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Katy "If you are considering a trip to Costa Rica - this is the trip to take. Costa Rica is such an incredible destination for first-time adventurers and this itinerary really covers it all. Our guide, Allan, was great at pointing us in the right direction for local eats and we were able to take in the full world of adventure Costa Rica has to offer, from ziplining in Monteverde to canyoning in La Fortu..."
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San Jose
San Jose


  • Descend to the Caribbean lowlands by bus and boat to Tortuguero National Park
  • Travel to Sarapiqui in the heart of Costa Rica's banana growing region
  • Visit a small town of La Fortuna and most famous volcano - the majestic Arenal Volcano
  • Walking tour through the Monteverde National Park
  • Explore exotic wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Hotel, Home-stay, Lodge
Max Group Size
Coach / Bus, Boat, Mini-coach
Start and end in San Jose! With the in-depth cultural tour Classic Costa Rica, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through San Jose, Costa Rica and 6 other destinations in Costa Rica. Classic Costa Rica is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • DS
    Written on March 17, 2018
    2.0 - Rather poor

    We have just returned from the Intrepid Classic Costa Rica tour. After a brilliant experience in Jordan with Intrepid last September this was seriously disappointing. It felt the company were ripping us off - our first day was spent lugging our bags on and off three public buses (meaning locals couldn't get on one of them), the accommodation was really poor in some instances - the cheapest available I would imagine, virtually NOTHING was included so it doubled expenses to do anything and apart from a few paltry breakfasts no food either. I would advise anyone to organise an independent tour, they would have a much better time and get much better value.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Dear Suzanna, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We were disappointed to read that you were disappointed with your Classic Costa Rica trip. We pride ourselves on showing our passengers the best possible time everywhere we travel (whether it’s Jordan, Costa Rica or anywhere in between) so we were very sorry to read this trip did not live up to your expectations. We would love an opportunity to more fully understand your experience as feedback from our passengers is essential towards improving all that we do. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations team who will be happy to further address your concerns: Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • Classic Costa Rica reviewer 2
    Written on January 24, 2018
    2.5 - Average

    Good little trip. Good way to see Costa Rica. San jose is a dump so don't extend there. Manuel Antonio National Park is stunning. Intrepid don't have private transfers on all the legs of the journey which you would expect from the price. Be aware the CR is expensive. Think Western prices. Watch our for pick pockets and robbers in San Jose.
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  • MF
    Written on January 27, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The tour was very much, what we expected with a varied itinerary and an interesting group of fellow travellers. The guide was first class and could scarcely have been better briefed and more informative. All in all -n excellent experience.
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  • Classic Costa Rica reviewer 4
    Written on December 19, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great trip. Wonderful tour leader. Many interesting activities. Hikes and a bit physically challenging. Costa Rica not inexpensive. Group was small and congenial.
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  • A
    Written on November 5, 2016
    1.0 - Bad

    Hello! I just want to give a warning to the folks who want to travel with this company-- DON't!!!! This is THE WORSE company in the travel business ever, we just come back from the vacation with them: Costa Rica- Panama and for long time they kill in us desire to travel!!!They charge the same money like other companies who is offering 5 Star service: 4-5 Stars Hotels, All inclusive: 3 times a day all you can eat food and drink and tours including. But this Company does Not include food, drinks, does Not include any tours-- for Food, Drinks, Tours-- you are paying additional from your pocket, which is Double your vacation package in price and to all of this-- they are placing you in the worse Motels there is!!! Similar to the Domitory, where you have to Share bathroom with the strangers, where NO Hot water and No WiFi!!! We were traveling with company Caravan, who is in business for over 60 years, so, for 10 days beautiful vacation to Costa Rica, I paid only $995/ for one person and I did not pay extra money in Costa Rica at all, because in that $995-- all inclusive: Food, Drinks, Tours and very knowledgeable Tour Guide who commentary every province where we were going... This company-- like company from hell: THE WORSE from the WORSE! And They charging a Lot for their Discusting Service!!! $1,400.00/ for 2 weeks for one person just for Discusting Motels- Domitory style+ about $2,000.00-- for food, drinks and tours, which we had to buy additional from our pocket!!! I would never go with Intrepid company ever again-- it's a DISGRACE to the Tour industry!!!!! If you don't know how to do business-- then my best advise to you-- DO NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS AT ALL!!!
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi there, We are so sorry to hear about your experiences on the Classic Costa Rica trip. We truly value your feedback and want to make this right. We are keen to pass this information along to our customer relations and operations team to avoid a similar situation on future departures. Could you please email us at
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  • Classic Costa Rica reviewer 6
    Written on December 28, 2015
    4.0 - Good

    Great trip with a lot of optional activities . Ziplining in Monteverde excellent value for $, Extensive food options and great wildlife! Additional fees for guides for included activities was an expected cost.
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  • Classic Costa Rica reviewer 7
    Written on March 30, 2013
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was my first time on a group trip and I have to say I have no regrets. The tour guide Bryan Mendez was outstanding. He was knowledgeable, hilarious and seamless. He was always concerned about the group and was willing to go the extra mile. I can only hope the next tour leader on my next trip lives up to that standard. The trip itself, what it offered as well as the extra- curricula's was amazing. It was the perfect mixture of wildlife, adventure and relaxation. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.
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  • Classic Costa Rica reviewer 8
    Written on August 7, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    If you are considering a trip to Costa Rica - this is the trip to take. Costa Rica is such an incredible destination for first-time adventurers and this itinerary really covers it all. Our guide, Allan, was great at pointing us in the right direction for local eats and we were able to take in the full world of adventure Costa Rica has to offer, from ziplining in Monteverde to canyoning in La Fortuna. I would go back in a heartbeat and recommend this trip to anyone!
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  1. Day 1: San Jose
  2. Day 2: Tortuguero National Park
  3. Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
  4. Day 4: Sarapiqui
  5. Day 5: Sarapiqui
  6. Day 6: Santa Rosa de Pocosol
  7. Day 7: La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano
  8. Day 8: La Fortuna
  9. Day 9: Monteverde
  10. Day 10: Monteverde
  11. Day 12: Manuel Antonio National Park
  12. Day 13: Manuel Antonio National Park
  13. Day 14: San Jose
  14. Day 15: San Jose

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    • November 1, 2016

      Can you give me a list of the Hotels used for this trip?

      The hotel lists for this tour will not be finalised until approximately 4-6 weeks from departure. However the accomodation is as follows:

      - Hotel (11 nights)
      - Lodge (2 nights)
      - Homestay (1 night)

      A trip note will be given, which will give you a little further information regarding accomodation and other important trip information.

    • November 1, 2016

      Are all meals included?

      In relation to meals, the following meals are included in the cost of the tour:

      - 5 breakfasts
      - 1 dinner

      There is a section within the trip notes that will be given to you, that goes through the meal arrangement.

    • October 1, 2016

      Will there be a difference in the price if I join a day after the tour started?

      You are welcome to join or leave the tour at anytime but this will not change the cost as these are pre-packaged itineraries.

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    Covering a total distance of approx 420 km.
    • San Jose (Costa Rica)
    • 87 km
    • Tortuguero (Costa Rica)
    • 57 km
    • Sarapiqui (Costa Rica)
    • 70 km
    • La Fortuna (Costa Rica)
    • 6 km
    • Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica)
    • 25 km
    • Monteverde (Costa Rica)
    • 119 km
    • Quepos (Costa Rica)
    • 56 km
    • San Jose (Costa Rica)

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