12 días in Costa Rican’s beautiful beaches in Santa Teresa

Trip to Costa Rica with Santa Teresa beaches 12 days

The most authentic

Are you thinking about a trip to Costa Rica where you can visit the essentials with packaged tours and endless transfers? We’re sorry, but it’s not our thing. Ours is to join you on a trip where you will immerse 100% in the Costa Rican experience; that’s why we are excited about this 12-days route.
The adventure begins by visiting the Caribbean with a walk through the Reserve of Manzanillo and ends in the mystic Laguna de Gandoca. A full day with stops you will never forget. In the Caribbean, we also enter into the Tortuguero canals with one of the best guides in a private route.
From Tortuguero to the slopes of the Arenal Volcano; In 30 minutes we land in La Fortuna where you can dive in the impressive La Fortuna waterfalls.
We take the road to Monteverde and stop to visit a family who generation after generation had been living of mines. Together with them, you can be witness of the whole process of mining and the history of this place.
In Monteverde you will have the opportunity to see Costa Rica from a bird's eye view through its bridges and canopies that cross cloudy forests from the heights.
As a final culmination, we leave you on the Santa Teresa beaches in the Nicoya Peninsula. Fantastic waves for surfers, beautiful beaches for walks and rest and beautiful quad routes for the more adventurous.
12-days of nature and beauty in Costa Rica with Rutas Costa Rica. We are here to assist you.

Trip Highlights:
  • Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero in the Caribbean
  • The best Canopy, the bridges of Monteverde
  • The Santa Teresa beaches
Tour Price
$ 2.140 per person
Private Trip for 2 people

We are flexible with our trips, because you can adapt and customize them to your needs.
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  • Trip Outline

    Holidays in Costa Rica


    At your arrival at Juan Santa María International Airport, our partner Ivonne awaits you to welcome you and give you the documentation. She will go with you to the hotel and give you all the explanations you need about Costa Rica. (Transfer with the Hampton Inn shuttle)
    Night at the Hampton Inn Suites 4****

    Puerto Viejo


    At 7:00am there is a flight to Limon. As the hotel is next to the airport, we will take this flight and for 7:40am we will be in the Caribbean. From Limon to Puerto Viejo there is one hour and ten minutes. At 9:15am you will be in Puerto Viejo.
    OPTION A : Night at the Blue Banana in Playa Negra // Villas del Caribe in Puerto Viejo // Congo Bongo in the Manzanillo jungle
    OPTION B : Night at the Hotel Indalo // Night at the Caribe Town hotel

    South caribbean in Costa Rica

    DAY 3. MANZANILLO AND GANDOCA (Breakfast and light lunch)

    At 7:30am our guide in Talamanca will pick you up at your hotel for the transfer to Manzanillo. Here in Manzanillo a two-hour walk through the jungle awaits you. There will be stops for explanations about type of trees, leaves, animals ... Arrive to the viewpoint and from Manzanillo we will take you to Gandoca by boat. On the way there will be a stop at Punta Mona where you can enjoy a good swim. We will arrive to Gandoca and leave the boat to enjoy around the lake by canoe. We will have lunch in Gandoca and we will walk back along the beach to take the boat and will take you back to Manzanillo.
    It will be a full day of exploration of the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica with tropical forest, marine life and magical mangroves.
    We leave you at your hotel about three in the afternoon approx.
    OPTION A : Night at the Blue Banana in Playa Negra // Villas del Caribe in Puerto Viejo // Congo Bongo in the Manzanillo jungle
    OPTION B : Night at the Hotel Indalo // Night at the Caribe Town hotel

    tortuguero tour


    Today we move you back near Limon, to Moin. Our companion will accompany you so that you take the boat that will take you to Tortuguero. The transfer by car to Moin is about an hour, and from Moin to Tortuguero the boat takes three and a half hours. Departure at 10.00 am with arrival in Tortuguero for approximately 13:30 p.m.
    We leave you at the Tortuga Beach Lodge in the village of Tortuguero with a beautiful beach. Tonight we will accompany you on a visit to see and explain the spawning of the turtles.
    Night at Tortuguero Beach Lodge

    tortuguero canal tour


    Route style Ruras through the Tortuguero canals. 3 hours of route that also includes a gentle walk.
    Night at Tortuguero Beach Lodge

     la fortuna waterfalls


    Your flight leaves at 12:45 p.m. with arrival at La Fortuna at 13:10 p.m.
    Arrival and transfer to La Fortuna waterfalls.
    La Fortuna River’waters and their small affluents, born in the mountains of the park give life to La Catarata Rio Fortuna.
    The descent to Rio Fortuna waterfalls has 500 steps, through a recently remodeled trail and has rest areas.
    On arrival you will find a spectacular 70 meters high waterfall where you can swim and enjoy (always with caution). We will let you enjoy the waterfalls and then take you to your hotel in the center of La Fortuna.
    Night at El Secreto de La Fortuna 3***


    Gold mine in  Abangares

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the Monteverde area. At 8:00 in the morning you will go to find the shared bus Jeep Boat Jeep and take you to the shores of Lake Arenal. It will be 40 minutes of transfer to get to the other side of the lake where our guide Victor will wait for you. Here an experience awaits you through which you will know an important part of the history of the life of the Ticos (Costa Ricans). Abangares is known as the canton of mining in Costa Rica. This area has the largest gold mine that Costa Rica has ever had. It was there that Minor Cooper Keith set up his gold processing plant "of Gold Fields of Costa Rica". During the Gold Fever "in Costa Rica (1884-1931) many people came to this city in search of fortune, some of them came from Jamaica, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Russia, creating a population of multiracial roots that are not present in other cities of Guanacaste. In fact, this immigration of Costa Ricans and people of other nationalities gave rise to the city of Abangares. The mines consisted of a large number of tunnels, narrow passages, and galleries to extract metal located 100 meters deep in the earth. With the mines, fields, factories, pharmacies, police stations, jails, coolers and mills were built. Electricity was generated thanks to the industrial technology of Europe and the United States that served not only to generate electricity, but mainly to extract and process the valuable mineral.
    In 1991, the Ecomuseo de las Minas de Abangares was founded in the place where the gold processing plant used to be, on a property of 45 hectares, the rescue of buildings and machinery used at the time of the Gold Fever. The museum has photographs and models characteristic of mining practices. But this is not where we are going to take you because our friend Marvin is going to teach you everything related to this job. You will see the whole area and he will show you first hand how this mining world still survives and how the gold is worked and extracted from Abangares. 75% of the population of Las Juntas is engaged in mining. Lunch will be ready at home and then we will move you to Monteverde, which is one hour away from Las Juntas. (arrival scheduled to Monteverde about 15:30 p.m.)
    OPTION A: Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines
    It is a very charming lodge within the Monteverde forest (They do not offer breakfasts) they are dedicated only to accommodation. For breakfast, there is a cafe just in front of the lodge that has everything. On the other hand, the rooms are equipped with kitchen, you can prepare the breakfast that you like the most.
    OPTION B: Monteverde Inn. Standard room Inside the Escondido Valley.



    At the agreed time, the partners of the bridges will pick you up at your hotel to make the transfer to the park. Once there they will give you all the explanations about the activities of the day. You will take a walk on the bridges admiring the impressive landscape of the Costa Rica Cloud Forest and those who want to opt for the Canopies and see Costa Rica at Bird's eye view. (OPTIONAL)
    OPCION A: Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines
    OPTION B: Monteverde Inn. Standard room Inside the Escondido Valley.


    santa teresa beaches

    At about 7:00 a.m. in the morning there will be a transfer to Puntarenas to take the ferry from 11.00 to Cóbanos. In Cobanos you are waiting for the transfer to Santa Teresa, one of the paradises of Costa Rica.
    Night at Manalá Hotel Santa Teresa // Al Otro Lado Lodge

    DAY 10. DAY OFF IN SANTA TERESA (Breakfast)

    We will send you contacts and options of what to do in this area. Among other things, it is worth a visit to the Montezuma waterfalls and a route through the best of the Nicoya Peninsula.
    Night at Manalá Hotel Santa Teresa // Al Otro Lado Lodge


    At the indicated time there will be a transfer of about 40 minutes to Tambor to take the flight to San Jose. The flight can be around 12.30 p.m. The Hamtpon Inn bus will be waiting for you and you will be transferred to the hotel. .
    Night at San Jose. Hampton Inn Suites 4****

     manuel antonio national park


    Transfer to the airport to take the international flight back home. The transfer is going to do with the same hotel. You will have to indicate the time of your flight at the reception.

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  • The price of this 12-days trip to Costa Rica

    Price Chosen hotels
    $ 2.140 per person
    Private trip for 2 people
    Hampton Inn Suites
    Indalo or Caribe Town in Puerto Viejo
    Tortuguero Beach in Tortuguero
    El Secreto de La Fortuna
    Monteverde Inn
    Manalá o Al Otro Lado in Santa Teresa
    $ 2.275 per person
    Private trip for 2 people
    Hampton Inn Suites
    Banana Azul // Congo Bongo
    Tortuguero Beach in Tortuguero
    El Secreto de La Fortuna
    Los Pinos Hotel
    Manalá or Al Otro Lado in Santa Teresa


    • Certified guide for excursions in Tortuguero, Monteverde and Puerto Viejo
    • All transfers in private except transfers in Ferry and the Jeep Boat Jeep
    • Transfers to and from the Hampton Inn with the same hotel shuttle
    • Hotels mentioned on the basis of two double rooms
    • The indicated meals. We will advise you on restaurants
    • Tickets to all National Parks
    • Tickets for Canopy, Bridges, Thermal activities …
    • Domestic flight San Jose – Limon, Tortuguero – Fortuna, Tambor – San Jose
    • International Travel and Cancellation Insurance Consult coverages


    • International flights
    • Meals not indicated and drinks
    • Air rates of Fly Sansa (3 – 7 Usd in Fortuna) (2 usd in Tambor)

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Discover a new way to travel with Rutas Costa Rica!

Travel to Costa Rica with RUTAS

At Rutas Costa Rica, we try to include the best quality-price ratio to accommodate your trip and budget. Not only do we appreciate the proximity of the hotel as well as the flexibility and kindness of their staff, but also that the establishment can be a part of the total trip experience, either by the privileged location or by the particularity of your hosts.

On the other hand, private trips allow us to personalize our tours and choose our own routes. Because of this, we are not bound to fixed schedules so we can adjust them according to the preferences of each traveler.

Traveling in Costa Rica usually takes time as not all roads are asphalted and their maximum allowed speed is usually 80 km/h. From San Jose to Tortuguero, the trip can take about 5-6 hours between car and boat and the same amount of time is needed to go from Tortuguero to La Fortuna. The same is the case with traveling from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon in the Caribbean area of Costa Rica. It usually takes 4-5 hours if we are lucky and don’t find any accident or other problem on the road. We keep such factors in mind in order to make the most of the days and reduce the traveling time as much as possible. Sometimes, we use domestic flights as well as other private transport that allow us to organize the trip and stops just the way we want it.

When there is no choice than to spend a few more hours on the road, we try to make that time pass in the utmost comfort and privacy we can provide. For such journeys, we recommend that you be patient and don’t stop looking through the window as the magnificent green views of the Tico’s landscape might surprise you.

The relationship created with the guide in a private trip is much stronger and enriching than the guide in a group tour. In most of our trips, you will cross national parks, volcanoes, and rivers together with your guide, an expert eco-guide who will tell you many stories about the country.

Our trips include tickets to national parks as well as domestic flights with allowed luggage and international travel insurance.

We are absolutely sure that there is always a possibility to explore a country in another way, even if it is as popular and well-known as Costa Rica. To plan yours, you will need to tell us about your preferences, ideas, and your budget. We will adapt to these factors and design a personalized trip to Costa Rica that you will never forget. You will return home with the unforgettable memories of traveling the beautiful land of the Ticos and your stay there.

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