Costa Rica Classic

See awe-inspiring wildlife in their natural habitats, go canyoning and waterfall rappelling 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.

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 Airport), you will be met by for your private transfer to the town of La Fortuna near stunning Arenal Volcano (transfer time approx. 3.5 hrs). 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. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the amenities on offer at the hotel and to explore the surrounding area including La Fortuna Waterfall.

Accommodations: Casa Luna Hotel and Spa or similar

Meals: None

Arenal Volcano

DAY 2: La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano ~ Your first full day in Costa Rica begins with a wet and wild canyoning and rappelling adventure. Canyoning in Costa Rica is a brand-new sport that’s becoming very popular the world over! The rugged, mountainous terrain near Arenal Volcano is ideal for canyoning. You’ll go rappelling, down-climbing, river tracing and descend huge, breath taking waterfalls hidden near Arenal Volcano. Relax this evening with a hot springs soak and farm-style dinner at EcoTermales.

Accommodations: Casa Luna Hotel and Spa or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


DAY 3: La Fortuna/ Monteverde Cloud Forest ~ Morning taxi-boat-taxi group transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (transfer time approx. 3.5 hrs). 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 the elusive resplendent quetzal. This evening, discover nocturnal sights and sounds during your guided night walk. Monteverde is one of our favorite places to embark on a guided adventure at night.

Accommodations: Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Resplendent quetzal

DAY 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest ~ Start your day with an adrenaline-pumping canopy adventure (ziplining and aerial tram). The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own. We suggest a visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve during your stay. 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).

Accommodations: Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines or similar

Meals: None


DAY 5: Monteverde/ Manuel AntonioGroup shuttle transfer to Manuel Antonio on the central Pacific coast (transfer time approx. 4.5 hrs). Views from the hills overlooking Manuel Antonio are spectacular, especially at sunset. Area beaches are idyllic and the surrounding rainforest is home to monkeys, sloths, toucans, and an array of others.

Accommodations: Costa Verde or similar

Meals: None

Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast

DAY 6: Manuel Antonio ~ Morning guided nature walk at Manuel Antonio National Park, voted by Forbes as one of the World’s Most Beautiful National Parks. The park is famous for its expansive white sand beaches that meet tropical rainforest along the shore. During your walk, keep an eye out for resident sloths, monkeys, tent-making bats and iguanas.

Accommodations: Costa Verde or similar

Meals: None

DAY 7: Departure ~ Private transfer to SJO in time for your flight home (transfer time approx. 3 hours).

Meals: None


DETAILS

Pricing from $1250 per person based on double occupancy.

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

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, alcohol, taxis, optional activities, gratuities, 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.