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Cultural Experiences of Costa Rica | 9-Day Costa Rica Escorted Tour


Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and history on this 9-day guided tour of Arenal, Monteverde and Guanacaste. Sample traditional foods, tour the countryside and meet the local artisans and farmers at the heart and soul of Costa Rica. Itinerary below is for 2023 departures. 2022 departures are still available with a different 8 day itinerary.


Cultural Experiences of Costa Rica Escorted Tour

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Frog on flower in Costa Rica rainforest
Arrive at San Jose, Costa Rica

Day One - San José Arrival

Meet and greet at San José International Airport. After you have picked up your luggage and clear customs you will be transferred to your San José hotel.
Overnight in San José

Includes: Tour Guide, air-conditioned transportation, airport meet and greet.

Superior Hotel Option: Barceló San José


Day Two - La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs

You will travel the Pan American highway and stop in the famous town of Sarchí, with international fame. Then travel on passing diverse plantations and cattle ranches until you stop for a cozy lunch in La Fortuna. Later, you will enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano on a gentle hike of approximately 1 ½ hours along the base of this marvelous wonder of nature. After all this excitement enjoy relaxing Baldi Hot Springs where you will be able to enjoy a variety of thermal pools and a delicious dinner.
Overnight in Arenal

Includes: Lunch and Dinner, air-conditioned transportation, tour guide and entrance fees.

Monteverde Butterflies

Day Three - Coffee and Chocolate Tour

Discover the wonder of how chocolate and coffee are made in this two-for-one Arenal combo tour! Explore a coffee plantation then, delight in a delicious demonstration of the chocolate-making process. Perfect for families, children, coffee-and-chocolate lovers, and anyone looking to spend a few hours engaging in the history and culture of these vital components of Costa Rican culture. Overnight in Arenal.
Overnight in Arenal.

Includes: Lunch, air-conditioned transportation, tour guide and entrance fees.

Monteverde sunrise

Day Four - Monteverde

Continue your journey at the Monteverde Cloud Forest known for its biological reserve. Monteverde protects a large variety of endanger species, including amphibians, mammals, and birds. On a spectacular drive of approximately 3 hours, you will enjoy breathtaking views of Arenal Lake and the northern plains of Costa Rica. Your guide will be teaching you the importance of each habitat and the history of each town passed. Relax for the evening or take an optional activity: canopy tour, sky walk, frog pond or butterfly farm.
Overnight in Monteverde

Includes: Air-conditioned transportation and tour guide.

Deluxe Hotel Option: El Establo - Mountain Hotel & Private Reserve

Monteverde cultural tour

Day Five - Santa Elena School

Today features tours from the students of the technical school of Monteverde. Choose one from three options: Farm Tour where you will learn how to milk a cow!  Reforesting Tour where you can contribute to the conservation of our environment by planting a tree. Cooking class where you will learn how to make typical Costa Rican food such as tortillas, gallo pinto, patacones, sweet plantain, banana ceviche, biscochos, prestiños, picadillos, coffee and “agua dulce”.
Overnight in Monteverde

Lunch, air-conditioned transportation and tour guide.

Llano de Cortes waterfall, Guanacaste

Day Six - Travel to Guanacaste

After enjoying two of the best destinations in Costa Rica, make your way to Guancaste for a relaxing afternoon or option tour. Overnight in Guanacaste.
Overnight in Guanacaste

Includes: Air-conditioned transportation and tour guide.

Superior Hotel Option: Riu Guanacaste - All-Inclusive
Deluxe Hotel Option: Riu Palace Costa Rica - All-Inclusive

Beach, Guanacaste

Day Seven - El Viejo Wetlands Cultural Experience

Hacienda El Viejo is surrounded by sugarcane crops and the most important river in the Blue Zone of Costa Rica, Rio Tempisque. Start the tour with a cultural tasting at the “Trapiche” (mill) where you will sample pure sugar cane and how the juice is extracted. Move to “La Casa de Sabanero” to taste “tanelas”, “empanaditas” and “rosquillas”. Before leaving learn how to make tortillas! After your food tasting you will move over to the Rum Experience by Sabandí. Learn everything there is to know about the rum making process and end your day sampling a delicious rum cocktail. Overnight in Guancaste.
Overnight in Guanacaste

Air-conditioned transportation, tour guide and entrance fees.

Guanacaste beach

Day Eight - At Leisure

Enjoy a leisurely day at the beach, spend quality time at the spa, go shopping or simply laze the day away at the pool!
Overnight in Guanacaste

Macaws in flight

Day Nine - Departure from Liberia International Airport

A guide will pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the Liberia Airport.

Includes: Air-conditioned transportation and guide.


Included in Escorted Tours:

  • Guaranteed departures every other Saturday with no minimum travelers required
  • Licensed and certified tour guide and drivers throughout
  • Choice of Superior or Deluxe accommodations
  • Most meals are included
  • Multiple activities, tours and experiences
  • Private land transportation, airport greeting and luggage handling
Pre- and post- tour stays are available
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