Our 10-night Essential Costa Rica Holiday vacation package is the perfect winter getaway. Adventure awaits at Arenal Volcano. Explore the unique ecosystem of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Finally, enjoy barefoot luxury from Manuel Antonio National Park’s rainforest beaches.
Transfer to Arenal Observatory Lodge, Arenal Volcano
Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica transfer by ground for approximately 3 hours to Arenal Volcano / La Fortuna region. Arrive at Arenal Observatory Lodge. Nestled atop a ridge with a commanding view of Costa Rica's most awe-inspiring volcano, this rustic lodge beckons to the intrepid traveler, promising an unparalleled encounter with a private nature sanctuary. It's important to keep in mind that Arenal Observatory Lodge is a bit off the beaten path, roughly 30 minutes from the primary roadways of Arenal.
Pure Trek Canyoning
Hike along trails leading to some of Costa Rica's most incredible waterfalls. Explore the secrets of the canyon aided by specialized mountaineering equipment. You'll have a safety talk before trekking to the first waterfall for your descent. There are five rappels - four of which are waterfalls and one dry rock face - ranging in height from 50 to 20 meters. Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Rio Balsa Whitewater Rafting Class II-III
The Balsa River has a range of class II and III rapids for first-time and experienced paddlers! The dynamic of the river is typical of rivers in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica; continuous Class III rapids with pools in between for the first half followed by less intense rapids in the second half (great for wildlife watching). The Balsa River is located in the lowland rainforest. You may see tropical birds and other mammals in the jungle landscapes surrounding the river. Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Transfer to Senda Monteverde Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest
Today, you will transfer by ground and boat via Lake Arenal to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Arrive at Senda Monteverde Hotel, one of Monteverde’s latest upscale hotels. Casual, playful elegance combines with luxury amenities and contemporary design to create the only experience of its kind in this mountainous region of Costa Rica. Accented with gorgeous local artwork and playful nooks to relax, Senda creates a respite after a day outdoors. The hotel’s 24 guest rooms and suites feature open-air porches overlooking cloud forest gardens or even the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
AM Treetopia Zipline & Hanging Bridges Hike / PM Night Walk
Embark on an enthralling journey with the TreeTram cableway. As you ascend to one of Monteverde's highest vantage points, perched at a remarkable 5,700 feet above sea level, your exploration of the cloud forest begins. This adventure doesn't stop there, as you'll also have the opportunity to partake in one of Costa Rica's most exhilarating canopy experiences.
Prepare to soar through the treetops via 7 ziplines, each spanning impressive distances, ranging from 460 to 2,460 feet, providing a total ziplining stretch of 1.9 miles.
Your journey also allows you to immerse yourself in the captivating cloud forest. Traverse a combination of trails spanning 1.7 miles, and navigate 6 hanging bridges, suspended at varying lengths from 157 to 774 feet, soaring as high as 164 feet above the forest floor.
This evening, grab a flashlight and explore the cloud forest by night! This is such a unique opportunity to see the cloud forest transform at night. Look for hidden frogs, kinkajous, and other bright-eyed forest creatures. Overnight Senda Monteverde Hotel.
Don Juan Coffee & Chocolate Tour
This tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the realms of coffee, chocolate, and sugarcane production in the heart of Costa Rica. Your journey commences with an informative overview of the coffee plant's life cycle. You'll gain insights into the art of picking coffee cherries, observe the traditional pulp removal process, and explore the drying patio and warehouse.
Delve into the rich history of the cocoa pod, gaining hands-on experience as you craft your very own chocolate using time-honored recipes. And, of course, the best part – indulging in the delectable results of your chocolate-making efforts!
The adventure continues with a foray into the traditional Costa Rican technique of extracting sugarcane juice, complete with a delightful taste test to savor the natural sweetness.
As your journey winds down, return to the restaurant, where you can unwind with a steaming cup of locally-sourced coffee and peruse a collection of culinary souvenirs, ensuring you can take a piece of this delightful experience home with you. Return to Senda Monteverde Hotel for overnight.
Transfer to Arenas del Mar Beach Resort, Manuel Antonio
Today, you will be driven approximately 4 hours to the Manuel Antonio region. Arrive at Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort for overnight. Arenas del Mar is more than just a beachfront resort in Manuel Antonio; it's a haven for unforgettable beach and nature experiences. With a commitment to offering top-tier service and promoting sustainability, this resort truly stands out.
Nestled in the midst of an 11-acre forest, Arenas del Mar provides guests with private nature trails and direct access to two stunning beaches.
Relax or plan additional activities. A variety of on-site experiences are available to make your stay as tranquil or exciting as you desire! Overnight Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort.
Manuel Antonio Free Day
Embark on a captivating journey to the Damas Island Estuary and Mangrove ecosystem, where you'll have the opportunity to intimately connect with this natural wonder from the vantage point of an open-seated kayak. Spend a few serene hours paddling with the gentle currents while your knowledgeable guides unveil the secrets of the protected inland waterways within the Damas Estuary and the intricate mangrove habitat.
Prepare to be immersed in a world of breathtaking flora and fauna as you delve into the mesmerizing Costa Rican mangroves and tropical rainforest ecosystem. This hands-on experience will provide you with profound insights into the significance of preserving this delicate yet pivotal aspect of life. You'll come to understand how crucial the mangroves are not only to Costa Rica but to the broader global ecosystem, emphasizing the vital role they play in safeguarding our environment. Overnight Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort.
Manuel Antonio Free Day
Enjoy your last day in Costa Rica by the pool or beach. Don't forget to book a massage treatment! Overnight Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica
This morning you will transfer by ground approximately 3 hours to the San Jose international airport for your afternoon departure.
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.
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