Costa Rica Classic

costa-rica-classic-frogSee awe-inspiring wildlife in their natural habitats, hike in the shadow of Arenal volcano, explore Monteverde’s lush cloud forest and Costa Rica’s spectacular Pacific coast, and zipline above the forest canopy.
When: Year-round
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
Accommodations: Hotels and lodges committed to sustainability and conservation

Destinations

  • Arenal Volcano ~ Arenal National Park was created in 1994 and up until very recently, it was considered one of the world’s premier volcano-watching areas. While Arenal still has occasional volcanic activity, it has for the most part gone quiet. Despite the changes in volcanic activity, Arenal National Park remains one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of activities for visitors.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve ~ Acclaimed as one of the best wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics and home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of bird, tens of thousands of insect species and 2,500 species of plants.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park ~ Famous for its expansive white sand beaches that meet tropical rainforest along the shore. The park’s beaches and islets are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The more adventurous can try surfing on Manuel Antonio’s breaks.

OTHER COSTA RICA ITINERARIES

Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Costa Rica adventure that meets your needs.

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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1: Arrival/ La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano ~ Upon arrival to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Alajuela,  take a 5-minute cab ride to meet your shuttle for the transfer to La Fortuna the closest town to Arenal Volcano. Up until recently, Arenal Volcano was labeled one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Arenal now seems to be dormant, but the views in the area remain spectacular. Overnight at Casa Luna Hotel & Spa or similar.

Arenal Volcano

DAY 2: La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano ~ Start your day with an exhilarating zipline canopy adventure through the rainforest. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own. Relax this evening at Eco Termales Hot Springs. Overnight at Casa Luna Lodge or similar. (B)


DAY 3: La Fortuna/ Monteverde Cloud Forest ~ This morning, you’ll be met at your hotel for a to Monteverde. The transfer includes a boat ride across Arenal Lake (the country’s largest lake) and a journey up the infamous Monteverde road. Located in the Tilarán Mountains, Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s premier eco-travel destinations. The cloud forest is famous for its lush epiphytes and tree ferns and its elusive resplendent quetzal. Overnight at Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines or similar. (B)

Resplendent quetzal

DAY 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest ~ You have the entire day to explore the Monteverde area. We recommend an optional morning visit to Monteverde Biological Reserve where you can hike the park’s trails teeming with life. Be sure to stop by the Hummingbird Gallery near the reserve’s entrance for close-up views of several hummingbird species, including the violet sabrewing (Costa Rica’s largest hummingbird). Overnight at Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines or similar.


DAY 5: Manuel Antonio ~ This morning, you’ll be met at your hotel for a transfer to Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. Manuel Antonio’s beaches are idyllic and its jungles are inhabited by howler and white-faced monkeys, sloths, an array of tropical birds, and vibrantly colored frogs. Overnight at La Posada or similar.

Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast

DAY 6: Manuel Antonio ~ Start your day with a guided nature walk at Manuel Antonio National Park, voted by Forbes as one of the World’s Most Beautiful National Parks. Overnight at La Posada or similar. (B,L)

DAY 7: Departure ~ Transfer back to the SJO Airport in time for your flight home. (B)

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DETAILS

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch

Pricing from $1035 per person based on double occupancy.

Package includes accommodations and meals as listed, ground transfers between airports and hotels, local bilingual English-Spanish speaking guides/interpreters on shared basis during guided excursions, transfers and entrance fees for guided excursions, and sales taxes. A donation to support local conservation efforts will be made on behalf of each participant.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, taxis, optional activities, gratuities, alcohol, items of a personal nature, and travel insurance.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.