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Costa Rica, National Parks (10 days)

Costa Rica Expeditions

Arenal, Costa Rica To San José, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 20 Mar 2019

Costa Rica, National Parks (10 days)

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 guide, who will take you to your hotel.
Day 2
Arenal, Costa Rica
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Garden & Nayara Springs Breakfast

Arenal Volcano Hike 1968 Trail

Today you will be hiking trails around the flanks of Arenal Volcano. Your hike takes place on private land used as buffer zones to help protecting the adjacent national park.

You’ll want to see our recommendations on what to wear and what to pack in your daypack, below. This hike is approximately 3 miles or 5 kms, and covers a good variety of natural sceneries and ecosystems. The trail includes relatively flat sections with no more than 10 % gradient, as well as some more serious climb on steep rocky terrain (25-35 % incline). You will gain elevation hiking from about 1600 feet (500 mts) to maximum 2200 feet (666 mts) at the summit of the 1968 old lava flow. On a clear day you can observe the Arenal Volcano and the Lake used for electric generation and recreation. The Arenal has experienced much more active periods in the past decades. The largest eruptions ever registered occurred in 1968 when Arenal suddenly woke up from an extended lethargic era. Arenal is a “young” volcano, only about 7000 years old.

On your way to the top of the old lava, you’ll cross grasslands, a volcanic lake, secondary forest and patches of regenerated vegetation less than 50 years old. There are good possibilities to observe several species of birds.

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

Arenal Hanging Bridges Canopy Walkway

This project consists of eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters (25 – 75 feet), and six hanging bridges, built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The hanging bridges are between 48 and 98 meters (160 – 330 feet) long. All the bridges are made of galvanized steel and high-strength aluminum. The safety mesh and the suspension cables are all galvanized steel. The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. The trails, covering a distance of about 3.1 km (2 miles), are right inside the forest. As you walk, you can observe a significant diversity of plants and wildlife that are typical of the rain forest as well as some views of the Volcano (weather permitting)

Day 4
Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arenal volcano – Osa Peninsula

Drive to the El Tanque airport in La Fortuna to meet your 1 hour and 15 minute Costa Rica Expeditions light charter flight from La Fortuna to Drakes Bay.

Please note that you will wet your feet upon arrival to the airstrip as you'll have to take a boat transfer to your hotel and there is no dock. La Paloma Lodge nests atop a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nearby Cano Island, in Costa Rica's isolated Drake Bay. The resort is spread over 12 richly landscaped acres and is surrounded by dense tropical rainforest.

Day 5
Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Caño Island Snorkeling Excursion

Caño Island Biological Marine Reserve is 12 nautical miles offshore from Drake Bay. The attraction is not necessarily found on its land, but underwater. The waters surrounding the island are some of the clearest in the country. The Island's dark, volcanic rock is home to numerous species including smaller brightly colored tropical fish, and the larger snapper, tuna, grouper, mackerel, jack, white tip shark, sea turtles, barracuda (typically in schools), manta rays, eels, porcupine fish, sea urchins, octopus, lobster, sponges and sea cucumbers. There are 15 or more types of stony coral species as well as the attendant coral eaters (starfish, mollusks, and hermit crabs). Visibility is good-to-excellent year round. The island is of considerable geographical and archeological importance. This 300-hectare piece of land was a burial ground dating back to the pre-Columbian era of the Diquis tribal people.

Day 6
Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike in Corcovado National Park – San Pedrillo Station

After breakfast leave with your local guide for a hike in Corcovado National Park. A 25 minute boat ride from the lodge will land you at the northern San Pedrillo entrance to the park

Learn from your guide about the life in the rainforest.

Afterward there will be time to explore the beach or relax.

Day 7
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort Breakfast

Osa Peninsula - Manuel Antonio National Park & Beach

Land boat transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park (60 minutes boat and 3 hours land transfer)

Day 8
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort Breakfast

Manuel Antonio National Park Interpretive Walk

Join a guide from Arenas del Mar for an interpretative experience at Manuel Antonio National Park. Although the highlights of this park are its two white sand beaches Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio, it also protects coastal rain forest, a mangrove swamp, coral formations and 12 islands that serve as seabird sanctuaries. The guide will teach you about the park’s distinctive plant life and point out some of the resident fauna, which include 109 mammal species, including 3 species of monkeys, agouti, three-toed sloth and 184 species of birds. The terrain is generally flat and easy to walk. Keep in mind temperatures and humidity are high making the walk feel more difficult.

Day 9
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort Breakfast

Manuel Antonio National Park & Beach

Leisure day.

Day 10
San José, Costa Rica
International Airport Breakfast

Today meet your Spanish speaking driver and depart by minivan for the 20 - 30 min drive to the Quepos airstrip.

Drive to the local airport to meet your 30 minute Costa Rica Expeditions light charter flight from Quepos to San José.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Family Vacations
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano National Park is located within the much larger Arenal Conservation Area, which protects more than 500,000 acres of rain forest, rivers, lakes and old volcanic lava fields. This area contains a great wealth of geologic and biological complexity. The volcano itself is approximately 5,500 feet high and has gone through several eruptive cycles. Within the national park, short trails pass through secondary forest as well as lava fields from previous eruptions. Arenal also plays an interesting role in Costa Rica's power production- Lake Arenal, which rests at the base of the volcano, supplies a high percentage of the country's hydroelectric energy. The area is home to a remarkable biodiversity and variety of habitats.

Corcovado

Ideal to see flora and fauna. Frequent sighting includes monkeys, coatimundis, squirrels, spiders, macaws, bats, leaf cutter ants, and more. Also, you can visit a river and visit a waterfall.

Park Station at San Pedrillo. Located just offshore is Picaros Island, a refuge for several species of marine birds including the Brown Boobie, Blue Heron and Brown Pelican.

Manuel Antonio

White-sand beaches, cliffs, promontories, ravines, rivers, rainforests, varied wildlife, beautiful seascapes and a hot climate all describe Manuel Antonio National Park. Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast 4.3 miles (7 kms) south of Quepos Harbor, some consider the Park to be overdeveloped and crowded. Indeed, Manual Antonio remains one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations and is sometimes compared to Key West. The area around the Park is part of an agricultural region based on a plantation economy, which has been extensively altered since the 19th century. The forest, which used to cover vast tracts, was cut down and the few remaining strands are conserved today in a protected wilderness area.

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

Contact your Costa Rica Expeditions Virtuoso Travel Advisor for insider knowledge to help enhance your experience.

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