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Costa RicaAdventure in the tropics

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Costa Rica is also known as the world´s happiest country! Located on the Central American isthmus between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica offers a unique environment in the world. Life expectancy (78.5 years in average) is higher than its neighbors and it's very proud of having no army since 1948 ! In Costa Rica the motto is "Pura Vida" : people live happily at a smooth pace. But this does not me...

Costa Rica is also known as the world´s happiest country! Located on the Central American isthmus between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica offers a unique environment in the world. Life expectancy (78.5 years in average) is higher than its neighbors and it's very proud of having no army since 1948 ! In Costa Rica the motto is "Pura Vida" : people live happily at a smooth pace. But this does not mean that nothing is happening in the country. On the contrary! Since sustainable development became a priority, economical dynamism, entrepreneurship, and research & development are particularly highlighted for an essential purpose : to develop all the ways needed to protect the environment. For the traveler, it means preserved jungles, spectacular volcanoes, wild and isolated beaches. What a treat, hey! 

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Lake
    Lake
  • White water activities
    White water activities
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Botanical observation
    Botanical observation
  • Jungle
    Jungle

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Juan Santamaria

Welcome to Juan Santamaria International Airport, near San José, at 1,150 meters above sea level in the Central Valley.

Pick up of your rental car and your travels documents are handed to you. 

Group transfer to reach the region of La Fortuna and the majestic volcano Arenal (1 635 meters). Arrival in the San Carlos Valley and check in at the hotel near the Arenal Volcano.

Note: about 4 hours driving. 2 departure times at 7am or 2:15pm. 

Included: shared transport, breakfast buffet

Visited:
Juan Santamaría International Airport, San JoséArenal Volcano
Accomodation
Night at Arenal Observatory Lodge (Arenal Volcano)

Day 2: Exciting Rafting Adventure at Arenal Volcano

Half day rafting on the Balsas river: an adventure and nature experience. Start with the descent of rapids which are well named as the "Short morning expresso".

During this adventure you will also have the chance to relax and swim at some natural pools of the river and to let yourself seduced by the sounds of the surrounding tropical forest. An unforgettable experience!

Don't leave without a rich lunch (included) to gain back some energy!

Suggestion: you may combine this activity with some ATV or ziplining or canyoning to make it a full day of fun! 

At the end of the day, allow yourself to a relaxing time in the thermal center of Baldi Hotsprings. You will be able to enjoy the different baths and swimming pools, the cascades and the slides. Dinner included in the center.


Included: equipment rental, local guide, lunch (no drinks) , shared transport, dinner, entrance fees, breakfast buffet. 

Visited:
Arenal Volcano
Accomodation
Night at Arenal Observatory Lodge (Arenal Volcano)

Day 3: Arenal and Monteverde

You will be transferred by vehicle to the lake and then board a boat for approximately one hour to take us across to Monteverde.

Enjoy this very scenic way to travel, where you can admire the beautiful views of all of the mountains, sky and the colossal Arenal volcano itself on our way across the lake. 

When you reach the other side of the lake,you will be picked up and driven to your hotel in Monteverde. It is a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys, mist, and friendly locals. The town of Santa Elena is small and quaint, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity.

Note: Two departures per day at 8:15am and 2:15pm Duration: approx. 3:30hrs.

Included: shared transport, room & breakfast.

Visited:
Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Monteverde Reserve
Accomodation
Night at the Hotel Fonda Vela (Monteverde)

Day 4: Enjoying Monteverde Reserve

Free day to enjoy the region from the wide variety of possible activities: you can take a hike in the reserve Monteverde and Santa Elena, then try the adventure of the treetops suspended on wires above canopy, discover the jewels of the rainforest at Selvatura Park, visit La Lechería, a cheese factory created in 1953 by Quakers from the United States, and of course go in search of the mystical Quetzal.

Suggested activities - check with us :

- Natural reserves: Monteverde, Santa Elena, Bosque de los niños.

- Bird watching.

- Orchids garden.

- Rural touring: coffee plantation, sugar canes, cheese factory.

- Watch the wildlife (reptiles, amphibians, insects, butterflies, etc).

- Canopy exploration (suspended bridges, zip-line).

- Trekking and horse-back riding.

- Canyoning.

Included: room & breakfast.

Accomodation
Night at the Hotel Fonda Vela (Monteverde)

Day 5: Transfer to Jaco

Group transfer from Monteverde to Jaco.

Note: Departure at 8am for a 3 hour drive approx.

Included: private transport, room & breakfast.

Visited:
Monteverde ReserveJaco'
Accomodation
Croc's Resort & Casino (Jaco')

Day 6: Leisure day at Jaco

Free day to enjoy the picturesque scenery and the tropical atmosphere of the area. 
You can choose between relaxing on the wild beaches, surf the waves of the Pacific, to horse riding or quad ...

Suggested activities - contact us :
- Surf lessons
- Isla Damas kayak or boat (day or night)
- Photo Safari on the Rio Tarcoles
- Artisanal fishing center
- Suspension bridges - Horseback riding
- Excursion to Isla Tortuga
- Carara National Park
- Cable, Tranopy
- Bird watching

Included: room & breakfast.

Visited:
Jaco'
Accomodation
Croc's Resort & Casino (Jaco')

Day 7: End of trip

Group transfer to your hotel in the Costa Rican capital.

Note: 3 hours drive depending on traffic on the road leaving either at 10am or 1:45pm.

Included: shared transport.

Visited:
Jaco', San José

Juan Santamaría International AirportSan JoséArenal VolcanoMonteverdeMonteverde ReserveJaco'

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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