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Costa Rica highlights: San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal & Jaco

8 days / 7 Nights

Multi-day trip description

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

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. All transfers exceeding 2 hours will include accessible restroom stops. Please inform your guide in advance if you'll require such accommodations.

Park-inn by Radisson San Jose, Evergreen Lodge, Selva Verde Lodge, Kioro Suites & Spa, and Best Western Jaco Beach All-Inclusive Resort are the selected hotels; if the accessible room is not available at the time of your booking, we will find other similar accommodation with an accessible room that also matches your needs.

You have the option to include a Joëlette wheelchair and a beach wheelchair in your trip upon request, subject to an additional charge. Please let our travel experts know; they will gladly assist you with the arrangements.

Please note:

1. The price of this multi-day trip might be subject to changes depending on seasonality and the availability of accessible rooms. A travel expert will confirm the final details once you submit a booking request.

2. This tour does not include personalized assistance or one-on-one support for individual participants. While we strive to create an inclusive and accommodating environment, it is important to understand that participants need to be reasonably independent in order to participate in the tour fully.

3. Our tour includes walking-rollin tours, visits to tourist sites, and dining at restaurants, which may involve small physical challenges that participants should be able to manage independently or with the help of their own support person or caregiver.


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 $4040 USD / per person

*Price based on 2 travelers

Reliable accessibility information

Comprehensive planning

Personalized support

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica!

Upon arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you'll be transferred on a private accessible van to your...
Welcome to Costa Rica!

Upon arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you'll be transferred on a private accessible van to your 4-star Park Inn by Radisson San Jose Hotel. After the 25-minute ride (17.1 km), 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

Morning: After breakfast at your hotel, you'll head to La Pavona pier on an accessible van and board a boat to Tortuguero. There is no wheelchair...Morning: After breakfast at your hotel, you'll head to La Pavona pier on an accessible van and board a boat to Tortuguero. There is no wheelchair-accessible entrance to the boat, and getting off your wheelchair might be necessary since there are no safety straps. However, your guide and dock staff are available to help. This tour is not recommended for very heavy power wheelchairs; you can come along if you are ok with using a borrowed manual wheelchair.

Lunch: After enjoying the 1-hour boat ride's spectacular landscapes, you’ll arrive at Evergreen Lodge, which is wheelchair accessible. Here you will have a buffet lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, you’ll visit the sea turtle conservatory. It is a small museum that allows you to learn all about turtle species through beautifully curated exhibitions. You'll be taken back to the Evergreen Lodge to finish your day, where your accessible room will be waiting for you!

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Day 3: Sunrise animal watching + Tortuguero accessible hike

Morning:

At around 5:45, you’ll meet your guide at the hotel's private dock to depart to the Tortuguero canals. Access to this boat is a bit...
Morning:

At around 5:45, you’ll 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’ll be safely transferred.

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

Once back at the lodge, you’ll 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.

Afternoon:

Lunch will be served at the lodge, and later on, you’ll take a walk or wheel through the accessible paths of Tortuguero National Park, where you'll discover the impressive local flora and fauna. This hike lasts for about 90 minutes, and entrance tickets to the park are not included since they can only be purchased on-site.

A Joëlette wheelchair can be provided for an extra price, if required, for the most adventurous travelers wanting to go through more challenging trails.

After this hike, you’ll return to the lodge for dinner and the night.

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Day 4: Trip to Arenal

On day 4, you'll be transferred to Arenal on the accessible van. There will be accessible restroom stops along the 4-hour trip.

Upon arrival t...
On day 4, you'll be transferred to Arenal on the accessible van. There will be accessible restroom stops along the 4-hour trip.

Upon arrival to Arenal, you'll check into your guaranteed accessible room at Kioro Suites & Spa and have a good night's sleep.

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Day 5: Arenal hanging bridges + Sloth tour

Morning: 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 v...Morning: 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'll enjoy a day of at-your-own-pace adventure on the heights of the famous hanging bridges in Mistico Park (18 min / 10.7 km). The site has accessible paths!

Afternoon: You'll have a guided sloth tour strolling through an accessible trail, allowing you to explore the renowned rainforest of La Fortuna. As you embark on this journey, you'll find yourself fully immersed in the lush greenery of the rainforest. Keep your eyes alert, as there's a good chance we'll encounter the charming sloths in their natural habitat, witnessing their distinctive behaviors such as slow movements, tree climbing, and feeding.

Evening: Later, you will be transferred to Kioro Suites & Spa (14 min / 9.7 km).

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Day 6: Tarcoles river boat tour

Morning: After having breakfast at your hotel, you'll make your way to Jacó in a private accessible vehicle. The trip takes approximately 3 hours...Morning: After having breakfast at your hotel, you'll make your way to Jacó in a private accessible vehicle. The trip takes approximately 3 hours and a half (159 km). Accessible restrooms are available on the way.

Lunch: Once you arrive at the famous River Tarcoles, you'll have lunch and board an accessible boat to discover the river and see crocodiles and many birds. The boat has ramp entrances and enough space for wheelchair users to navigate comfortably.

Afternoon: After the boat tour, you’ll go to the hotel to rest (28 min / 21.5 km) 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.

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Day 7: Jacó adaptive surfing

On day 7, first thing in the morning, you’ll make your way to Jaco Beach, where you will have lunch and, optionally, get ready for your adapted s...On day 7, first thing in the morning, you’ll make your way to Jaco Beach, where you will have lunch and, optionally, get ready for your adapted surf class! Instructors will give you an extensive explanation of how to surf and safety instructions.

If you choose to have the surf lesson, the necessary equipment will be provided for a fun and safe activity; instructors are trained and always willing to help.

If you prefer to relax at the beach, a beach wheelchair is available upon request and is subject to an extra charge.

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

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Day 8: Departure

On your last day, you’ll be transferred to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in a wheelchair-accessible van. The ride is 1 hour and 30 ...On your last day, you’ll be transferred to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in a wheelchair-accessible van. The ride is 1 hour and 30 minutes long (85.6 km), and upon arrival, your driver can help with your luggage.

    What's included

  • Breakfast

  • Tour Guides

  • Assistants

  • Instructors

  • Airport transfer

  • Boat transfer

  • Accessible transportation

  • Tourist city taxes

  • Accommodation

    What's not included

  • Adaptive equipment

  • Insurance

  • 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.

  • You have the option to include a Joëlette wheelchair and a beach wheelchair in your trip upon request, subject to an additional charge. Please let our travel experts know; they will gladly assist you with the arrangements.

Policies

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