After your first night in San Jose, travel to the majestic Arenal Volcano and enjoy a series of hiking trails that brings you through forested areas and across some of the historic lava fields that buried much of the surrounding jungle during the dramatic eruptions of 1992. Visit the fascinating Fortuna Waterfall which emerges from dense jungle greenery before plummeting 200 feet into an emerald pool below, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local organic farm. Also enjoy the Arenal Hanging Bridges from 5 to 100 meters long, opening the doors of a fascinating and colorful Tropical Rain Forest world. The imposing vistas of the Volcano from the hanging bridges over the forest make a perfect combination for an unforgettable experience. Continue to the Rincon de la Viejas National Park’ s lush rainforest with grand waterfalls, natural mineral hot springs and sparkling “blue” rivers. Soak in 3 hot springs pools, 2 fresh water pools with a bullet water-slide and a blue river. Wander through tropical botanical gardens,  fish, turtle & caiman ponds, hummingbird sanctuary and more. Finally, travel to Guanacaste’s Northern Pacific Coast  where at El Viejo Wetlands Wildlife Refuge enjoy beautiful views of the Nicoya Gulf, mangroves and Salinas, nature trails surrounded by exotic flowers and birds. Your resting day Playa Hermosa, one of the best maintained beaches in the country, offers visitors crystal clear blue waters and gorgeous scenery, making it a very popular beach strip on the west coast.

Duration: 9 days/8 nights
Destination:  Arenal, Rincón de la Vieja, Playa Hermosa-Guanacaste
Dates and pricing: Contact us for more information

FACTS & HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eye level view of monkeys and toucans
  • Leisure time at “Beautiful Beach”
  • Discover the volcanic activity in Rincon De la Vieja and Blue River Lodge
  • Look for natural blue water rivers and falls
  • Guanacaste: Tradition and hospitality
  • Small groups
  • Go with the best guides!

Blue River and Volcanoes Adventure

Itinerary

Day 1: San José arrival transfer to Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici

Day 2: Transfer to Arenal, waterfall hike & organic farm lunch. Arenal Observatory Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3: Arenal National Park & hanging bridges (B,L,D)

Day 4: Tropical garden walk. Blue River Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6: Transfer to Guanacaste & Rincón de la Vieja hike. Hotel Bosque del Mar (B,L,D)

Day 7: Hacienda El Viejo Wetland (B,L,D)

Day 8: Day at leisure to enjoy Playa Hermosa (B)

Day 9: Departure transfer to Liberia International Airport (B)

Included:  Lodging, transportation and meals as specified in the above itinerary where B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, entrance fees to National Parks and Private Reserves, tours, guide services, applicable taxes, service fees and in-country ground operator support.

Not Included: International airfare, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.

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