Wilderness Basecamp

Essential Costa Rica - Set Departure

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Prices From: $1,862 per person

This is a small group trip with set departure dates.

Departure Dates:

April 20th, 2014
July 12th, 2014
November 26th, 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

Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel about 30 minutes from the airport. Depending on when you arrive you will have time to explore on your own or relax at leisure.

Overnight: Trypp Sabana

Day 2 - San Jose - Arenal Volcano

You will be met and transferred to your accommodation in Arenal. Total drive time is approximately 3 hours. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

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.

Overnight: Hotel Arenal Manoa (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 3 - 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.

In the evening, you will be able to unwind at the EcoTermales hotsprings. This location offeres an array of different pools with different temperature of naturally themal heated water filled with minerals, truly revitalizing!

Overnight: Hotel Arenal Manoa (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 4 - 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: Monteverde Country Lodge (Breakfast, lunch included)

Day 5 - 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: Monteverde Country Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 6 - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio National Park

This morning you will drive to the Manuel Antonio area.(Approximate travel time is 4 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Playa Espadilla Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park

This morning, you'll enjoy a group guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, arguably the country's most beautiful and popular protected coastal area. The national park contains pristine white-sand beaches, hidden coves ideal for snorkeling, trails through tropical forest filled with wildlife and the landmark Punta Catedral, towering high above the deep blue Pacific Ocean.

This afternoon, you'll be transferred back to your accommodation in Manuel Antonio to enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be served at your hotel tonight.

Overnight: Playa Espadilla Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Manuel Antonio - San Jose Departure

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

Accommodation Information

Trypp Sabana

Offering attractive accommodation with free Wi-Fi, Tryp Sabana Hotel is located 50 meters from San José’s Pan American Motorway and La Sabana Park. Each room at the Tryp Sabana Hotel is air-conditioned and has contemporary décor with carpeted floors. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV and a coffee maker with Costa Rican coffee. Some rooms have a small seating area. Guests can enjoy a range of Costa Rican Regional dishes in the Gastro Bar Restaurant. The popular El Pueblo District with its many bars and nightclubs is just 2 km from the hotel.

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.

Monteverde Country Lodge

Situated in the cloud forest of Monteverde, this eco-friendly hotel offers rustic-style rooms with free Wi-Fi and views of the tropical gardens. Arenal Volcano National Park is just 5 km away. Rooms at Monteverde Country Lodge are set in charming wooden cabins, with access to a shared porch. Each room includes cable TV, a coffee maker, a safe and a bathroom with free toiletries.

The on-site restaurant serves fusion cuisine and typical Costa Rican dishes, made with local ingredients. Snacks and drinks are available from the bar. Guests of Monteverde Country Lodge enjoy free access to facilities at Hotel Poco a Poco, including an indoor pool, gym, hot tub and kids’ club. Discounts are offered in the hotel’s restaurant and spa.

Hotel Playa Espadilla

Hotel Playa Espadilla is situated in beautiful Manuel Antonio, in the central Pacific region of Costa Rica. The hotel is just a three minute walk from the Manuel Antonio National Park, and a two minute walk from the beachfront. Manuel Antonio, a virtual tropical paradise, is home to some of the country's most stunning beaches.

Location

Region: Central America

Address:
San Jose
Costa Rica

Amenities/Activities

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 visit to Poas Volcano National Park + La Paz Waterfall Garden
  • * Guided visit to Arenal Haning Bridges + visit to Hot Springs Resort
  • * Guided visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • * Sky Tram & Trek tours at Sky Adventures Monteverde
  • * Guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • 1 night at Trypp Sabana
  • 2 nights at Arenal Manoa
  • 2 nights at Monteverde Country Lodge
  • 2 nights at Playa Espadilla Hotel
  • 24/7 emergency assistance while in Costa Rica

Price Excludes

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