LIVING COSTA RICA NATURE EXPERIENCE

Trip to Costa Rica 13 days

Nature Experience

We present you a trip plenty of life that will show you more than the abundant nature of Costa Rica. Besides green paradises like Tortuguero, Monteverde or Manuel Antonio, you can also enjoy the people of Costa Rica. All those who make this country special. We have prepared natural and cultural routes.
13 days of living nature that will make you not forget your trip in Costa Rica. The adventure begins with a visit to the Tortuguero's beaches to see the turtles's nesting, one of the oldest groups of reptiles on the planet. You will also visit the Tortuguero canals where you can enjoy the presence of birds, caimans, sloths, monkeys and their splendid mangrove landscape.
In La Fortuna - Arenal, we have prepared two excursions that include hikes, turquoise blue rivers and majestic waterfalls.
From Arenal to Monteverde with a special stop to meet Costa Rican people. In Monteverde you can get a bird's eye view of the area helped by the endless canopies.
To finish the trip we take you to Manuel Antonio and Quepos with a few days of relaxation in total fusion with nature.
This is one of our favorite routes in Costa Rica but we would love to help you organize yours. Contact us!

Highlights of this trip:
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Campesinos Ecolodge
  • Tenorio Volcano and Rio Celeste

Tour Price
$2.470 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

  • Detailed Itinerary

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    DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN THE CAPITAL OF COSTA RICA, SAN JOSE AND TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL

    On your arrival in San Jose, our partner is waiting to welcome you.

    Night at Hampton Inn Suites 4****



    DAY 2. FLIGHT FROM SAN JOSE TO TORTUGUERO (Breakfast)

    Tortuguero beach

    Today we fly from San Jose to Tortuguero.
    On your arrival, someone from the hotel staff will be waiting for you to transfer to your accommodation.
    The accommodation chosen to spend these days in Tortuguero, is a basic Lodge, without air conditioning or not much amenities, but we love for their location on the beach and at the same time in the town of Tortuguero.
    The service is good and they give us the opportunity to organize our own routes through the National Park.
    The first night we will take you to see the turtles nesting show.
    Night at Tortuguero Beach


    cerro Tortuguero

    DAY 3. THROUGH THE TORTUGUERO CANALS (Breakfast)

    At the time agreed with our expert guide, we will take you on the best route through the Tortuguero canals. It will be a route of about 3 hours where you can discover the special living nature of this place.
    Today's excursion will be made in an electric motor boat and we will also use paddles so that our impact on the National Park will be minimal.
    Night at Tortuguero Beach


    La Fortuna waterfalls

    DAY 4. FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA FORTUNA - ARENAL (Breakfast)

    Transfer to the airport from Tortuguero and flight to La Fortuna.
    Your flight leaves at 12:40pm and arrival in the La Fortuna at 1:10pm.
    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.
    The Rio La Fortuna waters and its small affluents, born in the mountains of the park give life to La Catarata Rio Fortuna.
    The drop down to the Rio Fortuna Waterfall consists of 500 steps, through a recently remodeled trail and has rest areas. On your arrival, a spectacular 70-meter high waterfall awaits you where you can swim and enjoy (always with caution).
    We will take you back to the Observatory Lodge where you will have time to have lunch and pack your bags.
    Transfer to the hotel and night at the Observatory Lodge.
    Access to the waterfalls is easy. No special footwear is needed, but in the waterfall area, there are rocks between which one sits to admire the waterfalls, so comfortable footwear always comes in handy.
    Night at the El Secreto de la Fortuna 3***


     Arenal volcano

    DAY 5. RIO CELESTE AND TENORIO VOLCANO TOUR (Breakfast and Lunch)

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the region of Tenorio Volcano. Departure at 7:00am.
    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 the 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 the Rio celeste. (It is a walk of two and a half hours approx). 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***


    DAY 6: TRANSFER TO ABANGARES THEN TO MONTEVERDE (Breakfast and Lunch)

    Gold mine in Abangares

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the Monteverde area. At 8:30am in the morning you will go to find the shared bus Jeep Boat Jeep and take you to the shores of the Arenal lake. It will be 40 minutes of transfer to get to the other side of the lake where our guide 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 Costa Rica mining Canton. 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 Abangares Ecomuseo mines 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. (Estimated arrival in Monteverde around 3:30pm approx.)
    Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines (Junior room)
    It is a very charming lodge within the Monteverde forest (They do not offer breakfast) 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.


    canopy in Monteverde

    DAY 7. MONTEVERDE: BRIDGES + CANOPY (Breakfast and Lunch)

    Today at 8:00am, we will pick up at the hotel for the transfer to Selvatura Park.
    Today we take you to visit the most beautiful bridges in Costa Rica. After this excursion you will throw through the skies of Costa Rica in the Canopies.
    The tour of the bridges lasts about three hours and if we add, the Canopy would be 5 hours and a half.
    For lunch, we take you to a special place in Monteverde.
    Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines (junior room)



    crocodile in Costa Rica

    DAY 8. TRANSFER TO MANUEL ANTONIO WITH STOP IN TARCOLES

    At 7:00am in the morning, we will take the course to Manuel Antonio. One of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. Manuelito who will be the driver will take you to the Pacific beaches.
    On the way we stop at the Tárcoles River and take a tour to see the crocodiles, not only from the bridge, but also take a boat ride through the mangroves that will allow us to see them in their natural habitat and very close.
    Arrival in Manuel Antonio at 15:30h.
    Night at El Faro Hotel 3***


    Manuel Antonio national park

    DAY 9. MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK (Breakfast)

    8:00am, early in the morning, our guide will pick you up at your hotel to start the National Park walk. This is a walk of about two hours that ends at the beach.
    We let you enjoy the beach.
    Night at El Faro Hotel 3***


    DAY 10 and 11. TRANSFER TO ECOLODGE OF LOS CAMPESINOS (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

    Campesinos Ecolodge

    The Quepos area gives much more than just Manuel Antonio National Park.
    We invite you to spend three days of luxury submerged. For nature lovers, peace and adventure, we organize three days and two nights at Los Campesinos Ecolodge.
    This is a community cooperative dedicated to rural sustainable tourism, eco-friendly, with more than 16 years of history. It is located in the town of Quebrada Arroyo, just 25 km east of Manuel Antonio beaches and Puerto Quepos. A special point where you can enjoy many trails, waterfalls, natural pools, the best viewpoint to the Pacific and a nice rappel tour.
    We leave you 3 days 2 nights in Los Campesinos Ecolodge to fully enjoy the fusion with nature.
    Night at the Los Campesinos Ecolodge. Private room with private bathroom


    san jose old quarter

    DAY 12. TRANSFER TO SAN JOSE (Breakfast)

    In the afternoon, we transfer you to San Jose. It will take three and a half hours to get to the hotel near the airport.

    Night at Hampton Inn Suites 4****


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    Day 13. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT BACK HOME (Breakfast)

    At the scheduled time, you can take the transfer from the hotel to the international airport, back home.

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  • The Price for these 13-days Trip in Costa Rica

    $ 2.470 /person Private Trip for 2 people. 3- 4**** Hotels

    THIS TRIP INCLUDES:

    • Certified guide for excursions in Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio y Quepos
    • All private transfers are in private, except the transfer on Jeep Boat Jeep in the Arenal.
    • Mentioned hotels. We are flexibles.
    • Indicated meals. We recommended about some restaurants.
    • Entrances fees for activities on horseback, canopy, bridges, thermals...
    • Domestic flight San Jose – Tortuguero, Tortuguero – La Fortuna
    • International travel Insurance and cancellation View Coverages

    THIS TRIP EXCLUDES:

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

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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.

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