- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
Day 1: Arrive San José. Airport pick up. Transfer to Arenal. Overnight at Arenal.
Our exciting adventure and multi-sport tour begins immediately, as we travel from the Juan Santamaria International Airport to the Arenal Hotel. Situated by the Arenal Volcano, our hotel is an excellent location for observing the constantly erupting Arenal Volcano. Weather permitting, we may view one of its pyrotechnic shows. The hotel grounds feature abundant wildlife and a swimming pool for you to relax in.
Day 2: White Water Rafting Pacuare River. Overnight at Arenal (BL).
After breakfast we head to the Rio Sarapiqui for a wonderful Class III-IV White Water Rafting trip. After a brief introduction to paddling, we launch our rafts down the mighty Sarapiqui River. We traverse eight miles of remote and scenic waters that course through a wilderness of dense vegetation that completely covers the riverbank. The numerous rapids are interspersed with stretches of calm, tranquil water providing an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding tropical beauty. This is one of the best adventure tours in Costa Rica.
Day 3: Arenal Volcano Hike and Baldi Hot Springs. Overnight at Arenal (BD).
Arenal is one of the world's most active volcanoes, thundering and blowing since 1968. Arenal is located in the Tilaran Mountains and dominates the background of today's tour. We explore its National Park, and hike its trails through the forest to a safe viewing observatory from which you may see the majestic volcano's fireworks. We will explore its National Park, and hike the trails through the forest and across the lava rivers to a safe viewing observatory from which you may see the majestic volcano's fireworks and lava rocks crashing down its slopes. In the afternoon, we will transfer to our Hotel in the Monteverde area. The hotel offers views of the slopes of the Tilaran Mountains and Gulf of Nicoya. It is not uncommon to see humming birds, monkeys and quetzals from the hotel's balconies! At night, just after the Arenal Volcano Hike, we will visit the wonderful hot springs in the area. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Jeep, Boat, Jeep tour to Monteverde. Canopy Tour. Overnight at Monteverde (B).
Our tour consists of various platforms at canopy height and a rappel set in the heart of the cloud forest reserve. This is the site of the first ever Original Canopy Tour. We begin with a hike through the cloud forest, and then we climb a rope ladder through the middle of a hug strangler fig. Once we reach the forest canopy, we slide from platform to platform enjoying splendid views of the multi-layered canopy. Assisted by expert guides, we then rappel back to the forest floor. The platforms vary in height from 20 meters to 33 meters above the ground. In the afternoon we will enjoy a hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The reserve is world famous for the huge variety of life forms it supports. An elaborate system of trails winds through the park inviting travelers to visit. The reserve is divided into six life zones, hosting a total of over 2,500 species of plants, 10 species of mammals (including the rare Jaguar),120 species of reptiles and amphibians including the endemic Golden Toad (sapo dorado), 490 species of butterflies, including the Blue Morpho and about 400 species of birds including the resplendent Quetzal. Overnight in Monteverde.
Day 5: Transfer to Manuel Antonio. Overnight at Manuel Antonio (B).
Manuel Antonio is one of the best beaches in the country. It is also a National Park where you will enjoy the natural wonders of the area. After breakfast we will transfer to Manuel Antonio, and you will have free time to enjoy the beach and the sun.
Day 6: Kayak Tour. Overnight at Manuel Antonio (B)
After a great breakfast and depending on the tides, you will head towards the kayak location. It can be mangrove kayaking or sea kayaking, depending on your strengths. This is a perfect tour to see wild animals.
Day 7: Transfer to San José. San Jose City Tour. Overnight at San Jose (B)
San Jose doesn't boast of beauty, it is actually a chaotic city with busy streets dirty busses and loud markets. However it does hide some important historical monuments, impressive landmarks and well stocked souvenir markets. Today you will be guided through the city visiting these important places and learning about their history and importance to the Costa Rican community, also, towards the end of your guided tour, you will be able to buy souvenirs and send your "wish you were here!" post cards. In the evening we will dine at the elegant Rancho San Miguel. The Ranch is about three km north of La Guácima, it raises Andalusian horses and has a charming little museum with capas, saddles, and other miscellany relating to horsemanship. The highlight is the nocturnal one-hour dressage and horsemanship show in an enclosed arena to the accompaniment of classical Spanish music. It’s a fabulous experience. Although the show is spotlight, it’s quite dark, so you’ll need fast film or a digital camera to capture the action.
Day 8: Transfer Out to the airport (B).
End of your adventure in Costa Rica. Transfer to San Jose. After a hearty breakfast, we will transfer you to the Juan Santamaria International Airport. (B)
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