Costa Rica itinerary 13 days

Trip to Costa Rica 13 days

Pura Vida!

This is a route that takes you to unavoidable destinations that will surely surprise you with their natural beauty. We will begin this adventure by visiting the Tortuguero canals, where many animals such as caimans, turtles and birds you can see. From Tortuguero we take you to La Fortuna; here you can have a good bath in a gorgeous white ribbon that flows from a lush green backdrop into an azul pool, one of Costa Rica's most unique waterfalls. We will also take you for a nice trekking along the trails that surround the Rio Celeste. A walk that culminates in a beautiful puddle with a very tico lunch.
From Arenal to one of Costa Rica's excellent destinations, Manuel Antonio National Park. You will visit it with our best guides and you will be witnesses of a unique environment.
From Manuel Antonio we transfer you to the South Pacific, to the Osa Peninsula. Suitable for adventure and wild lovers. Here you will find a two-day and one night route through Corcovado National Park, and a day of rest in Drake Bay.
13 days in a private trip knowing the main destinations of Costa Rica. Places that will discover all the secrets of their forests, volcanoes, beaches and mangroves. Don't miss it.

Highlights of this trip:
  • 2 Days & 1 Night in Corcovado
  • Tortuguero Canals
  • Tour through Celeste River

Tour Price
$ 2.855 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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  • Detailed Itinerary

    Costa Rica transfer


    Upon your arrival at the international airport, our staff will be there to welcome you and give you all the documentation.
    Transfer to the hotel and night at an accommodation 3 minutes’ drive from the international airport.
    Night at Hampton Inn Suites 4****

    Tortuguero beach


    We will take you to Tortuguero on a flight from San Jose.
    Upon your arrival, the hotel managers will pick you up for transfer to the accommodation.
    For this afternoon - evening we have prepared a visit to see the spectacle of turtle nesting.
    Night at Tortuguero Beach. Bungalows

    Tortuguero canals


    Today we have prepared with one of the best guides in the area a tour through the Tortuguero canals.
    It will be a three-hour tour with your private guide.
    Rafa will tell you the time because it will depend on the weather. As we have all day, we will choose the best time for you.
    Night at Tortuguero Beach. Bungalows

    La Fortuna waterfalls


    Transfer to the airport from Tortuguero and flight to La Fortuna.
    Your flight leaves at 12:40h with arrival at La Fortuna at 13:10h.
    Arrival and transfer to La Fortuna Waterfalls where you can take a good dip.
    Lunch in the same waterfall area, there is a restaurant where you can have lunch if you want.
    The drop down to the Rio Fortuna Waterfall consists of 500 steps, through a recently remodeled trail and has rest areas. Upon arrival, a spectacular 70-meter high waterfall awaits you where you can swim and enjoy (always with caution).
    Then you can go to the waterfalls and enjoy a wonderful environment.
    Night at El Secreto de la Fortuna 3***

    celeste river


    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the region of Tenorio Volcano. Departure at 7:00h.
    Their blue river, their bright colors, their charm, their waterfall... all in a forest very well preserved from the impact of the human being. It will take two hours by car to reach Tenorio National Park and where the car will park to start walking along the entrance trail. This trail goes to Rio Celeste waterfall, continuing with the road you reach the blue lake, the borbollones and the teñideros, where two rivers mixed to form the alchemy that produces this special color of Rio celeste. (It is a walk of two and a half hours aprox). If the weather allows it, you can see the Tenorio Volcano from the viewpoint.
    In addition, there will be the opportunity to swim in a special place and we have prepared a lunch that you will love it.
    El Secreto de la Fortuna 3***

    Sloths in Manuel Antonio


    Today we'll take a flight to San Jose and then to Quepos Manuel Antonio, so that we can reduce the time spent travelling by car.
    Flight to La Fortuna - San Jose: 13:20h - 13:50h
    Flight San Jose - Quepos Manuel Antonio: 16:20h - 16:.50h
    If you prefer the route by car, it'll be 5 hours of travel.
    Night at EL Faro Hotel 3*** Ocean Front Superior

    Manuel Antonio national park


    Early in the morning, our guide will pick you up at your hotel to start the National Park walk. This walk of about two hours ends at the beach.
    We let you enjoy the beach and for the return, the best thing is to take a taxi, so you will be free to return to the hotel whenever you want.
    Night at EL Faro Hotel 3*** Ocean Front Superior

    Puerto Jimenez


    At 9:00h, we depart to Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula.
    The transfer is a bit long; it takes about three and a half hours. Arrival at 13:00h. We leave you free to enjoy the area.
    Agua Dulce Beach Resort


    Drake bay

    We start around 5:00h. In the hotel they will put you the packaged breakfast.
    This day is the day of the long walk. Dinner is at Sirena station, but for lunch the guide will accompany you to do some shopping.
    Today the guide waits for you at 5:00h for the transfer to Carate. There you leave the suitcases that will be transported separately and you will only have to carry what you need in your backpack. The essential to spend two days and one night.
    First thing in the morning we will take you to Carate which is the town from where we will begin to explore Corcovado. The car leaves you in Carate to walk about 4Km to reach the access to Corcovado by the station La Leona. Once you have presented the documentation to access the park, you will be waiting for about 6 hours of trekking (16Km) in one of the places with the most wildlife in Costa Rica. You will cross rivers, beaches and pure jungle. Arrival to Sirena at 18:00h approximately.
    Night in Sirena Station. Shared rooms.

    Caño Island

    DAY 10. SIRENA STATION – BAHIA DE DRAKE (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

    This day we will walk through other areas of Corcovado and at lunch time we will be back at Sirena Station. It is usual to make a round around 5:00h in the morning to see different animals. Around 12:45h we will take the boat for the transfer to Drake. In an hour we will be arriving and the partners of Los Jinetes de Osa wait for you.
    Night in Jinetes de Osa 3*** Superior rooms with AC

    Corcovado National Park

    DAY 11. DAY OFF IN DRAKE (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

    We leave you the day off for enjoying of Drake

    Night in Jinetes de Osa 3*** Superior rooms with AC

    csan jose

    DAY 12. FLIGHT DRAKE – SAN JOSE (Breakfast)

    Transfer to the airport to take the flight to San Jose.

    Night at Hampton Inn Suites 4****

    Travel to Costa Rica


    Transfer to the airport to take the international flight. Transfer realized by the hotel

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  • Pricing of 13-days Trip to Costa Rica

    $ 2,855 /person Private trip for 2 people. 3*** - 4**** Hotels (double room)
    $ 2,445 /person Private trip for 4 people. 3*** - 4**** Hotels (2 double rooms)


    • Certified guide for excursions in Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio and Corcovado
    • All private transfers are in private.
    • Mentioned hotels We are flexibles.
    • Indicated meals. We recommended about restaurants.
    • Entrances to all National Parks
    • Domestic flight San Jose – Tortuguero, La Fortuna – Quepos. Drake – San Jose
    • International Travel and Cancellation Insurance Consult Coverages


    • International flights
    • Meals and drinks not indicated before
    • Flights rates (3 - 7 usd / person)

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    Information about the trip

    This trip is designed for nature lovers. The main destination is Corcovado National Park and Drake Bay. It is a route through the Arenal, Tortuguero and Manuel Antonio; key places to get to know the best of Costa Rica with a final in Corcovado, a jewel not yet discovered by many. The hotels that we have included in the option of 3* and 4* stars, are strategically located starting from San Jose and above all El Jinete de Osa, located in a real paradise.

    We like El Secreto de la Fortuna because it is located in the centre of La Fortuna with all the restaurants and entertainment places nearby. A nice hotel that also has views to the volcano.
    In Monteverde we have prepared a few days of trekking through the cloud forest and also adventures that include Canopy, bridges and a beautiful horseback riding route ending in thermal waters over the river. Without a doubt Monteverde is a special destination in Costa Rica.
    Although Manuel Antonio National Park is a classic, we have reserved the best guide who will show you the park and then let you enjoy of its beautiful beach by your own. For the following days we have included different options you can choose depending on your tastes.
    Corcovado National Park, one of the most intense biological places in the world. Located in a remote area of the country has a spectacular scenery. Home to the world's biggest and only primary tropical rainforest, it hosts a plethora of endangered animal and plant species. Due to the fact that it is a little isolated and difficult to access, it is a park that has not been much touched. It is home to the beautiful Red Macaw, the Resplendent Quetzal, the Red-Eye Tree Frog and the Tapir, the biggest terrestrial mammal in Central and South America.
    The park is extremely hot, wet and rainy most of the year, but it's fun to hike along this dense vegetation that opens up to wonderful beaches. Jinetes de Osa is a small and charming hotel with their own beach and spectacular views.

    For this trip we have included some flights that make the route more comfortable, without wasting time on the endless roads of Costa Rica. We have the flight to Tortuguero, which the journey itself is a real experience because of the landscape. From Tortuguero to La Fortuna and from here to Manuel Antonio with a stop in San José. The flights are not longer than 40 minutes each. Finally, from Drake to San Jose we have also chosen to fly so that we will have time to rest before the long international return flight.
    Anyway, we are open to your suggestions and preferences in order to organize a customized trip to Costa Rica.

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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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