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Ruta Pura

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Ruta Pura

Overview

We love this tour to Costa Rica. Experience vast, unspoiled slices of Costa Rica's coasts in this cross-country adventure that takes you to amazing spots for encountering natural wonders and enjoying active adventures.

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We love this tour to Costa Rica. Experience vast, unspoiled slices of Costa Rica's coasts in this cross-country adventure that takes you to amazing spots for encountering natural wonders and enjoying active adventures.

Your search for the best Costa Rica travel packages ends here! You’ll love this comprehensive two-week tour to Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Experience vast, unspoiled slices of the world-famous coastline on this cross-country adventure. Journey to the heart of this amazing nation and encounter magnificent natural wonders and exotic wildlife. This is one of our bestselling adventure travel tours and is sure to leave you spellbound as you tick of many of the top places to visit in Costa Rica!

Start by visiting Tamarindo, a charming off-the-radar beach town on the spectacular Costa Rica Pacific Coast. Take a surf lesson, wander the pristine beaches, or relax at a waterfront bar before diving into the town’s buzzing nightlife. Next, head to Santa Teresa Costa Rica where you can pick up some artisanal pottery, practice your surfing skills, and swim in the turquoise waters. Then it's off to the stunning Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, where you'll see some of the most unique species on earth in their natural habitat.

A scenic transfer across the Gulf of Nicoya will bring you to the beautiful oceanside village of Manuel Antonio. Here, you can relax on breathtaking Costa Rica Caribbean beaches. Enjoy a guided Manuel Antonio National Park tour with more opportunities to see exotic birds and animals. Then, make your way to the country’s capital for a free day to explore with plenty of San Jose travel tips from your Inspirit guide.

Leaving San Jose behind, travel through the panoramic Costa Rica Central Valley with its towering volcanoes. Your next stop is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with an astonishing diversity of animals. Your inland crossings on this adventure travel vacation will bring you under the shadow of the majestic Arenal Volcano. There are more adventurous things to do, like hiking the La Fortuna waterfall or going whitewater rafting. Then, it’s time to climb aboard a riverboat and make your way to one of the world’s most bio-dense spots, the Tortuguero National Park. Here, you’ll enjoy a thrilling jungle boat cruise and a delicious Creole feast with a local family. The tour ends in the capital city with a last chance to find hidden gems in San Jose's historic center. One of our best Costa Rica tours, this adventure travel vacation is "pura vida" — coast to coast!

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15Days

$ 1698

International airfare to Costa Rica not included

Available dates

What's included on this trip?

Inspirit trip leader

14 nights accommodation

All transportation

Explorer walks, cultural experiences, and activities as indicated

Culinary experiences as mentioned

Expert local team

Start country

Costa Rica

End country

Costa Rica

Physical rating

Normal

Group size

16 Maximum

Trip code

C-CRA

Minimum age

18

Maximum age

39

Your journey

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrivals into Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica and get ready to immerse yourself into nature as pure as it gets throughout the next two weeks! You'll encounter amazing wildlife, including jungle and marine species, enjoy spectacular beaches, and do some surfing as you explore scenic and bio-diverse stretches of Costa Rica's Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Marvel at stunning volcanic landscapes and nature preserves as you venture inland. Along the…

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Welcome to Costa Rica and get ready to immerse yourself into nature as pure as it gets throughout the next two weeks! You'll encounter amazing wildlife, including jungle and marine species, enjoy spectacular beaches, and do some surfing as you explore scenic and bio-diverse stretches of Costa Rica's Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Marvel at stunning volcanic landscapes and nature preserves as you venture inland. Along the way, savor local dishes at a family's home, see how artisanal pottery is made following age-old traditions, and visit a small coffee plantation — pura vida all the way!

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Day 1 - Arrivals into Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica and get ready to immerse yourself into nature as pure as it gets throughout the next two weeks! You'll encounter amazing wildlife, including jungle and marine species, enjoy spectacular beaches, and do some surfing as you explore scenic and bio-diverse stretches of Costa Rica's Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Marvel at stunning volcanic landscapes and nature preserves as you venture inland. Along the way, savor local dishes at a family's home, see how artisanal pottery is made following age-old traditions, and visit a small coffee plantation — pura vida all the way!

Arrivals into Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Explore Tamarindo & meet your Inspirit guide

Hotel Mar Rey or similar

Day 2- Surf Tamarindo

Hit the beach this morning for a surf lesson, or if you're more accomplished, find one of the main breaks in Tamarindo and go for it! Enjoy this tropical paradise as you please — there's also swimming, sunning, fishing, kayaking, and other water sports by day. Between things, refresh with a seaside snack and a fruit drink at a rustic, waterfront bar. After watching a gorgeous sunset, delve into the town's buzzing nigh…

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Hit the beach this morning for a surf lesson, or if you're more accomplished, find one of the main breaks in Tamarindo and go for it! Enjoy this tropical paradise as you please — there's also swimming, sunning, fishing, kayaking, and other water sports by day. Between things, refresh with a seaside snack and a fruit drink at a rustic, waterfront bar. After watching a gorgeous sunset, delve into the town's buzzing nightlife, hitting whatever bars, cafés, restaurants, or discos that fit your away-from-home personality!

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Day 2- Surf Tamarindo

Hit the beach this morning for a surf lesson, or if you're more accomplished, find one of the main breaks in Tamarindo and go for it! Enjoy this tropical paradise as you please — there's also swimming, sunning, fishing, kayaking, and other water sports by day. Between things, refresh with a seaside snack and a fruit drink at a rustic, waterfront bar. After watching a gorgeous sunset, delve into the town's buzzing nightlife, hitting whatever bars, cafés, restaurants, or discos that fit your away-from-home personality!

Official Inspirit welcome meeting

Introductory surf lesson

Explore Tamarindo with optional activities

Hotel Mar Rey or similar

Day 3 - Chorotega pottery & Santa Teresa

Heading south from Tamarindo toward the beach town of Santa Teresa, we'll stop at the indigenous village of Guaitil to learn first-hand about artisanal pottery making. Following the pre-Columbian Chorotega style, potters use local clay and the same type of tools and techniques their ancestors did over 2,000 years ago. After getting settled in Santa Teresa, step out to explore the stunning beach and watch a colorful Paci…

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Heading south from Tamarindo toward the beach town of Santa Teresa, we'll stop at the indigenous village of Guaitil to learn first-hand about artisanal pottery making. Following the pre-Columbian Chorotega style, potters use local clay and the same type of tools and techniques their ancestors did over 2,000 years ago. After getting settled in Santa Teresa, step out to explore the stunning beach and watch a colorful Pacific sunset.

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Day 3 - Chorotega pottery & Santa Teresa

Heading south from Tamarindo toward the beach town of Santa Teresa, we'll stop at the indigenous village of Guaitil to learn first-hand about artisanal pottery making. Following the pre-Columbian Chorotega style, potters use local clay and the same type of tools and techniques their ancestors did over 2,000 years ago. After getting settled in Santa Teresa, step out to explore the stunning beach and watch a colorful Pacific sunset.

Private & public transfers to Santa Teresa with Guatil pottery workshop en-route

Afternoon explore Santa Teresa beach

Hotel Casa Zen or similar

Day 4 - Santa Teresa beach

Stroll Santa Teresa's palm-lined beach and splash in its turquoise water this morning, or find one of the three main surf breaks in Santa Teresa and test your skills! Then join the Creatures of the Beach outing, as your guide points out the wonderful curiosities, both obvious and overlooked, in the sand and shallow surf. In the evening, embark on a fun and tasty streets-and-eats tour, taking you to some delicious, littl…

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Stroll Santa Teresa's palm-lined beach and splash in its turquoise water this morning, or find one of the three main surf breaks in Santa Teresa and test your skills! Then join the Creatures of the Beach outing, as your guide points out the wonderful curiosities, both obvious and overlooked, in the sand and shallow surf. In the evening, embark on a fun and tasty streets-and-eats tour, taking you to some delicious, little-known spots in this laid-back town.

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Day 4 - Santa Teresa beach

Stroll Santa Teresa's palm-lined beach and splash in its turquoise water this morning, or find one of the three main surf breaks in Santa Teresa and test your skills! Then join the Creatures of the Beach outing, as your guide points out the wonderful curiosities, both obvious and overlooked, in the sand and shallow surf. In the evening, embark on a fun and tasty streets-and-eats tour, taking you to some delicious, little-known spots in this laid-back town.

Explore Santa Teresa beach with optional activities

Creatures of the Beach stroll

Streets & Eats outing

Hotel Casa Zen or similar

Day 5 - Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Take an excursion into the incredible Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, the first national park in Costa Rica, designated in 1963. Hike to secluded beaches where you'll see a wonderful array of waterfowl, such as brown pelicans, frigate birds, laughing gulls, common terns, ospreys, and Costa Rica's largest community of brown boobies. Venturing into the forest, watch for deer, pacas, armadillos, anteaters, monkeys, coyotes, p…

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Take an excursion into the incredible Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, the first national park in Costa Rica, designated in 1963. Hike to secluded beaches where you'll see a wonderful array of waterfowl, such as brown pelicans, frigate birds, laughing gulls, common terns, ospreys, and Costa Rica's largest community of brown boobies. Venturing into the forest, watch for deer, pacas, armadillos, anteaters, monkeys, coyotes, porcupines, raccoons, and coatis. The night is yours to do as you please. Santa Teresa offers an impressive variety of dining options with something for every taste and budget.

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Day 5 - Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Take an excursion into the incredible Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, the first national park in Costa Rica, designated in 1963. Hike to secluded beaches where you'll see a wonderful array of waterfowl, such as brown pelicans, frigate birds, laughing gulls, common terns, ospreys, and Costa Rica's largest community of brown boobies. Venturing into the forest, watch for deer, pacas, armadillos, anteaters, monkeys, coyotes, porcupines, raccoons, and coatis. The night is yours to do as you please. Santa Teresa offers an impressive variety of dining options with something for every taste and budget.

Transfers to nature reserve

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve Tour

Hotel Casa Zen or similar

Day 6 - Transfer to Manuel Antonio via Gulf of Nicoya

Get an early start this morning to catch a bus and then board a boat to cross the scenic Gulf of Nicoya. While cruising across the gulf, watch for playful dolphins that often escort the boat, and your guide will point out other marine wildlife along the way. Enjoy the beach vista at a distance with its verdant background en route to Manuel Antonio. Upon arrival at the small oceanside village, it's all up to you! Relax a…

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Get an early start this morning to catch a bus and then board a boat to cross the scenic Gulf of Nicoya. While cruising across the gulf, watch for playful dolphins that often escort the boat, and your guide will point out other marine wildlife along the way. Enjoy the beach vista at a distance with its verdant background en route to Manuel Antonio. Upon arrival at the small oceanside village, it's all up to you! Relax at the beach, grab a cold drink, and enjoy dinner in one of the town's quaint cafés or breezy restaurants.

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Day 6 - Transfer to Manuel Antonio via Gulf of Nicoya

Get an early start this morning to catch a bus and then board a boat to cross the scenic Gulf of Nicoya. While cruising across the gulf, watch for playful dolphins that often escort the boat, and your guide will point out other marine wildlife along the way. Enjoy the beach vista at a distance with its verdant background en route to Manuel Antonio. Upon arrival at the small oceanside village, it's all up to you! Relax at the beach, grab a cold drink, and enjoy dinner in one of the town's quaint cafés or breezy restaurants.

Private & public transfers to Manuel Antonio

Scenic boat ride across Gulf of Nicoya

Afternoon to explore Manuel Antonio beach

Hotel Verde Mar or similar

Day 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park & San Jose

This morning enjoy a guided tour of untamed Manuel Antonio National Park, often considered among the most bio-diverse spots in the world. Set out early for better chances to spot wildlife (and to beat the heat). You're likely to come across white-faced and howler monkeys, two-toed sloths, and the endangered squirrel monkey, among more than 100 species of mammals that live in the jungle. You'll also see some tropical bir…

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This morning enjoy a guided tour of untamed Manuel Antonio National Park, often considered among the most bio-diverse spots in the world. Set out early for better chances to spot wildlife (and to beat the heat). You're likely to come across white-faced and howler monkeys, two-toed sloths, and the endangered squirrel monkey, among more than 100 species of mammals that live in the jungle. You'll also see some tropical birds, as nearly 200 avian species thrive here, too, as well as iguanas and other reptiles. Your guide knows the park inside and out, so you won't miss a thing! 

After this immersion into nature, sit back and relax on the ride to San José, the Tico capital. At night, experience the best of the historical and cultural side of San José with a guided City Explorer tour, finding hidden gems tucked away off the beaten path. Enjoy the night with a group outing to one of the Centro's many great places for wining and dining!

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Day 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park & San Jose

This morning enjoy a guided tour of untamed Manuel Antonio National Park, often considered among the most bio-diverse spots in the world. Set out early for better chances to spot wildlife (and to beat the heat). You're likely to come across white-faced and howler monkeys, two-toed sloths, and the endangered squirrel monkey, among more than 100 species of mammals that live in the jungle. You'll also see some tropical birds, as nearly 200 avian species thrive here, too, as well as iguanas and other reptiles. Your guide knows the park inside and out, so you won't miss a thing! 

After this immersion into nature, sit back and relax on the ride to San José, the Tico capital. At night, experience the best of the historical and cultural side of San José with a guided City Explorer tour, finding hidden gems tucked away off the beaten path. Enjoy the night with a group outing to one of the Centro's many great places for wining and dining!

Manuel Antonio National Park tour

Transfer to San Jose via public transportation

San Jose City Explorer

Hotel Le Bergerac or similar

Day 8 - Explore San Jose

Today is a free day in San José. There are many optional excursions available from San José, from hiking a volcano to treating yourself to a spa day. Your Inspirit guide is available throughout the day to help you make arrangements, or for anything else you need.

Day 8 - Explore San Jose

Today is a free day in San José. There are many optional excursions available from San José, from hiking a volcano to treating yourself to a spa day. Your Inspirit guide is available throughout the day to help you make arrangements, or for anything else you need.

Explore San Jose with optional activities

Hotel Mar Verde or similar

Day 9 - San Jose, Monte Verde & Artisan Coffee Experience

Get ready for your transfer on to Monteverde.  This journey will take us along scenic roads through Costa Rica’s Central Valley, with its towering volcanoes in the background.  We will stop along the way at a small community located in the Cordillera of Tilaran, which is considered one of Central America’s most important ecotourism destinations.  This is the home of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and nume…

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Get ready for your transfer on to Monteverde.  This journey will take us along scenic roads through Costa Rica’s Central Valley, with its towering volcanoes in the background.  We will stop along the way at a small community located in the Cordillera of Tilaran, which is considered one of Central America’s most important ecotourism destinations.  This is the home of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and numerous other reserves, which draw considerable numbers of tourists and naturalists from all around the world. 

A back road brings us to a very small artisan coffee plantation, where we learn first hand about how coffee makes its way from plant to cup.

Once we arrive at our hotel, the rest of the evening is up to you to do what you like.  Your guide is always full of local insights and advice.

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Day 9 - San Jose, Monte Verde & Artisan Coffee Experience

Get ready for your transfer on to Monteverde.  This journey will take us along scenic roads through Costa Rica’s Central Valley, with its towering volcanoes in the background.  We will stop along the way at a small community located in the Cordillera of Tilaran, which is considered one of Central America’s most important ecotourism destinations.  This is the home of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and numerous other reserves, which draw considerable numbers of tourists and naturalists from all around the world. 

A back road brings us to a very small artisan coffee plantation, where we learn first hand about how coffee makes its way from plant to cup.

Once we arrive at our hotel, the rest of the evening is up to you to do what you like.  Your guide is always full of local insights and advice.

San Jose City Explorer

Private transfer to Monteverde

Artisanal coffee experience

Historias Lodge or similar

Day 10 - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

We will spend the day in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region, where you can take part in any number of optional activities that appeal to you.

Tonight, we will make a special excursion into a private wildlife reserve for a night walk, led by your specialist Inspirit naturalist guide. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, a…

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We will spend the day in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region, where you can take part in any number of optional activities that appeal to you.

Tonight, we will make a special excursion into a private wildlife reserve for a night walk, led by your specialist Inspirit naturalist guide. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, and three types of monkeys: the mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, and spider monkeys. 

After the night walk, head back to town where you can enjoy a nice evening out in Santa Elena — a great opportunity to share your recent adventures with your fellow Inspirit travellers!

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Day 10 - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

We will spend the day in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region, where you can take part in any number of optional activities that appeal to you.

Tonight, we will make a special excursion into a private wildlife reserve for a night walk, led by your specialist Inspirit naturalist guide. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, and three types of monkeys: the mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, and spider monkeys. 

After the night walk, head back to town where you can enjoy a nice evening out in Santa Elena — a great opportunity to share your recent adventures with your fellow Inspirit travellers!

Explore Monteverde with optional activities

Creatures of the Night nature walk

Historias Lodge or similar

Day 11 - Arenal Lake & La Fortuna

This morning is free for additional optional activities. After lunchtime, we’ll depart over land, water, and then land again, on our way to La Fortuna. Enjoy impressive views of the majestic Arenal volcano as we cross the lake of the same name.

Along the way, we treat ourselves to a bath in a thermal hot-spring creek, covered by the dense vegetation.

La Fortuna is a small town mostly famous for b…

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This morning is free for additional optional activities. After lunchtime, we’ll depart over land, water, and then land again, on our way to La Fortuna. Enjoy impressive views of the majestic Arenal volcano as we cross the lake of the same name.

Along the way, we treat ourselves to a bath in a thermal hot-spring creek, covered by the dense vegetation.

La Fortuna is a small town mostly famous for being situated at the base of Arenal Volcano, which had its last major eruption in 1968. Today La Fortuna is an adventure jump-off point of sorts, with many high-energy activities available within easy reach.

The evening is free to explore the town with your group and Inspirit guide.

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Day 11 - Arenal Lake & La Fortuna

This morning is free for additional optional activities. After lunchtime, we’ll depart over land, water, and then land again, on our way to La Fortuna. Enjoy impressive views of the majestic Arenal volcano as we cross the lake of the same name.

Along the way, we treat ourselves to a bath in a thermal hot-spring creek, covered by the dense vegetation.

La Fortuna is a small town mostly famous for being situated at the base of Arenal Volcano, which had its last major eruption in 1968. Today La Fortuna is an adventure jump-off point of sorts, with many high-energy activities available within easy reach.

The evening is free to explore the town with your group and Inspirit guide.

Private transfer to La Fortuna

Boat transfer across Lake Arenal

Thermal creek visit

Arenal Rabfer or similar

Day 12 - Explore La Fortuna

Today you have a free day to enjoy optional activities.  This is a place of great natural attractions you can take advantage of. Enjoy an adventurous day out with whitewater rafting, hiking to the La Fortuna waterfall, or exploring the cloud forest at the foothills of Arenal. In the afternoon, unwind in relaxing thermal pools.

Day 12 - Explore La Fortuna

Today you have a free day to enjoy optional activities.  This is a place of great natural attractions you can take advantage of. Enjoy an adventurous day out with whitewater rafting, hiking to the La Fortuna waterfall, or exploring the cloud forest at the foothills of Arenal. In the afternoon, unwind in relaxing thermal pools.

Explore La Fortuna with optional activities

Arenal Rabfer or similar

Day 13 - Tortuguero National Park

Today our travel takes us overland and by riverboat to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and the coastal village of Tortuguero — one of the most bio-intense regions of Costa Rica. Once you enter the dense jungle by boat, you'll be amazed by the vegetation and wildlife. 

Upon arrival enjoy free time for a …

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Today our travel takes us overland and by riverboat to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and the coastal village of Tortuguero — one of the most bio-intense regions of Costa Rica. Once you enter the dense jungle by boat, you'll be amazed by the vegetation and wildlife. 

Upon arrival enjoy free time for a stroll at the beach, a walk along the quiet village streets, or just relax in a hammock.

In the evening, we get together for a delicious creole dinner with a local Afro-Caribbean family. Enjoy hearing stories of our host family, learning about their traditions and the origins of Tortuguero.

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Day 13 - Tortuguero National Park

Today our travel takes us overland and by riverboat to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and the coastal village of Tortuguero — one of the most bio-intense regions of Costa Rica. Once you enter the dense jungle by boat, you'll be amazed by the vegetation and wildlife. 

Upon arrival enjoy free time for a stroll at the beach, a walk along the quiet village streets, or just relax in a hammock.

In the evening, we get together for a delicious creole dinner with a local Afro-Caribbean family. Enjoy hearing stories of our host family, learning about their traditions and the origins of Tortuguero.

Private transfer to Tortuguero riverboat dock

Jungle riverboat ride to Tortuguero

Explore Tortuguero village and beach

Miss Junnie or similar

Day 14 - Explore Tortuguero & Return to San Jose

Day 7 - Explore Tortuguero & Return to San Jose

Start the day with an early morning guided canoe tour of Tortuguero's pristine waterways and mangrove canals, where you'll see some of Costa Rica’s most incredible wildlife up close and personal. 

At noon we say goodbye to Tortuguero and make our way by boat and shuttle back to San…

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Day 7 - Explore Tortuguero & Return to San Jose

Start the day with an early morning guided canoe tour of Tortuguero's pristine waterways and mangrove canals, where you'll see some of Costa Rica’s most incredible wildlife up close and personal. 

At noon we say goodbye to Tortuguero and make our way by boat and shuttle back to San José. Freshen up and get ready for a farewell evening out in this lively city, visiting some of the local artisanal breweries.

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Day 14 - Explore Tortuguero & Return to San Jose

Day 7 - Explore Tortuguero & Return to San Jose

Start the day with an early morning guided canoe tour of Tortuguero's pristine waterways and mangrove canals, where you'll see some of Costa Rica’s most incredible wildlife up close and personal. 

At noon we say goodbye to Tortuguero and make our way by boat and shuttle back to San José. Freshen up and get ready for a farewell evening out in this lively city, visiting some of the local artisanal breweries.

Morning to explore Tortuguero National Park

Riverboat and shuttle transfers to San Jose

San Jose artisanal breweries visit

Hotel Le Bergerac or similar

Day 15 - San Jose, Costa Rica departures

Our Costa Rican adventure ends today, but there’s much more to do if you can stay longer. Your Inspirit guide can recommend the best activities and lodging based on your preferences and budget.

Day 15 - San Jose, Costa Rica departures

Our Costa Rican adventure ends today, but there’s much more to do if you can stay longer. Your Inspirit guide can recommend the best activities and lodging based on your preferences and budget.

San Jose, Costa Rica departures

Trip Information

Arrival – Liberia, Costa Rica

Closest Airport: Liberia, Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport - LIR

Meeting Point:  Hotel Mar Rey, Playa Tamarindo, 100 sur del hotel Diria, Tamarindo, 50309

Tel: + (506) 2653 0140

It’s a 60-minute ride to the hotel.  To start off your experience on the right foot, take advantage and book the transfer to the hotel with one of our trusted drivers.  Please let us know if wish to do so. Opting for an Uber is an alternative or if you plan to take a taxi make sure you agree clearly on the price before you hop in one!

Arrive at any time on Day 1 (Saturday). Our service starts with a night at the hotel. Our guide is available throughout the day and is happy to help you get settled and make you feel at home right away. We meet at 7 pm at the hotel reception for an informal group dinner outing. It's a good chance to meet your guide and fellow travelers to connect and have fun!

Departure - San Jose, Costa Rica

Closest Airport: San José Juan Santamaria International Airport - SJO

End Point: San José - Hotel Le Bergerac
Hotel address: First entry to Los Yoses, 50 mts. South , San José 60111, Costa Rica
Tel: +506 2234 7850

It’s a 20-25 minute ride to the airport. End your adventure hassle free by using one of our trusted drivers for your airport transfer.  Please let us know if you would like to book this. Opting for an Uber is an alternative or if you plan to take a taxi make sure you agree clearly on the price before you hop in one!

Depart at any time on day 8 (Saturday). Our guide is available throughout the day to assist in any way. If you like/are staying longer we are happy to assist in any way. Please let us know.

Temperatures

In Central America temperatures can vary significantly depending on time of year and altitudes. Use the guidelines below so you can adjust your packing list accordingly.

This trip visits the following climate zones: 

Coastal/Lowlands

  • In the coastal region and adjoining lowlands it is usually hot during the day and warm at night. Day time maximum Temperatures can range from 40 degrees Celsius / Fahrenheit to 104 Fahrenheit to 10 degrees Celsius 50 Fahrenheit at nighttime.

Highlands

  • Temperatures on the highland plateaus are generally warm during the day and cool to cold at night. Daytime maximum Temperatures can range from 29 degrees Celsius / 84 Fahrenheit to 5 degrees Celsius 42 Fahrenheit at nighttime.

Physical Rating

Use the physical rating to help you decide if a particular trip is right for you.

This trip is rated: Normal

This is your regular everyday type of physical activity. There may be some physical aspects of the trip, but nothing that should require specific training in advance. We walk a lot on our trips. We climb hills, temples, and negotiate uneven surfaces. Paths are generally unpaved, and even pavements may feel “off road” in most places we visit. Good, sturdy footwear is required.

Additional Activities

When designing our itineraries, we look for that perfect balance of included activities and free time. Our general rule is to include the best value-for-money activities each day, allowing you to experience the “must-see-and-do’s,” or simply giving you a flavor for the local culture and nature. We also want you to enjoy a hassle free vacation, and not have to worry about searching for local activities each day of your trip. Generally, there is usually one day, maybe two, on each of our week-long trips that include some free time for booking additional activities. This is generally in the larger cities, beach destinations, or tourist hotspots, where there are many local activities and adventures to choose from. Do keep in mind that additional activities are optional, and it is totally up to you how to use that time best for yourself. Sometimes the best activity is no activity at all. Find a hammock and chill!

This trip has free time in the following destinations:

  • Tamarindo
  • Santa Teresa
  • Monteverde
  • La Fortuna

Things to do in:

Tamarindo

  • Beach ($0)
  • Las Baulas National Park Hike ($20)

Santa Teresa

  • Yoga ($15)
  • Cycle Tour ($20)
  • Surfing Lessons ($25)
  • ATV Off Road Tours ($65)

Monteverde

  • Cloud Forest Hiking ($20)
  • Canopy Tour ($45)

La Fortuna

  • Waterfall Fortuna ($10)
  • Organic Farm Experience ($25)
  • Cloud Forest Hiking ($30)
  • Thermal Springs ($15-$40)
  • White Water Rafting ($70)
  • Cannoning and Rappelling ($70)

(Prices are in USD and are for reference only as these are not operated directly by Inspirit)

General information

Inspirit Welcome Meeting

Our welcome meeting takes place in the morning of Day 2 of each itinerary. You’ll have a chance to meet your fellow travelers as well as your guide. Get acquainted with an overview of the itinerary, destinations visited, the Inspirit travel style, and many more details on the experiences to come. Ask any questions you may have, and let the fun begin!

For those traveling on combination trips, you’ll have the opportunity to join the meeting each week and help welcome any new passengers that are joining the trip.

Emergency contact information

For any emergencies that cannot be immediately handled with the assistance of your trip leader, our operations staff is on call 24/7. You can call / SMS  / Whatsapp / on +506 7025 9328 (Costa Rica). For local calls within Costa Rica you do not need to add the +506 country code.

Eating/dietary preferences

The food is local and delicious! Our guides will always suggest locally owned restaurants and will take you to the best value-for-your-money places we have found. A wide variety of options are available to cater for different tastes and dietary requirements. Outside of the more developed areas, it can be a challenge to cater to very specialised diets, but the locals are friendly and accommodating and will always make sure that you find enough to eat!

Water

In most areas we visit, it is not advisable to drink water from the tap (except Costa Rica). We provide you with refillable water bottles that we use throughout the trip, refilling them along the way from purified sources -- such as at your hotel, or at restaurants we visit along the route. Our aim here is to avoid single-use plastic bottles and containers to reduce our impact on the environment.

Money

Payments are best made by major credit cards. Visa is the most widely accepted card in the region. We recommend bringing emergency cash (around $300), as sometimes ATMs can be hard to find in rural areas, or the one ATM in town could be out of service.

Tour guide

Our trip leaders are Central America locals, and all are licensed tour guides in their country of origin and experts in their field. They are fun, charismatic, highly organized, and dynamic individuals with a passion for travel. Trained in areas of safety, group dynamics, effective communication, and much more, our leaders are ready to deal with any challenges that might arise on a trip.

Fellow travelers

Inspirit travelers are probably a lot like you. No matter your age, you are young at heart and have an adventurous spirit. You are interested in discovering new places, meeting new people, and having a ton of fun along the way.

Luggage

We recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. Backpacks are better than large suitcases, as we may be carrying our bags onto public buses where space is limited. Sometimes we may need to walk for a while over uneven surfaces to get between transportation hubs to to our hotel.

Keep the weight under 44 pounds (20kg). An additional day-pack is essential for excursions and transfers. Your main backpack may get stored on the roof of the bus, or in the luggage hold underneath, so you’ll want a smaller backpack that you can carry with you to keep your essential items safe. It’s a good idea to bring a TSA approved padlock to keep your bags secure.


Packing List

Things to bring to help reduce our eco footprint:

  • Refillable coffee mug (one that is easy to travel with)
  • Reusable food storage container (think Tupperware) for transporting foods you may buy en route
  • Towel
  • Organic soap and shampoo
  • Biodegradable washing detergent (if you plan to wash clothes en-route -- note: laundry services are available in most places)

Recommended:

  • Toiletries
  • Personal items such as prescriptions, medicine, etc.
  • Sun protection (SPF 50+), sunglasses, lip balm, after-sun moisturizer
  • Insect repellent and insect bite cream
  • Eye mask and ear plugs
  • Antibacterial gel and or hand wipes
  • First-aid kit
  • Just-in-case kit with aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, etc
  • Smartphone – as if you would forget!
  • Electrical adapter (if your devices don't plug into North American outlets)
  • Flashlight or headlamp (small rechargeable one)
  • Sweater/microfleece
  • Long-sleeve top
  • Long trousers (zip-off trousers are very versatile)
  • Jeans/trousers/shorts
  • T-shirts/cotton shirts
  • Good all-terrain walking shoes
  • Sandals/tevas (with a strap)
  • Socks/underwear
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

ATTENTION: Be sure to bring clothing that covers your knees and shoulders for visits to religious sites and during travel on public transportation (in case of chills from the AC). Avoid any kind of provocative clothing, such as military style, and shirts / jackets with slogans or images that may be offensive in the countries you visit.

Optional

  • Camera equipment
  • Spare batteries/chargers
  • Books, etc
  • Travel pillow
  • Flip-flops

Safety Guidelines

Cash: Bring small bills (No larger than USDS 20s). Most activities can be paid by credit card.

Credit cards: Do not write down passwords / PINs.

Out and about: Use common sense, take a taxi back if it's late, do not accept any drinks or rides from strangers.

Travel insurance

You must have travel insurance to participate in any Inspirit trip. Insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses, with a minimum coverage to include medical, evacuation, and repatriation. Insurance must cover all dates of travel with Inspirit.

Proof of insurance must be provided prior to the start of any trip. Without proof of insurance, you will not be allowed to participate in the trip.

We strongly encourage you to purchase additional insurance that covers trip cancellation, curtailment, and loss, damage, injury, delay, or inconvenience while traveling.

Transport

Our trips use a mix of private and public transportation. We may be in minibuses, inter-city coaches, local “chicken buses,” or taxis. We may also use water taxis, ferries, and local flights.

Responsible travel

As you see in our packing list, we strive to protect the natural surroundings that make our destinations so special. Our travel style incorporates environmental responsibility to minimize our carbon footprint wherever we go. Leading by example, we also educate our local partners about how they can make small but important changes in their day-to-day activities that will benefit the environment.

You can help by bringing a reusable mug for warm drinks, small bags for market purchases, and a reusable container (Tupperware style) for food. We provide you with a durable water bottle to refill throughout your trip, and we may even try some local eco-hacks such as eating off a banana-leaf instead of a plate made from Styrofoam! Check our packing list and please do your part to help us reduce our impact on the environment.

Fair play

Inspirit retains the right to dismiss from a trip any passenger for reasons affecting their own safety, the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of fellow travelers, or the safe and effective operation of the trip. Non-compliance with local laws and regulations of the countries and regions visited, or Inspirit’s own responsible travel policies, may also warrant dismissal. Refunds for unused services or costs related to travel arrangements required as a result of trip dismissal will not be provided. 

Travelers are responsible for costs incurred by Inspirit or Inspirit’s suppliers for property damage, destruction, or theft they cause while on a trip.

Medical

Inspirit does not provide medical advice, and travelers are responsible for assessing the risks and responsibilities of each aspect of a trip to determine whether it is suitable for them. Travelers should seek their physician’s advice on all medical matters, including travel precautions and vaccinations.

Inspirit trips may visit remote regions in developing areas, where medical care may not meet the standards of those found in a traveler’s home country.

In consideration of the safety and enjoyment of all travelers and the safe operation of a trip, pre-existing medical conditions that may impact a traveler’s ability to participate in any aspect of a trip, including pregnancy, must be disclosed at the time of booking.

Inspirit reserves the right to deny permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a trip at any time where Inspirit determines that a physical or mental condition represents a danger to the traveler or to others.

Age

Travellers under the age of 18 on the date of arrival are considered minors and must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age for travel on any trip, unless otherwise specified, is 15 years. All bookings including minors are subject to approval, and accompaniment or written consent by a parent or legal guardian is required.

There is no upper age limit for our trips.

Changes

Where reasonably required an itinerary may need to be modified either before or after departure. If a change affects at least one in three full days of the itinerary (a major change), Inspirit will provide notice as soon as reasonably possible before departure. In the event of a major change, travelers may accept the change or request a full refund of the land-only portion of their trip.

Once a trip has departed, unforeseen circumstances may present operational concerns, or concerns for the health, safety, and well-being of passengers, and may require an itinerary change. Travelers are responsible for incidental expenses during a trip, including expenses arising from a change of itinerary. Inspirit will not be liable for losses associated with itinerary changes.

Flexibility

Travelers acknowledge that any foreign travel may require a certain amount of flexibility, and some changes or adjustments to the trip itinerary, schedule, activities, modes of transport, or other may be reasonably accepted due to local circumstances.

Risk

Travelers acknowledge that trips operated and sold by Inspirit are adventurous by nature, and participation involves a significant amount of risk to their personal health and safety. In full consideration and acknowledgment of the inherent risks involved in foreign adventure travel and participation in adventurous activities, especially in a foreign country that may not have the same standards of hygiene, accommodation, transportation, medical care, and other infrastructure as a traveler’s home country, travelers assume full responsibility for all such risk and release Inspirit from any and all claims and causes of action arising from loss, damage, injury, or death resulting from these inherent risks.

Travelers acknowledge that the degree of risk depends on the specific activity booked, and activities of a physical nature, extreme sports, or other high-risk activities, whether included on an Inspirit trip, or suggested by an Inspirit trip leader or other representative of Inspirit, may add additional risk.

Travelers must take all measures to help ensure their own safety by proper use of safety devices (seatbelts, harnesses, flotation devices, helmets, etc.) and obey all health and safety warnings, either written or verbal.

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Mar 28 - Apr 11, 2020

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May 16 - May 30, 2020

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Dec 26, 2020 - Jan 09, 2021

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