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Self-drive through the stunning landscapes of Costa Rica

On this 13-day journey, you will drive through the diverse landscapes of Costa Rica and visit the country’s most fascinating places.

From the capital San Jose, you will drive through the province of Alajuela, renowned for its natural beauty, where you can observe the Arenal volcano and enjoy activities like hiking, or white-water rafting before heading to Monteverde. Discover incredible landscapes filled with abundant wildlife in the enigmatic cloud forest.

Much more will be explored as you drive through the “Area de Conservación Guanacaste”, a World Heritage Site. You'll marvel at some of the prettiest and most popular beaches around Tamarindo, in the Guanacaste Province.

We have included some of Costa Rica’s top highlights in this itinerary, and because of your mode of transport, you will have the chance to explore these wonders at your own pace. This journey is a 13-day itinerary, but we can tailor make your holiday to suit your exact preferences.


  • Travel in Costa Rica by rental car
  • Visit the most amazing sites in Costa Rica such as the cloud forest
  • Admire wonderful and untouched wildlife
  • Observe the Arenal Volcano and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in San Jose

Days 2 - 4 - San Jose - Arenal

Days 5 & 6 - Arenal - Monteverde

Days 7 & 8 - Rincon de la Vieja

Days 9 - 12 - Rincon de la Vieja – Tamarindo

Day 13 - Transfer to San Jose for your onward flight

Truly Individual Holiday

Any element of this holiday can be tailormade to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.

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Price from £1,899 per person

(2020-21 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)

Add International Flights

International flights to Costa Rica from the UK start from £499 per person

Send an enquiry and your travel specialist can find you the best available options from your local airport


  • 12 nights’ accommodation as detailed

  • International flights from the UK

  • Transfers as per itinerary

  • Tours as per itinerary

  • 12 days of car hire with unlimited mileage (4WD)

  • Full cover insurance

  • GPS

  • 1 additional driver


  • International flights if not added

  • Meals not indicated in your itinerary

  • Local departure taxes payable locally

  • Where applicable locally payable car hire related charges

  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc

  • Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)

  • Camera or video fees at any sites

  • Travel insurance

  • Fuel

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About Us
  • Our Truly Individual Holidays allow you to choose the destinations, inclusions & budget

  • Our Escorted Small Group Tours offer fantastic itineraries, travelling with like-minded people

  • Winner of 'Best Tour Operator' at the 2019 & 2018 L.A.T.A. Achievement Awards

  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind


Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2019 - Tour Operator Of The Year Latin American Travel Association Achievement Awards 2018 - Tour Operator Of The Year

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Why book with Latin Routes?

  • Tailormake your holiday, including the destinations, inclusions and budget
  • From charming guesthouses to 5* luxury, we have a wide range of accommodation to suit you
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you to create your perfect holiday to Latin America

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  • You will be accompanied throughout by an experienced Latin Routes tour leader
  • Size does matter! This is why we keep our groups' maximum number to 16
  • Make Your Day Individual - Choose from 3 different experiences that are already included in the price

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  • We receive excellent reviews from our clients and have a fantastic score on Trustpilot.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind
  • An assured member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)

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