Costa Rica Highlights: Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Jaco & Arenal

10 days / 9 Nights

Costa Rica Highlights: Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Jaco & Arenal
The accessible van has a wheelchair lift
A wheelchair user accesses the van through the wheelchair lift
Adapted surfing lessons
Park Inn by Radisson San Jose

Multi-day trip description

On this extensive and complete multi-day trip to Costa Rica, you will visit Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Jaco, and Arenal, all places where you will discover this peaceful country, one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. National park trekking, unique flora and fauna sightseeing, local cooking classes, and adaptative surfing lessons are part of your itinerary. Costa Rican people are friendly and welcoming and always willing to help, making it...On this extensive and complete multi-day trip to Costa Rica, you will visit Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Jaco, and Arenal, all places where you will discover this peaceful country, one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. National park trekking, unique flora and fauna sightseeing, local cooking classes, and adaptative surfing lessons are part of your itinerary. Costa Rican people are friendly and welcoming and always willing to help, making it a superb destination to spend a family vacation.

This multi-day trip was designed with accessibility in mind. Your comfort and safety are our priorities! All guaranteed accessible rooms are equipped with a roll-in shower, and an accessible van fitted with a wheelchair lift will do all transfers between destinations and activities. Park-inn by Radisson San Jose, Evergreen Lodge, Selva Verde Lodge, and Kioro Suites & Spa are the selected hotels; if the accessible room is not available at the time of your booking, we will find another similar accommodation with an accessible room that also matches your needs.

The price of this multi-day trip can be subject to changes depending on seasonality and the availability of accessible rooms. Our travel experts will give you an official quotation when you request your booking. Please get in touch with us for any special requirements and learn more detailed information about your itinerary below.


Accessibility. What to expect?

  • Assistance

    Tour Guides/ Staff have been trained by Wheel the World to provide assistance to people with disabilities during the Multi-day Trip

    Guides/ Staff members have experience assisting people with disabilities

  • Transportation

    Transportation is wheelchair accessible

  • Bathrooms

    Accessible bathrooms at multiple stops during the Multi-day Trip

  • Places

    Places visited are all wheelchair accessible and can be navigated independently

  • Equipment

    Adaptive equipment is included and two people assisting are needed

From $4560 USD / per person

*Price based on 2 travelers

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica thumbnail

Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival at San Jose Airport, you will be transferred on a private accessible van to your 5-star Park Inn by Radisson ...Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival at San Jose Airport, you will be transferred on a private accessible van to your 5-star Park Inn by Radisson San Jose Hotel. Your guaranteed accessible room equipped with a roll-in shower will be waiting for you.

Stay:

Park Inn by Radisson San Jose
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Day 2: Trip to Tortuguero

On day 2, you will have an early morning and make your way to Tortuguero island. During the 90-minute transfer, you will pass through the Braulio...On day 2, you will have an early morning and make your way to Tortuguero island. During the 90-minute transfer, you will pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. You will also stop by the Evergreen rest center to enjoy a typical Costa Rican “Tico” breakfast. While you are there, remember to look around, as there might be sloths in the trees!

After breakfast, you will head to La Pavona pier to board a boat to Tortuguero. Getting to the dock currently requires some assistance for wheelchair users. An accessible path is being worked on. Dock staff will assist; remember that people in Costa Rica are genuinely kind, warm, and happy to help.

The boat ride lasts about one hour, and the water is very calm. On the way, you will enjoy beautiful landscapes and might see crocodiles, iguanas, monkeys, and plenty of different bird species. You will arrive at Evergreen Lodge, where your guaranteed accessible room for the next 3 nights will be waiting for you. Here, you will have a lunch buffet.

After lunch, you will visit the town of Tortuguero. It is a very picturesque and small town. The tour lasts about 90 minutes, during which you can have ice cream, discover the views of the seashore and purchase local souvenirs if you so wish. Accessible public toilets are available.

Afterward, you will return to the lodge on the accessible van to have dinner, rest, and spend the night.

Day 3: Sunrise animal watching + Tortuguero accessible hike thumbnail

Day 3: Sunrise animal watching + Tortuguero accessible hike

Around 5:45, you will meet your guide at the hotel's private dock to depart to the Tortuguero canals. Access to this boat is a bit difficult for...Around 5:45, you will meet your guide at the hotel's private dock to depart to the Tortuguero canals. Access to this boat is a bit difficult for wheelchair users, but with the help of lodge and dock staff, who have been trained to help, you will be safely transferred.

During this 90-minute journey through the Tortuguero canals, you will see all kinds of animals: birds, iguanas, monkeys, alligators, and sloths, among others. This trip will highly probably be one of the highlights of your vacation!

Once back at the lodge, you will have breakfast and free time to rest. The lodge boasts a swimming pool with a ramp and a wheelchair. It offers a delightful spot for a break.

Lunch will be served at the lodge, and later on, you will take a walk through the accessible paths of Tortuguero, where you will discover the impressive local flora and fauna. This hike lasts for about 90 minutes. A Joëlette wheelchair can be provided, if required, for the most adventurous travelers wanting to go through more challenging trails.

After this hike, you will return to the lodge to have dinner and spend the night.

Day 4: Sarapiquí guided tour thumbnail

Day 4: Sarapiquí guided tour

On day 4, you will start the day with breakfast and then check out of the lodge. You will navigate for 1 hour on a boat and then continue your jo...On day 4, you will start the day with breakfast and then check out of the lodge. You will navigate for 1 hour on a boat and then continue your journey in an accessible van towards Sarapiquí for 2 hours. You will stop by for lunch and be able to use accessible toilets on the way.

Upon arrival, the 4-star Selva Verde Lodge offers accessible bedrooms equipped with roll-in showers, however, even though the accesses are adapted, the inclinations can be a little high, and travelers using manual wheelchairs will need help a bit of help to be pushed. Also, the restaurant has two floors, but only one is accessible.

At 4:00 PM, you will start your trek from the lodge. It lasts about 1 hour and consists of an easy path, with few steps. You will be accompanied by an expert guide in animal sightings at all times to offer an excellent opportunity to discover the local flora and fauna. The most significant difficulty is crossing a bridge that moves a lot and is narrow, but your guide will always be there to assist you.

Later, you will be transferred to your accessible room at Selva Verde Lodge.

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Day 5: Arenal Organic Farm + Cooking Lesson

On day 5, after having breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Arenal on a private accessible van and continue your day in Vida Campes...On day 5, after having breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Arenal on a private accessible van and continue your day in Vida Campesina, where you will take a cooking class and visit their organic Farm.

It will begin with an introduction to the place and everything that grows on their Farm, and you will make a toast at the end of the experience with some cane extract. The typical Costa Rican lunch you prepare will be unique and delicious!

Afterward, you will check in to 5-star Kioro Suites & Spa, where your guaranteed accessible room equipped with a roll-in shower will be waiting for you. You can have some free time at the hotel in the afternoon or explore outdoors if you prefer!

Day 6: Arenal Hanging Bridges + Zip-line thumbnail

Day 6: Arenal Hanging Bridges + Zip-line

On day 6, after having breakfast at the hotel, it will be time for you to head to the treetops! With impressive views of the lake and the Arenal ...On day 6, after having breakfast at the hotel, it will be time for you to head to the treetops! With impressive views of the lake and the Arenal volcano, you will enjoy a day of real adventure on the heights of the famous hanging bridges.

You will also have a zip-lining experience, a truly exhilarating experience that is very safe at the same time. The guides are highly trained and have vast experience in the adapted zip-line, and adapted equipment and assistance are provided to whoever needs it. The place is 100% accessible, with adapted restrooms and accesses so everyone can experience the unbounded excitement.

Later, you will be transferred to Kioro Suites & Spa.

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Day 7: Tarcoles river boat tour

On day 7, after having breakfast at your hotel, you will make your way to Jacó in a private accessible vehicle. The trip takes approximately 3 ho...On day 7, after having breakfast at your hotel, you will make your way to Jacó in a private accessible vehicle. The trip takes approximately 3 hours 30. Accessible bathrooms are available on the way.

Once arrive at the famous River Tarcoles, you will have lunch and then board an accessible boat to discover the river and see crocodiles and a large variety of birds. Both the boat and dock are fully accessible.

After the boat tour, you will go to the hotel to rest and enjoy the all-inclusive facilities and services Best Western Jaco Beach All-inclusive Resort offers, your accommodation for the next 3 days. Your accessible room equipped with a roll-in shower is guaranteed.

Day 8: Jacó adaptive surfing thumbnail

Day 8: Jacó adaptive surfing

On day 8, first thing in the morning, you will make your way to Jaco beach, where you will have lunch and get ready for your adapted surf class! ...On day 8, first thing in the morning, you will make your way to Jaco beach, where you will have lunch and get ready for your adapted surf class! Instructors will give you an extensive explanation of how to surf and safety instructions.

The necessary equipment will be provided for a fun and safe activity, and instructors are trained and always willing to help.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Best Western Jaco Beach All-inclusive Resort.

Day 9: Jacó Manuel Antonio National Park thumbnail

Day 9: Jacó Manuel Antonio National Park

On this 9, you will go to Manuel Antonio National Park for a hike. Depending on your adventurousness, you can use an accessible trail or the Joël...On this 9, you will go to Manuel Antonio National Park for a hike. Depending on your adventurousness, you can use an accessible trail or the Joëlette trekking wheelchair to go via less accessible paths. Whatever trail you choose, you can observe an extensive range of animals.

Later, you can go to the beach and swim in the sea. While there, you might be able to spot animals such as monkeys and raccoons, which can be pretty daring and get relatively close to tourists. An amphibious beach wheelchair will be available for whoever needs it.

Afterward, you will go to Best Western Jaco Beach All-Inclusive Resort, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

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Day 10: Departure

On your last day, you will be transferred to the airport in a wheelchair-accessible van. If you want an activity for this day, please get in touc...On your last day, you will be transferred to the airport in a wheelchair-accessible van. If you want an activity for this day, please get in touch with our travel experts, who will happily arrange one for you depending on your flight time.

    What's included

  • Breakfast

  • Tour Guides

  • Assistants

  • Instructors

  • Adaptive equipment

  • Airport transfer

  • Boat transfer

  • Accessible transportation

  • Accommodation

    What's not included

  • Insurance

  • City taxes

  • Tourist city taxes

  • Gratuities

  • International flights

  • Domestic flights

Important information

  • The same price applies to all travelers. Please select the number of travelers with and without disabilities when booking on our website.

  • Please note that the price featured is the lowest price available based on 2 people traveling. Please get in touch with our travel experts to know what rates apply for your traveling dates / number of participants.

  • This trip can be arranged for customers traveling by themselves. Assistants and trained guides will be hired to assist and help out with the logistics needed.

  • Spoken language(s): English, Spanish.

  • Travel insurance is not included but an appropriate insurance based on your personal needs is highly recommended.

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