Costa Rica Adventure

8 Nights/9 Days

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Trip highlights

  • Arenal

  • San Jose

  • Poas Volcano National Park

  • Monteverde

  • Tamarindo

  • Canopy Tour

  • Pristine Rainforest

  • Incredible Wildlife 

Day 1

Arrive (Costa Rica)- transfer to San Jose

 

Welcome to Costa Rica!

Transfer from airport to your hotel.

Rest of day at leisure

Overnight in San Jose :

Crowne Plaza

Day 2

San Jose - Arenal area

After breakfast at the hotel, take the shuttle to the Arenal area. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit Poas Volcano National Park and also have a nice lunch while enjoying the panoramic views of the Hule Lagoon.

One of the attractive features about this volcano is that you can get all the way to the edge of the crater. A 600 meter trail leads to a spectacular lookout where visitors can observe the main crater with its constant fumaroles. Another trail leads to Botos Lagoon, an old crater filled with cold and crystal clear water. Poás Volcano National Park was created on January 25th, 1971 to protect the wildlife and important water resources.

This beautiful lagoon (Laguna Hule) is located at the base of the Cerro Congo Volcano, 11 km from the famous Poas Volcano. This area is renowned for its excellent trekking trails due to the variety of scenery and terrain, from clay, to dirt, volcanic rock, and grasslands in a rainforest at 800 m above sea level.

Afternoon/Evening at leisure

Overnight in Arenal :

Arenal Manoa

(Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 3

Arenal

Breakfast at the hotel

Today a shared tour of the Arenal Volcano National Park & Hot Springs.

Lunch or Dinner dependant on time at Hot Springs.

 

Overnight in Arenal :

Arenal Manoa

(Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner)

Details

Arenal

Breakfast at your hotel. Shared tour to Arenal Volcano National Park and Hot Springs (entrance fee, lunch or dinner included).

 

On this hike along the trails of Arenal National Park we will enter the tropical forest and areas which were once devastated by the fury of the volcano. During the hike, it is possible to see a great variety of flora and fauna. We will also observe the lava slides of 1992, a large accumulation of solidified volcanic material ejected during the very active period of that year. On clear days, you will enjoy incredible views of the impressive Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, the Tilarán mountain range, and Cerro Chato. The guide will give interesting information about the main characteristics of the volcano, which has been active since 1968 and many other details about flora and fauna.

 

After this hike, you will have the opportunity to relax in the hot springs of Paradise Hot Springs. These waters are naturally heated by the Arenal Volcano and are pure and without any kind of added chemicals. They are rain waters that are filtered through the earth, circulating through different depths, gathering minerals and gaining temperature when making contact with very hot materials. Paradise Hot Spring’s water is Hyperthermal water of mild mineralisation with sodium chloride, magnesium and sulfates and it also contains a high proportion of calcium and bicarbonates. To boost the water’s beneficial properties, the different pools and Jacuzzis have hydromassage for different body muscle groups.

Lunch or dinner (depending on the hour) is included in the hot springs’ restaurant.

Overnight in Arenal :

Arenal Manoa

(Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner)

Day 4

Arenal - Monteverde

 

After breakfast we take a shared boats transfer vis Arenal Lake to Monteverde

Afternoon & Evening at leisure

Overnight in Monteverde :

Belmar Monteverde

(Breakfast)

Details

 

Arenal - Monteverde

 

Breakfast in the hotel. Shared boat transfer via Arenal Lake to Monteverde. Duration: 3 hours approx.

 

This service, half tour half transfer, is a picturesque and fast way to go to Monteverde from Arenal Volcano area. After a 30 minute ride to the dam, you will board a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat. After crossing the lake, (a 30 to 40 minutes boat ride), you will arrive to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side.

Arenal Lake is the largest and the most important lake in Costa Rica. It was man made in 1974 to provide hydroelectric energy for the country. The lake is also a place where you can find different kinds of resident and migratory birds; sometimes mammals such as monkeys and sloths can be seen. In addition, on a clear day, there are great views of the Arenal Volcano. Once at Río Chiquito, a bus will take passengers to the selected hotel in Monteverde.

 

Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, having 4% of all the known species of plants and animals in only 0.04% the earth's surface. Due to its altitudinal variation and climatic factors that vary between the Pacific and Caribbean slopes, Monteverde is perhaps one of the richest regions in the country where there are 3,021 known species including a total of 755 species of trees.

 

The town of Monteverde, located at the south end of the cloud forest, had its beginnings in the early 1950s with the impetus of a group of Quakers from the United States, a group that came to Costa Rica attracted by its pacific inclinations and disarmament. They established themselves in the region and devoted themselves to produce milk and quality cheeses. Monteverde is located 172 kilometers northeast of San José. The climate is template and humid, with an average of 17oC (60oF). Nights are cool and sometimes even cold, especially when the trade winds blow.

Afternoon & Evening at leisure

Overnight in Monteverde :

Belmar Monteverde

(Breakfast)

Day 5

Monteverde

Breakfast in the hotel.

 

In the morning, Adventure Combo Tour in Selvatura, including Canopy Tour, Suspension Bridges, visit to the Butterfly Garden, and transportation.

Selvatura Park is a cloud forest conservation project where a wide variety of tours are hosted. Visitors can glide through cables and zip lines through the cloud forest or take the Treetop Walkways consisting of a 3-kilometre trail and eight different bridges. The park also has a butterfly garden hosting more than 50 different species of butterflies and a hummingbird garden, a treat for photography lovers and a spectacular show for anyone who loves nature. There is also an Education Center with a large private insect collection, property of world famous entomologist Dr. Richard Whitten. A Cloud Forest History walk teaches visitors about the natural history of Monteverde and all about the cloud forest ecosystem.

Afternoon/Evening at leisure

Overnight in Monteverde :

Belmar Monteverde

(Breakfast)

Day 6 to 7

Monteverde - Tamarindo Beach

After breakfast in the hotel we take the shuttle transfer to Tamarindo Beach (Approx 5 hrs).

Tamarindo Beach, located on the Pacific coast, is part of a bay formed by a cape where Playa Grande lies to the North of it, inside the bay. The two beaches are separated by a large mangrove estuary, Estero de Tamarindo. South of Tamarindo there is another beautiful estuary, Estero de San Francisco, and beautiful Playa Langosta. These beaches and estuaries are part of Las Baulas National Park. Most of the native people are descendants of the Chorotega Indians who for many centuries were isolated by the challenging surrounding terrain. While the cultivation and export of coffee and bananas has long fueled most of Costa Rica’s economy, this region stands apart. Due to its drier climate and sprawling geography, this area has instead developed a prosperous cattle industry. Dating back to Colonial times, the proud ranching tradition fostered a Hacienda System of land ownership which enabled the local Indian population to share in the region’s economy. Nowadays, although the cattle trade still flourished, tourism is now Guanacaste’s most thriving industry.
 

Evening at leisure 

2 Nights in Tamarindo Beach :

Cala Luna

(Breakfast)

Day 8

Tamarindo beach - San Jose

After breakfast around noon we take the shuttle transfer back to San Jose for your last night.

Overnight in San Jose :

Crowne Plaza

(B&B)

Day 9

Last day and transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport

Morning at leisure - then private transfer to the Airport.

Departure - We recommend that you arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight (or 2 hours if travelling business class). Your departure time will be given to you by your chauffeur guide. It is recommended that you check in online for your departure flight so that you can avoid long queues at the airport check in counters. On line check in is available for most airlines 24 hours before your flight. Your hotel will be able to help you with this if necessary. We wish you a pleasant journey back home or to your next destination.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £ 1125  Per person based on twin share basis, subject to exchange rates.

With all international and domestic flights prices from approx £1665 per person

Price includes

  • Services of English speaking guide(s) as per itinerary

  • Private arrival and departure transfers

  • Shuttle transfers as specified

  • Meals included as indicated

  • Guided visits as indicated

  • Hotels shown are subject to availability & can change

  • ATOL protection (When taking international flights)

Additional Extra's

  • International & connecting flights home

  • Additional unscheduled excursions

  • Departure tax from Costa Rica Airport approx US$29

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties