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9 Day Tour from San José to San José

If you were the type of kid who always marched to your own drum, this bold tour of Costa Rica is just the escape for you. Wide-open spaces, multi-hued creatures, and bright, vivid scenery welcome you with open arms and a no-holds-barred spirit. As you make your way through Costa Rica, lava trails, cloud forests, and high-in-the-sky suspension bridges invite you to take a walk on the wild side while scenic boat rides, nature walks, and natural hot springs beckon you to leisurely soak in the views. Frolic among hundreds of species of butterflies, birds, reptiles, and wildlife in the most vibrant rainforests, and feast on your own delicious Costa Rican creations in an authentic cooking class. With visits to an active volcano and exotic fruit plantations, plus several meet-and-greets with the native macaws and monkeys, this vacation to Costa Rica is bananas!

Each Globus South America tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted vacation, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

2024 Pricing starts at $2,499 per person based on double occupancy. 

2025 Pricing starts at $2,649 per person based on double occupancy. 

Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date.


2024 Dates Available: January 13 and 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, March 2, 9, and 23 and 18, April 20, May 18, June 29, July 27, August 3, September 28, October 19, November 2 and 16 


2025 Dates Available: January 11 and 25, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, March 1, 8, and 22, April 19, May 17, June 28, July 26, August 2, September 27, October 18, November 1 and 15


Tour prices are land only. All tour specials are subject to availability and rates are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.


Day 1: Arrive in San José, Costa Rica
Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

Day 2: San José –– Tortuguero National Park 
Journey east to the Caribbean shore and Tortuguero National Park. On the way, pass by several banana plantations and see one of Costa Rica’s main exports being harvested. Later, board a motor launch for your cruise along the Tortuguero Canals, waterways crisscrossing a national park dedicated to the protection of endangered turtles. The trained eyes of your guide and boatman help you spot freshwater turtles, caimans, herons, toucans, egrets, and monkeys. An afternoon at leisure lets you explore your jungle lodge until you meet for an informative slideshow presentation on the area. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day 3: Tortuguero National Park Tour & Canal Cruise
TA local Naturalist accompanies you on a leisurely boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby rainforest. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October) you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight on an optional tour. Later this afternoon, meet a local Naturalist for an informative presentation on the ecology of the area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Tortuguero – Sarapiqui – Arenal 
A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the Sarapiqui area. Tour a Globus Local Favorite pineapple farm, owned by a local family, and learn about the history, cultivation, and industry of pineapples and other indigenous crops. Continue to your hotel in the lush town of Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort before dinner at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Arenal – excursion to La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano National Park
This afternoon, visit Arenal Volcano National Park, where your guide takes you on a walk through lava trails of the volcano and shows you how nature has found a way to recover from past lava flows.  Next, enjoy a walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, offering spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano.  This evening, drive to nearby Ecotermales Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools.  Later, enjoy dinner at the hot springs.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde 

After breakfast, continue to Monteverde, where you will enjoy two days in the cloud forest. This afternoon, take a guided tour on the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7: Monteverde -Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reseve
This morning, visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest for a guided walking tour.  Over 600 species of butterflies and 400 species of birds have been recorded inside the private reserve, along with 100 reptiles and 120 mammal species that hide within the dense vegitation.  Later, visit the family owned Ecological Sanctuary, where you will explore the trails through coffee and banana plantations filled with endemic wildlife and beautiful scenery. After the walk, enjoy a cooking class. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner, toasting an unforgettable discovery of Costa Rica. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8: Monteverde – Sarchi – Grecia - San José 

En route to San José, visit Sarchi Village, known as the center of Costa Rican handcrafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts. Next stop is Grecia Village to see the metal church that was imported from Belgium to Puerto Limon in 1897. The church was transported by oxcarts to its present-day location, but sat in the plaza for 10 years before being reconstructed.SAN JOSÉ Free time this evening.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: San José
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals: Breakfast

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