Costa Rica Escape

Get ready to explore the wild wonders of Costa Rica on a 8-day handcrafted adventure. Your itinerary showcases the ideal blend of thrilling activities, nature explorations, and wildlife encounters. Beginning in Arenal, you will have the chance to view wildlife and learn about the flora and fauna of Costa Rica with stunning views of Arenal Volcano in the background. Following your epic rainforest retreat, you will be whisked away to the Pacific coast and stunning Tamarindo. Cruise the waters by catamaran, lounge at your luxurious resort and make the most of this tropical beach setting...the perfect ending to the perfect trip!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Liberia Arrival - Arenal

Liberia Arrival - Arenal
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Hotel Arenal Springs

Welcome to Costa Rica! You will be picked up at the airport in Liberia and transferred to your hotel in Arenal. Sit back and relax as this drive will take approximately 3.5 hours. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)

Arenal Volcano National Park

Though it has remained dormant since 1968, Arenal Volcano is the highlight of one of Costa Rica's most popular national parks. Beautiful trails, volcanic hot springs, and ample adventure activities abound, all interspersed with rare rumblings from the sleeping mountain. Plenty of lodges and hotels are built into the countryside with views of Arenal Volcano to take advantage of this picturesque region. It won't take you long to see why this is such a hot spot! From rain clouds, to clear blue skies, it's a beautiful and unique site to behold no matter what.

Day 2: Arenal

Arenal
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Cano Negro Boat Tour
  • Accommodation: Hotel Arenal Springs
  • Meals: B, L

Cano Negro Boat Tour

The Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve is one of the most important reserves for spectacular bird watching and observation of wildlife in Costa Rica. Cano Negro is also home to many sloths, monkeys, caimans and bats, as well as numerous tropical plants.

This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to head out on a boat tour, to further explore the natural wild. With your local guide, you will slowly and silently cruise to this exceptional national refuge in a comfortable boat. As you glide along the water, admire the beautiful flora and fauna that passes you by. After the ride, you will be served a traditional and tasty lunch in the restaurant "El Caiman", which is perfectly located on the riverbank of "Rio Frío". Proceeding lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 3: Arenal

Daily Summary
  • Tour: Hanging Bridges & Sky Tram Adventure
  • Tour: Nocturnal Nature Experience
  • Accommodation: Hotel Arenal Springs
  • Meals: B, D

Hanging Bridges & Sky Tram Adventure

The Sky Tram gondolas rise smoothly through the Rain Forest, offering up endless views during their mountainous ascent. This tour is perfect for people who want to take a different approach on admiring nature. On the tour, you will be attended by a bilingual guide who will point out distinctive characteristics of the flora and fauna and other interesting facts of the area. The Sky Tram travels up the mountains to arrive to a wide observation platform on the highest point of the reserve, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano, Lake, and the surrounding forests. Sky Walk offers a more peaceful introduction to exploring Arenal Rainforest on a 4km (2.5mi) circuit trail that snakes through distinct levels of the wonderfully diverse ecosystem. Sky Walk uses these trails and a series of suspension bridges for a one on one experience with the flora and fauna of the forest canopy. You will hike deep into these magical tropical forests to admire nature from a unique perspective. Crossing hanging bridges with complete views of the forest canopy, and from the forest floor on well-maintained paths – a naturalist guide will point out intriguing plant and animal life. Trails includes some uneven surfaces and several ascents and descents. (This service is on a group basis.)

Nocturnal Nature Experience

This excursion is the perfect activity for those wanting to make sure they take advantage of literally every minute in Costa Rica! On a unique night hike, you will be taken to discover some of the country’s nocturnal wonders, as their world starts to come alive. The tour begins in a small town known as La Tigra, located just 30 minutes from La Fortuna. Upon arrival, you will embark on a trail towards a small patch of rainforest used to facilitate wildlife observation. You can expect to see species such as nocturnal birds and mammals, insects, amphibians, bats and more.

The trail then continues to a frog sanctuary, which is an area dedicated to the regeneration and natural reproduction of frog species. You can admire and learn about a variety of species here, including the Dart Frog and the Bull Frog, the smallest and largest species in the country, as well as the spectacular Red Eyed Tree Frog and the beautiful Glass Frog. Following your discovery of the nocturnal wildlife, a delicious Costa Rican dinner will be prepared for you on a wood burning stove. Sit down to enjoy dinner and marvel at the sparkling lights of the valleys of San Carlos. Afterwards, you will be returned to La Fortuna. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 4: Arenal - Tamarindo

Arenal - Tamarindo
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Capitán Suizo Hotel
  • Meals: B

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to continue on with your adventure to Tamarindo. The drive time to your accommodation will take about 3.5 hour so sit back and relax. (This service is on a private basis.)

Tamarindo

For decades, Tamarindo has hosted explorers seeking ideal surf waves and beach parties. Thus, it enjoys the benefits of one of the country's most developed and pristine beaches. Luxury resorts and lodges keep the beaches clean, while international restaurants cater to every imaginable requirement. Located in a broad bay in the warm and sunny northwest Guanacaste Province, the activities on offer expand far beyond the beaches though. Travelers can also enjoy coastal bird watching and estuary tours, sports fishing, snorkeling, diving tours and sailing, among others.

Day 5: Tamarindo

Tamarindo
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Capitán Suizo Hotel
  • Meals: B

Free Day in Tamarindo

The horseshoe bay of Tamarindo, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, offers three and a half kilometers of white sand and azure waters. Five-star resorts are strung along the beachfront with charming restaurants, bars, and shops clustered further back from the beach, under the lush vegetation that blankets this laid back town. Surfing, diving, estuary trips, fishing, and a weekly farmers market are just some of the activities on offer in Tamarindo. For a rare opportunity to witness turtles nesting, travel to National Park Las Baulas just outside town.

Day 6: Tamarindo

Tamarindo
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Pacific Coast Catamaran Cruise & Snorkel
  • Accommodation: Capitán Suizo Hotel
  • Meals: B

Pacific Coast Catamaran Cruise & Snorkel

Enjoy a catamaran tour in Playa Tamarindo where you will cruise along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches, and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink, prepared and served by our crew, as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, or even a breaching whale.

Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor, and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach while the ever-helpful crew prepares a feast of BBQ chicken, yellow Spanish rice, fruit, chips, black bean puree, pico de gallo, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 7: Tamarindo

Tamarindo
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Capitán Suizo Hotel
  • Meals: B

Free Day in Tamarindo

Enjoy another wonderful day in Tamarindo at your leisure. Continue discovering the wonders that this beautiful place has to offer.

Day 8: Tamarindo - Liberia Departure

Tamarindo - Liberia Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Tamarindo, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Liberia International Airport (approximately 1.5 hours) in good time to board your international departure flight.

We wish you safe and happy travels home! (This service is on a private basis.)

Accommodation

Hotel Arenal Springs

Hotel Arenal Springs

The Hotel Arenal Springs is located just five miles away from La Fortuna on the way to Arenal Volcano National Park, between the town and Arenal Lake. The hotel boasts 87 junior suites with direct views of the active side of the volcano. Each room is surrounded by exotic gardens, beautiful flowers, and many species of birds. The hotel also features two swimming pools and a thermal river, offering the perfect relaxation to pair with your adventure. The Arenal Springs Resort is the perfect getaway for guests looking to remain close to nature but still retain the comfort and amenities of a modern hotel.

Capitán Suizo Hotel

Capitán Suizo Hotel

Capitan Suizo is an ideal place for relaxation that carries a tropical ambience and lies amongst a lush garden. With a discreet elegance and a touch of Swiss quality that blends with an informal and joyful atmosphere, Capitan Suizo is an oasis where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. Playa Tamarindo is one of the most beautiful beaches of the pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is situated adjacent to “Las Baulas Marine National Park”, which is one of the most important nesting places on the planet for the giant Leatherback turtles. These turtles are the biggest kind of sea turtle in the world. The 7 bungalows, honeymoon bungalow, 22 rooms and the four-bedroom-suite are spacious, tastefully furnished and decorated. All rooms benefit from a balcony or terrace, overlook tropical gardens and face towards the ocean.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 5,560 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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