Explore the Tropics by yourself

  • Explore the Tropics by yourself Costa Rica

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2 Nights lodging in Tenorio volcano area
  • 2 Nights lodging in the Arenal Lake area
  • 3 Nights lodging in Tamarindo beach
  • Daily breakfast and 1 lunch
  • 8 days of Car Rental, SUV vehicle with basic insurance coverage and GPS
  • Hotel Taxes
  • Tenorio Volcano National Park Guided tour
  • Tamarindo Beach sunset sailing tour

Itinerary

TENORIO VOLCANO AREA | ARENAL LAKE AREA | TAMARINDO BEACH

DAY 1 | ARRRIVAL TO LIBERIA - TENORIO VOLCANO AREA, RIO CELESTE
A representative will be waiting for you at the airport; he will provide you with an information package that contains your travel itinerary in detail with pick up times and contact information, vouchers for services and other important documents. Here you will receive a recent-model car rental, the 4 x 4 vehicle is equipped with GPS; load the luggage on the roof-rack and you are ready to explore the amazing terrain of the northern part of Costa Rica.

To start you will drive northeast, towards the Tenorio Volcano National Park where you will have the first encounter with the rainforest and discover one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The drive is about 2 hours throughout small towns and large plantations of pineapple, cassava and many other products.

Check in at your hotel and the rest of the day is free, you can go and check the forest trails or just relax and refresh by the swimming pool.

Overnight in the area of Tenorio Volcano.
No meals included today

DAY 2 | GUIDED TOUR TO TENORIO NATIONAL PARK - RIO CELESTE RIVER EXPLORATION
“Río Celeste” is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting and impacting natural phenomenons you can find in Costa Rica and today you have the opportunity to learn why. After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tenorio Volcano National Park with the company of a local guide. The drive to the park entrance takes less than 5 minutes.

You will hike through the Cloud Forest of Tenorio National Park, this is a dormant volcano but you can still see some of the volcano’s activity as you walk the trails. When you arrive to “Los Teñideros”, two pristine rivers conjoin and form the unique “Río Celeste”. From the depths of the Tenorio Volcano, mysterious minerals transform the union of the Buena Vista and Roble rivers into a sky blue stream, giving birth to one of the most extraordinary phenomena of nature, "Celeste River".

Within its river hot springs, bends of heavenly tranquility and a waterfall of singular beauty are present and all are surrounded by varied flora and fauna.

Return to the hotel after the hike, rest of the day free to enjoy the hotel facilities or take an optional tour (not included).

Overnight in the area of Tenorio Volcano
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 | TENORIO VOLCANO - ARENAL LAKE SHORES, MYSTICAL LODGE & RETREAT
Your trip continues by traveling south in the direction of the Arenal Lake, a 1.5 hour drive throughout the beautiful landscapes of mountains and valleys. There are lonely roads that lead to a special place filled with tranquility and peace, the shores of the massive Arenal Lake, where you will enjoy an intimate stay at a Yoga retreat.

Since its opening, the lodge has been offering comfort, yoga, healing, taste, art and adventures, and hosting couples seeking a romantic getaway in a spectacular location in the heart of Costa Rica. This oasis rises on a hill in the lush valley overlooking the vast Arenal Lake and impressive Arenal Volcano in the background. The magnificent view is breathtaking for the eyes and the soul.

Here, beautiful fruit trees and exotic flowers will surround you. Enjoy a walk to the organic garden, natural pools, the tree-houses and rivers. Relax in the hammocks, let all your stresses dissolve as you receive a massage and wake up to the powerful practice of Yoga.

Overnight in the area of Arenal Lake.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 | RELAXATION AND ENJOYMENT ON THE RAINFOREST
This day is free at your leisure, this is the perfect place to disconnect yourself from the world and forget the daily routine of life. Immersed in a paradise of flowers and lush vegetation, you will find that the lodge has a private reserve with trails where you can spot some species of wildlife and enjoy natural pools in a fresh water creek.

During the day you can take a yoga class or perhaps a massage/spa treatment and rejuvenate yourself with all the comfort of a boutique hotel. You will find professional staff at the hotel’s spa as well as the best products and essences for your treatments or massages. The location of the spa is perfect as you will have a direct view of the rainforest and hear the river while you lay on the soft bed.

In case you want to experience some action, we recommend you to take an optional tour with the hotel. The lake is perfect for flying kites and windsurfing but other water sports such as kayaking and paddle boardig, are popular too. You can arrange any of these activities at the hotel but availability depends on the season. Another alternative is to visit the Arenal Volcano, this will take the entire day because it is located 1 hour driving distance away; near the volcano you can find dozens of different activities to do in contact with nature.

Overnight in the area of Arenal Lake.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 | ARENAL LAKE - TAMARINDO BEACH
Today you will drive to the beautiful white sand beach of Tamarindo located 2.5 hours away from the Arenal Lake area. You will pass through the towns of Tilarán, Liberia and Santa Cruz before you reach the coast; in these traditional towns, people dedicate their life to work the land and care for their cattle so you will see some cowboys along the way. Your hotel is a boutique property located only 5 minutes walking distance from the beach and close to everything in town.

The afternoon is a leisure time you have to explore the beach and enjoy the warm waters of the tropical Pacific Coast that are perfect for swimming and doing various water sports such as surfing and snorkeling on the calm water. The beautiful sunsets of Tamarindo are a sight that you will never forget.

Overnight in Tamarindo beach.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 | TAMARINDO BEACH
Day at your leisure to enjoy the beach and explore the coast at your own pace. There are several shops in town that offer surfboard, bicycles, ATVs and small golf car rentals so you can explore the nearby beaches and towns. The white sand beach is also waiting for you, enjoy a long walk and explore the beautiful Langosta beach south of Tamarindo; or you can walk in the other direction and get to “Playa Grande” after crossing the Tamarindo estuary with the help of a taxi-boat (these are on the river shores waiting for clients).

Once a quiet fishing town, Tamarindo is now the area’s most developed and accessible tourist town. Located on the central west coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Tamarindo offers visitors of every budget a chance to experience the region’s unspoiled beaches and incredible biodiversity. Despite the town’s recent and ongoing development, it retains the laid back vibe that is so characteristic of the region.

Overnight in Tamarindo beach.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 | TAMARINDO BEACH, SUNSET SAILING TOUR
Today in the afternoon, you will enjoy the best adventure available in the area, a sunset sailing tour on a 66 foot, modern catamaran. The boat expedition departs right from the beach therefore you can walk to the meeting point; everything is close here.

Your guide will help you board the 28 foot Mini Marlin that will take you to the Marlin del Rey catamaran anchored 100 yards off shore. Once on board, an introductory speech is given, the anchor is pulled and we begin our motor sail to one of the many pristine beaches in the area. En route to our secluded beach we look for turtles, dolphins, flying fish or whales. We will also cast a line off the back in the hopes of hooking a yellow fin tuna, mahi mahi or maybe even a sailfish. Eventually, the boat will pull into a secluded bay and drop anchor.

Snorkel equipment is provided so you can admire the colorful rocky reefs and look for exotic sea life. Some of the more common animals seen include tangs, puffers, porcupine fish, eels, starfish, rays and seahorses. While you enjoy the bay, the crew prepares a light lunch. Following lunch the anchor is pulled, the sails are raised, and you will start navigating along the bay. You will arrive to the final anchor location as the sun nears the horizon and the sky melts in thousands of colors (the tour is also available in the morning).

Return to the hotel after this exciting activity, rest of the day free.

Overnight in Tamarindo beach.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 8 | TAMARINDO LIBERIA, DEPART COSTA RICA
Today you will say good-bye to the beautiful Costa Rica and its people, it is time to travel back home and reunite with family and friends. You will drive to the international airport of Liberia where you will return the car rental before you get to the airport for the flight check in. In Costa Rica you must be at the airport 3 hours prior the departure time of your flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch

Hotels

HOTELS
CITYHOTELRoom
Tenorio Volcano areaRio Celeste Hideaway HotelCasita
Arenal Lake areaMystica Lodge & RetreatStandard Room
Tamarindo Beach Tamarindo Diria Beachfront ResortTropical Poolside Room

Land Package Prices Per Person

Daily Departures
Valid through December 2017
 DOUBLETRIPLECHILDSINGLE
Prices Starting From:$1,794$1,386$496$3,292
**Children rate applies if they are 10 years old or younger. Maximum 2 children sharing the room with parents.

General Details of the Price
Prices are per person and in U.S. dollars.
Rates are subject to change without notice.
Children rate apply for children under 10 years old. The child rate applies when the child is sharing the room at least with two adults. Maximum two children per room with two adults.
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 (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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