Savor the natural wonders of Costa Rica as you explore the waterways of Tortuguero, the wildlife-rich reserves of Arenal, and the endless beaches of the Pacific coast.

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 Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano
 Beach along the coast of Guanacaste
 Sunset in Guanacaste
 Costa Rica hummingbird
 One of many butterfly species of Costa Rica
 Tortuguero Beach Credit:  Etienne Delorieux
 Aerial view of the Guanacaste coast Credit: Robin Canfield
 White-faced Capuchin monkey
 Dart frog in Costa Rica
 Hanging bridge through the jungle canopy Credit: Christina Victoria

Costa Rica Coast to Coast: A Tailor-Made Journey

9 days from $3,500

Savor the natural wonders of Costa Rica as you explore the waterways of Tortuguero, the wildlife-rich reserves of Arenal, and the endless beaches of the Pacific coast.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

Overview

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - San José, Costa Rica

On arrival in Costa Rica's capital city, San José, you'll be met by your guide at the airport and transfered to your hotel. Enjoy time to relax in preparation for your early start tomorrow.

Day 2 - Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Your shared coach will pick you up early this morning for the journey to Tortuguero National Park. The drive takes the full morning but the route is a scenic one, passing through primary forest. You’ll stop for breakfast along the way. When the road ends, ride a shared motorboat to your lodge in time for lunch. During free time this afternoon, you might go on a guided jungle hike with a small group, or join a guide for a visit to tiny Tortuguero Village, located within the national park. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Spend a full day exploring Tortuguero National Park on guided small group excursions of your choice. Paddle jungle waterways in a kayak or canoe, or take a guided boat trip into the flooded forest. Your guide will help you spot wildlife, such as caimans, macaws, iguanas, and howler and capuchin monkeys. From July to October, keep an eye out for the sea turtles that come to nest here—and give the park its name.  Later, you’ll have the chance to go on a guided nocturnal hike to experience the nightlife of the jungle. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Arenal Volcano

Travel out of Tortuguero by shared boat and coach, and stop for lunch in Guápiles. Continue by private transfer to the Arenal Volcano region, arriving mid-afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax at your hotel. There are hot springs and lovely pools on the property as well as tropical gardens that attract more than 100 bird species. (B)

Day 5 - Arenal Volcano

Set out for  the Arenal hanging bridges with your private guide this morning. As you follow the canopy walkway through the treetops, get a bird’s eye perspective on flora and wildlife. In the afternoon, join a small group for a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park. You’ll explore hardened lava flows and learn the history of this volcano, which was active until about ten years ago. Afterwards, enjoy an evening soak in nearby hot springs followed by a traditional casado dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 - Playa Potrero

Today, emerge from the cool cloud forests of the highlands and descend to the Pacific coast, a dramatic change of scenery and climate. After the bumpy roads of the forest, your private driver will follow the Pan American Highway to your beach hotel on the coast of Guanacaste. Arrive in the early afternoon and spend the rest of the day enjoying your beachfront resort. (B)

Day 7 and 8 - Playa Portrero

You’ll have two leisurely days at Playa Potrero to spend as you choose. You might read a book by the poolside or on the beach, indulge in a spa treatment at the hotel, or go horseback riding along the coast. (B)

Day 9 - Depart for home

This morning, transfer to San José airport by private car for your onward flight.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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