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Costa Rica on a Shoestring
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Hit two of Costa Rica's famed features — volcanoes and beaches — on this exciting trip that isn't too hard on the wallet. Get the adrenaline pumping in La Fortuna, then travel to Santa Teresa and relax on the beach. While you're free to choose your own adventure with optional adrenaline-inducing activities like waterfall rappelling, your accommodation and transportation are included. Our expert CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials — eight days of maximum Costa Rica at minimum cost.

Latin America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CRBC/126586
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • San José
  • La Fortuna
  • Santa Teresa

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time.
Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

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Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

Travel to La Fortuna with stunning Arenal Volcano as its backdrop. Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.
La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano, is an excellent base for adventure. Optional activities in this area abound.

Hike the area's nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird's eye view of the forest greenery. Other optional activities include full-day white water rafting on the Toro or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

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Day 3: La Fortuna

Enjoy a full day in La Fortuna to relax or experience some of the many optional activities available.

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Day 4: La Fortuna/Santa Teresa

Travel to the best of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Kick back and enjoy this beach paradise.
Head to the Pacific coast for some much needed beach time and relaxation. Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais are small towns frequented by surfers. Opt to hit the waves, or visit Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve – take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach.

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Day 5: Santa Teresa

Try out surfing, visit Cabo Blanco NP, or just chill out on the beach. Don't miss the night life.
Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach.

Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - surfing, ziplining, ATV, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids.

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Day 6: Santa Teresa

Try out surfing, visit Cabo Blanco NP, or just chill out on the beach. Don't miss the night life.
Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach.

Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - surfing, ziplining, ATV, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids.

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Day 7: Santa Teresa/San José

Enjoy a morning at the beach, then transfer back to the capital for a final evening with the group.
Squeeze in morning beach time before embarking on our journey back to the capital, San José. Arrive in the evening (approx 9pm) in time to shower and head out for a final night on the town.

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Day 8: San José

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
    • Beach time in Santa Teresa
    • Free time in La Fortuna
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (3 nets), hostels (4 nts, multi-share)
    • No meals included
    Transport
    • Local bus, ferry, taxi, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Try adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and surfing
  • Take in the views of Arenal Volcano towering over La Fortuna
  • Chill out by the Pacific Ocean.


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Zoe W Posted on: 

I had a fantastic time on this tour. Right from the collection at the airport, the accommodation was a lot nicer than I expected, being the budget tour. Our guide Chad was lovely and organised everything for us so we could just relax and enjoy; which I certainly did!

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Amber J Posted on: 

It's a great way to travel for those of us that don't have a lot of time off work, don't want to go to an all-inclusive resort but still want to feel as though they've had a vacation. The Budget Costa Rica trip was a great way of seeing and doing a lot of things but without really having to plan anything, make reservations or find transportation. All I can say is that I wish I was still there!

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