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Nature & Wildlife Costa Rica

12 Days

Enjoy 12 days of nature immersion: Go for a rainforest walk in the lowlands of Sarapiqui and enjoy an educational chocolate tour, hike in the slopes of the iconic Arenal volcano in magnificent La Fortuna area and enjoy the relaxing hot springs, soak in the mystical cloud forest hanging bridges of Monteverde and “fly” in the fun, thrilling canopy tour, spend a couple of days devoted to pamper yourself at the beach of Manuel Antonio and end the trip visiting the pristine wilderness of San Gerardo de Dota, located near the Central Valley.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica and transfer to Hotel

On your arrival at the airport in San Jose (SJO), our driver will welcome you and will transfer you to your hotel. Transfer time 45m approx.~ Overnight at Hotel Rincon del Valle 3* for one night – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: None

Day 2: Transfer to Sarapiqui

Time for breakfast and then transfer to the rainforest of Sarapiqui, originally a small town along the Sarapiqui River. In the region you find many cacao, coffee, pineapple and banana plantations. Time at leisure on your arrival at your hotel. Transfer time 2h approx.~ Overnight at Hotel Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge 3* for two nights – 1 Standard double room. Meals: B

Day 3: Rainforest boat tour and Chocolate Tour

Enjoy the observation of the exuberant flora and fauna that offers the majestic and historic Sarapiquí River has to offer. You will have the opportunity to observe monkeys, iguanas, and crocodiles, lazy, otters, Caymans in its natural habitat as well as a great diversity in species of birds. Duration: 2 hours. Difficulty: Easy We will take you on a journey through time to discover the story behind the drink of the Gods, how was prepared by ancestor, how is it been modified through time, how is it prepared today. Take your palate by the characteristic taste of chocolate and cocoa, then through the cacao plantation and learn from this plant that has impact a portion of the global economy through the history. Duration: 2 hours. Difficulty: Easy Overnight at Hotel Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge 3* – 1 Standard double room. Meals: B

Day 4: Sarapiqui and transfer to La Fortuna

This morning we transfer you to La Fortuna, a village located in northern Costa Rica and home of the impressive Arenal volcano. Transfer time 2h approx.~ Time at leisure in your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Lomas del Volcan 3* for two nights – 1 Standard bungalow. Meals: B

Day 5: Arenal Volcano National Park Hike with visit to Hot Springs visit

Today, visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, an iconic volcano! We’ll trek for about 1.2 miles through different scenarios. You will also find an incredible viewpoint close to the volcano where you’ll find yourself stepping on lava flows turned into stone and views of the Arenal Lake and the landscape around as no other spot in the area. Your nature guide will share with you catching and interesting information about the place, the hiding fauna among the trees and bushes and of course about this impressive volcano. Continue with a visit to the refreshing thermal hot springs. You will enjoy a site with hot springs and thermal waters coming from a nearby volcano, with dinner included. Just the perfect place to enjoy nature and relax. Duration: 6 hours. ~ Difficulty: Easy Overnight at Hotel Lomas del Volcan 3* – 1 Standard bungalow. Meals: B, D

Day 6: Transfer to Monteverde via Lake Arenal

Breakfast and time to leave La Fortuna to continue to the highlands of Monteverde. This the most adventurous and faster way to reach Monteverde. You will be picked up at your hotel and will be transferred to the dam in Lake Arenal where you will enjoy a 30-45 minutes boat journey to the opposite side of the lake enjoying great views of Arenal volcano and the unspoiled and tropical Lake Arenal. On arrival you will be then transferred directly to your hotel. Transfer time: 4h approx.~ Overnight at at Hotel Trapp Family Lodge 3* for two nights – 1 Superior room. Meals: B

Day 7: Hanging Bridges Tour and Zipline Adventure

Enjoy a relaxing adventure in the hills of Monteverde rain forest. In this tour you will see the Monteverde Cloud Forest from a bird's perspective while walking on the hanging bridges that are suspended from tree to tree. Each bridge is of varying lengths from 50 to 170 meters long and up to 60 meters high. Our naturalist guide who has a keen eye for seeing hidden creatures, will point out wildlife and be able to name the different kinds of birds that fly by and the different kinds of interesting exotic plants that you will see. Duration: 5 hours ~ Difficulty: Easy You’ll start this great adventure off by being fitted with high-quality equipment and safety gear, before embark on your journey, flying through 15 exciting zipline cables that reach along 18 different platforms. See amazing views of the lush cloud forest with glimpses of wildlife and amazing greenery. Finish the tour off with everyone’s favourite activity: The adrenaline pumping Tarzan swing allows you swing through cloud forest after taking a giant leap off of the platform! You will love it! Duration: 3.5 hours ~ Difficulty: Easy Overnight at at Hotel Trapp Family Lodge 3* – 1 Superior room. Meals: B

Day 8: Transfer to Manuel Antonio

Today continue with a shared transfer to Manuel Antonio in the Pacific Coast. Transfer time 5h30m approx.~ Famous for its National Park, the bustling little town of Manuel Antonio is located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, very close to Quepos, known for its sport fishing and lively atmosphere. The region is a treasure for its biodiversity, attracting nature lovers, eco-travellers and adventurers. Overnight at at Hotel Costa Verde 3* for two nights – 1 Studio. Meals: B

Day 9: At leisure in Manuel Antonio

Day at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your hotel. There are plenty of optional fun, nature activities on land and water to choose! You may go for a walk in the trails of the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoy a relaxing cruise, “fly” in the canopy tree top with the zip line adventure and more. Please enquiry for more information! Overnight at at Hotel Costa Verde 3* – 1 Studio. Meals: B

Day 10: Transfer to San Gerardo de Dota

Breakfast and transfer up north to the highlands of San Gerardo de Dota where the famous Quetzal can be observed. Time at leisure upon arrival in your accommodation. Transfer time 3h approx.~ Overnight at Trogon Lodge for two nights – 1 Standard room. Meals: B

Day 11: Paramo Hike Tour

The “Paramo” is a unique highland area that develops in altitudes higher than 3,000 meters above sea level (9,840 feet approx.); an ecosystem that develops in the summits with its singular flora and fauna. In Costa Rica, the Paramo is located mainly along the Talamanca Mountain Range, especially Cerro de la Muerte, Chirripó, Kamuk, Buena Vista and Cerro Vueltas. This tour will take you to the Paramo at Cerro de la Muerte, at an altitude of 3,300 meters above sea level (10,800 ft) to discover, with your tour guide, the variety of birds and plants that reside here. Good physical condition is required. Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Intermediate Overnight at at Trogon Lodge – 1 Standard room. Meals: B

Day 12: Transfer to San Jose Intl. Airport

Depending on your flight schedule, we transfer you to the Intl. Airport in San Jose to take your flight back home. Transfer time 2.5 hour approx. ~ End of services. Come back soon to Costa Rica, Pura Vida!


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  • Lodging at mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Door to door transportation as per itinerary on days 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12.
  • Boat transfer on Lake Arenal on day 6.
  • Tours and activities as per itinerary (shared in small groups) on days 3, 5, 7 and 11 with bilingual local guide.
  • Dinner on day 5
  • Local taxes.

Not Included:

  • International airfare.
  • Additional meals.
  • Passenger taxes at borders/airports.
  • Activities suggested.
  • Discretional tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance.

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