Our 10 night Tropical Christmas Escape perfectly pairs adventure at Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest with relaxation on remote Nicoya Peninsula beaches. Explore the forest canopy on a hanging bridges hike beneath the towering Arenal Volcano. Discover the unique nature and wildlife of the cloud forest on a Monteverde Reserve hike. Then, head to the coast to discover lush forest and pristine beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Dec 20: Arenal Volcano
Upon arrival into San Jose, Costa Rica you will be met and transferred 3.5 hours to the Arenal Volcano region for overnight at Tabacon Grand Spa & Thermal Resort
. The sprawling Tabacon thermal spring gardens are the main attraction of the resort. Relax and enjoy a variety of all natural volcano-fed springs throughout the lush tropical gardens. Don't forget to book a spa treatment at the award-winning on-site spa.
Dec 21: Arenal Hanging Bridges
Your professional naturalist guide will lead you through the tropical rainforest and point out the diverse nature and wildlife of the Arenal Volcano region. Observe the forest canopy from 8 fixed bridges and 6 hanging bridges throughout the 250 hectare private reserve. Don't forget to visit the hidden waterfall at the end of the trail! Overnight Tabacon Grand Spa & Thermal Resort.
Dec 22: Pure Nature Safari Float
Be on the lookout for monkeys, sloths, iguans, turtles, caimans, and numerous bird species on a peaceful float down the Frío River. The professional naturalist guide will point out the living treasures of this world and describe them to you. After the float, enjoy some homemade snacks with a local costa Rican family at their farm and practice your Spanish with them. Overnight Tabacon Grand Spa & Thermal Resort.
Dec 23: Boat transfer to Monteverde
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel for a local transfer to the boat launch at Arenal Dam. Passengers will board a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for a 45-minute ride to the dock at Rio Chiquito, a small town on the shore of Lake Arenal. Upon arrival passengers will ground transfer approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours to the Monteverde Cloud Forest for overnight at Hotel El Establo
. El Establo is one of the most luxurious hotels in Monteverde set on a 150 acre farm with 2 pools and 2 restaurants available on the property.
Dec 24: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Hike
This tour is a highlight of the area! Trek through the misty Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with a professional naturalist guide. Explore the dense vegetation and majestic trees. You will see giant prehistoric tree ferns, trees covered with blooming bromeliads, and many of the species of birds that call Monteverde home. Keep an eye out for the Resplendent Quetzal bird! After your morning hike, check out the small, on-site hummingbird garden and enjoy fresh Costa Rican coffee and pastries before returning to your hotel. Overnight Hotel El Establo.
Dec 25: Monteverde Aerial Tram & Trek Zipline
Experience a bird's eye view of the world famous Monteverde Cloud Forest. Your tour will begin with Aerial Tram ride up to an observation deck. Be on the lookout for wildlife in the forest canopy. From here, your zipline adventure begins. The tour includes 2 very long zipline cables and 11 cross-sectional zip lines. After zipping through the treetops you will have time to unwind and enjoy the panoramic views from 2 observation decks. Overnight Hotel El Establo.
Dec 26: Transfer to Carillo Beach, Nicoya Peninsula
This morning transfer by ground approximately 3 1/2 hours to Carrillo Beach on the Nicoya Peninsula for overnight at the new Nammbu Bungalows. This new off the beaten path hotel captures the authentic laid back personality of Costa Rica with modern amenities.
Dec 27: Nicoya Peninsula Free Day
Head to the beach! The Nicoya Peninsula beaches are lush, remote and unrefined. In short, this is paradise. Overnight Nammbu Bungalows.
Dec 28: Nicoya Peninsula Free Day
Partake in some seaside activities. Kayak, surf, or snorkel the coast! Overnight Nammbu Bungalows.
Dec 29: Nicoya Peninsula Free Day
Overnight Nammbu Bungalows.
Dec 30: Depart Liberia International Airport
Transfer approximately 2 hours to the Liberia International Airport for your return flight home.
Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day, and Easter travel dates. Green season specials and/or lower rates may apply for May to November travel dates.
All itineraries are land only and international airfare is quoted separately. Itinerary adjustments may be necessary depending on your international flight schedule. For example a late arrival will usually require a night near the airport in San Jose.
Please call one of our experts at 800-827-9046 to discuss your travel details.