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Essential Costa Rica: 8-Day Tour

  • Small-group tour
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Multi-Day Trip
Essential Costa Rica: 8-Day Tour
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Essential Costa Rica: 8-Day Tour
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Discover the best of Costa Rica on an 8-day, 7-night tour that blends comfort and adventure in one of the world’s most scenic countries. Enjoy the intimacy of a small-group tour as you explore with an experienced guide and a professional photographer, and visit towering waterfalls, soak in thermal hot springs then soar through jungle canopy on a thrilling zipline. Travel by air-conditioned bus, horse and riverboat, discover exotic wildlife in cloud forests, volcanoes and lush jungles, and soak up the sun on a perfect Pacific beach.
What to Expect
Day 1:
Welcome to Costa Rica! Get ready to explore Guanacaste and enjoy all the eco–diversity Costa Rica has for you. You will land at the Liberia International Airport where a shuttle service from the Hilton will meet you and take you to your first night’s stay at The Hilton Garden Inn where you will rest, relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2:
Once you’ve finished enjoying the amazing buffet breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, you will be taken to The Hacienda Guachipelin for a fully loaded adventure day tour that includes zip lining, majestic waterfalls, a canyon tour, tubing adventure, thermal waters, hot springs and horseback riding. You will then enjoy a lunch buffet at the restaurant with the rest of the group. After this amazing journey, you will then spend the night at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin or Hotel Borinquen depending on availability.

Day 3:
Right after breakfast, you will be taken to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It has been ranked 14th in terms of places you must visit in the world. Here you will trek through the cloud forest on board the Sky Walk and Sky Tram Tour. You will be able to see the cloud forest from a bird’s eye view. Since the sky tram resides high over the forest canopy, you will observe wildlife as it happens.

Day 4:
Hotel El Establo offers an exquisite breakfast and right after this Palo Verde National Park is your next destination. Here you will get the opportunity to embark on a boat safari tour and get a close up view of crocodiles, monkeys and hundreds of different species of birds and reptiles. After this adventure you will be visiting the cultural pottery town of Guaitil and learn about the Costa Rican traditions and culture while observing how pottery has been made for centuries. You will also acquire knowledge about historical facts of Costa Rica. Afterwards you will make a quick stop to visit the oldest church of Costa Rica, built in 1644 in Nicoya. After a short drive from Nicoya to Playa Samara you will then arrive at the Hotel Villas Playa Samara for the rest of your trip.

Day 5-7:
You will be at Hotel Villas Playa Samara enjoying one of the most magnificent beaches that Costa Rica offers. Recently voted the 2nd best beach in Central America by TripAdvisor; Samara is a top destination to relax and enjoy the sand and sun. Hotel Villas Playa Samara has many other benefits at your service. You will also be entitled to a 2 for 1 discount in Spa Packages.

Day 8:
Time to go back home! You will be taken back to the airport right on time for your flight back home. Enjoy this Costa Rica adventure arranged specially for you.
Reviews (9)
1 - 5 of 8 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing tour guide, exciting excursions!

Overall Essential Costa Rica tour was an amazing trip! Initially pretty unorganized, we got emails prior to the trip that were meant for different tours which was confusing and unprofessional. Make sure you call before you go to confirm they have you booked and ready...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Danielle R
Reviewed 6 May 2018
Waste of Time

Overall: this tour is a waste of time. You will spend 75% of you tour doing NOTHING unless you book more tours (ie spend more money). The company is disorganized and communication is difficult. Save your time and money and book you own trip. Pros:...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 26 March 2018
Best guides and accommodations!

Our tour guide, Maria was hilarious, always smiling and very accommodating to any request. Jesus, the photographer, was always there with his camera or GoPro, capturing all the best moments, besides being delightful and super fun. The bus driver, Esteban, was excellent. The driving can...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank akpeacegirl
Reviewed 22 March 2018
First trip with a Tour Group, did not disappoint !!! Very enjoyable

My wife and I have had the good fortune to do some fairly extensive travel and up until now we have always planned our own trips along with the activities we participated in, so giving up that autonomy to do a group tour was something...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank varnfam
Reviewed 7 March 2018
Jam packed to full stop

Our Guide, photographer and driver were all Pura Vida. We were on a bit of need to know basis which was not good for people who really NEED TO KNOW details of what's next. I booked the trip through TripAdvisor so other then the online...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank WendyBDob
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Michaela N
12 October 2018|
Response from Amanda C | Reviewed this property |
Yes. 7 nights.