Day 1 - Arrival
Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International airport and private transfer to selected hotel in San José.
Night in San Jose.
Day 2 - San José - Arenal
Breakfast in the hotel. Shared tour to Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs (Entrance fee, lunch and dinner included).
Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than the Arenal Volcano. Located in the northern region, this impressive volcano is a natural phenomenon that attracts many tourists, thanks to its permanent and trusted volcanic activity. Sometimes lava can be seen flowing down the sides of the volcano and, if Mother Nature permits, you may have the pleasure of seeing a spectacular eruption. However, its upper part is often covered with clouds. On the way to La Fortuna, a stop is made in Sarchi, the country's most famous crafts and souvenir town. As the trip continues, we will pass by different plantations of tropical crops and ornamental plants and also cattle ranches. Lunch is taken in a cozy restaurant with an excellent view of the volcano. After lunch, a visit to the Arenal Lake is made. To end the afternoon, relax in one of the best thermal water places in the area where you can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak. After dinner, transfer to your hotel in La Fortuna.
Night in selected hotel in Arenal.
Day 3 - Arenal
Breakfast in the hotel. Day at leisure to relax, explore the area on your own or take an optional tour.
Night in selected hotel in Arenal area.
Day 4 - Arenal - Monteverde
Breakfast in the hotel. Shared boat transfer via Arenal Lake to Monteverde. This service, half tour half transfer, is a picturesque and fastest way to go to Monteverde from Arenal Volcano area. After a 30 minute ride to the dam, you will board a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat. After crossing the lake, (a 30 to 40 minutes boat ride), you will arrive to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side. Arenal Lake is the largest and the most important lake in Costa Rica. It was man made in 1974 to provide hydroelectric energy for the country. It is also a place where you can find different kinds of resident and migratory bird; sometimes mammals such as monkeys and sloths can be seen. In addition, in a clear day, there are great views of the Arenal Volcano. Once at Río Chiquito, a bus will take passengers to selected hotel in Monteverde.
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). Nights are cool and sometimes even cold, especially when the trade winds blow.
Night in selected hotel in Monteverde area.
Day 5 - Monteverde
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, Adventure Combo Tour in Selvatura, including Canopy Tour, Suspension Bridges, visit to the Butterfly Garden and transportation.
Selvatura Park is a cloud forest conservation project where a wide variety of tours are hosted. Visitors can glide through cables and zip lines through the cloud forest or take the Treetop Walkways consisting of a 3-kilometre trail and eight different bridges. The park also has a butterfly garden hosting more than 50 different species of butterflies and a hummingbird garden, a treat for photography lovers and a spectacular show for anyone who loves nature. There is also an Education Center with a large private insect collection, property of world famous entomologist Dr. Richard Whitten. A Cloud Forest History walk teaches visitors about the natural history of Monteverde and all about the cloud forest ecosystem.
Night in selected hotel in Monteverde.
Day 6 - Monteverde - Tamarindo Beach
Breakfast in the hotel. Shuttle transfer to Tamarindo Beach.
Night in selected hotel in Tamarindo Beach.
Day 7 - Tamarindo Beach
Breakfast in the hotel. Day at leisure to relax at the beach or to take an optional tour.
Night in selected hotel in Tamarindo Beach.
Day 8 - Tamarindo Beach - San José
Breakfast in the hotel. Around noon, shuttle transfer back to San José.
Night in selected hotel in San Jose.
Day 9 - Departure
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport. Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to flight departure.