ocean front resort for three nights
  • Optional scuba tour, surfing lessons, horseback ride on beach, deep sea fishing, golf, tennis

Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Day 1: San Jose

Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, you will be met and greeted upon arrival by a tour representative, and transported to Studio Hotel, located in the outskirts of San Jose. Enjoy the Costa Rican art in the hotel and relax by the pool before dinner & overnight at Studio Boutique Hotel

SanJose city view

Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Day 2: Central Highlands to Arenal

Today, your journey begins with a transfer to the northern lowlands of Costa Rica, where the major attraction is the world-famous Arenal Volcano.
During the first part of the drive you will pass through the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, where you will admire the incomparable beauty of the landscapes, which includes the tropical rain and cloud forest and its warm climate. On the Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour you will see every step of coffee production, from the planting of seedlings, through the harvest of the beans (they look like cherries on a bush), cleaning, drying, roasting, and packaging. The entire crop of the farm’s Arabica beans is sold exclusively to Starbucks. We will stop at the city of San Ramon and visit its local farmers market, we will learn about the variety of tropical fruits and vegetables of Costa Rica.
Lunch will be served at Villa Blanca, a beautiful hacienda style restaurant located in heart of the clouds that was once owned by a President of Costa Rica.
After lunch, we will enjoy the El Silencio de Los Angeles Walk. Conveniently located within Villa Blanca’s 75 acre hotel property, this very user-friendly 3,000-meter (3 Kilometer) trail network was carefully engineered and designed by our own professional nature guides. It has no steps or obstacles to compete with the enjoyment of observing the countless variety of tropical flora and fauna along this guided nature interpretive walk. With only 2.5% of the planet’s cloud forest remaining, the unique energy of this cloud shrouded forest habitat continues to marvel both scientists and tourists alike.
Then the journey continues and is adorned with the beautiful scenery of the northern plains, with its abundance of spectacular natural surroundings and country villages. Arrive in La Fortuna village and stay two nights at Volcano Lodge.

Coffee plantEspirito Santo Coffee TourChurch in mistArenal (Active Volcano)

Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Day 3: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Tabacon Hot Springs

During the morning you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, which is one the most beautiful environmental-friendly projects in Costa Rica. The tour takes place on a 600 acre reserve filled with lush vegetation and a variety of birds and animals. Walk along sturdy bridges up among the trees in this unique rainforest environment. Your private naturalist guide will introduce you to the extremely rich biodiversity and help you spot wildlife. You are likely to see many types of birds, orchids and other exotic plants and perhaps even a sloth or howler monkey! From two bridges you can have a good view of Arenal Volcano.
During the afternoon, you will visit the world-famous Tabacón Hot Springs. A virtual “Garden of Eden” awaits you at Tabacon Hot Springs & Spa located at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. From the heart of the volcano spring fountains of thermo-mineral water which form the Tabacon River, running at a soothing 39C (102F), forming natural pools which cascade into the thermal lagoons, guaranteeing an unforgettable sensation. Relax in the multiple thermal pools or walk the trails surrounded by exotic tropical gardens which provide many photo ops.
Enjoy a delicious buffet with a wide selection of local and international culinary treats.

Arenal Hanging BridgesSoaking in Tabacon Springs

Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Day 4: Arenal Volcano to Tamarindo Beach

Enjoy a morning at leisure or you may choose to begin your day with an optional activity:
Optional Spa Treatments: At Tabacon Hot Springs, you have a wide selection of spa treatments. Relax as you enjoy your treatments while hearing the sounds of the forest and the rushing of the water coming down from Arenal Volcano.
Optional Canopy Tour (Zip Lines):
Experience this uniquely Costa Rican invention of sailing across the canopy of the rainforest on over 2 kilometers of cables connecting 18 platforms. Safety is the number one priority and expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the virgin rain forests and explain what’s going on around you, from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
Around mid-day you will transfer to the Guanacaste northern Pacific Coast, specifically to Tamarindo. The first part of the transfer is adorned with the beautiful scenery of the Arenal Lake. Then, you will admire the incomparable beauty of the landscapes, which includes the tropical dry forest and its hot climate, which characterize the entire Guanacaste Province.
This transfer includes a stop at Las Pumas Refuge where you can see the six native cats of Costa Rica: jaguarundis, jaguars, ocelots, cougars, marguays, and “tiger” cats. They are stray, injured or orphaned cats, as well as those that have been rescued. You will also see monkeys, birds and otters.
Arrive at Tamarindo Diria Hotel where you will enjoy the stunning views and beautiful beaches.

Spa treatment Volcano LodgeGetting ready to ziplineLake ArenalLas Pumas Refuge

Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Day 5 & 6: Tamarindo

Days 5 and 6 are your free days to enjoy your beautiful Pacific beach resort. The hotel offers optional activities for you to enjoy that include fishing, surfing lessons, or golf at the nearby championship 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, II. Shop at the many fine shops just feet away from your hotel or just relax around the pools at the hotel or lay on the beautiful beach.
You may want to perhaps take an optional tour. The region is known for its extensive nature reserves that house an incredible concentration of flora, fauna and natural beauty. There are several reserves, natural attractions and many activities which can be done from the area at an extra cost by booking through the hotel. There are also canopy tours, river rafting, horseback riding, forest hiking, fishing and much more for you to explore.
During December-February, giant leatherback turtles come ashore at Las Baulas National Park in Playa Grande. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event to witness the sea turtles coming out from the ocean to make their nests, deposit their eggs and return to the sea.

Tamarindo BeachTamarindo BeachLas Baulas turtle sunset

Costa Rica Highlights Tour

Day 7: Tamarindo to Liberia Intl Airport

Your Costa Rican eco-adventure comes to the end today. You will be met at the hotel and transferred to Liberia International Airport, for your departure and return trip home.

Sunset at Tamarindo
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