Viva Costa Rica

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Ready for Costa Rica? From beach towns to dense rainforests, you'll snorkel, scuba dive, zip line and surf your way around Central America’s most on-trend travel destination. 8 nights of Costa Rica’s teeming coral reefs, awe-inspiring wildlife, dramatic volcanoes and rejuvenating hot springs await.
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • 4 Dinner (D)
    • 8 Breakfast (B)
    • Arenal: Grab your camera, as you’re about to experience a live (and very photogenic) volcano in the Costa Rican rainforest.
    • Arenal: It's like a dream come true. We finally get to learn how to make chocolate. (And hopefully eat some too).
    • : Insta-op! Trek around the jungle and admire this sparkling tower of water. Then cool off with a dip in the pool.
    • :
    • Monteverde: Visit a family-run coffee farm and learn more about the source of your Flat White obsession. Side note: they make chocolate here too.
    • Monteverde: A stroll through this misty upper level of the forest canopy is an otherworldly experience. We’re literally on cloud 9 with excitement (soz).
    • Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio: Ah! The place of our wildest travel dreams. Lush jungle with sloths chilling in the trees. Paradise beaches just made for a relaxing beer.

What's this trip about?

    Ready for Costa Rica? From beach towns to dense rainforests, you'll snorkel, scuba dive, zip line and surf your way around Central America’s most on-trend travel destination. 8 nights of Costa Rica’s teeming coral reefs, awe-inspiring wildlife, dramatic volcanoes and rejuvenating hot springs await.


Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeGroup - max of 40 people
Age range18 to 35 years
Flights and transportN/A
Start CitySan Jose (Costa Rica)
End CitySan Jose (Costa Rica)

Travel Themes

  • Cultural


  • Costa Rica
  • South America


  • Culture


Travel Map

Day 1: San Jose to Arenal via Sarapiqui

Hola San Jose! After meeting up with your fellow Costa Rican explorers this morning we'll get straight on the road, bound for the biodiverse beauty of Sarapiqui. Renowned for its fertile lands and gorgeous scenery, we'll stop off here for our first taste of fresh C...

Day 2: Arenal

Rappelling through a rainforest canyon will be the perfect wake up call this morning. Not keen? How about taking advantage of the regions geothermal properties with a visit to the hot springs this afternoon? Whichever you decide - adventure, wellness or both, the day is going to be one to remember.

Hotel Arenal Montechiari (or similar)


Day 3: Arenal to Playa Tamarindo

Leaving Arenal towering behind us this morning we'll move on for a taste of Costa Rican beach life. Playa Tamarindo has the reputation of being Costa Rica's numero uno surf and party destination, and for good reason. This northern beach town boasts tasty waves and g...

Day 4: Playa Tamarindo

The bohemian atmosphere of Playa Tamarindo is utterly infectious, and it won't take long to ease into the pace of life here. Spend the day in the water snorkelling or scuba diving amongst the marine life, or stay above the waves and give surfing a try. This afternoon,...

Day 5: Playa Tamarindo to Monteverde

It's goodbye to the beach life for now as we pack up our towels and make for the mountains. Feel the clean air filling your lungs as we arrive at the misty forests of Monteverde - a sight guaranteed to take your breath away. This leafy wildlife hotspot is home to bu...

Day 6: Monteverde

You could spend your morning ziplining a 1km line through the treetops today; and the adventures don't stop there. If you're looking for something a bit more tranquil, take a stroll on the hanging bridges amongst the lush cloud forest.

Hotel Montana Monteverde (or similar)

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Monteverde to Jaco

Monteverde, it's been emotional, but we've got some beach hangs on our horizons.  Beachside Jaco is known for its surfing, nightlife and its optimal location as a gateway to Costa Rica's national parks. This afternoon it's time to check out the town or get right int...

Day 8: Jaco

Rise and shine! This morning we'll head over to Manuel Antonio, a spectacular national park. Manuel Antonio serves up a dizzying mix of ancient rainforest, pristine beaches and dazzling coral reefs. Get your cameras ready and be on the hunt for wildlife as we walk t...

Day 9: Jaco to San Jose

After a final adventure op in Jaco (kayaking, anyone?) we'll make our way back to San Jose where our trip will come to a close.  What an adventure it's been. Swap deets, we'll see each other on the road again soon.


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Last Updated: 6/19/2024
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Contiki Reviews & Ratings

4.7/5  Excellent

Connor Hurley

Jun 2024

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Viva Costa Rica

So much fun, but it will be crazy busy if you do all optional activities (I did anyway)


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May 2024

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The trip was great, and it was so nice having everything organized in advance.


Nadine Daoud

May 2024

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Great value. I think the trip was priced very reasonably for all that we received.


Alice Huitson

Apr 2024

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Everything was so easy, didn't have to lift a finger! Our trip manager was very organised and managed everything for us which made the trip so enjoyable. He was genu...


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The trip was worth what I paid for it and I'm glad I chose to travel with Contiki.

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Meals Included
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
Age Requirements
18 to 35 years
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