Manuel Antionio National Park, Costa Rica

Our Costa Rica Private Journey includes the wild beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, waterways of Tortuguero National Park, and the volcanic highlands of Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3695  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: San Jose, Costa Rica
Depart: San Jose, Costa Rica
Lodging: 7 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Nature hikes, options including sunset boat cruise with dolphin watching


  • Explore Tortuguero, a Caribbean coastal rainforest alive with the calls of birds and monkeys
  • Walk “hanging bridges” through rainforest, ride a zip line across the canopy
  • Hike nature trails of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Optional sea kayaking or a sunset boat cruise on the Pacific

An excellent trip that was interesting and extremely well organized. All the guides were excellent and enthusiastic about presenting their home country to us.Lana P.—Lake Louise, Alberta

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

With its natural bounty of rainforest lagoons, towering volcanoes, and long, palm-fringed beaches, Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers. Almost 20 percent of the country is protected in national parks or nature reserves that are prime examples of Costa Rican ecosystems, including deciduous tropical forests, mangrove swamps, rainforests, cloud forests, and wetlands. On this Private Journey, you can hike, mountain bike, explore a tropical rainforest, and paddle by sea kayak in azure Pacific waters, all with expert naturalist guides at your side. Your journey includes mountainous Arenal Volcano National Park, the waterways of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast, and Manuel Antonio National Park on the sparkling Pacific. We also offer an extension to world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the outstanding nature reserves in the New World tropics, and an optional day of whitewater rafting on the wild Pacuare River.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Arenal, Mountain of Fire

In Arenal Volcano National Park, follow an elaborate network of spectacular hanging bridges that give access to the canopy of the park’s primary rainforest, where more than 350 species of birds and a colorful array of butterflies reside. After an active day, enjoy an optional soak in a hot spring and watch the glow of Arenal from your private balcony at your cozy lodge.

Days 3-4
Tortuguero, the Emerald Forest

Set along natural inland waterways of the Caribbean, Tortuguero National Park protects one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. In this deep green world accessible only by boat, a maze of tranquil waterways overhung with rainforest provides a rich habitat for caimans, crocodiles, manatees, monkeys, three-toed sloths, river otters, and a dazzling array of birdlife. Explore this wondrous ecosystem by small boat or sea kayak (optional); Tortuguero is also a world-famous nesting spot for green sea turtles (July-October) as well as leatherbacks (March-May).

Days 5-8
Manuel Antonio National Park, Jewel of the Pacific Coast

Try your hand at Costa Rica’s popular adventure sport—the zipline—for a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy! At Manuel Antonio, set beside the Pacific coast, walk through vine-draped forests where monkeys leap from tree to tree, sloths gaze down from the canopy, and iguanas sun themselves on logs. Optional activities include ocean kayaking, surfing, and a sunset sail featuring whale and dolphin watching. Depart on Day 8.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate. Although the overall pace of this trip is relaxed and you are free to choose the activities you like, this is an active vacation. The shape you're in will be an important factor in your enjoyment.

Explanation of Trip Levels


When to go

January to December

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices valid through December 15, 2016
$3695 per person, double occupancy (3-4 people)
$4095 per person, double occupancy (2 people)
Single supplement: $995
Internal airfare: $425 (subject to change)
Optional private charter flight upgrade (Day 3): $410 per person (subject to change)
Optional hotel upgrade in Manuel Antonio (Arenas del Mar Resort): $495 per person, double occupancy (Ocean Breeze Suite)
Peak season rates are quoted separately: December 12, 2016-January 4, 2017

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Extension
   from: $825
One-Day Pacuare River Rafting Extension
   from: $150

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $250 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Local guides throughout
  • One night at Hotel Grano de Oro (Deluxe Room), one night at The Lost Iguana Resort (Luxury Suite), two nights at Tortuga Lodge (Standard Double Room), three nights at Hotel El Parador (Premium Room), based on double occupancy
  • All meals included except 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Land transportation and airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, internal airfare, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, and so on).

Arrival & Departure Information

Our Private Journeys can be tailored to your group so arrival and departure cities and dates may vary. Below are suggested airports to reference during your booking process. Please note: you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the arrival and departure cities of your Private Journey. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Date: Day 1

Suggested Airport for
San Jose, Costa Rica (airport code SJO)
Suggested arrival time: anytime
San Jose, Costa Rica
Date: Day 8

Suggested Airport for Departure:

San Jose, Costa Rica (airport code SJO)
Suggested Flight Departure Time: anytime

Grano de Oro

Grano de Oro

Day 1 (1 night), San Jose, Costa Rica

A great place to stay for your first or last night in Costa Rica! This historic and elegant 35-room hotel was created from a former Victorian ...
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Lost Iguana Resort & Spa

Lost Iguana Resort & Spa

Day 2 (1 night), Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

This wonderful resort is like an oasis in the middle of nowhere. While the rooms are not luxurious, they are very comfortable and private, and ...
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Tortuga Lodge

Tortuga Lodge

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens and dense forest, Tortuga Lodge offers 24 spacious and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and ...
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Hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park

Days 5 to 7 (3 nights), Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

In Manuel Antonio National Park, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Extension

Exploring a Magical Forest

Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 1

One-Day Pacuare River Rafting Extension

Whitewater, Waterfalls, and Rainforest

Wildlife & Natural History
Level 2

Client Comments

An excellent trip that was interesting and extremely well organized. All the guides were excellent and enthusiastic about presenting their home country to us. Lana P., Lake Louise, Alberta
Everything was absolutely perfect. Your staff could not possibly have been better. Daniel S., Temple Terrace, FL