Our 9-night Costa Rica Holiday Safari vacation package is the perfect winter getaway. Adventure awaits at Arenal Volcano. Next, explore the unique ecosystem of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Finally, enjoy barefoot luxury on the Papagayo Peninsula.
Transfer to Lost Iguana Resort, Arenal Volcano
Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica transfer by ground for approximately 3 hours to Lost Iguana Resort in the Arenal Volcano / La Fortuna region. The resort is located on a 100-acre rainforest reserve with dramatic volcano views. Enjoy the surrounding foot trails and pool surrounded by tropical forest.
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 Lost Iguana Resort.
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 Lost Iguana Resort.
Transfer to Senda Monteverde Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest
Today, you will transfer by ground and boat across Lake Arenal to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. First you will transfer by ground to the boat launch at the Arenal Dam. Then, board a comfortable pontoon boat for a 45-minute ride to the dock at Rio Chiquito. Upon arrival, transfer by ground approximately 1.5-2 hours to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This high-elevation forest of dense, chaotic vegetation is great for hiking and bird watching.
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.
Private Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Hike / Night Walk
Minutes from Senda, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve protects 26,000 acres of cloud forest and eight biological zones. Shrouded in mist, the reserve shelters some 500 bird species, monkeys, pumas, endagnered, jaguars, amphibians, and a multitude of plant life. An expert guide will lead you through this rich ecosystem, point out its intricacies, and with some luck, plenty of animals like the elusive resplendent quetzals.
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.
Monteverde Sky Tram, Trek Zipline & Walk Guided Tour
The Sky Tram is a cableway that allows you to view the rainforest as you ascend up through the trees. Arrive at a platform where the Sky Trek zipline adventure begins. This is one of the most extensive canopy tours in the country with two very long cables and eleven cross-sectional zip lines. After your zipline adventure, relax and enjoy the views from two observation platforms before experiencing the 6-suspension bridge Sky Walk. Enjoy lunch before returning to Senda Monteverde Hotel for overnight.
Transfer to El Mangroove Hotel, Papagayo
Today, you will transfer by ground to El Mangroove Hotel just off the Papagayo Peninsula in the Guanacaste region. This upscale boutique resort provides low-key luxury with a contemporary flare in the tropical dry forest.
Papagayo Free Day
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 El Mangroove Hotel.
Full-Day Ocean Experience
On this 8-hour tour, you can expect ocean encounters with whales, turtles, dolphins, devil rays, and other sea creatures while sipping a glass of wine and watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. This is your boat, your crew, your time, and your experience. Onboard activities to choose from include fishing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, sub-wing, inner tube, paddle boards, beach hopping, whale and dolphin watching, and sunset onboard. Overnight El Mangroove Hotel.
Depart Liberia, Costa Rica
This morning you will transfer by ground for approximately 1 to the international airport in Liberia 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.
Please call one of our experts at 800-827-9046 to discuss your travel details.