Costa Rica Eco-Adventure Trip

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Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2 Nights lodging in San Jose
  • 2 Nights lodging in Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • 2 Nights lodging in Arenal Volcano
  • 2 Nights lodging in Samara Beach
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches + 1 dinner / Superior package is all inclusive at the beach
  • Private transportation for arrival and departure (airport – hotel – airport)
  • Share transportation between destinations (shuttle service)
  • Local English speaking guides during all the activities
  • Rafting at Pacuare River (class III-IV)
  • Canyoning on waterfalls
  • Nature walk to Arenal National Park
  • Natural Hot Springs at Arenal
  • Jeep-boat-Jeep crossing Arenal Lake.
  • Horseback riding at Monteverde
  • Zip Line Tour at Monteverde.
  • Tour of your choice: Mountain biking, surfing lessons, or kayaking in the ocean with snorkeling at Chora Island

Itinerary

SAN JOSÉ | PACUARE RIVER | MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST | ARENAL VOLCANO | SAMARA BEACH

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL TO SAN JOSE

Costa Rica is all about nature. You can feel it in the purity of the air the moment you land in this tropical country. Right after you go through immigration and customs one of our representatives will meet you at the airport exit to load the luggage into the vehicle and transfer you to the hotel. The hotel for tonight is close to San Jose city, just 15 minutes away from the airport.

During the short drive, you will receive a brief introduction to Costa Rica and some recommendations for your trip. The guide will explain your itinerary in detail once you are in the hotel. Tonight you can have dinner and explore a lively and cultural city. San Jose offers a variety of dining options and different cultural experiences such as theaters and public plazas in the downtown area.

Overnight in San Jose.
No meals included today

DAY 2 | WHITE WATER RAFTING AT PACUARE RIVER. TRANSPORTATION TO ARENAL

Adventure is waiting for you! The day begins early. Our representatives will pick you up and take you to the area of Siquirres on the Caribbean slopes. On the way you will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park and then Guapiles with all the banana plantations. Once you get to Siquirres, a delicious typical breakfast will be waiting for you. Here, you will taste the famous “Gallo Pinto”, this is truly the best breakfast for a day full of activity.

After breakfast you will change clothes and get ready to jump into the river, which is only few minutes away. Upon arrival to the river, the expert guides will proceed with the safety talk, technical instructions, and you will have the chance to practice paddling on calm water.

From there you will explore the stunning river rapids and enjoy the majestic scenery among you. Some of the most exhilarating rapids you will encounter are the Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, and Dos Montañas. However, the waterfalls next to the river are just as amazing as the whole experience. Once half of the river is conquered we will have lunch on the banks of the river to recharge our energy for the last part of this water adventure.

After this amazing trip you will continue traveling northwest, to the northern plains of the country where the stunning Arenal Volcano will welcome you. The Arenal Volcano was discovered after the full force unleash of the volcanic explosion in July of 1968. Since then, it has also erupted in 1975, 1993 and 1998 for several years but is currently inactive.

You will arrive by late afternoon to the hotel in Arenal and the rest of the day will be free to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities.

Overnight in the area of Arenal Volcano.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 3 |CANYONING, NATURE WALK AND HOT SPRINGS
This morning you will enjoy an exciting rappelling tour on the Lost Canyon waterfalls, this new sport has been called Canyoning. A comfortable motor coach will take us to the entrance of a stone path and then we will ride the “forest limousine” up the mountain for about 25 minutes until we reach the center of operations. Here the safety briefing will take place, you will get your equipment on and start the adventure. You’ll be rappelling down huge waterfalls, jumping into pools of slow moving water, zipping your way down on guided rappels, river tracing along the canyon, rappelling the canyon walls and river boulders and hiking up through the rainforest. We pack all kinds of adventure into the best canyoning experience. A delicious lunch is included after this adventure and then you will be transferred back to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you enjoy more of the rainforest and relax in the natural hot springs near the volcano. We start with a nature walk in the Arenal Volcano National Park where an expert guide will explain interesting facts about the volcano and its history. There are many chances to see wildlife on the hike and, of course, experience the volcano activity first hand. The trail is easy and your guide will help with spotting and pointing out wildlife as you walk.

Finally, we will take you to the relaxing thermal waters near the volcano where you can swim and relax in this naturally heated hot springs. Dinner is included at the hot springs restaurant so you can enjoy more time here.

Overnight in the area of Arenal Volcano.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 4 | TRANSFER ARENAL VOLCANO TO MONTEVERDE. HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE CLOUD FOREST

Today you will travel to the inspiring Cloud Forest in a particularly unique way. We will take you on the Jeep-Boat-Jeep across the Arenal Lake to get to Monteverde. You can enjoy spectacular views of the Volcano and find different species of birds while you navigate through the tranquil lake; our staff will point out the many birds and other animals you may see.

Monteverde has one of the most important protected cloud forests found in the world. There are just a few of these forests therefore it is very important to conserve and protect the unique plants and animals found around. You will have the opportunity to explore the forest but also meet the friendly locals who enjoy living in harmony with Mother Nature.

By mid afternoon, we will take you to a private property where you will ride gentle horses through the cloud forest. The ride begins on a real coffee plantation where you will learn why this product is so important for the economy and culture of Costa Rica. The tour continues through dirt roads, trails, and some small rivers while we enjoy spectacular views of the Gulf of Nicoya.

Overnight in Monteverde.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 | ZIP LINE TOUR IN MONTEVERDE
Today you will enjoy one of the most popular and highly rated activities in Costa Rica, the zip line or Canopy Tour as it is called locally. It consists of zip lining by means of cables between trees and mountains while you are wearing a special harness designed for the tour. While you “fly” through the dense cloud forest you can see and feel all the natural activity that is occurring within the treetops, such as, birds, insects and some mammals. Don’t forget your camera so you can capture the amazing views of the Cloud Forest.

The afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel facilities or take one of the optional tours in the area. Walking around the village of Santa Elena is also a great opportunity to interact with locals.

Overnight in Monteverde.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 | TRANSFER MONTEVERDE TO SAMARA BEACH
Today, after breakfast we will take you to the North Pacific area of Costa Rica. You will arrive early so you have the entire day to enjoy the beach and even admire the sunset by the end of the day. The beautiful and lively Samara beach is the perfect place to finish this adventure- filled trip. Here you will find a beautiful beach, with small waves, surrounded by the tropical rainforest. You will stay at a comfortable beach hotel with the facilities you need for a pleasant stay.

The first thing you will notice is the change of vegetation and temperature as you get to the beach. Additionally, there are more people enjoining the activity of this beach town. The afternoon is free to enjoy the beach or explore around.

Overnight at Samara Beach.
Meals included: Breakfast / Superior package is all inclusive at the beach

DAY 7 | SAMARA BEACH: MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR, OCEAN KAYAKING OR SURF LESSONS

For today, you can choose one of the following adventures:

  • Mountain biking on dirt roads and single tracks. You will feel the wind in your hair while cruising along the backroads of Samara beach and descending down mountainous hills surrounded by lush forest. You will see amazing views of the enormous trees and abundant wildlife found in the unique environment of the tropical dry forest. You will pass by farmlands with horses, cows, and lots of tropical birds.
    Ocean kayaking and snorkeling near Chora Island. You will start paddling from Samara beach and continue across the bay to a deserted white sand beach on Chora Island. This island is a refreshing escape to an underwater world. You are free to snorkel with tropical fish, splash and swim in clear waters, or simply sit and absorb the golden rays of the sun. There will be time to enjoy some fruits, admire the landscape, or do any other activity that you desire such as yoga.
    Samara is the perfect beach to learn how to Surf or to improve your surfing skills. The ocean has little to no rip currents and the waves are small to medium size, which is perfect for practicing your technique. Your guides have been surfing since almost before they could walk and they will show you all the tricks and techniques. You´ll be riding the waves on your own by the end of the activity.
  • You will return to the hotel after any of these adventures and the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the beach and hotel facilities.

Overnight in Samara Beach.
Meals included: Breakfast / Superior package is all inclusive at the beach

DAY 8 | TRANSFER SAMARA BEACH TO SAN JOSE
Today you travel back to civilization, our representatives will take you to San Jose city for the last night in the country. The transportation unit will pick you up after breakfast at your hotel.

The hotel for tonight is located in San Jose. This afternoon you can explore the city and visit museums or historical buildings. The central avenue is a place where you can interact with locals and learn a little about our way of living.

Overnight in San Jose.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 | DEPARTURE COSTA RICA
All the good things come to an end!!
Say good-bye to the beautiful Costa Rica and its people. Apart from great family memories, you are taking back some bites but well that's part of the Tropical rainforest. The good thing… you're traveling back home and reunite with family and friends.

One of our drivers will pick you up at the hotel and take you straight to the International Airport, located just 15 minutes from the hotel. In Costa Rica you must be at the airport 3 hours prior the departure time.

Breakfast included.

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

 

Hotels

HOTELS

STANDARD HOTELS
CITYHOTELROOM TYPE
San Jose Hotel Country Inn & SuitesStandard Room
ArenalHotel MontechiariStandard Room
MonteverdeHotel Country Lodge Standard Room
Samara BeachHotel Sol Samara Standard Room

SUPERIOR HOTELS
CITYHOTELROOM TYPE
San JoseHotel Park Inn San JoseStandard Room
ArenalHotel Arenal ManoaJunior Suite Room
MonteverdeHotel Poco a PocoStandard Room
Samara Beach
Hotel Villas Playa SámaraDeluxe Room

 

Land Package Prices Per Person

Daily Departures
Valid through December 2017
PROGRAMSTANDARD SUPERIOR 
DoubleTripleDoubleTriple
Starting From: $1,380$1,260$2,070$1,854

General Details of the Price
Prices are per person and in U.S. dollars.
Rates are subject to change without notice.
Minimum age for this package is 12 years old.
These rates apply from December 15th, 2016 to December 15th, 2017. Peak Season: December 20th, 2016 to January 5th, 2017 and from April 9th to 16th, 2017 (an increase of the prices apply).

The package does not include
Optional tours
Departure taxes ($29 per person)
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Airfare
Tips

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