This is a small group trip with set departure dates at a discounted rate.

2015 Departure Dates:
*April 18th, 2015
*July 4th, 2015
*November 21st, 2015

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.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose Arrival

San Jose Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Autentico Hotel

In the evening, you will be picked up at the airport in San Jose and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

San Jose

Historic neighborhoods in Costa Rica are laced with good international restaurants and shopping streets. The city's art scene is popping, and huge murals accompany small art galleries throughout. Like many Latin American capitals, it's the colonial architecture that really gives the streets their charm, and is a welcome break from the ever-modernizing city. As a city that mostly hosts travelers arriving and departing from Costa Rica, San Jose fills its role perfectly.

Day 2: San Jose - Arenal Volcano National Park

San Jose - Arenal Volcano National Park
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Hotel Arenal Manoa
  • Meals: B, L

During breakfast, early briefing with your tour guide for general information about your stay in Costa Rica. Your adventure will begin with a morning pick up for a guided transfer to La Fortuna. En route you will visit Poas Volcano National Park to enjoy the main crater activity and the volcano surroundings. After a few hours in the park, the transfer will continue to La Fortuna in San Carlos. Check in at your hotel near Arenal Volcano.

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, and one can see why. Through rain clouds and clear skies, it's a beautiful site to behold.

Day 3: Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs
  • Accommodation: Hotel Arenal Manoa
  • Meals: B, D

Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs

This morning 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 rain forest world through his knowledge of natural history. This tour is a fun and educative 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.

Eco Termales is a family-run project that has been built over several years of focused and hard work. The four pools vary in temperature, with the coolest being 91º F and the hottest being 105º F. One of the pools has a refreshing, cascading waterfall that visitors are invited to stand beneath. Paths laid with volcanic silt run throughout the complex, connecting the pools, changing rooms, and restaurant. Eco Termales is a wonderfully authentic environment that offers both privacy and tranquility within the Costa Rican rainforest. Come and enjoy this relaxing sanctuary for yourself this afternoon. Dinner is also included tonight at the hot springs resort.

Day 4: Arenal - Monteverde Cloud Forest

Arenal - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Arenal to Monteverde
  • Accommodation: Hotel Fonda Vela
  • Meals: B

This morning you'll be met at your hotel and transferred to your shared boat lake crossing to the Monteverde Cloud Forest area and your overnight accommodations. Approximate transfer time is 2.5 hours. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

This biological reserve has been a source of inspiration since it was first colonized, and has continued to be advocated for by different conservation groups through the 19th and 20th centuries. Only 160 tourists are allowed within its borders at a time, insuring that the healthy rivers, blooming trees, and intense biodiversity remains protected. Though it does rain often (bring your raincoat), and the trails do get a bit muddy (don't forget your boots), this is a chance to witness the wilderness for which Costa Rica is famous, and maybe even learn a thing or two about the importance of conservation of beauty, and the value of nature.

Day 5: Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde Cloud Forest
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Morning Nature Walk
  • Accommodation: Hotel Fonda Vela
  • Meals: B

Morning Nature Walk

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. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 6: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio National Park

Monteverde - Manuel Antonio National Park
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: El Faro Beach Hotel
  • Meals: B

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Monteverde and transferred to your accommodations in Manuel Antonio National Park. (Duration: 4 hours.) (This service is on a private basis.)

Manuel Antonio

If there is a heaven for beach lovers, it must take some queues from Manuel Antonio. There's a reason this ragged coast of small bays and smaller beaches is one of Central America's most popular destinations. Dense jungle sits directly adjacent to beautiful beaches in this national park, forming unique, funky coves that each offer their own photo opportunities. If perfect landscapes aren't enough for you, then you might enjoy the wildlife viewing. Iguanas, howler monkeys, sloths and tons of birds parade through here daily.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Guided Tour
  • Accommodation: El Faro Beach Hotel
  • Meals: B

Guided Tour

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. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 8: Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: El Faro Beach Hotel
  • Meals: B

Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area. Ask us about optional excursions we can add for you, including kayaking, horse back riding, rafting, and hiking trips.

Day 9: Manuel Antonio - San Jose Departure

Manuel Antonio - San Jose Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred 3 hours to the airport in San Jose in time for your departing flight. It's best to schedule flights in the afternoon or evening. We hope you enjoyed these highlights of Costa Rica, pura vida!

Accommodation

Autentico Hotel

Autentico Hotel

Located in the heart of San Jose, this hotel is within walking distance of Spirogyra Butterfly Garden and Museum of Costa Rican Art. Also nearby are Gold Museum, National Stadium and National Theater. The hotel has 83 well-appointed lodging options, 10 of them are suites, 2 junior Suite and 61 standard rooms. Every room has air Conditioning, cable TV, and free WiFi. There is a comfortable restaurant with buffet service. In the common areas of the hotel there are beautiful gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. A big secure parking lot is located onsite as well.

Hotel Arenal Manoa

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.

Hotel Fonda Vela

Hotel Fonda Vela

The Hotel Fonda Vela is located in beautiful Monteverde, famous for its rare and gorgeous cloud forest and friendly community. The climate is refreshing, often referred to as "eternal spring". The views of the Gulf of Nicoya from the hotel's 1,400 meter (4,200 foot) elevation are spectacular. Monteverde is an ideal destination for relaxing and enjoying the wonders of the tropics. A visit of at least two nights or more in Monteverde is recommended.

El Faro Beach Hotel

El Faro Beach Hotel

Costa Rica's one and only container hotel. Authentic shipping containers, having had a previous storied life on sea, have been stylishly transformed into a unique eco-friendly hotel. El Faro Beach Hotel has been carefully designed to blend naturally into the hillside contours of Manuel Antonio National Park. Complete with tall ceilings, private balconies and original wood floors, you'll enjoy all the amenities of a luxury hotel while promoting sustainability in this virgin forest meets ocean setting. Situated steps from Playa Espadilla on the Pacific Ocean, with its stunning white sand beach and crescent shape, the warm tropical waters await you.

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