Costa Rican Dancers in Traditional Dress

Itineraries

Costa Rica: Culture & Adventure

Itinerary

National Theater at night in San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose1 Day
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  • Spend a day of leisure after arriving at the Real Continental
  • Explore the pedestrian-only Avenida Central and Plaza de la Cultura.
  • Visit the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum - a collection of ancient gold artifacts.
Villa at Pacuare Lodge in Turrialba, Costa Rica
Turrialba2 Days
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  • Begin your adventure to Turrialba and the Pacuare Lodge.
  • Embark on a 1 ½-hour, fun white-water rafting trip.
  • Free day to enjoy the activities at the Pacuare Lodge.
Arenal Volcano
Arenal3 Days
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  • Hike the stunning rainforest at Arenal Hanging Bridges
  • Learn the history of the famous Arenal Volcano National Park.
  • Take a dip in the hot springs at Tabacón Grand Spa.
  • Enjoy the Sky Trek’s system of trails at Mistico park.
 
San Jose Day 1
Turrialba Day 2-3
Arenal Day 4-6
Guanacaste Day 7-10
San Jose Day 1
National Theater at night in San Jose, Costa Rica
Welcome to the capital of Costa Rica, where you can immerse yourself in this city’s rich history and culture, bustling open-air markets, quiet green spaces, and landmark museums, including the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

San Jose

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1 USD = Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
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    • Tourism
    • Not Busy
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Plaza Cultura in San Jose, Costa Rica
Explore Avenida Central & Plaza Cultura
This is a perfect people-watching spot that is home to cafes, flower shops and the National Theater (one of the capital’s finest historic buildings).
Exhibit at the Pre-Colombian Gold Museum in San Jose, Costa Rica
Visit the Pre-Columbia Gold Museum
Built underneath Plaza Cultura, this small art museum is home to an authentic collection of more than 1600 individual pieces of artworks and monuments of pre-Colombian era, that dates from 500 AD to 1500 AD, including gold figurines, amulets, earrings and statuettes.
Turrialba Day 2-3
Villa at Pacuare Lodge in Turrialba, Costa Rica
Head east of San Jose to Turrialba, where you’ll stay in at a secluded ecolodge located on the banks of the scenic Pacuare River. Enjoy its luxe amenities and adventurous activities, including white-water rafting in class VI rapids and taking a tour to see an indigenous Cabécar village.

Turrialba

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1 USD = Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Tourism
    • Not Busy
    • Not Busy
    • Not Busy
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Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River
Go White-Water Rafting
Adventurous travelers can have a travel agent arrange a fun white-water rafting excursion with a local tour company to hit the Class IV rapids along the Pacuare River, one of the top white-water rafting destinations in the world.
Hiking in Turrialba, Costa Rica
Immersive Cabécar Indigenous Hike
Go on a 4-5 hour hiking excursion in the Talamanca Mountains to see how the Cabécar, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, retains its traditional customs and beliefs. Includes a with a Cabécar family.
Romantic Dinner by the Pacuare River
Romantic Riverside Dinner for Two
Consider a romantic dinner lit by a fire pit and candles alongside the Pacuare River. Surrounded by nature, you’re served an exquisite meal prepared with fresh, local ingredients steeped in Costa Rican culinary roots with innovative influences from other countries and cultures, too.
Rejuvenate at the Jawa Juü Spa
Welcome to the “House of the Healer,” where trained therapists provide treatments that combine ancient Cabécar techniques with natural and organic products to create the ideal oasis of renewal and restoration.
Arenal Day 4-6
Arenal Volcano
Leave on a 4-hour transfer ride to the west of Turrialba to explore the lush green rainforests and wildlife via fun activities, including a hiking excursion on suspension bridges, a dip in hot springs at a local spa and an unforgettable zip-line tour.

Arenal

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1 USD = Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Tourism
    • Not Busy
    • Not Busy
    • Not Busy
    • Busy
Hanging bridge in Arenal, Costa Rica
Hike Along Arenal Hanging Bridges
A bilingual guide will escort you to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a well-maintained trail featuring 16 hanging bridges and a picturesque 200-ft high La Fortuna waterfall.
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano National Park
Take a 45-minute hike along a sandy trail and over a lava field as a guide elaborates on volcanism, Costa Rica geography, and the history of Volcano Arenal. The hike culminates atop a cooled lava stream with stunning views of beautiful Lake Arenal.
Tabacon Hot Springs in Arenal, Costa Rica
Hot Springs at Tabacón Grand Spa
Take a relaxing stop at Tabacón Grand Spa for a dip in its hot springs, followed by dinner of Costa Rican and international fare in the open-air restaurant.
Sky Trek System in Arenal, Costa Rica
Sky Trek System
Embark on a Sky Trek adventure consisting of a system of trials, suspension bridges and zip-line cables that allow you to observe the rainforest from a variety of vantage points – above, below and within the canopy itself.
Guanacaste Day 7-10
Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Guanacaste
Located in the far northwest corner of Costa Rica, Guanacaste is known as the tropical paradise with pristine shoreline, national parks with volcanoes, beautiful mountain ranges and home to several luxury resorts and golf courses.

Guanacaste

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1 USD = Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
    • Spring
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    • Tourism
    • Not Busy
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Beach in Guanacaste
Embark on a Beach Tour
Visit Flamingo Beach, a nice beach with white sand and big development; Playa Grande, a big beautiful beach where turtles lay their eggs on the sand every year; and the tour wraps up at Tamarindo Beach, the perfect spot for those who would like to learn how to surf (children must be 10 years old or older).
Woman doing yoga
Find Your Center
In addition to meditation classes and healthy cooking classes, guests at the Four Season Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo can also book 60-minute 1-on-1 private yoga sessions with a personal instructor. Pilates reformer sessions are also available.
Four Seasons Golf Club Peninsula Papagayo
Tee Off at the Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo
Play a round of golf on a course that ranked among the “Top 100 Courses Outside the United States” by Golf Digest. This 18-hole, par-72 course – designed by pro golfer Arnold Palmer – is surrounded by emerald-green forests and has stunning views of Bahia de Culebra.
Colorful wheel of a Costa Rican cart

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