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Self Drive Adventures Costa Rica

10 Days

Enjoy 10 days of nature immersion and adventures on 4-wheels: drive to the magnificent area of La Fortuna area and pump your adrenaline in the thrilling white water rafting, soak in the mystical cloud forest hanging bridges of Monteverde and “fly” in the fun canopy tour, spend some days devoted to pamper yourself at the beach of Manuel Antonio and visit the famous National Park. Trip ends with the last night in San Jose. The trip can be extended to other interesting areas of the country depending on your wishes and interests.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica and pick up rental car

On your arrival at the airport in San Jose -SJO- no later than 2 pm; otherwise, you have to overnight in the city. Head to the counter of the rental car company. Pick up your car and after completing the rental car formalities, start your journey to the mountain zone of Los Angeles Cloud Forest, one of Costa Rica’s best keep secrets! Driving time: 1.5 hours approx.~ Overnight at Villa Blanca Hotel 4* for two nights – 1 Superior Casita. Meals: B

Day 2: El Silencio de Los Angeles Nature Walk

This morning, go on a hike into the heart of the mountain cloud forest, part of a unique and precious biosphere that comprises a mere 2% of the world’s remaining woodlands. Beginning right on the edge of the hotel property, the tour takes you into the 2,000-acre Los Angeles Cloud Forest Private Biological Reserve, led by your specialist guide. You’ll move within this secret world of lush, colorful tropical life along well-designed, user-friendly trails, each showcasing the incredibly diverse tropical flora and fauna of this stunning, private mountain cloud forest reserve. You’ll see first-hand the layers of dense, diverse plant life clinging to every tree trunk and branch as they reach to the heights of the canopy. Duration: 3 hours ~ / Difficulty: Easy The afternoon is at leisure in Villa Blanca! Take advantage of your rental and visit other areas of interest such as Poas volcano (a previous reservation is needed) among others. Overnight at Villa Blanca Hotel 4* – 1 Superior Casita. Meals: B

Day 3: Drive to La Fortuna

Enjoy a delicious breakfast surrounded by the lush cloud forest. Then hit the road again and drive to La Fortuna, a village located in northern Costa Rica and home of the impressive Arenal volcano. Driving time: 3 hours approx.~ Overnight at Hotel Volcano Lodge 4* – 1 Superior room. Meals: B

Day 4: White water rafting class II & III

We'll pick you up from your hotel and drive about 45 minutes outside of town to the put-in of the Balsa River where you will enjoy a great outdoor experience! You are going to experience water like never before on the Rio Balsa rafting trip near La Fortuna Costa Rica. You will might up with fellow rafters as we drive to the class 2-3 Balsa River. You will be able to see a lot of beautiful nature and get tons more adrenaline! The Balsa River starts off with class 3 rapids at the beginning and allows you to challenge your strength and newly learned rafting skills! Make your way through fun rapids like Rock Around the Clock and much more with the chance to admire lush greenery and exotic birds and animals as you descend down this beautiful class 2-3 river. To complete the experience, you will enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch after your fun day of adventure. Overnight at Hotel Volcano Lodge 4* – 1 Superior room. Meals: B, L

Day 5: At leisure in La Fortuna

Day at leisure in La Fortuna. Take advantage of your rental car to visit the town of La Fortuna and surrounding areas. Optional activities such as hike in the Arenal Volcano, biking in scenic landscapes, horseback riding, visit to an amazing waterfall among others can be organized. Enquiry with us for more information! Overnight at Hotel Volcano Lodge 4* – 1 Superior room. Meals: B

Day 6: Drive to Manuel Antonio

This morning leave the area of La Fortuna and drive south to the central Pacific coast. That's where you'll find Manuel Antonio. 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. Driving time: 4 hours 30 minutes approx.~ Along the way, we suggest to make a stop at the Tarcoles bridge to peer over the edge of the bridge and see the gigantic crocodiles, relaxing on the muddy banks of the river and even floating on the river. Don’t forget to make unforgettable pictures! Overnight at Hotel Si Como No 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B

Day 7: At leisure in Manuel Antonio

Day at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your hotel or take your car and visit the town of Quepos and nearby beautiful beaches. There are plenty of optional fun, nature activities on land and water to choose! You may enjoy a relaxing cruise, “fly” in the canopy tree top with the zip line adventure, a nice horseback ride tour in nature, go kayaking in the sea and more. Please enquiry for more information! Overnight at Hotel Si Como No 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B

Day 8: Visit to Manuel Antonio National Park

The Manuel Antonio National park is one of the most famous in our country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. The park itself boasts 3 different trails that vary in grade from flat to very steep. On this Manuel Antonio tour, you will take is a flat and picturesque trail looping through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long. One of the highlights of this Manuel Antonio tour is that the park is home to 3 of the 4 existing monkey species in Costa Rica. Half way through the hike you will make leisure stop at the third beach located within the national park. You will have approximately 20 minutes to rest on the beach or play among the waves if you so choose. Throughout the hike you will be able to observe sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire orchids, butterflies and tropical trees. Overnight at Hotel Si Como No 4* – 1 Deluxe room. Meals: B

Day 9: Drive to San Jose and drop off rental car

Today is your last day at the beach, so take the morning to relax by the pool of your hotel or enjoy the beach one last time. Later, drive back to San Jose to drop off your rental car. The evening is at leisure in the city. Driving time: 2 hours 45 minutes approx.~ Overnight at Hotel Grano de Oro 4* - 1 Standard room. Meals: B

Day 10: 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: 30 minutes approx. ~ End of services. Come back soon to Costa Rica, Pura Vida!


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  • Lodging at mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Rent a car with mandatory insurance and sales taxes from day 1 to day 9.
  • Door to door transportation as per itinerary on day 10.
  • Tours and activities as per itinerary (shared in small groups) on days 2, 4 and 8 with bilingual local guide.
  • Lunch on day 4.
  • Local taxes.

Not Included:

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

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