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8 day - Adventure, Costa Rica (8 days)

Costa Rica Expeditions

Arenal, Costa Rica To San José, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 19 May 2020


Day 1
Arenal, Costa Rica
Arenal Manoa None

After passing through Immigration and customs meet your Costa Rica Expeditions guide.

The guide will provide you information regarding the transfer and will also give you documents for your trip. Then, he/she will introduce you to your Spanish speaking driver who will take you to the Arenal Volcano area. The transfer will be with the driver only, and the guide stays in the San Jose airport. The duration of the transfer is 3 – 3.5 hours

Arenal Volcano, with its almost perfectly shaped cone, soars 1,633 meters (5.500 ft) above sea level. This volcano presents five craters altogether, and one of those craters is about 150 m ( 500 ft) deep. From time to time, deep earth echoes are heard and clouds of vapor or smoke billows out of the top. The frequency of activity varies greatly from day-to-day. This area also shows the largest fresh water lake in the country. Arenal Lake is a man-made water reservoir favorite among water sports lovers and fishermen. Although the main attraction in this region is the volcano, the area offers a variety of activities including boat tours on the lake, stand up paddling, a canopy walkway, zip lines, hot springs, horseback riding, canyoning, sustainable farming and biking just to name a few.

Day 2
Arenal, Costa Rica
Arenal Manoa Breakfast, Dinner

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. You will gain elevation hiking from about 1600 feet to maximum 2200 feet 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.

Evening Visit to Ecotermales Hot Spring

After signing in at the reception, you will be given a key for your locker where you can change and store your belongings. There are two separate dressing rooms one for men and one for ladies where there are restrooms, showers, sinks, mirrors and wooden benches. You will also be given a plastic bag for your wet swimsuit when you’re done.

A path through the forest leads you to the natural thermal hot springs with 6 free-flowing pools set in a natural river gorge. Water temperature ranges from 100ºF to 109ºF depending on the pool. The high temperatures and mineral rich waters require that you spend no more than 10 minutes in the higher temperature pools and alternate an equal amount of time between hot and cold water. You have access to a cooler water pool and cold water showers so that you can cool off as needed.

Day 3
Arenal, Costa Rica
Arenal Manoa Breakfast

Arenal Hanging Bridges Canopy Walkway

This project consists of eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters, 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 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, are right inside the forest. As you walk, you can appreciate a great diversity of flowers and wildlife that are typical of the rain forest as well as some imposing views of the Volcano (weather permitting).

Horseback Riding to Rancho Margot Look Out Point

Meet your transfer guide and drive from your hotel to the surrounds of Arenal Lake. Then you will be shown the Ranch and a brief explanation about the different efforts in Biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism that takes place at the Ranch will be shared. Once the ride starts, the landscape is partly flat and partly uphill and downhill slopes and goes on gravel road through pasture grounds. You may be able to enjoy views from the Mirador to the Arenal Volcano, Rain Forest and Lake Arenal. The activity is designed for beginners’ level and it lasts 2 – 2.5 hours approximately

Day 4
Arenal, Costa Rica
Arenal Manoa Breakfast, Lunch

White Water Rafting Sarapiqui River, Class III

Set in the lowlands of the Caribbean rain forest, Sarapiqui River encompasses natural riverine environments and fresh mountain waters. A series of white water rapids combine with quiet pools between them. From time to time, local wildlife like Howler Monkeys or Green Iguanas can be observed during the tranquil sections of this river.

Even beginners and families enjoy the big splash of rapids named “Gringo’s Hole” “Confusion” and “Air force”. This trip begins in La Fortuna where expert rafting guides will pick you up in private transportation from your hotel. Then you travel for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to arrive at the river. Once on the river, you will experience three action packed hours where, in the middle, you will stop for a fruit break and rest time to renovate your energy for the second half of the trip. At the end of the river portion your private transportation will be waiting for you and drive for a few minutes to a local restaurant for an invigorating Costa Rican meal. The return trip to Fortuna will be 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Day 5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Plaza Yara Hotel Breakfast

Today a 30 min land transfer will be provided to La Fortuna airstrip.

Fly from La Fortuna to Quepos, with a layover and plane change in San José. First, fly 25 min on the domestic airline SANSA from La Fortuna to San José. You will wait in the SANSA lounge at the airport for 51 min (often longer) and then continue on their scheduled flight to Quepos for 29 mins.

Upon arrival a land transfer will be provided from the Quepos airstrip to your hotel (approx. 20 minutes).

White-sand beaches, cliffs, promontories, ravines, rivers, rainforests, varied wildlife, beautiful seascapes and a hot climate all describe Manuel Antonio. Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast 4.3 miles (7 kms) south of Quepos Harbor, some consider Manuel Antonio to be overdeveloped and crowded. Indeed, Manuel Antonio remains one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations and is sometimes compared to Key West. The beaches within the Park are a main attraction to the area and it is important to keep in mind that the same is closed on Mondays.

Day 6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Plaza Yara Hotel Breakfast
At Manuel Antonio Antonio National Park & Beach for 2 days with the following activity included:

Whale & Dolphin Watching at Bahia Ballena

Meet your nature guide and fellow travelers in the Town of Uvita. The Bahia Aventura Tour is a good option to see the most of the Marino Ballena National Park. The tour departs from Punta Uvita Beach twice daily (at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm) and visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale Tail, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventanas Sea Caves. During the tour be on the lookout for Humpback and Pilot Whales as well as three different species of resident dolphins. When granted the opportunity, you might have the chance to see and hear the Humpback Whales and or observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins. Also visit the coral and rock reefs to snorkel and observe the underwater marine wildlife.

Day 7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Plaza Yara Hotel Breakfast

Enjoy this free day in Manuel Antonio.

Day 8
San José, Costa Rica
International Airport Breakfast

Depending on your international flight departure time, today you will meet your Spanish speaking driver, and depart by minivan for a land transfer back to the International Airport in San Jose (3 - 3.5 hour drive). Please keep in mind that you must be at the airport at least three hours prior to your departure time.

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The Manuel Antonio National Park is in the Quepos canton, Puntarenas province, it is a wildlife resource, between beach and very humid tropical forest.

The Arenal Volcano National Park is a protected area is of great importance for the conservation of the water regime, it is also known for scenic beauty and volcanic activity.

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.

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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.



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.


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.


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


We do not give price breakdowns.



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.


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.

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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

HIGHLY recommend for a stress free vacation of your dreams!

By: Brittany A.

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2018

Costa Rica Expeditions was absolutely incredible!! Every detail was planned out perfectly, so that my husband and I did not have to worry about a thing. The tour guides were some of the friendliest people I have ever met. They made us feel like old friends and went out of their way with kindness. This was the least stressful vacation I have ever taken and I recommend this service to everyone who has asked us about our trip. Costa Rica Expeditions will provide you with the most memorable vacation, you will not regret it!
Travel Advisor:  Charissa Popp