Costa Rica: Culture & Adventure
Ideal Length:10 Days
Best Time To Go:December - April
Flight Time:LAX 5 Hours 10 Minutes, CHI 5 Hours 30 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 7 Hours
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$4,957
With one of our expert travel agents, you can stay in luxurious accommodations like this three-bedroom Miramar Suite at the Four Season Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo.
From award-winning restaurants to small town eateries, this Central American country should be explored by sampling its diverse traditional dishes, including Costa Rican fish casado.
Have a travel agent arrange a visit to see a performance at the National Theater in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Don't leave Costa Rica without exploring its indigenous flora and fauna, including the Red-Eye Tree Frog.
Looking for a little adventure? Plan an amazing hike along the Arenal Hanging Bridges to get a bird's-eye view of the Costa Rica's lush forests.
San Jose Day 1
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.
Explore Avenida Central & Plaza CulturaShare This Activity
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).
Visit the Pre-Columbia Gold MuseumShare This Activity
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
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.
Go White-Water RaftingShare This Activity
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.
Immersive Cabécar Indigenous HikeShare This Activity
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 Riverside Dinner for TwoShare This Activity
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 SpaShare This Activity
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
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.
Hike Along Arenal Hanging BridgesShare This Activity
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.
Arenal Volcano National ParkShare This Activity
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.
Hot Springs at Tabacón Grand SpaShare This Activity
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 SystemShare This Activity
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
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.
Embark on a Beach TourShare This Activity
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).
Find Your CenterShare This Activity
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.
Tee Off at the Ocean Course at Peninsula PapagayoShare This Activity
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.