What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, including a farewell beach dinner
    10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, including a farewell beach dinner
  • 10 nights’ accommodation, including a jungle lodge & a luxury beachfront retreat
    10 nights’ accommodation, including a jungle lodge & a luxury beachfront retreat
  • All activities, from kayaking to tubing, included. Local Flash Pack guide
    All activities, from kayaking to tubing, included. Local Flash Pack guide
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Airport pick up anytime on day 1
    Airport pick up anytime on day 1

Paddle around the waterways of Tortuguero National Park, and spy out monkeys, sloths and turtles in their natural habitat. Hike up the magnificent hills and lava fields of Arenal volcano, and wallow in hot spring waterfalls. Tube down the turquoise waters of the stunning Rio Celeste, and take a boat ride around the golden beaches and islands of the Pacific coast. Stay in a series of unique and beautiful hotels, from a beach-side haven with a mangrove spa to a jungle lodge that’s accessible by boat only

 

Want to escape the hustle of the city? Let Costa Rica be your solace. This tiny Central American republic is home to one of the happiest and most eco-friendly nations on earth. Join us as we wallow in the delights of pura vida, a laid-back way of life that Costa Ricans swear by. Pura vida is all about savouring the little things, so we’ll whisk you right away from the bright lights and into the heart of Costa Rica’s glorious natural wilderness. Our whistle-stop tour takes in spectacular landscapes and wildlife on both sides of the coast. We’ll kayak through the mangroves and waterways of Tortuguero National Park by the Caribbean, and spend lazy hammock days on Pacific coastline beaches. We’ll tube down rapids on the world’s most turquoise river, and bathe in healing hot springs. We’ll hike through dramatic lava fields and snorkel in warm, tropical waters. We’ll bed down in beautiful eco-lodges framed by layers of lush greenery. And we’ll bask in the joy of seeing animals in their natural habit, from turtles to howler monkeys, tropical birds and so much more. Have your binoculars at the ready: Costa Rica, we’ve arrived.

The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Kayak around the canals and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park
  • Go white water tubing down Rio Celeste, Costa Rica’s unique turquoise river
  • Stay at a series of beautiful boutique hotels, from a beachfront haven to a jungle lodge accessed by boat only
  • Marvel at wildlife in its natural habitat, from exotic birds to monkeys, sloths and turtles
  • Hike across lava formations and rainforest on a trek around the iconic Arenal volcano
  • Jump aboard a boat to beach hop and snorkel the stunning Pacific coastline
  • Bathe in the pools and thermal waterfalls of a volcanic hot spring
  • Bask in the beauty of low-lying mangroves, tropical canopies and picture-perfect beaches

Itinerary

Day 1: WELCOME TO A LAND OF BEAUTY

Touch down in the Costa Rican capital of San José, and savour a taste of pura vida with a welcome dinner. Get to know your guide and fellow Flashpackers in your balmy new destination

 

Pura vida! You’re in Costa Rica. A private transfer at San José airport will take you directly to your hotel. With its concrete towers and heavy traffic, San José is famously not the finest ambassador to this lush and tropical land. But, no matter: it’s your gateway in, and a chance to get to know your fellow Flashpackers. After you’ve freshened up, head into town for welcome drinks and dinner with your group and English-speaking guide. Costa Rica’s climate is balmy all year around and with the mercury hovering around the 25°C mark, the conditions are prime for an ice-cold beer or three. This is also your chance to get a flavour of the local culture. Costa Ricans are famously laid-back and enjoy an easy, relaxed pace of life. Pura vida, their official slogan, literally means “the pure life”, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a lifestyle and a means of appreciating simple pleasures, from spending time with loved ones to savouring the country’s rich biodiversity. So, loosen up and let the good times roll…

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Touch down in the capital of San José

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Tomorrow we'll swap the city for the Caribbean coast

Grab a few refreshing cocktails with your fellow adventurers

Your bohemian hotel awaits

Day 2: A WILDLIFE WONDERLAND

Travel to the northeast Caribbean coast, and the protected wetlands of Tortuguero National Park. Take a boat to your unique jungle lodge and head out for a guided walk in the tropical wilderness

 

It’s an early start as we head for Tortuguero National Park, a breath-taking area of protected wilderness on Costa Rica’s northeast Caribbean coast. This vast and serene stretch of wetlands is a nature lover’s delight. An intricate network of canals and lagoons cut through marshy islands and thick swathes of rainforest. Palm swamps lie in the shadow of towering canopy trees, and the occasional volcanic hill. Tortuguero means “turtle catcher” and the region is best known for its turtle nesting beaches. It’s an important hatchery for green sea turtles, a species near extinction due to hunting and poaching. The green sea and hawksbill turtle nesting season stretches from July to October, and the leatherback turtles nest from February to April. So, there’s a good chance you’ll see turtles at most times of year. But even if you don’t, Tortuguero teems with spectacular wildlife of all kinds.  The lodge we’re staying at lies minutes from the entrance to the park, and is accessed via a stunning boat ride. After checking in with a welcome fruit cocktail, we’ll head for a guided walk to get a taste of the wonders that lie ahead.

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Explore the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park

This is a nature-lover's paradise

It's a magnet for exotic wildlife

Your jungle lodge is reached by boat only

Cruise along the river to your home for the night

Keep an eye out for rare green sea turtles

Day 3: WATERWAYS AND WILDERNESS

Hop in a canoe or kayak to explore the labyrinth of creeks and waterways that cut across Tortuguero National Park. Watch out for monkeys, sea otters and caimans as you paddle the mangroves. Spend the afternoon chilling by the inviting hotel pool

 

Today, we head out on the waterways to explore the incredible Tortuguero for ourselves. Travelling by canoe or kayak, we’ll meander around and find our own route through the vast capillary of creeks and riverways that spread across the national park. Paddling amid the mangroves of this untouched jungle wilderness, you’ll feel about a million light years away from the hustle of every day life. Soak in the cacophony of nature all around you, from chirruping poison dart frogs to cat-calling parrots and the shrieks of howler, white-faced and spider monkeys. Keep an eye out for keel-billed toucans, sea otters and caimans. You might also spot a three-toed sloth, an iguana or a tapir hanging out on the riverbank. In the afternoon, we’ll head back to the hotel for some down-time (got questions about sharing a room? Click here to find out more). Grab a tamarind refresco and chill out with your fellow Flashpackers by the pool. Or, while away a few hours in a shady hammock, serenaded by a chorus of tropical birdsong.

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Today we'll be kayaking through Tortuguero

This is an amazing way to take in the sights of the rainforest

Watch out for spider monkeys amid the canopy

And spot out three-toed sloths in the trees

Then, relax by the pool at your lodge

It's a pretty sweet spot to lie out by

Important notes

Fly into: Juan Santamaria airport

Fly out of: Liberia airport

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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