What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
    10 nights’ accommodation
  • All activities with a local Flash Pack guide
    All activities with a local Flash Pack guide
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Airport pick up anytime on day 1
    Airport pick up anytime on day 1

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.

  • Kayak around the canals and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park, one of Costa Rica’s few boat-based nature reserves
  • Soak in the magical sight of wildlife in its natural habitat, including exotic birds and many types of monkeys
  • Spot nesting turtles when in season
  • Hike around lava formations on a trek on the iconic Arenal volcano
  • Bathe in the pools and thermal waterfall of a volcanic hot spring
  • Go white water tubing down Rio Celeste, Costa Rica’s unique turquoise river
  • Explore the lush jungle landscape of the Northern Lowlands
  • Marvel at low-lying mangroves, tropical canopies, rivers and waterfalls
  • Amble around the picture-perfect beaches of the Pacific coast in the northwest Guanacaste province
  • Jump aboard a boat for beach hopping, paddle boarding, snorkelling and more
  • Savour fresh fruit cocktails and beers on the beach
  • Stay at beautiful and remote eco-lodges
  • See what pura vida is all about, by embracing the infinite beauty and natural bounty of this eco-friendly land

Itinerary

Day 1: WELCOME TO A LAND OF BEAUTY

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

Tomorrow we'll swap the city for the Caribbean coast

Enjoy welcome drinks with your fellow adventurers

Your vibrant hotel for the night

Day 2: A WILDLIFE WONDERLAND

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

Look out for flashes of awesome wildlife

This is a nature lover's paradise

Your lodge is a boat ride away

Cruise along the river to your home for the night

Keep an eye out for rare green sea turtles

Day 3: WATERWAYS AND WILDERNESS

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. 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 above

And three-toed sloths in the trees

Then relax by the pool at your lodge

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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