13 Day Pure Costa Rica - Explore San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, La Fortuna & More! Includes Flights 31% OFF

Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America
Costa Rica , North America

Costa Rica is nothing short of spectacular; a little slice of paradise. With its rugged landscapes, glistening waterfalls, active volcanoes and lush tropical rainforests, it’s no wonder that National Geographic has named it the most biologically intense place on Earth! Full of fascinating flora and fauna, including cheeky canopy-dwelling spider monkeys, toucans and howler monkeys, and with 27 National Parks to explore, this trip promises to be full of wonder.

The Offer
Travel to a natural wonderland on this 13-day highlights tour of Costa Rica. Spend 13 unforgettable days discovering an abundance of unique flora and fauna in Costa Rican National Parks, including Tortuguero and Arenal - famed for its volcanoes. Enjoy panoramic views of the Central Valley in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, and spend time marvelling at the beauty of Lake Botos. Learn about the cultural value of cacao to Costa Rica's indigenous people, and sample this fruit in its purest form. Experience a magical twilight hike, and discover the nocturnal wildlife and cloud forests of Monteverde. Spot spider monkeys, howler monkeys, peacocks, parrots, toucans, trogons, warblers, hummingbirds and more. With return international flights, 10 nights accommodation, 15 meals, professional bi-lingual guides and more, this package has it all.

Have more time? Upgrade to the 17 Day Corcovado Extension (Post-tour only) and see the incredible Corcovado National Park and more.


The Itinerary
Day 1: Australia - San José, Costa Rica (In-Flight Meals)
Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth to San José. Fly with either Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada or Qantas Airways to name a few (subject to availability). Be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation in the centre of San José.

Overnight: Balmoral Hotel OR Crown Plaza Corobici Conference Centre, San José

Day 2: San José - Parque Nacional Volcán Poás Tour (B)
This morning, enjoy breakfast before making the short journey from the bustling metropolis of San José to Parque Nacional Volcán Poás. En route to the national park, enjoy magnificent views over the Central Valley. This national park is home to one of the largest craters in the world, located a comfortable 20 minutes walk from the entrance of the park. Those seeking a little more adventure can also visit Lake Botos via the walking trails through the ‘dwarf forest’.

Overnight: Balmoral Hotel OR Crown Plaza Corobici Conference Centre, San José

Day 3: San Jose - Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
This morning, begin the journey to Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero is a remote destination popularly known as ‘The Amazon of Costa Rica’ and is only reachable by plane or boat. In the early morning, be collected by ground transport from the hotel. A typical breakfast will be served before continuing through banana plantations and countryside until reaching a small dock. From here the boat leaves for a ride of about an hour to the hotel. During the boat excursion through the canals of the national park, get an impression of the fantastic nature that Tortuguero offers. You can hope to see caimans, snakes, monkeys, sloths and many beautiful birds. In Tortuguero, form part of a small international group, guided by a bilingual guide. After lunch a visit is scheduled to the village of Tortuguero.

Overnight: Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
Today be immersed into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park. Start the day with an early morning boat tour and experience the awakening of the jungle. In an open boat, explore the canals of the park as the forests around you come to life. Return to the lodge for breakfast and enjoy some leisure time before taking a short hike through the gardens and trails in the surrounding forest. At the end of the afternoon, leave for a second boat tour in a different sector of the National Park for another chance to spot the native wildlife!

Overnight: Evergreen Lodge, Tortuguero

Day 5: Tortuguero National Park - Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí (B,L)
After breakfast begin the journey out of the National Park, returning the same way as coming in; first by boat and then by bus. On route to Sarapiquí, stop and have lunch at a restaurant in Guápiles. Arrive in Sarapiquí this afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

Day 6: Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí - La Fortuna (B)
This morning be submerged in the cacao – culture of Costa Rica. This fruit, which is endemic to Central and South America played an important role in the daily (political and spiritual) life of the indigenous people. Learn about the cultural history of cacao, the way cacao has been processed throughout the centuries and, of course, sample it in it’s purest form. In the afternoon, continue onwards to beautiful La Fortuna.

Overnight: Lomas del Volcan, La Fortuna

Day 7: La Fortuna – Arenal National Park Tour (B)
Enjoy a hike into Arenal National Park, home to Arenal Volcano. Follow the trails over the flanks of this (once most active) volcano in Central America. Explore the old lava flows and enjoy great panoramic views over the volcano and Lake Arenal. After the hike, be rewarded with time to enjoy a couple of hours in the natural hot springs that are ‘fuelled’ by the volcano.

Overnight: Lomas del Volcan, La Fortuna

Day 8: La Fortuna - Monteverde (B)
During the drive to Monteverde, experience again the enormous variation in nature. Travel from the hot northern lowlands to the cool, foggy mountains of Monteverde. This place is world famous because of the cloud forests that cover the highlands. In the late afternoon, take a twilight/night hike through the Cloud Forests. It is an extraordinary experience to walk through the dark forests, listening to the strange sounds that are produced by the nocturnal wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for tarantulas, sloths, possums and sleeping birds!

Overnight: Cloud Forest Lodge, Monteverde

Day 9: Monteverde – Cloud Forest Reserve Tour (B)
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most famous in Costa Rica because it contains the largest area of unspoilt cloud forest in Central America. Today visit the nature reserve with a bilingual guide and explore the endemic flora and fauna. Maybe spot the Resplendent Quetzal: undoubtedly one of the most spectacular birds in Costa Rica. In the afternoon, walk the trails of the reserve and cross the different suspension bridges that you will give the opportunity to enjoy the forest views from high altitude. It will be an unforgettable experience to walk in this green theatre.

Overnight: Cloud Forest Lodge, Monteverde

Day 10: Monteverde - San José (B)
Monteverde is also famous for its sustainably grown highland coffee. Coffee has played a major role in the economic and social history of Costa Rica. During this morning’s tour visit a coffee plantation owned and operated by a local farmer. Learn everything about the process of coffee growing from planting, nurturing and harvesting. Afterwards, be rewarded with the opportunity to taste some delicious fresh coffee! In the afternoon your shuttle brings you back to the centre of the San José.

Overnight: Balmoral Hotel OR Crown Plaza Corobici Conference Centre, San José

Day 11: San José - Australia (B)
After breakfast be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia.

Day 12: In Transit (In-Flight Meals)

Day 13: Arrive in Australia


13 DAY COSTA RICA with CORCOVADO EXTENSION (Post-Tour Only)

Day 11: San José - Corcovado National Park (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the domestic airport to board the 50 minute flight to Puerto Jiménez, located on the Osa Peninsular. On arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to the main headquarters of La Leona Ecolodge in Puerto Jiménez. Enjoy a short briefing about the remainder of your journey and stay at the lodge. If you wish, make a stop at a local supermarket for refreshments before beginning the short journey to Carate (approx. 2 hours).

In Carate there is another, small operations centre where you will be provided with a detailed map and walking directions to the lodge. The walk is not guided, you can either walk along the beach or take a clear, signed trail through the forest. There is only one trail parallel to the beach so no mistake can be made. Both walking options take approximately 40 minutes. This is the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the world and enjoy your surroundings for the following nights.
Please note: This is an ecolodge. Electricity is available at specified times during the day, Wifi is not available and mobile phones cannot be used.

Overnight: La Leona Ecolodge, Corcovado

Day 12: Corcovado National Park (B,L,D)
Today you will explore the Corcovado National Park, the most bio diverse place on earth according to National Geographic. You will discover the different trails of the forest during a 4 - 5 hour hike of moderate level. Be rewarded with amazing wildlife and fauna!

Overnight: La Leona Ecolodge, Corcovado

Day 13: Corcovado National Park (B,L,D)
Feel completely immersed in nature. You begin this journey by entering the primary forest and ascending the mountain ridge where the forests grow 400 metres above sea level, representing a totally different ecosystem from the Corcovado Tour. Once up there, you will be walking within the private reserve of La Leona. The vegetation there consists of trees over 50 metres high, many of these loaded with a variety of mosses, epiphytes, and a variety of ferns. On route, you can hope to see a diverse mixture of tropical animals in the canopies of the trees. Spider and howler monkeys can sometimes be spotted along the way, as well as peacocks, parrots, toucans, trogons, tanagers, warblers, hummingbirds and hawks among others.

Overnight: La Leona Ecolodge, Corcovado

Day 14: Corcovado - San José (B)
Wave goodbye to this secluded paradise and enjoy the return walk to Carate before transferring to Puerto Jiménez Airport where you will fly back to San José, then be transferred to your hotel for the night.

Overnight: Balmoral Hotel OR Crown Plaza Corobici Conference Centre, San José

Day 15: San José - Australia (B)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia

Day 16: In Transit (In-Flight Meals)

Day 17: Arrive in Australia

PLEASE SEE FINE PRINT FOR MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

* PLEASE NOTE: all vouchers/booking dates must be confirmed within 7 days of purchase.

    FLIGHTS
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • 10 nights quality accommodation in boutique hotels and lodges
  • DINING
  • Enjoy 15 meals including daily breakfast
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Central Valley in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás
  • Witness one of the largest craters in the world and enjoy the beautiful Lake Botos
  • Discover Tortuguero National Park, 'The Amazon of Costa Rica'
  • Explore the canals and rivers of Tortuguero with two boat tours
  • Enjoy the amazing scenery with return boat transfers to Tortuguero
  • See snakes, caimans, monkeys, sloths and many beautiful birds
  • Experience the lifestyle of a Caribbean village
  • Experience the awakening of the jungle in Tortuguero
  • Sample cacao in its purest form and learn about the cultural importance of this fruit to Costa Rica's indigenous people
  • Hike through Arenal National Park
  • Explore old lava flows of Arenal Volcano and enjoy leisure time in the natural hot springs
  • Discover the cloud forests of Monteverde
  • Enjoy a twilight hike and discover the nocturnal wildlife of Monteverde
  • Visit the 'green theatre' nature reserve of Monteverde and explore the endemic flora and fauna
  • Visit a local coffee plantation and learn about the process of growing coffee
  • TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Professional bilingual guides
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • Transportation by A/C Vehicles
  • TRANSFERS
  • All transfers

  • 17 DAY CORCOVADO EXTENSION
    all of the above plus the following:
  • Return domestic flights from San José to Puerto Jiménez
  • Three nights quality accommodation in Corcovado National Park
  • One nights quality accommodation post tour in San José
  • Enjoy 10 additional meals
  • Discover nature trails on a hike through Corcovado National Park
  • Spot spider monkeys, howler monkeys, peacocks, parrots, toucans, trogons, warblers, hummingbirds and more
  • All transfers

TripADeal Travel & Adventure

1 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
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    BOOKING INFORMATION
  • After purchase, you will receive your Travel Voucher via email. This email will direct you to an Online Booking Form. You must return your booking form within 7 days of purchase
  • Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Online Booking Form. Any change requested after submitting your Online Booking Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability, and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below
  • On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Fine Print
  • Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated)
  • OFFER ESSENTIALS
  • Voucher valid until 18th May 2017
  • Voucher valid for one person based on twin share
  • Single Supplement
    For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
    Standard package: $600
    Extension package: $800
  • Departure Dates (2017)
    April: 27
    May: 18 (SOLD OUT)
  • Departure Cities
    Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth
  • Interstate Surcharges
    *Adelaide: $500 per person/voucher
    *Perth: $600 per person/voucher
  • FLIGHTS
  • Airline(s) Used
    Delta Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Alaskan Airlines, Air Canada, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Airlines, Virgin Australia, Qantas Airways and Air New Zealand plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)
  • Arrive Early in San José
    $300 per person/voucher subject to availability
    Please note:
    - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation
    - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
    - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking
    - Airport transfers are not included
  • Stay Behind in San José
    $300 per person/voucher subject to availability
    Please note:
    - This fee does not include extra nights accommodation
    - No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
    - Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking
    - Airport transfers are not included
  • Flight Class Upgrades
    Please Note: Upgrades are subject to request only. Availability and pricing will be confirmed once your booking form is returned to TripADeal.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • Accommodation Used
    13 DAY PACKAGE
    3-4 Star (self-rated)
    - San José: Balmoral Hotel OR Crown Plaza Corobici Conference Centre
    - Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge
    - Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí: Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge
    - La Fortuna: Lomas Del Volcan
    Monteverde: Cloud Forest Lodge

    17 DAY PACKAGE w/ Corcovado Extension
    3-4 Star (self-rated)
    - Corcovado: La Leona Ecolodge
    *Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type. In the unlikely event that a hotel is fully booked a similar hotel of the same standard will be used
  • Extra Nights (Pre/Post Tour)
    - San José: $190 per room
    Please note: extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind
  • Maximum Room Capacity
    3 people (subject to availability)
  • Child Policy
    - No child discounts apply; a full priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling with their parents
    - Strictly valid for Children/infants 12 months old and over
    Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed
  • Triple Share
    No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. A full priced voucher must be purchased. An extra bed is provided per room (subject to availability)
  • Bedding Configuration
    Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability)
  • Adjoining Rooms
    Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option
  • GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION
  • Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 40 per coach
  • Optional Tours / Activities
    DAY 3 or 4:
    *Dinner at Katonga floating restaurant
    - $40 USD per person (approx. $55 AUD)
    DAY 6:
    *Rafting trip over the Sarapiquí river
    - $50 USD per person (approx. $65 AUD)
    Please note: When optional tours are taken in Sarapiquí, the cacao tour programmed on day 6 will be taken on day 5 at 3pm.
    DAY 6:
    *Canopy Tour Sarapiquí (Ziplining)
    - $50 USD per person (approx. $65 AUD)
    DAY 6:
    *Guided Natural History Walk in Tirimbina Rainforest reserve
    - $25 USD per person (approx. $33 AUD)
    DAY 7:
    *Visit to Ecocentro Danaus
    - $20 USD per person (approx. $27 AUD)
    DAY 9:
    *Sky Tram
    - $40 USD per person (approx. $55 AUD)
    (In combination with the hike over the hanging bridges)
    Please Note:
    - prices are based on per person, are subject to availability and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
    - Some tours require minimum numbers to operate
  • EXCLUSIONS
  • - Visa fees and requirements (Not required for Costa Rica for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport)
    - Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
    - Recommended gratuities/tipping: Drivers approx. $1.50 USD / Guides: approx. $2.50 USD per person per day
    - Optional activities/tours
    - Personal expenses
    - Travel insurance (Mandatory)
    *** Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.
  • OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • *Inoculation Requirements:
    All travellers (even in airport transit) who have been in countries where Yellow Fever is endemic, are required to provide proof of Yellow Fever vaccination (issued at least 10 days before arrival). Passengers without an international Yellow Fever certificate will be refused entry. Yellow Fever certificates are required if the journey starts or entails passing through the Yellow Fever belt of Africa or South America.
  • *Hiking / Fitness Requirements:
    A reasonable level of fitness is required to participate in this tour. All walking tours and hikes do not exceed more than 3 hours. Light clothing, comfortable walking shoes, rain jacket and a hat is recommended. Please note: There may be cooler weather conditions in Monteverde (especially in the evenings/night time).
  • *Tortuguero:
    As part of sustainable travel efforts are being made across Costa Rica, when in Tortuguero you will join a tour group (max 40 passengers) with a dedicated bilingual guide whom will lead your excursions and tours during your stay.
  • *La Leona Ecolodge:
    Please note, the location of this lodge is secluded and has limited electricity, no wifi or mobile phone coverage. Whilst walking along either the beach or through the rainforest on your way to the lodge, your luggage will be safely transported via horse and cart.
  • VISAS
  • A Tourist visa for Costa Rica is not required for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian Passport
    Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required
  • INSURANCE
  • TripADeal is proud to offer a range of travel insurance products in partnership with My Travel Insurance
  • SCHEDULE OF FEES
  • Voluntary Changes
    This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or Travel Voucher reissue
    1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
    Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
  • Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
    If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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