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Central America | Cultural Costa Rica

Sample Itinerary


Costa Rica, San Jose, Monteverde, Guanacaste

Trip Duration

7 nights / 8 days

Guided Vacations | Ideal for travelers seeking to learn more the local culture and traditions with an insider's view of the country, these set itineraries include all in-destination transportation, most meals, deluxe hotel accommodations, multiple activities and a personal, certified guide. Guided vacations are guaranteed departures every other Saturday and private options are available for small groups of two travelers or more, including individual families. Travelers can also customize each vacation with pre- and post-night stays to explore at their leisure.


Day 1 |  San Jose

After your flight, arrive at San Jose International Airport and be greeted by your private guide. Hop in to your comfortable vehicle for your transfer to the Costa Rica Marriott Hacienda Belen for three nights in your deluxe guestroom.
Enjoy your first day at leisure exploring the grounds including a golf driving range, tennis court, full-service spa, international cuisine, fitness center and outdoor pool. Then, retreat to your spacious guestroom for a relaxing evening.

Day 2 |  San Jose

Delight in a full breakfast before embarking on a day of exploration on theSan Jose City Excursion. From the vibrant, cosmopolitan energy of the country's capital to stately historical buildings, explore the classic 1897 National Theatre and the National and Gold Museums. Then, enjoy lunch with a Costa Rican family and your guide. In the evening, you'll savor a local, traditional dinner.

Day 3 |  San Jose

After a gracious breakfast, enjoy the relaxing ride to Irazu Volcano and Los Angeles Basilica. Pass through one of the richest coffee producing areas of the country, then climb 20 miles up the magnificent lush slopes of Irazu Volcano. The deep richness of the soil is evident as you capture the brilliant green hues of the farmland. Take in the spectacular views from the 11,300 foot tall summit. Then, enjoy a visit to the Los Angeles Basilica.

Day 4 |  San Jose / Monteverde

Enjoy the comfortable transfer to Monteverde after breakfast and upon arrival, check-in to El Establo Mountain Hotel for your two-night stay. Nestled in the misty cloud forest, this family-owned hotel is committed to nature and the community. Stroll the property's private forest, walking and hiking trails, panoramic look-out points, plush spa, swimming pool and onsite canopy experience.

Day 5 |  Monteverde

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast, then explore the area on the Santa Elena Reserve & School Experience.A wonderland of green lushness with giant tree ferns, bamboo and where palm trees grow abundantly, marvel at the beauty of Santa Elena. After your guided walk and lunch, visit Santa Elena School for a class and tour of the facility.

Day 6 |  Monteverde / Guanacaste

Savor your included breakfast before transferring to Guanacaste, arriving at The Westin Reserva Conchal, An All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa for two nights in your deluxe guestroom. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure at this all-inclusive, eco-friendly resort. Set between exotic forests and unspoiled beaches, relax at the lagoon-style pool, work out in the fitness studio or tee up for a game on the championship golf course. The kids will enjoy the Westin Kids Club while you are pampered at the spa.

Day 7 |  Guanacaste

Guanacaste harbors an important portion of the Costa Rican cultural and natural environment. You full-day experience includes all local meals as you embark on the Cultural Tour with Shopping. Your guide will highlight the region's traditional areas, local arts and crafts and visits with native Costa Ricans. Enjoy shopping in the quaint towns as you barter for unique souvenirs.

Day 8 | Guanacaste / Liberia

Enjoy breakfast, then your guide will take you to Liberia International Airport for your comfortable return flight home. Or, consider adding a few days to your Costa Rica vacation and explore the Central Valley, Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio and more.

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