Hit all the classic Costa Rica deluxe hotels and accommodations on this 8-night vacation package! In Arenal explore the volcano, hanging bridges, hot springs, and the Penas Blancas River. Next, head to Monteverde where the beauty of the cloud forest will take your breath away. Manuel Antonio National Park is the perfect end to your adventure. Manuel Antonio is the perfect destination for a hiking rainforest trails, watersports, a sunset catamaran cruise, and much more. And of course, there’s always a nap in a hammock on the beach!
Transfer to Arenal, Costa Rica
Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica transfer approximately 3 1/2 hours to the Arenal Volcano. Arenal is a cone shaped volcano which dominates the landscape. Arrive at Arenal Manoa Hotel, a spacious hotel with beautiful gardens and some of the best views of Arenal Volcano in the area.
Hanging Bridges & Tabacon Hot Springs Tour
Begin the day with a hike over hanging bridges in a private nature reserve. A variety of animals, birds, and vegetation live in the park in an ecosystem unique to this area. Walk over six hanging suspension bridges and eight fixed bridges above the forest canopy with views of Arenal Volcano in sight. Then, transfer to the Tabacon Hot Springs and Gardens for a relaxing soak in the natural thermal springs. The resort features a variety of pools at varying temperatures to explore as well as a full-service spa, pool, and restaurant. Overnight Arenal Manoa Hotel.
Pure Nature Safari Float
Explore the sights and sounds of the Penas Blancas River as you quietly paddle along with your guide looking for monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and tropical birds. Discover the unique habits of the wildlife that live here and the peacefulness of the river. Overnight Arenal Manoa Hotel.
Lake Arenal Boat Transfer to Monteverde
Early this morning you will be picked up at your hotel for a local transfer to the boat launch at the Arenal Dam. Passengers will board a comfortable pontoon boat for a ride to the dock at Rio Chiquito, a small town on the shore of Lake Arenal. Upon arrival, passengers will ground transfer approximately 1.5 hours to the Monteverde Cloud Forest for overnight. During the rainy season, this transfer may take longer. This high-elevation forest is great for hiking and wildlife. Arrive at Monteverde Lodge, which offers comfortable rooms, restaurant & bar, beautiful gardens, and large Jacuzzi – perfect for a long soak after a hike in the forest. The rooms at the Lodge are designed to put you "in the forest" while protecting you from the mist and strong wind so characteristic of the area. All are spacious with solar heated hot water private baths, a sitting area, coffee maker and hair dryer.
AM Monteverde Cloud Forest Hike; PM Coffee & Chocolate Tour
This morning, explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Founded in 1972, the Reserve extends down both slopes of the Tilarán Mountains, with six different ecological life zones and protecting more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 1,500 species of plants. From January to July you may observe in its natural habitat the Resplendent Quetzal. Other species include the Three-wattled Bellbird, the Emerald Toucanet, and White-faced and Howler Monkeys.
This afternoon, discover the production of coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane in Costa Rica. Explore how coffee cherries are picked and how the pulp was originally removed before visiting the drying patio and warehouse. Uncover the history of the cocoa pod, make your own chocolate, and give it a taste! Next, try out the traditional Costa Rican method of extracting sugar cane juice and taste test again! Finally, head to the restaurant to enjoy a delicious cup of Costa Rican coffee and browse the gift shop for souvenirs! Overnight Monteverde Lodge.
Transfer to Manuel Antonio / Quepos
Today transfer to Hotel Si Como No in the Manuel Antonio / Quepos area on the Central Pacific coast for overnight. This award-winning hotel is an exemplary combination of environmentalism, stunning design and barefoot luxury. The hotel's rooms are distributed on ten acres of protected tropical forest. Each room has fully stocked mini-bars, most with private balconies (offering rainforest or ocean views), direct dial telephones, energy efficient air conditioning and security safes. Two unique pool atmospheres are offered – a family pool with water slide and an adult pool for guests 18 and over, with swim up pool bars, whirlpool spas and adjacent open air terraced restaurants. Other features include the Serenity Spa, Regalame Art Gallery, Gift Shop and Internet Cafe, Nature Farm, and Butterfly Garden. A state-of-the-art cinema is a surprise feature of this jungle paradise. Hotel Si Como No is set on a hillside with beautiful views so some stair climbing and mild “hiking” may be a part of your stay.
Manuel Antonio National Park Hike
Costa Rica’s favorite national park is tiny Manuel Antonio, featuring three of the country’s most beautiful white sand beaches bordered by dense rainforest and trails abundant in wildlife. Follow a guide for a walk through the park. Keep your eyes and ears open to soak in the wonders of this tropical rainforest and its natural history. The animal life is diverse, with some 109 known species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Expect to spot two or three species of monkeys, sloth, white-nosed coatimundis, agoutis, colorful butterflies, iguanas and various birds. Bring a bathing suit and towel to enjoy the beaches after the tour. Overnight Hotel Si Como No.
Sunset Catamaran Cruise
This afternoon, take in Manuel Antonio from a sunset catamaran cruise. Humpback whales, dolphins, and more colorful marine life can be seen from the catamaran deck. Enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks on board while navigating the coast as the sun sets over the Pacific. Overnight Hotel Si Como No.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica
Today you will be met and driven approximately 3 hours to San Jose 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.
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