Costa Rica is a vibrant destination full of opportunities for adventure. This 15 days self-drive adventure tour is an ideal road trip to explore this natural wonderland. Enjoy the freedom to take spontaneous detours and side trips through the tremendous biological and geographic diversity of Tortuguero National Park, further on, the impressive crater of Poas Volcano with its fumaroles, live the matchless cultural diversity of the Southern Caribbean of Costa Rica visiting Sarapiquí area, which is famous for its extraordinary biodiversity, let yourself immersed in the beauty of Arenal volcano surroundings, drive into Monteverde wildlife sanctuary and relax at the amazing white beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.
Spend an amazing time behind the wheel and explore this small but very surpassing country with coasts on two oceans, peaks higher than 12,000 feet, pristine rainforests, wetlands, and one of the world’s densest populations of flora and fauna
At your arrival, someone will be waiting for you, holding a visible placard with your last name, and they will drive you to the hotel in San Jose. Throughout this trip, you will have your vehicle available for a delightful stroll through the country.
Your first destination is perfect for wildlife lovers with 400 species of birds, 400 trees and at least 2,200 of other plants, as well as, animals such as monkeys, sloths, and many others. With all of this fabulous wildlife, you will find many optional activities such as boat trips, hiking, turtle watching, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, and others.
National Park Tortuguero is an important breeding site for the green sea turtle. In fact, it is the only place in the world where turtles arrive in large quantities and return regularly throughout the year. Tortuguero means “land of many turtles,” and as its name suggests, you will have the opportunity to see these wonderful creatures. From the eight species of sea turtles there are in the whole world, six nest in Costa Rica and four of them are found here in Tortuguero National Park.
In the Southern Caribbean of Costa Rica, you will experience an incomparable cultural diversity, where black, indigenous and European people enjoy a relaxed lifestyle together. Here, in the middle of lush vegetation and a wide variety of wildlife, you can find the most diverse and attractive activities such as diving, surfing, hiking, sport fishing, dolphin tours, visits to Kekoldi Native Reserve, horseback riding and bird-watching among others.
Enjoy these two days in the middle of the lush rainforest with the opportunity to see sloths, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, raccoons, sea turtles, crabs, iguanas, birds, toucans and frogs and the ability to visit the beaches and cities: Cahuita, Puerto Vargas, Pirikikí Beach, Chiquita Beach, Cocles Beach, Uva Beach and Manzanillo Beach.
Sarapiquí is known for its amazing and rich biodiversity and is becoming a popular tourism destination for both families and natural adventure seekers. Located at the junction of the Puerto Viejo and Sarapiquí river, it draws adventure and nature lovers for exciting whitewater rafting or nature-viewing float trips. If you are an avid bird watcher, Sarapiquí is the place to see many of Costa Rica’s bird species, such as hummingbirds, Quetzals, toucans, Aracaris, guans and Great Green Macaws
The harmonious surroundings will allow you to relax and concentrate on the scenery. Your overnight stay will be in the Sarapiquí area.
Today you will go directly to the Arenal Volcano area in San Carlos. This area is surrounded by a natural beauty that will leave you breathless.
Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy two days of adventure with the most varied activities: canopy excursions, fishing in the beautiful Arenal Volcano Lagoon, suspension bridges, sky tram, hiking the almost perfect conical form of its volcano and relaxing in the hot springs.
Now you will travel to the Monteverde Reserve, an established wildlife sanctuary in 1972 and one of the major tourist destinations in Costa Rica. It draws many tourists as it has a great wealth of tropical jungles, bright quetzals and a great variety of hummingbirds. You can also visit the nearby and beautiful Santa Elena Cloud Forest Community Reserve with more than 2000 species of plants, 400 birds and 100 different mammals. Tuds settle in the forest providing moisture to the plants and animals that live there. It is a beautiful serene environment for those walking along the trails of this reserve.
Today you will go to the Manuel Antonio National Park named by Forbes as one of the world’s most beautiful parks in 2011. With three uniquely beautiful beaches, casual trails and a dense rainforest that combines with animal life, this destination offers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beaches and sun, while being surrounded by lush vegetation and vibrant wildlife forests.
If you’re looking for some adventure, you may like a canopy tour or rafting, and when looking for a relaxing time, enjoy the light sand beaches in the coastal park, which are popular for swimming, snorkeling, and surf lessons.
Nearby you will find the town of Quepos. It could be described as the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park. It’s just a 15-minute drive, and it has a great selection of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. The streets of Quepos are easy to walk. With a mix of local shops, markets, and cafes, this town has all the amenities of a tourism-hub, yet maintains the charm of Costa Rica with an authentic laid-back feel.
*The park is closed every Monday
Today you will make your drive back to San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, while you enjoy the road surrounded by a spectacular vegetation.
Today your adventure has come to an end and you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back home.