-Accommodation at 4 star hotels, breakfast included
-Excursions as mentioned with a small group
-Meals as mentioned
-Private Guide and driver on day 1 (Poás Volcano & la Paz Waterfall)
-Shared bus & boat transportation San Jose – Tortuguero on day 2
-Shared boat transportation Tortuguero – Guapiles on day 4
-Private transportation from Guapiles – Arenal on day 4
-Private guide driver on full day Arenal on day 5
-Private Jeep Boat Jeep transportation from Arenal to Monteverde 6
-Private transportation from Monteverde – Manuel Antonio on day 7
-Private transportation from Manuel Antonio – airport day 9
Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park, Tabacon Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano and more…
You’ll explore the best of Costa Rica on this 9-day tour
Your trip to Costa Rica is full of wildlife, lush scenery, and so much more
On your arrival, your private guide and driver will be waiting for you outside the terminal to take you to Poás Volcano, which has some of the world’s largest geysers with an awesome crater, over 1 mile wide. The volcano is active, but completely safe for viewing. Later, admire La Paz Waterfall Gardens which features the world’s largest butterfly observatory, hummingbird and orchid gardens and perfectly designed safe trails along the La Paz River with 5 large waterfalls. Then head to your hotel in San Jose.
Early in the morning you will depart to Tortuguero. Once you are in Tortuguero, the national park provides an excellent chance to take a close look at the wildlife. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch at the lodge in Tortuguero. In the afternoon, visit the Tortuguero village, at the north-eastern corner of the park, on a thin strip of land between the sea and the main canal where the laid-back style, the reggae roots music and the local people combines in this colorful village. At night, dinner will be served in the main restaurant of the lodge.
After your breakfast and depending on the weather conditions, enjoy a guided jungle walk to the forest or a boat tour through the Tortuguero Canals, then lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon walk along the hotels’ private trails or ride a boat through secondary canals. The park is formed by a navigable network of lakes and canals with a large variety of wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, sloths, turtles and more than 300 species of birds. Dinner will be served at the Lodge.
After your breakfast, you will be transferred by the hotel boat transportation to La Pavona dock. There, the hotel bus will be waiting for you to go to Guapiles town to have a delicious lunch at Rio Danta Restaurant. Next you will head with your private driver to Arenal area in the northern part of the Alajuela province, close to the Nicaraguan border. This region possesses beautiful and varied scenery. Refreshed by gentle tropical rains, this land stays green and humid almost all year round. The lowlands host gushing rivers, hot springs, lagoons, remote national parks, and plentiful wildlife. At the end of the day enjoy the thermal water of Tabacón resort and your dinner at the hotel.
Today your tour starts with a 2 miles hiking trip through the tropical humid forest. Pass 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long and up to 60 meters high: observe spectacular scenery of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. Then your next stop is La Fortuna Waterfall with its huge swimming hole and the large rocks nearby. Then head to the volcano, hiking through the forest to get to the places where lava use to flow, plants, wildlife and Arenal Lake. Enjoy your lunch during the tour. The afternoon is free for optional activities.
In late morning, you head towards the Santa Elena & Monteverde area. Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the islands below will accompany you as you ascend the hill to Monteverde and Santa Elena. An upward road leads to this forest-covered site whose name, “Green Mountain”, is most appropriate to introduce visitors to the wildlife sanctuary it preserves. The community, secluded on a 4594 feet-high plateau, was founded in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers. Although some of the original virgin forest was cleared for dairy farming, the founders’ environmental consciousness, with help from private organizations, led to the creation of a biological preserve that hosts one of the richest ecological systems in the country. Arriving at your hotel, you will have free time for lunch and explore the area or relax.
Later in the afternoon, you will be picked up at your hotel to enjoy a night walk experience through the cloud forest trails surrounded by thick jungle and observe sleeping birds, tarantulas, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, lizards, frogs, sloths, porcupines, white nose coatis, olingos, kinkajous, snakes and more. You will be returning at the hotel around 7:30 pm.
Start the day by walking on the hanging bridges of Monteverde, five bridges in total, the longest around 984 feet. The trails extend for slightly over 1.5 miles, making this tour accessible for everyone. You can stop at any point and admire the breathtaking landscapes. The cable platform is located at the highest point on the ridge, and forms the watershed between Pacific and Atlantic and provides a spectacular view of 360 degrees. Continue by flying, get your heart pounding with 1.7 miles of cables slung between towering trees, zip lining through ten zip line cables range in height from 130 feet meters to 300 feet and in length from 300 feet to 2400 feet. After that go to the coffee farm where you will have the opportunity to pick coffee beans and transport them to the grinding machine.
Then discover the sugarcane mill where you will be shown the process of making brown sugar and other types of products which are made from the sugarcane. Enjoy a presentation of the extraction of guaro, a Costa Rican alcohol which is also made of sugarcane. At the end of this tour you will be served a “picadillo de arracache”, a traditional vegetable dish and a cup of coffee or lemonade. After, the tour heads towards the central pacific coast where Manuel Antonio is located. Manuel Antonio is undoubtedly one of the most luxuriant locations in Costa Rica, with spectacular white-grey sandy beaches fringed by thickly forested green hills.
Free day in the area at your leisure.
According to your flight schedule, your private driver will take you to the airport.
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San Jose – Grano de Oro or similar
Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Grano de Oro Hotel is a true oasis in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel.
Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxurious plants at every turn. The hotel is also home to one of Costa Rica’s finest restaurants.
This San José hotel is ideally located for exploring San José museums and other local sites as well as for enjoying a host of day trips to the rain forest, volcanoes or experiencing the thrill of white water rafting.
Tortuguero – Mawamba Lodge
Refreshing and relaxing, exquisitely evergreen the Tortuguero canals is a must-see while in Costa Rica. Mawamba Lodge is amidst this exotic spot, its front yard is the Tortuguero canals and its backyard the Caribbean Ocean. The lodge blends with the surrounding natural richness to welcome you in this tropical sanctuary.
A unique feature of the lodge is the on-site “Mawamba Park” with two butterfly, frog and iguana gardens. Also found at the Mawamba Lodge are several relaxing areas such as the swimming pool, bar, entertainment areas (foosball, pool, and beach volleyball sand court and table games), private trails, and the cafeteria.
Arenal Volcano – Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort or similar
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort offers a selection of luxurious rooms and suites, all beautifully appointed with rich handicrafts and furnishings made by Costa Rican artisans. It is a 102 guest room Costa Rica luxury hotel located at the base of the Arenal Volcano.
The four elements of nature are present in this unique Arenal Volcano luxury hotel and resort, featuring the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region.
Monteverde – Belmar Monteverde Lodge & Gardens or similar
Located in Costa Rica’s lush cloud forest, nestled on the mountain tops of the Monteverde Reserve, the venerable, world-renowned Hotel Belmar offers its guests unique experiences full of natural wonder, elegance, and warm friendly service – all within an unprecedented sensitivity to the preservation of the environment.
With the coveted award for 5 levels of sustainability, Hotel Belmar’s commitment to the environment as well as the local community has been unyielding for over 30 years. With recent upgrades aimed at presenting an even better Hotel Belmar, guests can expect a variety of exciting new room styles, features, and amenities designed for exclusive, unforgettable comfort, quality, and experiences.
Manuel Antonio – Parador Resort & Spa or similar
A parador (stopping place) is a staple of the Spanish countryside, when old castles and convents were transformed into hostelries for weary knights and travelers. Inspired by these welcoming retreats, the Dutch Schans family opened the doors of their own parador in Costa Rica in 1995.
Today, Parador Resort & Spa is the only full-service resort located in Manuel Antonio. The range of accommodation options go from excellent to the absolutely amazing, and the resort location is second to none.
On offer is an oasis of calm with soaring views surrounded by lush rain forest, where you’ll spend your Costa Rica vacation blissfully isolated from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, but just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, miles of white sand beaches, restaurants, the local airport and the village of Quepos.
Note: Limited Availability, some hotels may not be available. Prices are per person.
Tours can be customized for any number of travelers, on any date.