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Costa Rica, a small country in Central America, is known worldwide for its biodiversity.  It is accessible to all, however, accompanied by our local team specialising in 4x4 tours we will go to places virtually inaccessible to most visitors.

In Costa Rica, we do not count distance in kilometres or time but with landscapes, animals and people seen along the way.  There are active volcanoes such as the Turrialba or the Arenal, paradise beaches like those of the Pacific coast, national parks with Costa Rica’s interesting and beautiful wildlife and many off the beaten track experiences that will make unforgettable memories.  

Costa Rica, which is one of the smallest countries in Central America (only 51,100 km²) but produces 99% of its electricity with five renewable energy resources.   It is the habitat of more than 4.7% of the planet's biodiversity.  It has one of the five areas on the planet known to have the longest living people (Nicoya Peninsula).    

Highlights: Listen to the songs of the tropical jungle and encounter Costa Rica’s extraordinary wildlife and birdlife in the national parks; enjoy the relaxing beaches; travel the famous Pan-American Highway (the "Costanera" - a road that runs along the Pacific Coast); explore through the countryside and the mountains to small towns; and visit with indigenous people.


2 people per 4x4 (double/twin share room):  USD8,895*per person

1 additional person in 4x4 (single accommodation): USD7,360*per person

2 additional people per 4x4 (double/twin share room): USD6,090*per person

Single accommodation surcharge:  USD1,270 for tour 

Solo Traveller in escort 4x4 (single accommodation): USD7,360 per person - please discuss if this is a driving or non-driving seat for your selected tour dates

*Prices assume a minimum of 4 vehicles (plus support vehicles) and 8 people (plus support staff), maximum of 7 vehicles (plus support vehicles).  2021 pricing is estimated only and will be confirmed in early 2020.   Prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations – please see terms and conditions for all booking conditions.



07 April to 03 May, 2020exploratory adventure 1 car available

29 Oct – 24 Nov, 2020: cars available


08 Apr – 04 May, 2021: cars available

29 Oct – 24 Nov, 2021: cars available


Have your own group?  We can tailor your trip.


Arrival and departure transfers, vehicle hire (Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 150 or Toyota Fortuner or similar),  vehicle insurance (standard), two-way radio in vehicle, all hotels (including hotel taxes), meals as per itinerary (all breakfasts, most dinners and many lunches – there are only around 15 meals not included in the itinerary), escort vehicle, Self Drive Adventures escort, local English/Spanish/French speaking tour guide, activities as listed in itinerary.  First aid kit and recovery equipment in the escort car.


Airfares return to Costa Rica (approx. AUD2,500 from Australia), fuel (approx. USD300 per car), alcoholic drinks, meals other than stated in the itinerary (all breakfasts, most dinners and many lunches – there are only around 15 meals not included in the itinerary), taxes of any eventual passage (e.g. crossing to private property), local tips, travel insurance, Costa Rica departure tax approx. USD29, vehicle excess, activities over and above those detailed in the suggested itinerary (if you chose to do every additional activity budget approx. USD530 per person – activities can be from USD20 to USD95 per activity), visas (if required), immunisations (if required) and any personal expenses.  Note that accommodation or vehicle upgrades are not possible on this trip.


Car excess and car rental terms and conditions below.


Basic Mandatory Protection:

Basic Mandatory Protection must be purchased along with the rent of the vehicle. The mandatory protection entitles the client a maximum deductible of US $ 1,200 over damages caused to the rented vehicle (CDW Collision damage waiver). The client is entitled to a minimum deductible of US $300 or 20% of total value of all damages caused to third party property (LDW Liability Damage Waiver). Car theft has a fixed total  deductible of US$5,000 for our regular fleet, and US$10,000 for our Premium fleet. Rescue and towing services are not included.

Cero Deductible C.D.W. / L.D.W. Protection / Accessories & Road Assistance:

Optional and additional protection that can be purchased in combination with the basic mandatory protection. Entitles the client to a cero deductible C.D.W. and L.D.W. coverage over all damages caused to the rented vehicle (CDW Collision damage waiver), or third party property (LDW Liability Damage Waiver) and covers in case of theft. It also covers accessories such as damaged or cut rims, hoops, antenna, car radio,  lateral glasses, windshield. Rescue and towing services are included.