Costa Rican Adventure (2012)

10 days starting at $0
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  • SAN JOSÉ 1 Night

  • Day 1

    Fly to Costa Rica

    Fly to Costa Rica
    Touch down in San José, Costa Rica! After clearing customs, you’ll meet your tour director and the rest of your group. Costa Rica is Mother Nature at its best. Get ready for rainforests, active volcanoes, beaches, exotic wildlife, and lots of adventure activities.
  • ARENAL 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 2

    Visit to INBioparque

    Travel via Poás

    Arrive in Arenal region

    Welcome dinner

    Visit to INBioparque
    See all kinds of flora and fauna at this theme park and research station. Check out tarantulas, frogs, and much more. Explore the plant life in the lagoon and walk through the butterfly garden. On the way out, stop by the Ecological Tourism Office and learn about Costa Rica's protected land areas.

    Travel via Poás
    Take a scenic 22-mile drive overlooking the Central Valley en route to Poás. The Poás Volcano has one of the biggest craters in the world. Take a short hike up for incredible views of the jewel-like Botos Lake. Later, relax in nearby hot springs naturally heated by volcanoes.

    Arrive in Arenal region
    Continue across the Central Valley to Arenal, which has some of the best scenery in the country. This area is also one of the world’s major coffee producers.

    Welcome dinner
    Get to know the other travelers in your group at tonight’s included dinner.
  • Day 3

    Kayaking on Lake Arenal

    La Fortuna Waterfall

    Hot springs

    Kayaking on Lake Arenal
    Paddling on Lake Arenal is the best way to experience it. Enjoy the amazing views all around, including mountains, windmills and the looming Arenal Volcano.

    La Fortuna Waterfall
    One of Costa Rica's most impressive waterfalls, La Fortuna is deep in the jungle of the Arenal rainforest. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as you make your way to the top. Time permitting, you'll also climb down to the waterfall's base.

    Hot springs
    Experience the relaxing properties of natural hot springs, filled with water heated by nearby volcanoes. It’s an ideal way to soothe your muscles after the day’s activities.
  • MONTEVERDE 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 4

    Travel to Monteverde

    Local school visit

    Optional horseback riding in Monteverde (extra cost)

    Travel to Monteverde
    Drive through mountainous scenery to the Monteverde Reserve. This private non-profit reserve has six ecological zones teeming with exotic plants and animals.

    Local school visit
    Stop at a local school in Monteverde, and meet some Costa Rican students.

    Optional horseback riding in Monteverde ($45 pre-booked)
    Here’s your chance to hop on a horse for a two-and-a-half-hour ride through beautiful Monteverde scenery. At the end of the trip, the bus will meet your group and take you back to your hotel.
  • Day 5

    Santa Elena Cloud Forest

    Canopy adventure

    Santa Elena Cloud Forest
    This forest is constantly covered in a soft mist, making for some otherworldly plant life. Look for bromeliads, orchids, and brightly colored quetzals. Your group will even have the chance to plant a tree—your grandchildren will appreciate the oxygen.

    Canopy adventure
    This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang out at the tops of the trees. Ride adrenaline-inducing zip lines across the roof of the rainforest.
  • PUNTARENAS REGION 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 6

    Travel via Carara Reserve

    Arrive in the Puntarenas region

    Travel via Carara Reserve
    Follow the coastline south to the Carara Reserve, a national park with some extremely rare wildlife. Be on the lookout for scarlet macaws, boat-billed herons, motmots and roseate spoonbills in the thick vines and ancient trees that make up the dense jungle.

    Arrive in the Puntarenas region
    Continue on to the picture-perfect coastal region. These sandy beaches and lush rain forests draw visitors from all over the world.
  • Day 7

    Manuel Antonio National Park

    Manuel Antonio National Park
    Travel along the shoreline to Manuel Antonio National Park. This beautiful 716-acre park is home to rich vegetation, white sandy beaches, and exotic animals like the squirrel monkey and the two-toed sloth.
  • SAN JOSÉ 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 8

    Travel via Sarchi

    Travel via Sarchi
    On the way back to San José stop in Sarchi, well-known for its brightly painted designs and colorful oxcart wheels.
  • Day 9

    Whitewater rafting

    Farewell drink

    Free time in San José (night)

    Whitewater rafting
    Brave the rapids on a thrilling ride down the Sarapiqui River.

    Farewell drink
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) over a farewell drink with the group.

    Free time in San José (night)
    Top 3 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Complejo Salsa 54 y Zadidas – Come here and dance all night to Latin rhythms.
    2. El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte – This popular bar has a good mix of foreign students, artists and river guides.
    3. El Tunel de Tiempo Disco – This is your spot for standard techno and house beats.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for San José.
  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 10

    Fly home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
Build your trip

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  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotels
  • Travel between cities
  • Welcome dinner
  • Breakfast daily
  • Farewell drink
  • Full-time tour director
  • Walking tours
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
  • Horseback Riding in Monteverde
    Here's your chance to hop on a horse for a two-and-a-half-hour ride through beautiful Monteverde scenery. At the end of the trip, the bus will meet your group and take you back to your hotel.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

INBioparque

Kayaking tour

Santa Elena Cloud Forest

Carara Reserve

Canopy adventure

Manuel Antonio National Park

CITY GUIDES

San Jose

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