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Costa Rica Tropical Escape to Costa Rica

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Welcome to Costa Rica! The good life! This beautiful nation is consistently ranked over the years as one of the happiest countries in the world, come and see why. Enjoy a mix of unique accommodation, wildlife, and fresh air with this fully customizable itinerary below. See you in Costa Rica.
Tour itinerary includes
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • Jungle
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine

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: Arrival in Costa Rica

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.

More information in "Other Services" at the end of this itinerary.

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.

Night at the Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Included:  shared transport, breakfast buffet.

Juan Santamaría International Airport San José Arenal Volcano
Night at Arenal Observatory Lodge (Arenal Volcano)

Day 2: Rafting on the Balsas river

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! Contact us.

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.

Night at the Arenal Observatory Lodge.

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

Arenal Volcano
Night at Arenal Observatory Lodge (Arenal Volcano)

Day 3: Enjoy beautiful views between Arenal and Monteverde

Travel between Arenal and Monteverde in a fun way.

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.

Monteverde 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. 

Night at Fonda Vela Hotel.

Included:  shared transport, room & breakfast.

Arenal Volcano Monteverde Monteverde Reserve
Night at the Hotel Fonda Vela (Monteverde)

Day 4: Leisure day at Monteverde

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. 

Night at Fonda Vela Hotel.

Included:  room & breakfast.

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.

Night at Croc's Resort & Casino.

Included:  private transport, room & breakfast.

Monteverde Reserve Jaco'
Croc's Resort & Casino (Jaco')

Day 6: Free day in 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

Night at Croc's Resort & Casino.

Included:  room & breakfast.

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.

Jaco' San José

Juan Santamaría International Airport San José Arenal Volcano Monteverde Monteverde Reserve Jaco'

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.

Approx. £790 / 7 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax Single Supplement Triple room reduction
Price per person £800 £440 £70

Included in price:

  • English speaking assistance 24/7 during your stay
  • Private transport (air-conditioned vehicle with Spanish-speaking driver, fuel, road tax, parking, drivers’ accommodation and meals if necessary)
  • All breakfasts (not guaranteed if leaving early the hotel)
  • Lunches and dinners indicated in the "included" section of each day
  • The nights in the mentioned hotels or equivalent
  • Guides, entrances fees and activities mentioned in the "included" of each day

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Bank Charges

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