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How To Save Money On Costa Rica Tours

How To Save Money On Costa Rica Tours

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 3rd, 2017.

It is a tale as old as time: traveller visits foreign country; traveller is on a budget; traveller wants to do and experience a lot; traveller looks for ways to cut corners and keep vacation costs low; traveller prioritizes trip quantity; traveller sacrifices trip quality. Fortunately, if you’re planning to visit Costa Rica (and if you are asking yourself how it might be possible to save money on Costa Rica tours without forfeiting their worth), you can rewrite your own fairy-tale ending. You can find beauty in efficient trip planning and kick beastly travel regret to the curb. You can have your happily ever after. And yes, you can obtain both quantity AND quality without overspending.

How? By opting to reserve your desired Costa Rica tours through Pura Vida! eh? Inc. Don’t believe us? No sweat! We have created seven separate three-day sample itineraries (one for each of the country’s most popular destinations) to outline how the company can help you save money on Costa Rica tours.

Sample itinerary disclaimer: We know that each traveller differs from the next in terms of their tour/activity interests, needs, abilities, and budget. For this reason, the tours/activities included on the below itineraries were selected as a result of our own tour/activity recommendations with no overarching aim to appeal to each and every traveller en route to Costa Rica. Similarly, we can appreciate that travellers may opt to visit other areas of Costa Rica beyond the seven sample destinations showcased below, and for a shorter or longer period of time than the three days. For this reason, we use the phrase “sample day tour itinerary”, not “end-all, be-all day tour itinerary”. For your information, the purpose of the below sample itineraries is not to suggest that travellers should plan to incorporate the exact same itineraries into their own vacation; the purpose is to highlight how widespread savings for Costa Rica day tours truly are (regardless of the activity type or destination location) and to show individual travellers, couples, and groups (using simple mathematics) that money can be saved on their Costa Rica day tour reservations.

[skip to our sample day tour itinerary for La Fortuna (Arenal)]

[skip to our sample day tour itinerary for Monteverde (Santa Elena)]

[skip to our sample day tour itinerary for Manuel Antonio (Quepos)]

[skip to our sample day tour itinerary for Tamarindo (Guanacaste)]

[skip to our sample day tour itinerary for Samara]

[skip to our sample day tour itinerary for Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca)]

[skip to our sample day tour itinerary for San Jose]

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La Fortuna/Arenal (photo taken by Nikki & Ricky)

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON COSTA RICA TOURS: LA FORTUNA / ARENAL

According to our sample day tour itinerary below, travellers can save $76.00 per person ($152.00 per couple, $304.00 per group of 4 adults, and so on) on their La Fortuna/Arenal day tours when the tours are reserved through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.
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Sample day tour itinerary:

Day #1: Full-day Arenal Combo Tour (Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park Tour, La Fortuna Waterfall Tour, Arenal Volcano National Park Tour, and Springs Resort Hot Springs Visit), night in La Fortuna/Arenal
Day #2: Full-day Mambo Combo Tour (Balsa River Rafting Tour and Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering Tour), night in La Fortuna/Arenal
Day #3: Morning Safari Float Tour, Afternoon Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride and Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour, night in La Fortuna/Arenal

Items included:

  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park Tour, including guide for the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park entrance fee, and transportation to/from the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
  • La Fortuna Waterfall Tour, including guide for the La Fortuna Waterfall Tour, La Fortuna Waterfall entrance fee, and transportation to/from the La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Tour, including guide for the Arenal Volcano National Park Tour, Arenal Volcano National Park entrance fee, and transportation to/from the Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Springs Resort Hot Springs Visit, including Springs Resort Hot Springs pass and transportation to/from the Springs Resort
  • Balsa River Rafting Tour, including guide for the Balsa River Rafting Tour and transportation to/from the Balsa River
  • Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering Tour, including guide for the Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering Tour and transportation to/from the Lost Canyon
  • Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride, including guide for the Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride and transportation to/from Sky Adventures’ Arenal Park
  • Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour, including guide for the Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour and transportation to/from Sky Adventures’ Arenal Park
  • Safari Float Tour (by Raft), including guide for the Safari Float Tour and transportation to/from the Safari Float river
  • 0 breakfasts (0 of the 3 days in La Fortuna/Arenal)
  • 2 lunches (2 of the 3 days in La Fortuna/Arenal)
  • 1 dinner (1 of the 3 nights in La Fortuna/Arenal)

Math to support our claim:

  • Discount earned on the Arenal Combo Tour reservation: $38.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Mambo Combo Tour reservation: $24.00 per person
  • Cash Back Savings earned on the Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride and Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour reservation: $5.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Safari Float Tour (by Raft) reservation: $9.00 per person
Total Discount earned on the reservations: $71.00 per person
Total Cash Back Savings earned on the reservations: $5.00 per person

TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY SAVED (as a result of reserving the above-mentioned La Fortuna/Arenal day tours through Pura Vida! eh? Inc.):
$76.00 PER PERSON


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Monteverde (photo taken by Nikki & Ricky)

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON COSTA RICA TOURS: MONTEVERDE

According to our sample day tour itinerary below, travellers can save $45.00 per person ($90.00 per couple, $180.00 per group of 4 adults, and so on) on their Monteverde day tours when the tours are reserved through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.
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Sample day tour itinerary:

Day #1: Morning Monteverde Reserve Birdwatching Tour, Afternoon Canopy Ziplining Tour with Butterfly Garden Visit and Hummingbird Garden Visit, night in Monteverde
Day #2: Morning Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride and Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour, Afternoon Coffee, Chocolate, and Sugarcane Tour, Evening Children’s Eternal Rainforest Bajo Del Tigre Night Tour, night in Monteverde
Day #3: Full-day Cowboy Ride (Horseback Riding), night in Monteverde

Items included:

  • Monteverde Reserve Birdwatching Tour, including guide for the Birdwatching Tour, Monteverde Reserve entrance fee, and transportation to/from the Monteverde Reserve
  • Canopy Ziplining Tour with Butterfly Garden Visit and Hummingbird Garden Visit, including guide for the Canopy Ziplining Tour, Butterfly Garden entrance fee, Hummingbird Garden entrance fee, and transportation to/from Selvatura’s Adventure Park
  • Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride, including guide for the Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride and transportation to/from Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park
  • Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour, including guide for the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour and transportation to/from Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park
  • Coffee, Chocolate, and Sugarcane Tour, including guide for the Coffee, Chocolate, and Sugarcane Tour and transportation to/from the Don Juan Farm
  • Children’s Eternal Rainforest Bajo Del Tigre Night Tour, including guide for the Night Tour, Children’s Eternal Rainforest Bajo Del Tigre entrance fee, and transportation to/from the Children’s Eternal Rainforest
  • Cowboy Ride, including guide for the Horseback Riding Tour and transportation to/from the Children’s Eternal Rainforest
  • 0 breakfasts (0 of the 3 days in Monteverde)
  • 1 lunch (1 of the 3 days in Monteverde)
  • 0 dinners (0 of the 3 nights in Monteverde)

Math to support our claim:

  • Discount earned on the Monteverde Reserve Birdwatching Tour reservation: $25.00 per person
  • Cash Back Savings earned on the Canopy Ziplining Tour with Butterfly Garden Visit and Hummingbird Garden Visit reservation: $3.00 per person
  • Cash Back Savings earned on the Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride and Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour reservation: $4.00 per person
  • Cash Back Savings earned on the Coffee, Chocolate, and Sugarcane Tour reservation: $2.00 per person
  • Cash Back Savings earned on the Children’s Eternal Rainforest Bajo Del Tigre Night Tour reservation: $1.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Cowboy Ride reservation: $10.00 per person
Total Discount earned on the reservations: $35.00 per person
Total Cash Back Savings earned on the reservations: $10.00 per person

TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY SAVED (as a result of reserving the above-mentioned Monteverde day tours through Pura Vida! eh? Inc.):
$45.00 PER PERSON


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Manuel Antonio (photo taken by Nikki & Ricky)

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON COSTA RICA TOURS: MANUEL ANTONIO

According to our sample day tour itinerary below, travellers can save $58.00 per person ($116.00 per couple, $232.00 per group of 4 adults, and so on) on their Manuel Antonio day tours when the tours are reserved through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.
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Sample day tour itinerary:

Day #1: Full-day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour and Mangrove Boat Tour Combo, night in Manuel Antonio
Day #2: Mid-day Canopy Ziplining Tour and ATV Tour Combo, night in Manuel Antonio
Day #3: Morning Surf Lesson, Afternoon Sailing, Snorkeling, & Dolphin Watching Tour night in Manuel Antonio

Items included:

  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour, including guide for the Manuel Antonio National Park Tour, Manuel Antonio National Park entrance fee, and transportation to/from the Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Mangrove Boat Tour, including guide for the Mangrove Boat Tour, Mangrove entrance fee, and transportation to/from the Mangrove
  • Canopy Ziplining Tour, including guide for the Canopy Ziplining Tour and transportation to/from Midworld Costa Rica’s Adventure Park
  • ATV Tour, including guide for the ATV Tour and transportation to/from Midworld Costa Rica’s Adventure Park
  • Surf Lesson, including instructor for the Surf Lesson and transportation to/from the beach
  • Sailing, Snorkeling, and Dolphin Watching Tour, including boat staff for the Sailing, Snorkeling, & Dolphin Watching Tour and transportation to/from the boat dock
  • 0 breakfasts (0 of the 3 days in Manuel Antonio)
  • 3 lunches (3 of the 3 days in Manuel Antonio)
  • 0 dinners (0 of the 3 nights in Manuel Antonio)

Math to support our claim:

  • Discount earned on the Manuel Antonio National Park Tour and Mangrove Boat Tour Combo reservation: $15.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Canopy Ziplining Tour and ATV Tour reservation: $25.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Surf Lesson reservation: $10.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Sailing, Snorkeling, and Dolphin Watching Tour reservation: $8.00 per person
Total Discount earned on the reservations: $58.00 per person
Total Cash Back Savings earned on the reservations: $0.00 per person

TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY SAVED (as a result of reserving the above-mentioned Manuel Antonio day tours through Pura Vida! eh? Inc.):
$58.00 PER PERSON


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Playa Tamarindo (photo taken by Nikki & Ricky)

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON COSTA RICA TOURS: TAMARINDO

According to our sample day tour itinerary below, travellers can save $40.00 per person ($80.00 per couple, $160.00 per group of 4 adults, and so on) on their Tamarindo day tours when the tours are reserved through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.
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Sample day tour itinerary:

Day #1: Full-day Buena Vista Adventure Combo Tour (Canopy Ziplining Tour, Waterslide Ride, Hot Springs Visit, and Mudbath Treatment), night in Tamarindo
Day #2: Full-day Tenorio River Rafting Tour, night in Tamarindo
Day #3: Morning Surf Lesson, Afternoon Sailing and Snorkeling Tour, night in Tamarindo

Items included:

  • Buena Vista Canopy Ziplining Tour, including guide for the Canopy Ziplining Tour and transportation to/from the Buena Vista Lodge
  • Buena Vista Waterslide Ride, including waterslide ride fee and transportation to/from the Buena Vista Lodge
  • Buena Vista Hot Springs Visit, including hot springs pass and transportation to/from the Buena Vista Lodge
  • Buena Vista Mudbath Treatment, including mudbath area access and transportation to/from the Buena Vista Lodge
  • Tenorio River Rafting Tour, including guide for the Tenorio River Rafting Tour and transportation to/from the Tenorio River
  • Surf Lesson, including instructor for the Surf Lesson and transportation to/from the beach
  • Sailing and Snorkeling Tour, including boat staff for the Sailing and Snorkeling Tour and transportation to/from the boat dock
  • 0 breakfasts (0 of the 3 days in Tamarindo)
  • 3 lunches (3 of the 3 days in Tamarindo)
  • 0 dinners (0 of the 3 nights in Tamarindo)

Math to support our claim:

  • Discount earned on the Buena Vista Adventure Combo Tour reservation: $15.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Tenorio River Rafting Tour reservation: $15.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Surf Lesson reservation: $3.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Sailing and Snorkeling Tour reservation: $7.00 per person
Total Discount earned on the reservations: $40.00 per person
Total Cash Back Savings earned on the reservations: $0.00 per person

TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY SAVED (as a result of reserving the above-mentioned Tamarindo day tours through Pura Vida! eh? Inc.):
$40.00 PER PERSON


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Playa Samara (photo taken by Nikki & Ricky)

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON COSTA RICA TOURS: SAMARA

According to our sample day tour itinerary below, travellers can save $27.00 per person ($54.00 per couple, $108.00 per group of 4 adults, and so on) on their Samara day tours when the tours are reserved through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.
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Sample day tour itinerary:

Day #1: Full-Day Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour and Guaitil Pottery Workshop Visit, night in Samara
Day #2: Morning Wildife and Birding Kayak Tour, Afternoon Stand-Up Paddle Tour, night in Samara
Day #3: Morning Ocean Safari Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching Tour, Afternoon Mountain Biking Beach and Mountain Moderate Tour, night in Samara

Items included:

  • Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour, including guide for the Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour, Palo Verde National Park entrance fee, and transportation to/from the Palo Verde National Park
  • Guaitil Pottery Workshop Visit, including guide for the Guaitil Pottery Workshop Visit and transportation to/from Guaitil
  • Wildlife and Birding Kayak Tour, including guide for the Wildlife and Birding Kayak Tour and transportation to/from the river
  • Stand-Up Paddle Tour, including guide for the Stand-Up Paddle Tour and transportation to/from the ocean bay
  • Ocean Safari Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching Tour, including boat staff for the Ocean Safari Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching Tour and transportation to/from the boat dock
  • Mountain Biking Beach and Mountain Moderate Tour, including boat staff for the Mountain Biking Beach and Mountain Moderate Tour and transportation to/from the tour start location
  • 0 breakfasts (0 of the 3 days in Samara)
  • 1 lunch (1 of the 3 days in Samara)
  • 0 dinners (0 of the 3 nights in Samara)

Math to support our claim:

  • Discount earned on the Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour and Guaitil Pottery Workshop Visit reservation: $7.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Wildlife and Birding Kayak Tour reservation: $5.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Stand-Up Paddle Tour reservation: $5.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Ocean Safari Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching Tour reservation: $5.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Mountain Biking Beach and Mountain Moderate Tour reservation: $5.00 per person
Total Discount earned on the reservations: $27.00 per person
Total Cash Back Savings earned on the reservations: $0.00 per person

TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY SAVED (as a result of reserving the above-mentioned Samara day tours through Pura Vida! eh? Inc.):
$27.00 PER PERSON


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Puerto Viejo (photo taken by Nikki & Ricky)

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON COSTA RICA TOURS: PUERTO VIEJO

According to our sample day tour itinerary below, travellers can save $24.00 per person ($48.00 per couple, $96.00 per group of 4 adults, and so on) on their Puerto Viejo day tours when the tours are reserved through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.
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Sample day tour itinerary:

Day #1: Full-day Pacuare River Rafting Tour, night in Puerto Viejo
Day #2: Mid-day Punta Uva Sea and River Kayak Tour with Hike, night in Puerto Viejo
Day #3: Mid-day Cahuita Snorkeling Tour and Rainforest Hike, night in Puerto Viejo

Items included:

  • Pacuare River Rafting Tour, including guide for the Pacuare River Rafting Tour and transportation to/from the Pacuare River
  • Punta Uva Sea and River Kayak Tour with Hike, including guide for the Punta Uva Sea and River Kayak Tour, guide for the hike, hike entrance fee, and transportation to/from Punta Uva
  • Cahuita Snorkeling Tour and Rainforest Hike, including guide for the Cahuita Snorkeling Tour and Rainforest Hike, hike entrance fee, and transportation to/from Cahuita
  • 0 breakfasts (0 of the 3 days in Puerto Viejo)
  • 1 lunch (1 of the 3 days in Puerto Viejo)
  • 0 dinners (0 of the 3 nights in Puerto Viejo)

Math to support our claim:

  • Discount earned on the Pacuare River Rafting Tour reservation: $14.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Punta Uva Sea and River Kayak Tour with Hike reservation: $5.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Cahuita Snorkeling Tour and Rainforest Hike reservation: $5.00 per person
Total Discount earned on the reservations: $24.00 per person
Total Cash Back Savings earned on the reservations: $0.00 per person

TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY SAVED (as a result of reserving the above-mentioned Puerto Viejo day tours through Pura Vida! eh? Inc.):
$24.00 PER PERSON


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San Jose (photo taken by Nikki & Ricky)

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON COSTA RICA TOURS: SAN JOSE

According to our sample day tour itinerary below, travellers can save $44.00 per person ($88.00 per couple, $176.00 per group of 4 adults, and so on)  on their San Jose day tours when the tours are reserved through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated.
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Sample day tour itinerary:

Day #1: Full-day San Jose Combo Tour (Doka Estate Coffee Tour, Poas Volcano Tour, and La Paz Waterfall and Gardens Tour), night in San Jose
Day #2: Full-day Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping Tour, night in San Jose
Day #3: Full-day Pacuare River Rafting Tour, night in San Jose

Items included:

  • Doka Estate Coffee Tour, including guide for the Coffee Tour and transportation to/from the Doka Estate
  • Poas Volcano National Park Tour, including guide for the Poas Volcano National Park Tour, Poas Volcano National Park entrance fee, and transportation to/from the Poas Volcano National Park
  • La Paz Waterfall and Gardens Tour, including guide for the La Paz Waterfall and Gardens, La Paz Waterfall and Gardens entrance fee, and transportation to/from the La Paz Waterfall and Gardens
  • Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping Tour, including guide for the Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping Tour and transportation to/from the waterfalls
  • Pacuare River Rafting Tour, including guide for the Pacuare River Rafting Tour and transportation to/from the Pacuare River
  • 0 breakfasts (0 of the 3 days in San Jose)
  • 3 lunches (3 of the 3 days in San Jose)
  • 1 dinner (1 of the 3 nights in San Jose)

Math to support our claim:

  • Discount earned on the San Jose Combo Tour reservation: $15.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping Tour reservation: $15.00 per person
  • Discount earned on the Pacuare River Rafting Tour reservation: $14.00 per person
Total Discount earned on the reservations: $44.00 per person
Total Cash Back Savings earned on the reservations: $0.00 per person

TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY SAVED (as a result of reserving the above-mentioned San Jose day tours through Pura Vida! eh? Inc.):
$44.00 PER PERSON


QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: How much does cost influence your choice of vacation day tours?

Pura vida!

Nikki and Ricky

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2 thoughts on “How To Save Money On Costa Rica Tours”

  • Hello
    Looking at Monteverde and Manuel Antonio packages ; I see the saving but not the price . Where can I get that ?

    • Adriana Leon –

      Thank you so much for your interest!

      To obtain the price (i.e., the cost of the individual tours/activities included with each of the sample itinerary packages listed above), simply click on the name of any tour as described within the package description. Doing so will take you to the specific page where the tour/activity is described in more detail, and on that page you will find the total cost for the tour/activity, as well as our total discount or cash back savings amount available.

      For example, with respect to the sample itinerary provided above for Manuel Antonio, under “Day #1” you will see the text “Manuel Antonio National Park Tour and Mangrove Boat Tour Combo” written in italics and a dark green. If you click on that text, the link will open a new page where the exact tour price can be found. To obtain the total cost of the entire sample itinerary for Manuel Antonio, simply click on the links of the tours/activities included with the itinerary and add up the cost of each.

      Pura vida! 🙂

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