FROM: USD $1,995

Take in the natural wonders of Costa Rica on this 8 day tour. Hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest and Arenal Volcano National Park, spot wildlife and explore the palm fringed beaches of Manuel Antonio, visit a local farm and stroll around San Jose.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
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Trip Highlights

El Trapiche - learn about the farming and the processing of sugar cane, coffee and chocolate on an interactive tour
Arenal Volcano National Park - enjoy amazing views of Arenal volcano, take a scenic hike and opt for a dip in the natural volcanic springs
San Jose - take in the highlights of Costa Rica's capital on a guided tour
Monteverde Cloud Forest - the option to follow the hiking trails through this beautiful biological reserve
Manuel Antonio National Park - discover the beautiful white sand beaches and wildlife of this wonderfully bio-diverse park, which is home to endangered capuchin monkeys, sloths and more

Included

5 nights 3 star hotels and 2 nights lodges
Private transportation in an air conditioned mini van
7 breakfasts and 1 dinner
El Trapiche sugar cane and coffee tour
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Escorted by a local English speaking guide with specialist guides at certain sites of interest.
Guided sightseeing in Arenal Volcano National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park
Guided tour of San Jose including entrance fees

Not Included

International flights, departure and border taxes and visas.
Airport departure transfer - can be booked at an additional cost upon request.
Tips on all excursions. Tip for your tour leader - an entirely personal gesture.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welome to Costa Rica

Bienvenido a Costa Rica! Upon arrival to San Jose airport you will be transferred to San Jose where you will meet your guide and the rest of your group. After hotel check in this afternoon spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: San Jose

Day 2

La Fortuna

San Jose - La Fortuna. This morning, we'll meet our guide who will take us out to explore the city. We'll visit some of the highlights of the city such as the Teatro Nacional and Museo Nacional. Your guide will explain the history of the city and share some interesting knowledge about life in Costa Rica.

This afternoon we depart San Jose and continue our journey to La Fortuna, a small village with fantastic views of the Arenal Volcano. Upon arrival, you'll have free time to explore La Fortuna at your own pace.
Overnight: La Fortuna  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Arenal Volcano National Park

From the small village of La Fortuna we have an amazing view of the Arenal Volcano – one of the many active volcanoes in Costa Rica. As we set out on a three hour hike through the national park surrounding the volcano we will learn about interesting facts about the flora and fauna, discover hot springs and marvel in the beauty at our fingertips.

The afternoon is ours to explore as we see fit, discover other hiking trails or take a dip in the natural volcanic springs or even go looking for the Cerro Chato volcano.
Overnight: La Fortuna  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Monteverde

La Fortuna - Monteverde. From La Fortuna we make our way to the north-west of Costa Rica to the Monteverde area, home to beautiful hilly landscapes and lush greenery all around. This afternoon you'll have free time to explore the quaint town of the same name.
Overnight: Monteverde  |  Breakfast

Day 5

El Trapiche excursion

This morning is free to independently explore or enjoy some of the many optional activities available, including visiting other reserves, the butterfly garden or even zip lining through the trees!

This afternoon we visit El Trapiche, a family run sugar cane mill, where we learn about the farming and processing of not only sugar, but chocolate, coffee and other Costa Rican crops. After sampling some local delicacies and indulging in local life we travel to our rustic hotel for the evening.
Overnight: Monteverde  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Manuel Antonio National Park

Monteverde – Quepos. We continue our journey to the lively west coast city of Quepos - gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park which was established in 1972 and extends along the Pacific coast. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. The rest of the day is free to explore at our own leisure.
Overnight: Quepos

Day 7

San Jose City Tour

Quepos - San Jose. This morning we take a hike through the beautiful national park in hope of seeing the endangered squirrel and capuchin monkeys, sloths and coatis in their natural habitat or simply relax on one of the its four idyllic Pacific beaches, surrounded by lush jungle.

This afternoon we make our way back to to Costa Rica’s capital - San Jose. Upon arrival you'll have some free time before we head out for a farewell dinner this evening.
Overnight: San Jose  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

San Jose

Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out today. We can arrange a departure transfer upon request or would be delighted to help you extend your stay in Costa Rica and book more nights for you if you’re still not quite ready to head home.
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Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Hotel San Bosco, La Fortuna

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set in the heart of La Fortuna, Hotel San Bosco is conveniently located within a 2-minute walk of local shops and restaurants. Its bright guestrooms feature traditional wood furnishings and include a private bathroom, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. An outdoor pool offers guests both a refreshing swim and stunning views of the nearby Arenal Volcano. And with breakfast served at the poolside, there’s certainly plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the vistas.

Rancho Makena, Monteverde

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Originally a dairy farm, Rancho Makena is now comprised of grazing land, lush forest and rustic cabins. Built from reforested wood, the guest accommodation is simple yet comfortable, with hot water bathrooms. A cafeteria-style restaurant serves a tasty breakfast, with lunch and dinner available upon request. Relax and enjoy the peace of this natural setting. With beautiful views down to the forest and valley below, Rancho Makena gives you a wonderful taste of life in rural Costa Rica.

Hotel Karahe, Quepos

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

This tropical-style hotel offers you both a wildlife and beach experience. The lush grounds are often frequented by troops of monkeys, iguanas and even sloths, and also feature a pool fringed by swaying palms. Enjoy direct access to Playa Espadilla Beach, where you can take a refreshing swim, kayak or surf. You'll find the guestrooms to be spacious with marble decor, equipped with a mini fridge, terrace and air conditioning. The onsite restaurant serves a tasty breakfast buffet and the a la carte lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of dishes including fresh seafood.

Hotel Colonial, San Jose

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Featuring neo-colonial architecture, Hotel Colonial is ideally located close to the city’s top sights. Guestrooms are equipped with all the essential amenities, with a regional breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, bread and juices included. If you’re looking to unwind, you can relax in either the lobby, terrace or the pool located in the center of the hotel’s interior garden. WiFi is also available in communal areas and a wide range of restaurants offering both local and international cuisine can be found close by.

Hotel 1492, San Jose

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set in the downtown Barrio Escalante area of San Jose, Hotel 1492 is a small and cosy property. Offering just 12 guestrooms, the hotel has a very homely atmosphere and each of the rooms is equipped with a ceiling fan, security box and WiFi access. The local area not only offers a safe, residential vibe, but was also one of the first neighborhoods of the city dating back to the 1940s. You'll find buzzing restaurants, bars and shops to be just a short walk away.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
San Jose
Ends
San Jose
Departs
Mondays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 18
Hotel Rating
3 star hotels & lodges
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Dinner: 1
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