(Arenal – Manuel Antonio – Corcovado)
Duration: 9 days/8 nights

This tour combines a volcano, rainforest, beaches and the ultimate forest wilderness experience!  You will visit the imposing majesty of Arenal Volcano, afterwards you travel to one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful national parks at Manuel Antonio to enjoy the beach and diverse tropical wildlife in its adjacent forest. Finally you will fly to Costa Rica’s remote southwest corner! Osa Peninsula. Drake Bay is your home base to explore this remote Pacific paradise, equally famed for Corcovado National Park and the idyllic Isla del Caño. National Geographic considers Corcovado to be “the most biologically intense place on earth”, Caño Island beckons 10 miles distant across the dazzling sea. Snorkel the coral reefs, a rarity on the Americas’ Pacific coast, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the island.

  • Day 1      Arrival in San Jose
  • Day 2      Farmer’s Market, Cocora Cloud Forest and Gardens, Arenal
  • Day 3      La Fortuna Waterfalls, Danaus Ecological Center
  • Day 4      Arenal Hanging Bridges; Transfer to Manuel Antonio
  • Day 5      Manuel Antonio National Park hike
  • Day 6      Transfer to Corcovado
  • Day 7-8   Drake Bay, Corcovado National Park
  • Day 9      To San Jose, departure

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival in San José, Costa Rica and after you clear customs & immigration, exit the airport terminal, take the right hand side exit door, where you will meet a representative of Costa Rica Sun Tours who will present you with land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel in San Jose.

Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 1B

Day 2: COCORA GARDENS; TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO

Your journey will begin by traveling northwest along the Interamerican Highway to head north through the town of San Ramon. Here you will take a short break and visit the community’s agriculture town market. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics.

You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Cocora is located in the cloud forest belt at 3000 feet elevation and offers the visitor attractive tropical plants and colorful butterflies and hummingbirds.

After a traditional lunch at Doña Mara´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. (L)

Lunch at Doña Mara´s house. In the foothills of the mountain range adjacent to Arenal volcano lives Doña Mara Rojas.  She is a housewife (or domestic engineer as she prefers to say) who has lived all her life in Chachagua.  Her husband Edgar is from Guanacaste and has worked as a chofer in the tourism industry and now works with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity.   They have seven children although only their youngest son Geraldo still lives with them at home. In their backyard, typical of rural homesteads in the area,  they have several orange trees, coconut palms and one cacao tree (the source of chocolate).

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 3: LA FORTUNA WATERFALLS, DANAUS ECOLOGICAL CENTER

In the morning you will visit the beautiful 200 foot-tall Fortuna Waterfalls.The fees collected are used for important community projects such as supporting area schools, buying books, and helping cover some of the expenses for the town orphanage. Later you will have lunch at a local organic farm in the town of La Fortuna. With your guide, you will learn about many of the crops and the challenges and benefits of farming organically in the tropics.

After lunch you will have a natural history walk at the Danaus Ecological Center. Slow-moving sloths live here, and along the main trail visitors may see a number of the 154 bird species recorded.  (L)

Day 4: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES; TRANSFER TO MANUEL ANTONIO

Today you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

After your rainforest bridges walk you will be taken overland to Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio consists of several beautiful beaches on the Pacific coast, a forest growing to the beach’s edge, easy walking trails and abundant wildlife.

Hotel: Costa verde or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 3B

Day 5: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK VISIT

Today hike with a naturalist guide through the park’s forest. Visitors frequently have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sluggish sloths, raccoons, agoutis, colorful black & scarlet land crabs, and black iguanas.  Some birds possible to see in the park are Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, King Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan.

Among the many optional activities available in Manuel Antonio are rafting, sea kayaking, surfing lessons and horseback riding.

Day 6-7 & 8: DRAKE BAY & CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

This morning you will fly to the South Pacific Coast where Drake Bay is located. Here you will venture into the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s protected areas: Corcovado National Park, described as “the most biologically intense place on earth” by National Geographic. This coastal wilderness park is home to shy and elusive jaguars (you may see their tracks on forest trails!), tapirs, all four of Costa Rica’s monkey species, white-lipped peccaries, stunning scarlet macaws, several species of parrots, toucans and an incredible number of other bird and wildlife species. You will find plenty to keep you busy during your stay, from a number of optional tours such as sea kayaking, visit to Caño Island, horseback riding, or simply relaxing in this exhuberent wilderness environment.

Hotel: Casa Corcovado or similar (3 nts)
Meals Incl: 3B, 3L, 3D

Day 9: DEPARTURE

Today you will fly back to San Jose and then transfer to the International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.

Included: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], specified entrance fees to National Parks & private Reserves, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.

Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, 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.

(Arenal – Manuel Antonio – Corcovado)
Duration: 9 days/8 nights

This tour combines a volcano, rainforest, beaches and the ultimate forest wilderness experience!  You will visit the imposing majesty of Arenal Volcano, afterwards you travel to one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful national parks at Manuel Antonio to enjoy the beach and diverse tropical wildlife in its adjacent forest. Finally you will fly to Costa Rica’s remote southwest corner! Osa Peninsula. Drake Bay is your home base to explore this remote Pacific paradise, equally famed for Corcovado National Park and the idyllic Isla del Caño. National Geographic considers Corcovado to be “the most biologically intense place on earth”, Caño Island beckons 10 miles distant across the dazzling sea. Snorkel the coral reefs, a rarity on the Americas’ Pacific coast, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the island.

  • Day 1      Arrival in San Jose
  • Day 2      Farmer’s Market, Cocora Cloud Forest and Gardens, Arenal
  • Day 3      La Fortuna Waterfalls, Danaus Ecological Center
  • Day 4      Arenal Hanging Bridges; Transfer to Manuel Antonio
  • Day 5      Manuel Antonio National Park hike
  • Day 6      Transfer to Corcovado
  • Day 7-8   Drake Bay, Corcovado National Park
  • Day 9      To San Jose, departure

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival in San José, Costa Rica and after you clear customs & immigration, exit the airport terminal, take the right hand side exit door, where you will meet a representative of Costa Rica Sun Tours who will present you with land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel in San Jose.

Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 1B

Day 2: COCORA GARDENS; TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO

Your journey will begin by traveling northwest along the Interamerican Highway to head north through the town of San Ramon. Here you will take a short break and visit the community’s agriculture town market. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics.

You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Cocora is located in the cloud forest belt at 3000 feet elevation and offers the visitor attractive tropical plants and colorful butterflies and hummingbirds.

After a traditional lunch at Doña Mara´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. (L)

Lunch at Doña Mara´s house. In the foothills of the mountain range adjacent to Arenal volcano lives Doña Mara Rojas.  She is a housewife (or domestic engineer as she prefers to say) who has lived all her life in Chachagua.  Her husband Edgar is from Guanacaste and has worked as a chofer in the tourism industry and now works with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity.   They have seven children although only their youngest son Geraldo still lives with them at home. In their backyard, typical of rural homesteads in the area,  they have several orange trees, coconut palms and one cacao tree (the source of chocolate).

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 3: LA FORTUNA WATERFALLS, DANAUS ECOLOGICAL CENTER

In the morning you will visit the beautiful 200 foot-tall Fortuna Waterfalls.The fees collected are used for important community projects such as supporting area schools, buying books, and helping cover some of the expenses for the town orphanage. Later you will have lunch at a local organic farm in the town of La Fortuna. With your guide, you will learn about many of the crops and the challenges and benefits of farming organically in the tropics.

After lunch you will have a natural history walk at the Danaus Ecological Center. Slow-moving sloths live here, and along the main trail visitors may see a number of the 154 bird species recorded.  (L)

Day 4: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES; TRANSFER TO MANUEL ANTONIO

Today you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

After your rainforest bridges walk you will be taken overland to Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio consists of several beautiful beaches on the Pacific coast, a forest growing to the beach’s edge, easy walking trails and abundant wildlife.

Hotel: Costa verde or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 5: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK VISIT

Today hike with a naturalist guide through the park’s forest. Visitors frequently have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sluggish sloths, raccoons, agoutis, colorful black & scarlet land crabs, and black iguanas.  Some birds possible to see in the park are Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, King Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan.

Among the many optional activities available in Manuel Antonio are rafting, sea kayaking, surfing lessons and horseback riding.

Day 6-7 & 8: DRAKE BAY & CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

This morning you will fly to the South Pacific Coast where Drake Bay is located. Here you will venture into the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s protected areas: Corcovado National Park, described as “the most biologically intense place on earth” by National Geographic. This coastal wilderness park is home to shy and elusive jaguars (you may see their tracks on forest trails!), tapirs, all four of Costa Rica’s monkey species, white-lipped peccaries, stunning scarlet macaws, several species of parrots, toucans and an incredible number of other bird and wildlife species. You will find plenty to keep you busy during your stay, from a number of optional tours such as sea kayaking, visit to Caño Island, horseback riding, or simply relaxing in this exhuberent wilderness environment.

Hotel: Casa Corcovado or similar (3 nts)
Meals Incl: 3B, 3L, 3D

Day 9: DEPARTURE

Today you will fly back to San Jose and then transfer to the International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.

Included: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], specified entrance fees to National Parks & private Reserves, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.

Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, 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.

(Arenal – Manuel Antonio – Corcovado)
Duration: 9 days/8 nights

This tour combines a volcano, rainforest, beaches and the ultimate forest wilderness experience!  You will visit the imposing majesty of Arenal Volcano, afterwards you travel to one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful national parks at Manuel Antonio to enjoy the beach and diverse tropical wildlife in its adjacent forest. Finally you will fly to Costa Rica’s remote southwest corner! Osa Peninsula. Drake Bay is your home base to explore this remote Pacific paradise, equally famed for Corcovado National Park and the idyllic Isla del Caño. National Geographic considers Corcovado to be “the most biologically intense place on earth”, Caño Island beckons 10 miles distant across the dazzling sea. Snorkel the coral reefs, a rarity on the Americas’ Pacific coast, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the island.

  • Day 1      Arrival in San Jose
  • Day 2      Farmer’s Market, Cocora Cloud Forest and Gardens, Arenal
  • Day 3      La Fortuna Waterfalls, Danaus Ecological Center
  • Day 4      Arenal Hanging Bridges; Transfer to Manuel Antonio
  • Day 5      Manuel Antonio National Park hike
  • Day 6      Transfer to Corcovado
  • Day 7-8   Drake Bay, Corcovado National Park
  • Day 9      To San Jose, departure

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival in San José, Costa Rica and after you clear customs & immigration, exit the airport terminal, take the right hand side exit door, where you will meet a representative of Costa Rica Sun Tours who will present you with land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel in San Jose.

Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 1B

Day 2: COCORA GARDENS; TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO

Your journey will begin by traveling northwest along the Interamerican Highway to head north through the town of San Ramon. Here you will take a short break and visit the community’s agriculture town market. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics.

You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Cocora is located in the cloud forest belt at 3000 feet elevation and offers the visitor attractive tropical plants and colorful butterflies and hummingbirds.

After a traditional lunch at Doña Mara´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. (L)

Lunch at Doña Mara´s house. In the foothills of the mountain range adjacent to Arenal volcano lives Doña Mara Rojas.  She is a housewife (or domestic engineer as she prefers to say) who has lived all her life in Chachagua.  Her husband Edgar is from Guanacaste and has worked as a chofer in the tourism industry and now works with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity.   They have seven children although only their youngest son Geraldo still lives with them at home. In their backyard, typical of rural homesteads in the area,  they have several orange trees, coconut palms and one cacao tree (the source of chocolate).

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B

Day 3: LA FORTUNA WATERFALLS, DANAUS ECOLOGICAL CENTER

In the morning you will visit the beautiful 200 foot-tall Fortuna Waterfalls.The fees collected are used for important community projects such as supporting area schools, buying books, and helping cover some of the expenses for the town orphanage. Later you will have lunch at a local organic farm in the town of La Fortuna. With your guide, you will learn about many of the crops and the challenges and benefits of farming organically in the tropics.

After lunch you will have a natural history walk at the Danaus Ecological Center. Slow-moving sloths live here, and along the main trail visitors may see a number of the 154 bird species recorded.  (L)

Day 4: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES; TRANSFER TO MANUEL ANTONIO

Today you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

After your rainforest bridges walk you will be taken overland to Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio consists of several beautiful beaches on the Pacific coast, a forest growing to the beach’s edge, easy walking trails and abundant wildlife.

Hotel: Costa verde or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 3B

Day 5: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK VISIT

Today hike with a naturalist guide through the park’s forest. Visitors frequently have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sluggish sloths, raccoons, agoutis, colorful black & scarlet land crabs, and black iguanas.  Some birds possible to see in the park are Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, King Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan.

Among the many optional activities available in Manuel Antonio are rafting, sea kayaking, surfing lessons and horseback riding.

Day 6-7 & 8: DRAKE BAY & CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

This morning you will fly to the South Pacific Coast where Drake Bay is located. Here you will venture into the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s protected areas: Corcovado National Park, described as “the most biologically intense place on earth” by National Geographic. This coastal wilderness park is home to shy and elusive jaguars (you may see their tracks on forest trails!), tapirs, all four of Costa Rica’s monkey species, white-lipped peccaries, stunning scarlet macaws, several species of parrots, toucans and an incredible number of other bird and wildlife species. You will find plenty to keep you busy during your stay, from a number of optional tours such as sea kayaking, visit to Caño Island, horseback riding, or simply relaxing in this exhuberent wilderness environment.

Hotel: Casa Corcovado or similar (3 nts)
Meals Incl: 3B, 3L, 3D

Day 9: DEPARTURE

Today you will fly back to San Jose and then transfer to the International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.

Included: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], specified entrance fees to National Parks & private Reserves, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.

Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, 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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