Tour Overview

Pura Vida – Costa Rica Essentials ‎

  • Days / nights12 / 11
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$1919

Pura Vida means ‘Pure Life’ and this is the tour to bring you just that! From the beaches of Manuel Antonio where you will spot sloths lazing in trees, iguanas sunning themselves and monkeys laughing at you through to the high country cloud forests and wilderness of Monteverde, down to the adventure capital of Costa Rica, La Fortuna, and then the magic of Tortuguero National Park. This tour captures the essence of Costa Rica’.

Duration: 11 days/10 nights

Departure City: San Jose, Costa Rica Ending City: San Jose, Costa Rica

Accommodations: hotels (10 nights)

Transportation: private mini bus, public buses, taxis, boat

Leaders: Tour leader and driver

Included meals: 6 breakfasts

Included Activities: Guided nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, Guided nature walk through Monteverde Cloud Forest, morning boat tour in Tortuguero, turtle spotting in Tortuguero.

Day 1: Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Day 2: Travel day from San Jose to Manuel Antonio! We leave the city, bound for the jungle-lined beaches of Manuel Antonio. A 3-hour bus trip with views for miles!

Day 3: Be sure to bring your cameras for our early morning guided jungle tour to get some great shots of Costa Ricas most famous residents: monkeys, sloths, macaws, iguanas, snakes and more! Then, enjoy the beach before meeting together to head to “El Avion” for some spectacular sunset ocean views.

Day 4: Our private transportation takes us through lush green jungles, then up into the rugged terrain of Monteverde, with a stop to spot a 2000-strong colony of crocs. This drive will take your breath away. At Montervede, we enjoy an included excursion of the cloud forest, hopefully meeting the area’s movie star, the elusive Quetzal.

Day 5: Horse riding, zip lining, coffee, chocolate and sugarcane tours, night tours to see the forest in a different light and more: Take your pick of tours and fill your day, then enjoy our bonfire dinner!

Day 6: A short travel day to La Fortuna takes in more stunning landscape. Our day includes a boat ride across Lake Arenal, a highlight, and our first glimpse of Volcano Arenal.

Day 7: A free day to enjoy one or more of many activities in this adventure capital, take a scenic hike to La Fortuna waterfall or to spend at your leisure.

Day 8: We travel by private bus to La Pavona, where our waiting boat takes us in to Tortuguero National Park, famous for wildlife, and the turtles who return year after year to nest here.

Day 9: After an early nature tour, we head into the village of Tortuguero to learn more about the turtles that inhabit Tortuguero, perhaps shop for souvenirs and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

Day 10: We bid our hosts farewell and begin our boat journey back to the port of Moin. More exciting wildlife spotting will offer our last chance to get some money shots before heading back to San Jose.

Day 11: The tour ends for those finishing in San Jose, and becomes the departure day if you are continuing on to Panama City.

Some of our tours have optional add-on packages, which secure those activities for you in advance, and may be less expensive and less hassle than booking them individually while on your trip. You can add these packages on at check out.

Add-on 1: Single Supplement – $480.00