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Tico Traveller - 9 Days map

PRIVATE TOUR: Depart San Jose and explore some of Costa Rica's key sites including the famous Arenal volcano, Monteverde's beautiful Cloud Forest and spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park. Meet some of the country's weird and wonderful wildlife in one of the most diverse ecozystems in the world!

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Trip Highlights

San Jose - Spend two nights in Costa Rica's cosmopolitan capital
Lake Arenal - Take a boat ride across this picturesque highland lake
Manuel Antonio - Explore this spectacular national park with its beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and abundance of wildlife
Arenal - Marvel at the mighty Arenal Volcano
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve - Go hiking through this picturesque reserve, which is shrouded in a canopy of cloud and home to a wonderful array of flora and fauna


8 nights STANDARD hotels. SUPERIOR or DELUXE hotel upgrade options are available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Airport transfers
Transport and transfers in shared vehicles and boats (private transfers available on request)
Breakfast daily
Shared excursions to Monteverde Reserve and Manuel Antonio Park, including entrance fees

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Departure taxes or border taxes


Day 1

San Jose

Upon arrival into San Jose airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax or to independently explore Costa Rica's capital.
Overnight: San Jose

Days 2-3

Arenal Volcano

San Jose - La Fortuna. After breakfast on day 2 you take a shuttle to Arenal - one of Costa Rica's most iconic and famous sites. Positioned within Costa Rica's fertile northern lowlands, the Arenal volcano is an unavoidable presence while travelling within this part of the country. Arenal's perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer's dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your 'must do in Costa Rica' list. There are a number of leisure activities available including a hike along the base of Arenal Volcano, kayaking on beautiful Lake Arenal, horse riding, canyoning or a boat tour of Cano Negro wildlife reserve.

Day 3 is at leisure to further explore the area in Arenal. There are many things to see and do here including an eco-park, zip-lining, caves and hot springs. The area of La Fortuna is also full of many nice restaurants where you can sample some of the local cuisine.
Overnight: La Fortuna  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 4


La Fortuna - Monteverde. After breakfast cross picturesque Lake Arenal by boat and continue by jeep to Monteverde, which enjoys a prime location between the two cloud forests of the Santa Elena Reserve and the famed Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve. Once at the hotel the afternoon is free to explore or partake in one of the many optional activities on offer in the area, such as a tree top Canopy Tour, horse riding or a tour of the coffee plantations.
Overnight: Monteverde  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Today enjoy a scenic hike through the scenic Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, which is renowned for its incredible biodiversity. Wind-sculpted elfin woodlands give way to rainforests where tall trees - festooned with orchids, ferns and vines rise into the sky.
Overnight: Monteverde  |  Breakfast

Days 6-7

Manuel Antonio Village

Monteverde - Manuel Antonio. A shuttle transfer takes you to Manuel Antonio on day 6 and the following day explore the stunning national park with its gorgeous beaches, lush forests and wonderful flora and fauna. Optional activities within the park include a canopy tour and ocean kayaking.
Overnight: Manuel Antonio Village  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 8-9

San Jose

Manuel Antonio - San Jose. Return to San Jose today, where the remains of the day are free to explore the capital. Your tour ends on day 9 with a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast x 2

At a Glance

Trip Type
San Jose
San Jose
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Standard
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 8
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Dep. Transfer
Narrow waterfall tumbling through the rugged wilderness at La Fortuna
Sun rising over the verdant mountains of Monteverde
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