Classic Costa Rica 14 Days

    What's Included?

  • Private arrival transfers with English speaking assistance
  • Daily breakfast
  • All meals, tours and entrance to the National Park while in Tortuguero
  • Guided visit to Doka Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens; lunch included.
  • Natural history walk in Arenal Hanging Bridges
  • Guided hike near Arenal Volcano
  • Guided visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • 3 nights at Aurola Holiday Inn, STD room
  • 2 nights at Mawamba Lodge, STD room
  • 2 nights at Arenal Springs Hotel, STD room
  • 2 nights at Hotel Poco a Poco, STD room
  • 4 nights at Tamarindo Diriá Hotel, Tropical poolside room
  • Lodging taxes
  • Private departure transfers
  • According on selected mean of transportation: shuttle transfers, 4x4 Daihatsu Bego car rental or private transfers


Costa Rica means "rich coast" and a more suitable title would be hard to find, particularly as it relates to the country's excessive wealth and abundance in natural beauty. Bordered on its eastern coast by the sparkling sapphire seas and natural coral reefs of the Caribbean and on the west by the vast, calm waters of the Pacific, the entire country is blessed with vast network of beaches and coves.

Costa Rica several beaches: Playa Hermosa, "beautiful beach", stretching 1.5 km and well shaded, it's sheltered by a bay and the water is quite calm; Playa Panama, is a secluded cove surrounded by shade-giving trees; Playa Flamingo is a long ribbon of white sand beach; Playa Tamarindo is a perennial mecca for surfers.

It would be impossible to list all of the many natural riches that bless this country. Most noteworthy is the Parque Nacional Arenal, anchored by a superb, classic-looking cone shaped volcano which remains active. From the Mirador observation point you can experience the powerful strength of this mighty crater as the earth rumbles under foot and you observe great surges of lava flowing from its peak.

The Monteverde Nature Reserve is unique in that it allows tourists to hike its trails and experience the splendor of this thick tropical rainforest, but retains its ecological integrity by strictly limiting the number of visitors each day.

Day 1 - Arrival

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaría International airport. Transfer to Aurola Holiday Inn Hotel in San Jose.
Night at Aurola Holiday Inn, Standard room.

Day 2 - Poas Volcano - Doka Coffee Tour - La Paz Waterfall Gardens (B, L)

Breakfast. Guided visit to Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To get to the different attractions included during this tour, we will drive by the city of Alajuela passing by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park. First stop, will be in Doka, a third‐generation coffee plantation to learn how coffee is picked, milled, ground and roasted. Breakfast is included here. As we continue towards the Poás Volcano, we will notice the change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations, fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a colorful landscape. The Poas is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the country, with its enormous crater measuring one kilometer in diameter and 314 meters deep. The crystal blue sulfur pools will amaze you along with the steam rising from the various volcanic vents. We will also hike to the beautiful Botos Lagoon. The tour continues to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where we will walk through some spectacular trails leading to the White Magic Waterfall. We will also visit the largest butterfly observatory and the impressive hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the old house, the bird house and the frogs’ exhibit. After lunch we will head back to San José.
Night at Aurola Holiday Inn, Standard room.

Day 3 - San José - Tortuguero (B, L, D)

After an early departure from San Jose, driving through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park, stop in Rio Danta private restaurant for a delicious typical breakfast. The bus ride continues through banana plantations to Caño Blanco pier. A two‐hour boat ride through the canals will take you to Mawamba Lodge... just in time for lunch. In the afternoon, explore with a natural guide the lodge attractions including the butterfly farm, the frog farm and garden, the ranarium, the aquarium, the biodigestor and gardens. Before dinner, free time to enjoy the pool, the Jacuzzi or just relax in a hammock. Dinner will be served in the pool restaurant from 7:30 pm.
Night at Mawamba Lodge, Standard room.

Day 4 - Tortuguero (B, L, D)

After breakfast, departure by boat to the lodge's private trails for a guided walk into the tropical forest. Lunch is included at the pool restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy a canal boat tour through Tortuguero National Park. Free time before dinner.
Night at Mawamba Lodge, Standard room.

Day 5 - Tortuguero - Arenal Area (B, L)

After breakfast, shared boat transfer back to Caño Blanco where the trip will continue by bus. Lunch included in Rio Danta Restaurant.

Transfer from Guápiles to Arenal area according on selected mean of transportation:
  • Shuttle bus transfer
  • Drive your rented car
  • Private transfer

San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lagoons, fields of crops, rivers with hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica: Arenal. In other words, sanctuaries where one can breathe peace, purity and the majestic power of nature.
Night at Arenal Springs Hotel. Standard room.

Day 6 - Arenal Area (B)

Breakfast. In the morning, natural history walk in Arenal Hanging Bridges.

Located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, the trails and bridges of this project will bring the visitor as close as any person could ever imagine to observe the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. It is a 250‐hectares primary‐forest property, made of paths and bridges built to maintain the utmost harmony between man‐made structures and nature. The property has impressive views to Arenal Volcano and to the lake that feeds the largest hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica. Hanging bridges and trails are safe and easy to walk. Transfers and guide included.

In the afternoon, see from up close the activities of the Arenal Volcano. Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than Arenal Volcano. At 5437 feet, its tall and conical shape stands imposing over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remains Costa Rica’s most active volcano for the past 43 years. Its history is charged with eruptions – both major and minor – that have intimately affected the region and the people who live here.

This tour will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary views of Arenal Volcano during a gentle hike along the lower slopes of the colossus. The walk begins in one of the trails close to the volcano and continues through the forest until reaching the area destroyed in its first eruption, back in 1968. This tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours.

Included: Entrance fee, guide and transfers
What to bring: Camera, binoculars, light sweater, long pants, raincoat, hiking shoes, sun lotion and insect repellent
Night at Arenal Springs Hotel, Standard room.

Day 7 - Arenal - Monteverde (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Monteverde according on selected mean of transportation:
  • Regular boat transfer through Arenal Lake
  • Drive around the lake for car rental option
  • Private boat transfer through Arenal Lake

The town of Monteverde, located at the south end of the cloud forest, had its beginnings in the early 1950s with the impetus of a group of Quakers from the United States, a group that came to Costa Rica attracted by its pacific inclinations and disarmament. They established themselves in the region and devoted themselves to produce milk and quality cheeses. Monteverde is located 172 kilometers northeast of San José. The climate is template and humid, with and average of 17ºC (60ºF). The nights are cool and at times cold when the trade winds blow.
Night at Poco a Poco Hotel, Standar room.

Day 8 - Monteverde (B)

Breakfast. Morning visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

Enjoy a four hour nature tour through the renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve where a local naturalist guide will show and explain you of all the different macro/micro flora and fauna. Visit the Golden Toad's unique habitat, see birds like the Resplendent Quetzal (the most beautiful bird of the Americas), the three‐wattled bell bird, and the black faced solitaire, trees like strangler figs, avocados and cecropias, epiphytes such as bromeliads, orchids and mosses and a wide variety of insects, mammals and reptiles.

Includes: Entrance fee, tour with a bilingual naturalist guide, transportation and a 15 minute‐stop at CASEM. (Local women’s handcraft cooperative). Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the area or to take optional tours.
Night at Poco a Poco Hotel, Standard room.

Day 9 - 13 - Tamarindo Beach (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the North Pacific coast according on selected mean of transportation:
  • Shuttle bus transfer
  • Drive your rented car
  • Private transfer

Days at leisure to enjoy the beach or to take optional tours.
4 nights at Tamarindo Diriá Hotel, Standard Tropical poolside room, daily breakfast included.

Day 13 - Tamarindo - San José (B)

Breakfast. Transfer to Tamarindo local airstrip for local flight** to San Jose. At arrival in San José, private transfer to Aurola Holidya Inn.
Night at Aurola Holiday Inn, Standard room.
** Luggage is limited to a maximum of 25 pounds per person for local flights.

Day 14 - Departure (B)

Breakfast. Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International airport.

Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.

    Exclusions

  • Departure tax (US$28 per person)
  • Tips
  • Optional tours
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Air tickets to/from Costa Rica
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