Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Independent, Private

Costa Rica, The Perfect Escape (7 days)

Costa Rica Expeditions

Arenal, Costa Rica To San José, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 05 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Arenal, Costa Rica
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Garden & Nayara Springs None

After passing through Immigration and customs meet your Costa Rica Expeditions Driver, he will be holding a sign with your name on it.

Start the approximate 2 ½ hours drive to the Arenal Volcano region.

Day 2
Arenal, Costa Rica
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Garden & Nayara Springs Breakfast, Lunch

One full day in Arenal with the following activity included:

Caño Negro: Río Frio Boat Tour

The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frío consist of wetlands considered among the richest and more biologically diverse in Costa Rica. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds plus three different species of monkeys, also iguanas, sloths, turtles and caimans. The tour starts when you get picked up from the hotel in a bus for the 2 hour transfer to Los Chiles, a village only 4-km from the Nicaraguan border. Here your boat waits for your river adventure. When you board the boat you will take part in a 2 ½ hour floating guided safari through tropical rain forest and pastures until you arrive to the marshes. Along the river you may see Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, White-faced monkeys, also the Three-toed Sloth and reptiles such as caimans, basilisk lizards and turtles.

Day 3
Arenal, Costa Rica
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Garden & Nayara Springs Breakfast, Dinner

One full day in Arenal with the following activity included:

Arenal Sky Adv Tram, Zip Line & Canopy WalkwayMeet your Transfer Guide in the lobby and drive to a private reserve near the north-facing slopes of the Cordillera de Tilarán. This area offers volcano views that can be observed from an aerial Sky Tram that rises 236 meters (780 feet) in a 1250 meters (4125 feet) ride. You will be accompanied by a bilingual guide in order to point out and explain more about the wild species found in the preserve. The Canopy Zip Line starts from the observation platform. There are ten zip line cables and they range in height from 30 meters (100 feet) to 200 meters (660 feet), and in length from 200 meters (660 feet) to 750 meters (2475 feet). The experience offers panoramic views of the volcano and lake from a whole new perspective. As you step out of the Canopy Zip Line, a bilingual guide will continue with you to enter the Canopy Walkway. This walk consists of a rainforest trail which connects a series of suspension bridges located over the treetops.

Evening Visit to Ecotermales Hot SpringAfter signing in at the reception, you will be given a key for your locker where you can change and store your belongings. You will also be given a plastic bag for your wet swimsuit when you’re done. You have access to a cooler water pool and cold water showers so that you can cool off as needed. The time limit in the hot water pools is especially important to keep in mind when you are traveling with children. While moving through their pools or letting a waterfall deliver a natural massage, you have access to their spring side bar where an assortment of blended smoothies and cocktails are prepared (additional cost). When you’ve had your fill of the springs and you’ve changed into dry cloths, a buffet style Costa Rican meal is waiting in the restaurant.

Day 4
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Hotel Parador Resort & Spa Breakfast

Meet your Spanish speaking driver in the lobby of your hotel in La Fortuna, Arenal, and drive to the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica, the drive can take 5.5 to 6 hours. You´ll be leaving the green mountains of Arenal and the fertile soils around the volcano. Along the way, and as you start ascending to the Continental Divide, you´ll pass several crops like papayas, pineapple, plantains and more. The road will take you up to 6000 feet where the mist and dairy farms coexist. The shuttle service will make one stop to relax, restrooms, getting a cup of coffee or perhaps a souvenir. You´ll continue your journey towards the Pacific coast lowlands. You can observe large rice and oil palm plantations as well as cattle ranches while you drive on the coastal highway. The shuttle van will drive you to your hotel in Manuel Antonio.

Day 5
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Hotel Parador Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

One full day in Manuel Antonio with the following activity included:

Horseback Riding Tocori Waterfalls

Join us and let Don Gilberto and his family share horseback riding in Costa Rica. Your riding bilingual guide will cover different topics during this experience, including history and nature interpretation. You may be interested in learning about the origin of Quepos, the surrounding rain forest and particular wildlife in the Tocori Private Reserve, located a few minutes from Manuel Antonio park. After an hour horseback ride through the tropical rain forest, you'll get off the horses and let Don Gilberto or his daughter Dyala guide you through the plant and animal life of this region. You’ll be able to taste, smell, touch and observe firsthand the natural environment. Afterwards, you can take a refreshing dip in natural mountain waters while the Tocori Waterfalls rain down on you.

At Doña Eli’s rancho, your hostess prepares a homemade dish with the fresh local flavor of country food. Before returning to your hotel, you can take some time to visit a private herbs & plants family garden

Day 6
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Hotel Parador Resort & Spa Breakfast

Manuel Antonio National Park Interpretive Walk

The soft sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park are bordered by lush rain forest. These natural habitats are home for a variety of wildlife species. There are numerous birds that might be observed at the park such as Night Herons, Black - mandibled Toucan, Fiery- billed Aracari, parrots, parakeets, king fishers, potoos, trogons, fly catchers and many more. Also, there are many species of mammals that inhabit the park, such as the White to throated Capuchin, Howlers, Squirrel monkeys, Sloths, Coati mundi, Agoutis, Raccoons and bats. Some individuals can be observed almost every time you visit the park, for instance, Black Iguanas, Capuchin Monkeys or Sloths. There are nature paths to follow and the guided hike requires some physical - non strenuous- challenge. Once you’ve completed your tour, treat yourself to a leisure time on the beach before heading back.

Day 7
San José, Costa Rica
International Airport in San Jose Breakfast

At a convenient time, meet your Driver for the approximate 3 ½ hours drive to the San José Airport.

Please note that you need to be at the Airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight for check in purposes, therefore your departure from Manuel Antonio will be planned 7 hours before your flight’s departure.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Family Vacations
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Looking for a week in Costa Rica?

This is an option for you.

You could visit Arenal Volcano and the Manuel Antonio National Park.

The Arenal Volcano; It is in the district of La Fortuna, canton of San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. It is one of the most known volcanoes in Costa Rica nationally and internationally and one of the most visited.

Manuel Antonio is the jewel of the Pacific Coast, place known for its high-quality beaches.

About Us

Created in 1978, Costa Rica Expeditions continues to set the pace with Taylor made itineraries of leisure, wilderness and nature adventures in one of the world's most bio diverse and richly-populated wildlife areas. With appeal for travelers seeking escape to remote wilderness areas, retreats and beaches with the most upscale accommodations waiting at the end of the day, Costa Rica Expeditions blends adventure-packed itineraries led by expert, bilingual naturalist guides with luxurious lodgings set in Costa Rica's wildest corners. Costa Rica Expeditions is widely recognized as the best nature and adventure tour operator in the country.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

INCLUDED: Accommodations, Transfers, Tours and Meals: As indicated in the itinerary.

Porterage: we include the handling of two bags per person.

Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified.

NOT INCLUDED: Costs of obtaining passports, visas; excess baggage fees; personal expenses, gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; international airfare and airport departure taxes; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage.

HOLIDAY PAYMENT POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are reserved less than 90 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed. Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotels, guides and services are non-refundable.

PAYMENT POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES

A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are confirmed less than 60 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed.

PRICES CHARGED

The prices we charge reflect our costs and a reasonable profit for our services in planning and operating the trip.

PRICE BREAKDOWNS

We do not give price breakdowns.

HOLIDAY CANCELLATION POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and services are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 90 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus a cancellation fee of $750 or 20% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 89 to 46 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 45 or fewer days prior to the trip.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAYS

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and service are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $500 or 15% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 29 to 15 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the trip.



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Excellent accomodation and tours

By: MM


Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2015

Costa Rica Expeditions is a first class operation. Their guide Donald at the Montverde Lodge and Gardens was amazing. We saw many species of birds and mammals that we would not have seen had he not been along to point then out to us. Very professional, polite and well versed in the ecology of Costa Rica. Excellent English as well. All transfers from one location to another were executed perfectly. Always on time and safe. Most drivers spoke a fair amount of English and were only too glad to stop to point out sights or to stop for a photo. shoot. The Monteverde Lodge and Gardens was very comfortable and the restaurant El Jardin was great as well. Loved the whole experience.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa and Nancy Zupancic

Pura Vida

By: Sherie


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2015

Costa Rica....the most hospitable place on earth! Wonderful service wherever we went. Everyone we met was kind and welcoming. Such an amazing country.

Costa Rica March 2017

By: Cecile


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2017

10+ Drivers, tour guides, hosts, lodges (especially Tortuga Lodge, but also Monte Verde Lodge), food, employees were all fabulous! We also stayed at Arenas Del Mar and that was fabulous as well!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley