In this adventurous 18-day camping combo trip you will get to know Costa Rica from a unique perspective: From the tent on the roof of your 4×4 car! As a part of this trip you will be camping in Costa Rica with your own off-road vehicle.
You decide what your view and surroundings will be! Do you want to wake up at a tropical beach or do you prefer to park your camping vehicle in the jungle or next to a volcano? It’s all possible! Because all camping gear is included, you don’t have to worry about bringing or buying any of this yourself. It is recommended to opt for this adventure during the Costa Rican summer season.
This trip is all about exploring and relaxing. It does not only consist of camping, yet it combines camping with stays in comfortable, small scale hotels and eco lodges in the abundant nature of Costa Rica.
From Alajuela you will travel north, where you can discover clear blue rivers and waterfalls. Then you will set sail for the beautiful beaches of Guanacaste, which one will you choose? After this adventurous beginning, it’s time for the switch. The other rental car will take you to one of Costa Rica’s (literal) highlights: a stay in the mountains and cloud forest of Monteverde. Hike the suspension bridges or fly over the cloud forest on a zipline tour! You will continue down the coast all the way to the south, where you certainly won’t get bored. Through the beautiful mountains you travel back towards the capital where you end your vacation.
The first night of this trip you will stay in a cozy hotel in Alajuela. The stylish pool in the beautiful garden ensure that you can enjoy Costa Rica from the first moment.
Our driver will wait for you and take you to your first night. In your hotel in Alajuela you can enjoy a delicious dinner, this ensures a relaxing start to the trip.
Once you’ve finished your breakfast, it is time for adventure!
The next 7 nights you will be driving a 4×4 with a rooftop tent. Before you head off, you will get instructions on how to use the rooftop tent and all camping materials. You only have to bring your own suit case, since all the necessities for a camping trip are included in the rental!
So, all you have to think about is where you want to go! You get to decide for yourself, although we are happy to give you some advice if you require.
From Alajuela you can travel north for the famous destination of La Fortuna, here there is plenty to do! Then travel further toward Guanacaste. This region is known for its countless number of beautiful beaches, tropical dry forests and several national parks. You can wild camp there but there are also many campsites. Since the weather is usually dry and warm, it is a perfect region for camping!
In Liberia, you will finish this part of the adventure and travel on with another rental car.
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In Liberia, it is time for the switch. Here you will receive a comfortable rental car with which you will travel to Monteverde. This is literally and figuratively one of Costa Rica’s highlights!
Monteverde is a famous mountain village at an altitude of about 1400 meters. What makes the area so unique is the mystical cloud forest in which Monteverde is surrounded. Explore the forest on a scenic walk across suspension bridges strung between the treetops. Or fly through the forest like a real Superman on a zipline tour!
Also enjoy the delicious coffee, chocolate milk and cheese, which are real specialties from the area!
After the cool climate of Monteverde, head back to tropical temperatures. Dominical is a small village on the South Pacific and a true surfer’s paradise. Besides the good waves for (beginning) surfers, Dominical is also known for the Nauyaca waterfalls and the nature tours at Hacienda Baru.
You can learn to surf there or just enjoy the beautiful beaches. Between the beach of Dominical and the city of San Isidro you will find the beautiful waterfalls of Nauyaca. You can reach this place after a brisk walk or on horseback (8 kilometers). The lovely fresh water at the foot of the waterfall is a perfect start to your day!
Kayaking, SUP’ing and rafting are other adventurous activities you can do here. The marine national park Marino Ballena in Uvita is also worth a visit for a boat trip at sea. You can see dolphins there all year round and between mid-July and mid-November and from mid-December to April you also have a chance of spotting humpback whales.
In the village of Sierpe you will leave your car today. From here you will depart by boat to Drake Bay. The boat trip is an adventure in itself! You sail through the mangroves of Sierpe then you go out into the open sea towards Drake Bay. With a little luck you will see dolphins during the trip at sea and in season even whales!
Drake Bay is a beautiful bay near the unique Corcovado National Park. Located in the south on the Osa Peninsula, this park is one of Costa Rica’s most isolated nature reserves. This unique piece of tropical rainforest is home to ecosystems found nowhere else in the world and thus you will encounter animals that are almost impossible to find in their natural habitat in the rest of Costa Rica, such as the tapir, anteater, puma, jaguar and ocelots.
From Drake Bay you can take a guided hiking tour in Corcovado. Around the uninhabited island of Isla de Caño you can do beautiful snorkeling and diving.
Today you will drive to the foot of Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica. Its beautiful name means “the land of eternal water. This is because of the many crystal clear rivers that meander through the landscape. The patches of mist from the cloud forest give the area a fairy-tale atmosphere.
If you love hiking and waterfalls, the Cloudbridge private reserve is worth a visit. It is one of the few cloud forests in Costa Rica. The views in the park are breathtaking and together with the large amount of birds you will hear here makes your stay here a special experience. In the reserve you can look for, among others, the beautifully colored quetzal and its cousin the trogon.
A visit to the hidden gardens and the small cheese factory is great fun. The farmer has his own cows (which you can help milk if you like) and makes cheese every day which he sells at the local market.
It’s time to make a toast together one more time to the adventures you’ve had. You will conclude your trip in San Jose, on the day of departure our driver will pick you up for the transfer to the airport.
If you still like to explore, you can take a stroll through the lively city center. There is plenty to do here during the day and you can find all kinds of things. A visit to one of the markets is highly recommended.
In the evening you can get acquainted with the Barrio Escalante district, where you can meet the hip Costa Ricans and choose from many restaurants.