Grand Tour in the country of green gold

Trip description

This itinerary, which crosses the seven provinces of Costa Rica, allows you to discover the exuberant fauna and flora of the country during visits to numerous national parks, to perform sports activities in front of amazing sceneries, to meet the indigenous Bribri community and to live many other unforgettable experiences!

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Atípico Costa Rica

20 days

From : €1,999*


Included in the budget: 

- 19 nights in superior establishments with breakfast included

- the rental of a 4x4 insured and equipped with a GPS for 19 days OR a bilingual driver guide certified by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism

- guarded parking in Sierpe for 72 hours

- boat transport Sierpe - Drake; Drake - Sierpe

- the entrance to the Tesoro Escondido waterfall

- the guided night walk in Caño Negro

- the natural boat tour in Caño Negro

- the guided tour of the Curi-Cancha reserve in Monteverde

- the walk on the suspension bridges in Monteverde

- the entrance to the Marino Ballena National Park

- the guided hike in the Corcovado National Park

- the snorkeling excursion to Isla del Caño with lunch on the beach

- the visit of an ecological farm in Orosi

- the entrance to the Irazú Volcano National Park

- the entrance to the thermal springs of Orosi

- the entrance to Cahuita National Park

- the meeting with the Bribrís natives of Yorkín

- route planning and 24/7 assistance

- 1 local SIM card with 1GB of internet

- a donation to our partners for the development of sustainable tourism

Not included in the budget: 

- airplane tickets

- travel insurance

- additional activities

- personal expenses for catering

- gas, toll and parking fees

- tips and other donations

Day 1: SJO Int. Airport - Alajuela (15min)

Day 2: Alajuela - Bajos del Toro (1h30)

Day 3: Bajos del Toro - Cano Negro (2h30)

Day 4: Cano Negro

Day 5: Cano Negro - Monteverde (3h30)

Day 6: Monteverde

Day 7: Monteverde - Uvita (3h30)

Day 8: Uvita

Day 9: Uvita - Sierpe - Drake (2h30)

Day 10: Drake - Corcovado

Day 11: Drake - Isla del Cano

Day 12: Drake - Sierpe - Orosi (5h00)

Day 13: Orosi

Day 14: Orosi - Volcan Irazu (3h00 RT)

Day 15: Orosi - Cahuita (3h30)

Day 16: Cahuita

Day 17: Cahuita - Puerto Viejo (30min RT)

Day 18: Cahuita - Yorkin (2h)

Day 19: Cahuita - San José (3h30)

Day 20: San José - SJO Int. Airport (1h)

Day 1 : SJO Int. Airport - Alajuela (15min)

Juan Santamaria ©ICT (Institut Costaricien de Tourisme)

We will meet you at the airport before taking you to your first accommodation in the city of Alajuela. This short trip will allow us to give you your travel journal and your local SIM card. 1 night in Alajuela.

Day 2 : Alajuela - Bajos del Toro (1h30)

Cascade del Toro ©FelipeSaborioTabash -

After picking up your rental vehicle or getting to know your driver guide, you will drive to the Bajos del Toro region. In the afternoon, a hike will take you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country with turquoise blue waters. 1 night in Bajos del Toro.

Day 3 : Bajos del Toro - Cano Negro (2h30)

Basilique Notre Dame des Anges ©ICT (Institut Costaricien de Tourisme)

Departure for the national wildlife refuge of Caño Negro. At nightfall, a naturalist guide will accompany you on a night walk through the jaguar territory. 2 nights at Caño Negro.

Day 4 : Cano Negro

Catarata Rio Celeste, dans le parc national du volcan Tenorio. ©Tanguy de Saint-Cyr

In the early morning, embark with your guide to discover the amazing flora and fauna of this humid region in the north of the country.

Day 5 : Cano Negro - Monteverde (3h30)

Cascades dans la forêt tropicale de Monteverde ©ICT (Institut Costaricien de Tourisme)

Departure for the Monteverde region famous for preserving one of the last primary cloud forests in the world. This forest houses alone 2.5% of the planet's biodiversity! 2 nights in Monteverde.

Day 6 : Monteverde

Pont suspendu dans la forêt de Monteverde. ©Simon Dannhauer - iStockphoto

In the early morning, a guided tour of a reserve is organized to help you discover the natural history of the region. In the afternoon, a walk on suspension bridges will allow you to observe this exuberant biodiversity up close.

Day 7 : Monteverde - Uvita (3h30)

Cascades dans la forêt tropicale de Monteverde ©ICT (Institut Costaricien de Tourisme)

Departure for the Pacific coast and its paradisiacal beaches, a perfect destination to rest after this first week of discovery. 2 nights in Uvita.

Day 8 : Uvita

Plage du Parc National Marino Ballena ©ICT (Institut Costaricien de Tourisme)

Day in the Marino Ballena National Park to discover the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of the South Pacific region.

Day 9 : Uvita - Sierpe - Drake (2h30)

Mangrove ©Tanguy de Saint-Cyr -

Early departure for Sierpe where you will leave your vehicle in a guarded parking lot before boarding for Drake. This hour-long boat trip is an integral part of the adventure as it allows you to discover the mangroves of Terraba-Sierpe. 3 nights at Drake.

Day 10 : Drake - Corcovado

Les environs de Drake Bay laissent entrevoir des eaux d'une couleur spectaculaire. ©Jean-Baptiste THIBAUT

Guided day hike in Corcovado National Park, world famous for hosting 2.5% of the planet's biodiversity alone. Scarlet macaws, tapirs, monkeys, reptiles and many other species are easily observed here.


Day 11 : Drake - Isla del Cano

Les criques paradisiaques à proximité de Drake Bay. ©Jean-Baptiste THIBAUT

Embark to Isla del Caño where you will snorkel in crystal clear water, an idyllic setting to observe the South Pacific marine ecosystem. A tropical picnic under the coconut trees is organized on a beach.

Day 12 : Drake - Sierpe - Orosi (5h00)

Basilique Notre-Dame des Anges, Cartago. ©Tanguy de Saint-Cyr

Early departure for Sierpe, recovery of the vehicle and departure for Orosi in the central valley. At more than 3200m of altitude, you will cross the Cerro de la Muerte pass offering splendid landscapes. 3 nights in Orosi.

Day 13 : Orosi

Intérieur de l'église de Zarcero. ©Legna69 - iStockphoto

Visit of an ecological farm in Orosi where one of the best coffees in the world is produced.

Day 14 : Orosi - Volcan Irazu (3h00 RT)

Volcan Turrialba vu depuis le volcan Irazu. ©Tanguy de Saint-Cyr

Morning visit to Volcan Irazú National Park, the highest active volcano in the country. A relaxing afternoon is planned in the thermal springs of Orosi.

Day 15 : Orosi - Cahuita (3h30)

Parc National de Cahuita. ©Richard Taylor

Departure for the Caribbean coast, splendid for its biodiversity and its culture. 4 nights in Cahuita.

Day 16 : Cahuita

Playa Negra ©Simon Dannhauer -

Day in Cahuita National Park, a heavenly place to discover the flora and fauna of the region.

Day 17 : Cahuita - Puerto Viejo (30min RT)

Cahuita ©Pepeira, Tom - Iconotec

Free day to discover the city of Puerto Viejo, laze around and why not practice surfing on the surrounding beaches?

Day 18 : Cahuita - Yorkin (2h)

Singe capucin à tête blanche. ©KenCanning -

Finish your vacation in beauty by going to meet the indigenous Bribrís. An adventure out of time where you will discover the ancestral traditions of this minority ethnic group.

Day 19 : Cahuita - San José (3h30)

Toucan perché dans un arbre. ©DeLoyd Huenink -

Return to San José where you will spend your last night in the city center, near historical monuments that are worth a visit such as the National Theater. 1 night in San José.

Day 20 : San José - SJO Int. Airport (1h)

Teatro Nacional ©Mihai-Bogdan Lazar -

Departure to the international airport, return of the rental car or goodbye with your driver guide and check-in for international flights. Pura Vida!


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