Costa Rica — 7 Day Itinerary : Wildlife, Adventure & Relaxation

This post is part of our week in Costa Rica.

Here's our 7 day itinerary for our epic week-long trip to Costa Rica, which was generously organised by the Costa Rica Tourist Board and British Airways for the entirety of this trip so we would like to thank them for these experiences.

Our trip started in style and luxury as we travelled in Club World direct from London Gatwick to San José. 

Day 1: Arrive into San José, check-in at Hotel Grano de Oro and head out on foot into the city centre. Evening meal at the hotel. 

Hotel Grano de Oro, San José in Costa Rica.

Day 2: Visit Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens, Sarchi and explore a little of San José centre. Beer tasting with Carpe Chepe and evening meal at Luna Roja. 

Costa Rica

Day 3: Fly to Tortuguero and breakfast at Pachira Lodge. Visit the Tortuguero village, relax in the hotel pool during the afternoon. Night-time turtle nesting tour

Costa Rica

Day 4: Early morning boat tour to seek out wildlife, breakfast back at the lodge. Leave the hotel and travel by road to La Fortuna. Check-in at Nayara Resort, Spa and Gardens. Dine at the hotel. 

Arenal volcano in Costa Rica

Day 5: Breakfast at Nayara, head out for Sky Adventures. Sky Tram, ziplining and Sky Walk before lunch at the restaurant there. After lunch return for a little hotel time, then drive to Tabacon Hot Springs for super relax and an epic buffet. 

Costa Rica

Day 6: Visit La Fortuna waterfall shortly after breakfast and drive to San Ramón where we checked into Villa Blanca Cloud Forest. Beer tasting evening and our final Costa Rican feast! 

La Fortuna Waterfall in Costa Rica

Day 7: A pre-breakfast hike around the hotel trail with a post-breakfast tour of the grounds. Depart for the airport. At the airport we were able to use the lounge (don't forget we were flying Club World so the holiday hadn't quite finished yet!) and of course we were well looked after on our 11 hour return flight. 

Villa Blanca in Costa Rica.

Our advice for anyone thinking about making a trip to Costa Rica: DO IT. And stay for longer... Our highlights were definitely Tortuguero and the Tabacon Hot Springs. We'd also LOVE to see the cloud forest for much longer so that we could see it live up to it's name. Costa Rica is the wildest, greenest and most-food-on-a-plate-iest place that we've been so far and the country has absolutely stolen our hearts. 


Pura vida is a saying that we heard alot; it's a greeting, a 'thank you' and a thing that you say to fill any gaps anywhere. It means 'pure life' and as far as we can understand it's a very good thing. We read somewhere that it's the notion of doing a good deed without expecting anything in return - altruism I guess, but in Costa Rica (or at least the bits of it we saw) it is something that is definitely practised on a daily basis.


During our trip we were looked after by our driver Hernán and our guide Erick who worked for a company called Costa Rican Trails. They organise tours and facilitate holidays of a lifetime in Costa Rica and the surrounding countries. In our opinion, Erick and Hernán made our week the incredible week that it was. Hernán drove us everywhere, pulled as close as he could when the rain was pouring and kept us laughing at his refusal to speak English the way that we did. Erick on the other hand spoke impeccable English and smoothed many restaurant transitions by negotiating vegetarian courses for me (being a veggie always brings fun challenges in other countries!) and had sooooo much knowledge to share. Not only did he know most of the answers to our questions about the flora and fauna of the country, but he cared about it too and was genuinely interested in what we had to say/show him of our plants back home. Once he knew what we were interested in he would show us more too and that we really valued. If you can get a guide, we would wholeheartedly recommend it. It will elevate your experience undoubtedly.