Wilderness Basecamp

Costa Rica Highlights - Set Departure

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Prices From: $1,068 per person

This is a small group trip with set departure dates.

Departure Dates:

March 7th, 2014
April 4th, 2014
June 13th, 2014
July 3rd, 2014
August 8th, 2014

The birthplace of ecotourism, Costa Rica is home to lush jungles, mystical cloud forests, endless beaches and an incredible array of wildlife. Over the past several years this small country has rapidly become a premier travel destination, and with its diverse ecosystems, incredible natural beauty and mellow atmosphere, it is easy to see why.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - San Jose Arrival - Arenal Volcano

Welcome to Costa Rica! You will be met by our local representative either at your San Jose hotel or at the airport upon your arrival. You will be transferred to Arenal, your first destination on your Costa Rica journey, where you will spend the next two days. This transfer takes approximately three hours driving on well-paved roads. Take the rest of the day to explore Arenal at your leisure, or relax and enjoy your hotel's facilities.

Overnight: Hotel Arenal Manoa

Day 2 - Arenal Volcano

Today you will be met at your hotel lobby by your guide who will take you on a tour of the hanging bridges overlooking the abundant biodiversity existent in the natural reserve. Your naturalist guide will open the doors to you into the fascinating and colorful tropical rainforest world through his knowledge of natural history. This tour is a fun and educational way to learn about the surrounding natural environment. Its purpose is to offer you, in a safe and sustainable way, a tiny passage into the kindness of nature, and in this way, take care of it for the future generations.

Overnight: Hotel Arenal Manoa (Breakfast included)

Day 3 - Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest

After checking out of your lodge this morning, you will meet your driver and transfer to the dock on Lake Arenal and take a 15 minute boat transfer across the water. Following this will be a ride up the mountains to Monteverde. This place is literally called "Green Mountain," and you will witness the changes in vegetation and climate as you ascend from 900 meters to 1600 meters above sea level.

World famous, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve offers a great diversity of flora and fauna, including the Resplendent Quetzal, one of the most beautiful birds on our continent. Managed by the Tropical Science Center, the Monteverde Reserve is well known for it is diverse vegetation, which supports six different life zones. Check into your lodge here and enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring Monteverde at your leisure.

Overnight: Cloud Forest Lodge (Breakfast included)

Day 4 - Monteverde Cloud Forest

This morning at 7:00am, you will be picked up for a morning hike through the biological reserve. Enjoy learning about the vast diversity as you follow your local guide, who will tell you about the local wildlife and fauna. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve offers well developed and easily negotiable trails that access some of the most beautiful primary cloud forests in the world. Return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.

Overnight: Cloud Forest Lodge (Breakfast included)

Day 5 - Monteverde - Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Playa Hermosa, on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Bosque del Mar Hotel is directly on the sand, and offers amazing views of the beach.

Guanacaste, with its glorious beaches, offers outstanding surfing opportunities for beginners, intermediate and experienced surfers. Sport fishing tours are a great way to get out into these blue waters for the chance to catch Sailfish, Yellow Fin Tuna and Dorado.

Overnight: Hotel Bosque del Mar (Breakfast included)

Day 6 - Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

This morning after breakfast you’ll enjoy a 2.5 hour sea kayaking tour. (Departure time will depend on the tides). This is the perfect trip for nature lovers, where you can row through the calm waters of the estuary found between Tamarindo Beach and Playa Grande. On sunny days there’s a good chance you will be able to observe a variety of bird species, crocodiles, iguanas and other animals.

Overnight: Hotel Bosque del Mar (Breakfast included)

Day 7 - Guanacaste Departure

This morning you will be transferred to Liberia International Airport in good time to board your flights home!

Accommodation Information

Hotel Arenal Manoa

Hotel Arenal Manoa is a beautiful property offering marvellous views of the Arenal Volcano. Surrounded by gardens, lush pasture and animals, rooms have been designed so that each offers a panoramic view of the volcano. Guests can take advantage of the spacious gardens for walking and meditation as well as the opportunities to see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm.

Cloud Forest Lodge

What makes our Cloud Forest Lodge so special is its small size and personal touches. The lodge has 3 cabañas and a total capacity of 6 to 10 people, and first started receiving guests in 1998. It sits on 44 hectares (110 acres) of land... the lodge and its garden and cabañas take up about 1 hectare (2.5 acres).

The rest of the land is yours to use for nature walks, bird watching or just enjoying the surrounding forest.

Hotel Bosque del Mar

Guanacaste’s Bosque del Mar blends modern accommodation with a celebration of its rain forest surroundings. Immense trees embrace the stately, open-air common spaces, and manicured old-growth forest fills the space between rooms. Built on the doorstep of the beach, the hotel has cool breezes and a constant soundtrack of crashing waves.

Built by an American who first came to Costa Rica as a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1960s, Hotel Playa Bosque del Mar is on the site of the first tourist development on Playa Hermosa. The new hotel was carefully designed to preserve decades-old palms, while not disrupting the flow of wildlife. Balconies in every room and wide windows encourage guests to soak in the natural surroundings.


Region: Central America

San Jose
Costa Rica


Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Wildlife Wildlife

General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodation as mentioned
  • All meals as mentioned
  • All Transportation and English speaking guides as mentioned
  • All Tours and Activities shown as included
  • * Guided Hanging bridges excursion
  • * Guided excursion to Monteverde Reserve
  • * Coastal Kayak Tour
  • 2 nights at Arenal Manoa
  • 2 nights at Cloud Forest Lodge
  • 2 nights at Hotel Playa Hermosa Bosque Del Mar
  • 24/7 emergency assistance while in Costa Rica

Price Excludes

  • International flights, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Travel Insurance (ask us for a quote)
  • Accommodation in San Jose
  • Airport departure tax (currently US$29 per person)
  • Tips or gratuities
  • Other services not mentioned