This itinerary for the active traveler will take you on a whirlwind tour through Costa Rica's natural highlights. From Monteverde, to Arenal, and the pristine beaches of Manuel Antonio. This route through Costa Rica is classic, and designed to introduce you to the reasons why this is the birthplace of ecotourism. The natural world is the main attraction here, and locals have worked hard to keep it pristine. Manuel Antonio National Park is not only a perfect beach destination, but an ecological preserve thick with verdant jungle.
In the morning, you will be picked up at the airport in San Jose and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
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.
Early this morning after breakfast, you’ll be met and transferred to the start of your zipline excursion. After the tour you will be transfer back to you hotel or you can stay downtown. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the town of Santa Elena, Monteverde, and the different array of attractions they offer.
Sky Trek is a system of trails, suspension bridges, and ziplines that offers visitors the opportunity to observe, and appreciate tropical vegetation from different vantage points above the canopy. Experience an adrenaline rush as you glide along zipline cables high above the treetops.
The tour includes two suspended bridges – 60 and 80 meters—three platforms above the canopy, connected by ziplines, an eight-story high canopy observation tower, 10 cables system up to 427 meters long (1,400 feet) long, with a total stretch of 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) of cables. Tours last between 2.5 and 3 hours. Please note weight restriction of 275 pounds or 125 kg.
This morning after breakfast, you'll take a boat transfer across the lake, where you will be met by your driver and transferred to your accommodations in Arenal (shared transfer). (Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours) (This service is on a private basis.)
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.
Today, after breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to the start of your half day canyoning tour in a rain forest slot canyon (group basis). The tour consists of rappelling down 4 waterfalls and 1 canyon wall while hiking beautiful trails between each rappel. You'll have the services of professional trained English speaking guide. We encourage you to bring fast drying clothes, adventure sandals, tennis shoes or hiking boots and a towel. (This service is on a group basis.)
The northern zone of Costa Rica is blessed with the most beautiful landscapes and incredible rivers for rafting. With an excellent level of water throughout the year, Balsa River will allow you to enjoy one of the most incredible rafting experiences in the area. This is thanks to its beautiful surroundings, challenging rapids and good waves that may require a heavy maneuver from time to time.
Our experienced, professional bilingual guides will give a safety speech and instruction for your adventure on the river, before you are equipped you with life jackets, helmets. There are many possibilities to spot wildlife along the journey, including monkeys, iguanas, sloths and many tropical birds like ospreys, hawks, kingfishers, orioles and toucans. It will surely be a unique way to combine adventure and nature! (This service is on a group basis.)
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.
You'll also enjoy a trip on the Sky Tram. The Sky Tram is an aerial tram with 6 cabins offering stunning views of the Arenal Lake and Volcano. The tour begins with a 1.2-km ascent to an observation platform, from which you can look out over the far-reaching rain forest, the peaceful lake, and the majestic volcano.
In the afternoon you'll be met at your hotel and transferred to a Hot Springs Resort to relax in the therapeutic volcanic heated waters of the different pools. Return to your hotel for overnight.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Arenal and transferred to your accommodations in Manuel Antonio National Park. (Duration: 5 hours 30 mins.) (This service is on a private basis.)
If there is a heaven for beach lovers, it is surely taking notes from Manuel Antonio! There is a reason that this rugged coast of small bays and secluded beaches is one of Central America's most popular destinations. Dense jungle sits directly adjacent to pristine sandy beaches in this national park, forming unique, funky coves that each offer picture perfect photo opportunities in their own right. If these scenic landscapes aren't enough to keep you captivated, then you might make the most of the wildlife viewing activities. Iguanas, howler monkeys, sloths and several birds parade through here daily.
This morning, you will 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.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
Located in the Pacific Province of Puntarenas at 4,500 feet above sea level, Hotel de Montaña Monteverde offers 42 comfortable rooms as well as a Jacuzzi, Sauna, Conference Room, Bar and Restaurant which offers the special flavor and charm of home cooked Costa Rican cuisine. Adjacent to the hotel is a 15-acre private forest, offering excellent views and trails, including a small pond for the guests' enjoyment. In addition, Hotel de Montaña Monteverde offers guided tours through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and horseback riding tours.
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 Plaza Yara offers casual elegance in harmony with nature and the beautiful surroundings. Relax by the pool, explore the famous beaches, spend a day at Manuel Antonio National Park, or head out on a unique adventure tour. The property boasts spacious suites, which feature custom made furniture, queen size beds, kitchenettes and large terraces with jungle views. Relax on the balcony and admire the variety of wildlife that passes by daily, including monkeys, sloths, toucans and iguanas. In the evening, indulge in a delicious dinner at the Gondola Gourmet Restaurant on property.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.