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Costa Rica Encompassed - 11 Days

Discover the delights of Costa Rica on this 11 day tour which offers a combination of breathtaking national parks, volcanoes, rainforests and pristine beaches. Go hiking in Arenal and Poas Volcano National Park, white-water raft through the rainforest, soar above the tree tops on a zipline in Guanacaste and relax on beautiful Samara beach.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

San Jose - Costa Rica's cosmopolitan capital
Arenal Volcano National Park and the famous Arenal Volcano
Rincon de la Vieja - Zip lining through the trees
Poas Volcano National Park - a beautiful cloud forest, Botos Lagoon and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Pacuare River - White water rafting through the rainforest (class 3 - 4)
Playa Samara - pristine beaches

Included

10 nights standard accommodation (superior and deluxe available on request)
Private airport arrival and departure transfer
Shared transfers from San Jose to Arenal, Arenal to Rincon de la Vieja and Samara Beach to San Jose
Excursions to Poas Volcano National Park and Arenal Volcano National Park on a shared basis
10 breakfasts and 3 lunches
Entrance fees for all included excursions and activities.
Private transfers from Rincon de la Vieja to Samara Beach
Pacuare River Rafting and Zip Lining Tour on a shared basis

Not Included

International flights, departure and border taxes and visas.
Meals - allow US$25-30 spending money per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs and any extras.
Tips on all excursions. Tip for your tour guides - an entirely personal gesture.
Items of a personal nature.

Itinerary

Days 1-2

San Jose & Poas Volcano NP

Upon arrival into San Jose international airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in San Jose. The rest of the day is at leisure so you can either head into the city and start exploring or relax at the hotel.

On day 2 take an excursion to the breathtaking Poas Volcano National Park. Set out along the Pan American Highway and begin your ascent of the volcano, passing fern, flower and strawberry farms en route to the cloud forest of Poas Volcano. At the volcano you'll see the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles and then hike to the beautiful Botos Lagoon, learning about the different ecosystems in the park. Travel on towards the Caribbean, stopping to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where you'll walk along a scenic trail to the White Magic Waterfall, the most spectacular one in the area. Inside the park you'll also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country. Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet before returning to San Jose.
Overnight: San Jose  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1

Day 3

Pacuare River Rafting

San Jose - Arenal. Travel by bus to Rios Tropicales Operations Centre to enjoy a rafting excursion on the Pacuare River. If you dream about rafting on a wild tropical river, the Pacuare is it! Rated one of the top rivers in the world, here you'll launch your raft and begin to paddle 19 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica's most impressive primary rainforests. You’ll pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, view cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids. After this exciting adventure travel on to the Arenal area, home of the majestic Arenal Volcano.
Overnight: Arenal  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Arenal Volcano NP

Spend the day exploring Arenal Volcano National Park and Costa Rica’s best-known volcano. On a hike along the scenic trails of Arenal National Park you 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 the area’s characteristic flora and fauna. On clear days, you will enjoy incredible views of the impressive Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, the Tilarán mountain range, and Cerro Chato. The afternoon is free to explore the area or partake in optional activities, such as a visit to the hot springs.
Overnight: Arenal  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 5-6

Rincon de la Vieja NP

Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja National Park. On day 5 travel to Rincon de la Vieja, in north-western Costa Rica, where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. The next day soar above the tree tops over one of the lushest tropical forests in Guanacaste on a canopy tour. Fly through the trees on zip lines, enjoying the spectacular views and seeing the local flora and fauna from an unrivalled vantage point.
Overnight: Rincon de la Vieja  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 7-9

Samara Beach

Rincon de la Vieja National Park - Playa Samara. Travel on to Playa Samara, one of Costa Rica's most stunning beaches, where you'll spend the next three days at leisure. Relax on the beach, soak up the sunshine and perhaps partake in some of the optional activities on offer such as snorkelling and kayaking. A visit to neighbouring Carrillo Beach, with its pristine waters, is also recommended.
Overnight: Samara Beach  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 10-11

San Jose

Travel back to San Jose on day 10 where you can spend your final night at leisure, exploring the capital. Arrangements end on the morning of day 11 with a transfer back to the airport for your onward flights.
Breakfast x 2

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Costa Rica Encompassed - 11 Days
USD $2295
USD $770

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
San Jose
Ends
San Jose
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 3
Visiting
Countries
Updated
7th September 2017