11 Day itinerary in Costa Rica, Central America & Caribbean

Sport and Nature

There are many ways to discover Costa Rica, but without a doubt, the best way to get to know a country is by having fun, that is why we have designed this itinerary where you will find a perfect balance between adventure and nature. You will get to know Costa Rica from coast to coast between wild wa... Read More

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By Veronika and Marcos


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San José

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Rafting in & out to get to your lodge in the Pacuare River


Canyoning in the rain forest, descend through different rocky walls of volcanic origin


Tubing, Hot Springs, Zipline, and more in this full adventure day in Rincon de la Vieja


Beach, Yoga, Surf and wellness in Nosara Beach


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Day 1

place Welcome to Costa Rica

Our representative will meet you upon arrival at Juan Santamaría Airport, handle your Travel kit and take you to your hotel in San José for the first night. Enjoy the rest of the evening to settle in and relax. The Hotel is a cozy and warm place, whose architecture preserves what was a typical capital house from the 1930s. Located in Barrio Aranjuez, it offers gastronomic facilities around it. If you feel like taking a little walk, you can go to Barrio Escalante, a few meters away also offers a great gastronomic menu, some recommendations for dinner are Costa Rica Beer Factory, Chicharronera Cacique Acseri or Casa Aguizotes; And if you are looking for a terrace with different menu options, the Skala Gastronomic Market will provide you with the ideal environment for your first night in Costa Rica.


  • Mid-Range Budget: Hotel Aranjuez
Day 2

place Adventure time!

Today after breakfast the bus lodge will take you to the Tropical Rivers Center then the rafting adventure to Pacuare starts. Your guides will outfit you with all necessary equipment, give you a comprehensive rafting safety talk, and instruct you on paddling basics. Then, you and your group will launch your raft and begin to paddle deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. It’s an adrenaline-packed day running the Pacuare’s renowned rapids. At the end of your rafting trip, you will see your lodge where you will spend the night. Take advantage of the time and start a hike in the hotel paths.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Mid-Range Budget: Rios Tropicales Lodge
Day 3

place Rafting round II and off to La Fortuna

After another great breakfast, you’ll depart between 9:00-10:00 am by raft for an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting past gorgeous tropical scenery (approximately 3½ hours over class III-IV rapids). This stretch of the Pacuare River flows through canyons and past waterfalls and virgin rainforest and allows you to likely catch glimpses of varied birds and other wildlife during the quiet stretches. A yummy, deli-style lunch will be served on the riverbank en route, and you’ll have a chance to change into dry clothes at the private facilities by the river take-out once arrived there. After this, your trip continues towards Noth, where La Fortuna awaits. Generally known simply as La Fortuna, the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos is the gateway to the magnificent Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna de San Carlos is located in the province of Alajuela and connects the Arenal Volcano area with the cloud forest of Monteverde and Santa Elena and the northern lowlands of the country. La Fortuna, a charming and quiet town offers spectacular scenery of Arenal, one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Costa Rica.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • Mid-Range Budget: Selina
Day 4

place Canyoning adventure

Good Morning, after enjoying your breakfast your transport will be waiting for you to take you to the Operation Center, where you will listen to the safety briefing and put on your equipment, your adventure now begins, you will rappel down huge waterfalls, jump into pools, climb down canyon walls and river boulders, and hike through the rainforest. At the end, of course, there will be a delicious lunch waiting for you!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • Mid-Range Budget: Selina
Day 5

place Rincón de la Vieja

Good morning, enjoy that delicious cup with the freshness of the forest; today the road takes you to the Tropical Dry Forest. You will head towards Tilarán on Route 142 and then to Cañas to take the Interamericana north Highway that will take you to Rincón de la Vieja.  The landscape will be painted by the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range, which is home to the Miravalles, Tenorio, Rincón de la Vieja and Arenal. In the Tropical Dry Forest, you will not only be able to admire the change in the landscape and forest, but also enjoy the thermo-mineral waters that come from the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and learn a little of the culture of the "Sabanero".

Meals: Breakfast


  • Mid-Range Budget: Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin
Day 6

place One Day Adventure Pass

Good morning enjoy a delicious breakfast and get ready for action.  Today is all about adventure and adrenaline! You will participate in various activities such as a canyon canopy tour, Rio Negro tubing, a horseback ride, volcano mud bath, and hot springs on the Rio Negro River, your guide will provide instructions for all activities, ensure your safety and make sure you have a great time. The activities are exciting and the views of the river, canyon, and wildlife are second to none!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • Mid-Range Budget: Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin
Day 7

place Pacific Beach Nosara

After breakfast, the journey continues to the  North  Pacific Region Of Guanacaste. Nosara is a particular village, oriented to surfing, yoga, and health. The little houses and lodges are hidden in the vegetation and surrounded by a protected forest, where cutting trees is not allowed, and a moratorium on hunting animals has been in place for more than 25 years. The beaches and the Nosara River estuary are part of the Ostional Wildlife Reserve, located a few kilometers north of Nosara. Nosara's main beach is Playa Guiones, a 6 km stretch of white sand that stretches in a straight line from Punta Pelada to Punta Guiones in the south. This is one of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica. North of Playa Guiones, is Playa Pelada, during the tide transition you can take a natural shower next to a hole in the rocks where the water sprays upwards. Playa Pelada is protected by a reef which makes it very safe for swimming, towards the northern part of the bay you will find sea pools and rocks with caves. Today could be perfect today head to the beach, sunbathe, and relax in the Pacific Ocean.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Mid-Range Budget: Selina Nosara
Day 8

place Stand Up Paddle Isla Rosada

Good Morning it's time to get a little wet, today the adventure is going to feel like walking on water, hold on tight and enjoy the incredible views. This tour begins at Playa Garza located a 15-minute drive from Guiones. You will paddle for about a mile until you reach a large rocky island with pink-colored sand. This island is the result of sediment, it is inhabited by small sea creatures and surrounded by crystal clear waters. In this place, we offer hydration and fruit, as well as a short leisure time on the island.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Mid-Range Budget: Selina Nosara
Day 9

place Free day in Nosara

Good morning from paradise, enjoy a delicious breakfast accompanied by the spectacular view of the sea. Today is at your complete disposal, you can cool off in the pool with a cocktail or you can venture out to do some of the most promising activities in the area: -Atv Tour -Horseback Riding at Sunset  -Surf Lessons -Yoga Class  -Waterfall Hike -Snorkeling in San Juanillo

Meals: Breakfast


  • Mid-Range Budget: Selina Nosara
Day 10

place Time to go back to San Jose

Good Morning enjoy your breakfast one more time before heading towards San Jose, take your time today to enjoy the fascinating diversity of the country before you drive back to San José. After arriving at the hotel, you will return your rental car and can remember the many highlights of this unforgettable trip.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Mid-Range Budget: Hotel Aranjuez
Day 11

place Goodbye and Hasta Pronto

After breakfast, the transfer out service will be waiting to take you to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, according to your flight itinerary.  On behalf of the entire Bella Aventura team we hope you enjoyed your vacation, it was a pleasure to have helped you. Have a safe flight home

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Rios Tropicales Lodge
  • Selina
  • Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin
  • Selina Nosara
  • Hotel Aranjuez

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (10)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (1)

Transport expand_less

  • Private Transfer from Juan Santamaria Airport to Aranjuez Hotel
  • Shuttle transfer from San Jose to Siquirres sharing with guests of the same lodge
  • Suzuki Jimny + basic insurance, Smart-Trio (GPS, WiFi, Mobile)  PU D3 Siquirres da DO D10 San Jose
  • Private transfer Aranjuez  Hotel to Juan Santamaria Int Airport (SJO)

Activities expand_less

  • Rafting in & out to Tropical Rivers Lodge
  • Canyoning Tour in La Fortuna Includes: Guide, Transfer and Lunch
  • Adventure day Pass in Hacienda Guachipelin Includes: Guide, Transfer, Lunch and Entrance
  • Stand up Paddle in Isla Rosada  Includes: Guide, Transport and Lunch

Not Included expand_less

  • Optional tours are not included.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary .
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • Personal expenses, Gratuities.
  • National Park Entrance fees not included in the itinerary.

About Veronika


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