En Route to the Rainforest

Costa Rica 17-Day Rainforest Holiday Itinerary

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Duration 17 days / 16 nights


ItinerarySan Jose - La Fortuna - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio - Costa Ballena - Corcovado National Park - Alajuela (San Jose)

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Explore the remote jungles of Corcovado National Park, marvel at the mighty Arenal Volcano and spot dolphins off the Costa Ballena. This self-drive itinerary takes you through the highlands and down the Pacific coast to discover the variety Costa Rica has to offer. This trip combines jungle trekking, beach chilling and wildlife spotting for an unforgettable Central American adventure!

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Excursions as described
  • Car Hire – full insurance included
  • Airport transfers
  • Shuttle bus from Corcovado – San Jose

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We know the way to San José

After a long flight you’ll be met by a representative from our local office waiting to whisk you away to your modern hotel in the centre of the city. The next morning your hire car will be dropped off at your hotel so you can start your adventure.

san jose city tour scenery

Lava Flows of Arenal Volcano

As you head towards La Fortuna, at the foot of Arenal volcano, you’ll notice the landscape becoming more mountainous and the winding road becoming more pot-holed. The mighty volcano and beautiful countryside is one of the most iconic images of Costa Rica. We’ll arrange for you to stay in a comfortable wooden cabin hotel, just outside the popular tourist town. During your stay, you will take a hike through the lush landscape, with the volcano as a beautiful back-drop before being transferred to the hot springs where you can unwind.

Volcano in the clouds

Into the Cloud Forests of Monteverde

Feel the magic of the dense cloud forest of Monteverde. Take a guided canopy walk through the forest where ferns, mosses and orchids bloom amongst the hanging tree branches and beautiful birds dart through the trees. Due to the humid climate the forest gives off a fairytale-like atmosphere, especially in often-present mist. You’ll stay in a comfortable Swiss-style chalet, set amongst wooded surroundings.

Long bridge walkway in jungle

Ocean Waves & Jungle Days

Manuel Antonio, located on the Pacific Coast, boasts crescent-shaped bays, jungles bursting with wildlife and an excellent bar and restaurant scene. You’ll stay in a hill-top villa resort with a pool for refreshing dips and serene views across the ocean. During your stay you’ll visit an animal sanctuary inland who are hard at work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing a whole host of animals. The area is home to the most visited National Park in the country and is easy to explore on your own with a mix of jungle trails and pretty beaches.

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Dolphins & Bays of the Pacific Coast

You’ll arrive in an area less visited by tourists, at a tented lodge surrounded by tropical vegetation near Costa Ballena. After your first night you’ll take a trip out to go dolphin spotting in the Marine Park. They sometimes swim along with the boat and there are many species to watch out for! The rest of your stay is free for you to enjoy the beaches.

dolphin in costa ballena

Journey through the Jungles of Corcovado

Corcovado National Park is an area of Costa Rica less explored than most, meaning it’s managed to maintain its diverse eco-system and attracts a myriad of wildlife. During this trip you’ll get to explore and stay in the National Park itself, before travelling to a beachside lodge to relax. The accommodation is a mixture of basic and standard, you’ll never forget the utter feeling of escapism and being at one with nature!

Journey through the Jungles of Corcovado


Your hike through the park is guided, so expect to learn all about the animals you see on your travels before taking the opportunity to relax in Drake Bay, or let us know and we can arrange a snorkelling trip for you to Isla de Caño.

1 night in Alajuela

You’ll stay in a cosy hotel located in the Alajuela area of the city and only a 10-minute drive from the airport. This family-run accommodation is surrounded by peaceful gardens and has a pool for a refreshing dip.
1 night in Alajuela
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Speak to our Costa Rica specialist, Rob

“I’ve visited Costa Rica a few times and it has never let me down. It’s packed with adventure; from volcanoes to cloudforests. Plus, being wildlife-mad, it’s perfect for me. I love its diversity and impressive conservation efforts.”

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