Ultimate Costa Rica Encompassed

An ultimate and uncompromising journey from one end of Costa Rica to the other using only the finest luxury hotels, the best eco lodges and all private tours. A pampering experience you will never forget!

Places you visit: San Jose – Tortuguero – El Silencio – Arenal – Monteverde – Manuel Antonio – Osa Peninsula – Central Valley

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“John was extremely accommodating to our requests, changing aspects of the itinerary until we had a perfectly tailored experience planned for us… The lodges John had booked for us did not disappoint and the rooms chosen were all fantastic and unique with amazing views… I would highly recommend using the Latin American Travel Company to plan an experience of a lifetime.”

Susan, June 2019.

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Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica & transfer to your hotel

grano de oro restaurant and courtyard san jose costa rica

Touch down in Costa Rica where your friendly guide will be waiting to welcome you, help you with your bags and take you directly to your hotel (about a 30 minute drive). The rest of the day is at leisure. For your evening meal, why not try the excellent and romantic restaurant at your hotel. Highly recommended!

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Grano de Oro

Day 2: Flight to Tortuguero & tour of the village

river turtles in tortuguero costa rica

After a leisurely breakfast you are taken to the airport for your short, 30 minute flight to Tortuguero. These small planes fly low allowing for a spectacular view! On arrival you are met and taken by boat to the lodge. After lunch your guide will take you on a tour of the small nearby village and turtle centre.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Manatus

Day 3: Boat trip on the Tortuguero jungle canals

green jesus christ lizard in costa rica

Today you have a full day exploring the network of jungle canals in a small open top boat accompanied by a professional guide. You will get to see a huge amount of different wildlife including troops of monkeys, sloths, caiman, river turtles, Jesus Christ lizards, iguanas and countless species of birds.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Manatus

Day 4: Tortuguero to a luxury cloud forest reserve

private jacuzzi el silencio costa rica

Today you depart the lodge and journey by boat and by land transfer to a remote valley in the central mountain range. Check in to a secluded, luxury lodge and enjoy a magical evening in your own private hot tub in the cloud forest as the fireflies come out.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: El Silencio

Day 5: Private waterfall hike

waterfall in el silencio reserve costa rica

After breakfast your private Eco-concierge will meet you at your room and take you on a guided hike of the El Silencio reserve. They will lead you to three spectacular waterfalls whilst pointing out the different flora and fauna that can be found in the reserve. Afternoon at leisure, why not visit the hummingbird garden, or take a trip to the spa!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: El Silencio

Day 6: El Silencio to Arenal

amor arenal hotel private plunge pool with volcano view

Today you travel by road for about 2 hours to the Arenal Volcano area. Check in to your exclusive, boutique hotel located in a rainforest canyon with direct views of the volcano. Spend the afternoon indulging in the private hot springs and enjoying the comforts of your luxury hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Amor Arenal

Day 7: Hanging Bridges of Arenal

Today you have a private tour of the network of hanging bridges in Arenal. Your informative, professional guide will take you on a leisurely stroll around the reserve as you look for wildlife. Enjoy this privileged view of the canopy with great views of the volcano.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Amor Arenal

Day 8: A day at leisure in Arenal

arenal volcano tour in costa rica

There are a variety of activities available in Arenal such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, zip lining, rafting, chocolate tours, and more! Let us know if you want us to organise any additional activities for today.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Amor Arenal

Day 9: Crossing Arenal Lake to Monteverde

crossing arenal lake to monteverde

Today you embark on a beautiful journey across Arenal Lake by boat. This is a beautiful trip with wonderful views of the volcano and surrounding countryside. You can also spot many migratory birds. After the boat trip you are taken the remaining way by private transfer to your hotel in Monteverde.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Senda Monteverde

Day 10: A private tour of the Monteverde Reserve

hummingbird garden outside the monteverde reserve costa rica

This morning your expert local guide will pick you up and take you to the reserve. There are 13 kilometres of nature trails that wind through the forest that is often shrouded in cloud creating a mysterious and unique atmosphere. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds along with lots of other wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Senda Monteverde

Day 11: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast

beach swing at arenas del mar hotel manuel antonio

Today you will be taken by private transfer from the mountains up in Monteverde down to the pacific coast at Manuel Antonio. Check in to your hotel with direct access to the beach and spend the afternoon by the pool or exploring the area independently.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Arenas del Mar

Day 12: A private tour of the national park

howler monkey seen on a costa rica tour

With thick jungle emerging onto white sand beaches, Manuel Antonio is the nation’s smallest, but arguably the prettiest national park. Your private guide will be able to take you to hidden corners of the park, avoiding the large groups that hog the main route. You will be able to see all four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica along with sloths, coati’s, iguanas and other wildlife. Don’t forget your swimming costume for the beach!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Arenas del Mar

Days 13 & 14: Two days at leisure

manuel antonio national park beach costa rica

Two full days to relax or take additional excursions. You could go kayaking, take a catamaran tour, go snorkeling, visit a wildlife sanctuary and more! Let us know if you would like us to organise an additional excursion for today.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Arenas del Mar

Day 15: Journey south to the Osa Peninsula

ocean view from lapa rios lodge

Start an adventure to the heart of the southern rainforest today with a three hour drive along the coast ending in Puerto Jimenez. From here you will be taken by 4X4 for 50 minutes through the rainforest to your remote eco lodge. Climb the stairs to the top for magnificent views!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Lapa Rios

Days 16 – 18: Three days of activities in the rainforest

Spend three days in this wild and pristine corner of Costa Rica exploring the area with your local naturalist guides. Excursions that you can choose from include a selection of bird watching tours, rainforest and waterfall hikes, local medicine tour, beach trips, starfish walk, The Osa Trail, Matapalo nature tour, night walk, sustainability tour and more!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Lapa Rios

Day 19: Osa Peninsula to a coffee plantation hotel

view from the pool at finca rosa blanca

Today you depart the lodge returning to the airport in Puerto Jimenez and flying back to San Jose. The short flight is about 50 minutes. From here you are picked up and taken to a unique, coffee plantation hotel in the Central Valley, about a 30 minute drive away.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Finca Rosa Blanca

Day 20: Coffee tour & departure

picking coffee on finca rosa blanca coffee tour in costa rica

This morning there is time for a tour of the coffee plantation and a tasting. A great opportunity to learn more about artisan, organic, shade grown coffee. Why not pick up a couple of bags to take home with you? After lunch you will be taken to the airport for your return flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our Suggested Accommodation

This trip can be customised to your style of travel and preferred standard of accommodation. Below is our suggested accommodation for this trip.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All internal flights
  • All tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All other entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • 100% financial protection with our ATOL license & ABTA membership
  • Our exclusive 100+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip
  • Full support from your dedicated specialist
  • International flights – we can include these for you, just ask us for a quote
  • Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Travel insurance

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