THE WONDERS OF COSTA RICA

8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

Description

One of today's most popular vacation spots, Costa Rica is a land of surprise, volcanoes, pristine forests, tropical beaches and exotic wildlife. Despite its size, Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful rainforests in the world. It is well protected by an extensive system of national parks that cover over 25% of the country. Costa Rica is paradise! You can walk amongst the canopy in the rainforest, soak in natural hot springs under the moonlight, observe nesting sea turtles or even photograph playful monkeys in the treetops. There are also trails to hidden waterfalls and smoking volcanoes as well as sunny Pacific beaches to explore. Come join us in nature's wonderland, uncover the city of San Jose and experience the rich history and culture of the cosmopolitan capital city. Learn about the popular monuments and museums as your guide educates you on the architecture and history of the downtown area and explore this small Central American democracy kissed by natural beauty!

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA 
Depart Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica. Meet your host at Juan Santa Maria International Airport and transfer to your hotel in San Jose. Overnight in San Jose.

Day 2 San Jose - City Tour
Your day will start with a city tour of San Jose. It is the capital and the most populated city in the country. It is where many of the major companies and developments are settled. San Jose is quite interesting; this tour is an excellent way to get acquainted with its history and culture. You can find interesting museums where the rich culture of our pre- Columbian populations is kept alive. Visit some of its historic residential areas, La Sabana Metropolitan Park, and the National Theater, an icon of the San Jose of the late 19th century. You will also get to see the Gold Museum, where you can see original pre-Columbian gold pieces of art craft and jewelry. Despite the crowded streets, it still has a surprising "small town" feel and offers a colorful insight into the life of the average "ticos" (the nickname for Costa Rica natives). This afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or further explore San Jose. Overnight in San Jose. (B)

Day 3 San Jose/Arenal - La Fortuna Volcanic Thermal Springs
This morning after breakfast, you will continue the trip towards the Arenal region, home of the Arenal active volcano. Traveling to the north of the country, you'll be stopping in the famous town of Sarchi; with international fame it has earned the name of the Birthplace of Costa Rica's Artisans. A lunch stop will take place along the way. As you make your way to today's final destination, you will be driving through beautiful agricultural landscapes. Upon arrival in La Fortuna, Arenal you'll be surprised by the breathtaking views of the volcano. This afternoon, prior to dinner, we will take a walk to the base of the volcano viewing platform in the National Park. We will then head to the thermal springs. A wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano. Overnight in Arenal. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Arenal - The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge & the Floating Safari
Today you'll be visiting "The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge". This humid area is considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. Here you can find a great variety of resident and migratory birds, as well as three different species of monkeys, plus iguanas, sloths, turtles and caimans. An adventure awaits you at Los Chiles village, only 4kms from the Nicaraguan border, where you'll begin a leisurely four-hour floating safari through the Tropical Rain Forest and pastures until we arrive at the marsh. Overnight in Arenal. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Arenal/Guanacaste
After breakfast, and having enjoyed one of the best destinations in Costa Rica for nature lovers, it is time to head to Guanacaste, famous for the best beaches and also home of the Dry Tropical Forest. Along the way you will enjoy views of Costa Rica's magnificent landscapes, dotted by beautiful and historical towns before arriving to our hotel for the next three nights which is ideally located at a seafront location. This fully equipped hotel offers guests the best service. Everything you need to guarantee maximum pampering during your stay. The quality of the cuisine prepared by the chefs in the restaurants goes hand in hand with a wide variety of flavors on offer at this hotel. The All Inclusive system gives you the opportunity to try out the buffet restaurant and the various themed restaurants and sample unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day at one of the many bars or from a regularly restocked minibar in your room. (B,L,D, All inclusive in the evening)

Day 6 Guanacaste - Palo Verde Wetlands Tour Colonial
Liberia

This morning enjoy a tour of Palo Verde and explore the shelter of a great variety of wildlife. See crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, and hundreds of birds as you relax in a jungle boat cruising slowly through the Palo Verde wetlands. By traveling through this river on a motor boat, you'll find around 12 different types of habitats, including four different species of mangrove trees, 55 aquatic plants and 150 species of trees, like the one from which the Park's name is taken: Palo Verde, a shrub with leafy branches and a pale green trunk. The area boasts Scarlet Macaws and the largest numbers of aquatic birds in the Mesoamerican region. After lunch, you will visit Liberia, known as the White City, a name that comes from whitewashed colonial houses built of bahareque (similar to adobe houses).This town will take you back in colonial times, as you enjoy the opportunity to appreciate the daily life of the people from this picturesque place, its history, its handcrafts and the nearby stores. Balance of the day is free to relax at your all inclusive beach resort. Overnight in Guanacaste. (B,L,D, All Inclusive)

Day 7 Guanacaste
Full day at leisure in Guanacaste to enjoy its beautiful beaches or take one of the optional excursions from the hotel. This evening enjoy dinner at your all inclusive beach resort. Overnight in Guanacaste. (B,L,D, All inclusive)

Day 8 Guanacaste to USA or extend your stay with an optional Monteverde extension
After breakfast, you will be transferred from the hotel to Liberia Airport for your flight back home. (B)

OPTIONAL MONTEVERDE EXTENSION
Day 8 Guanacaste/Monteverde
After breakfast you will be transferred from Guanacaste to Monteverde where you will enjoy two nights in the Monteverde National Park. This temperate cloud forest, deep green in foliage is what has made Monteverde an absolute hot spot for eco-tourism in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. This zone is home to a string of volcanoes, both active and dormant, beautiful national parks and diverse micro climates. Upon arrival in Monteverde, check in at your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 9 Monteverde - Sky Walk
This morning you will take a guided tour on the Sky Walk hanging bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde cloud forest to search for this region's abundant flora and fauna. The Sky Walk is, as its name clearly says, the perfect walk through the forest's sky, with an amazing view of the Monteverde cloud forest that only birds have! The Sky Walk is made of a 1.5 miles long trail, which includes 6 hanging bridges of different lengths and heights, giving you a 360 Dgree view of the cloud forest all around you. As scientists have come to realize that over 90% of all species can be found on treetops, nature lovers all over the world are in for a treat: besides the great variety of plants and trees, if you are lucky you see wildlife like the tapir, the ocelot, jaguars, and even the magnificent quetzal. During this tour you will be able to marvel the hidden treasures of the Monteverde cloud forest. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Monteverde to USA
Your Costa Rican adventure ends today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back to the USA. (B) 

(B) - Breakfast, (L) - Lunch, (D) - Dinner
Hotel and Itinerary are subject to change.

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from Miami
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights in lodges and hotels
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 17 included meals consisting of 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners. Our stay in Guanacaste is at an all-inclusive resort with unlimited beverages
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: San Jose city tour, Artisan town of Sarchi, La Fortuna volcanic thermal springs, The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Floating Tropical Rain Forest Safari, Palo Verde Wetlands and Colonial Liberia
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompass cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy, social systems and interaction with locals
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR HOST/GUIDE - Assistance of a professional Tour Host/Guide for the entire length of the tour
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION - Transfer between airports, hotels and city to city destination
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
OPTIONAL MONTEVERDE EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • TRANSPORTATION - Guided transfer from Guanacaste to Monteverde
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 4 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAMS - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Sky Walk tour
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

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Notes

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Discover Costa Rica and its unique vegetation
  • Enjoy the tropical landscapes & breathtaking scenery surrounding Arenal Volcano
  • Relax in the waters of La Fortuna volcanic thermal springs
  • Spot indigenous wildlife while on a Cano Negro floating safari & Palo Verde jungle boat tour
  • Get a birds-eye view of the wildlife and Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Discover the culture and history of San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city
  • Visit the artisan town of Sarchi
  • Marvel at the sand beaches of Guanacaste
  • Explore colonial city of Liberia