Arenal Volcano & Monteverde 5D/4N

These small group expeditions combine two of the most spectacular natural highlights of Costa Rica. Arenal; a steaming volcano whose steep slopes rise above vast rainforests: and Monteverde; a cool mountain cloud forest. The tour includes visits to majestic waterfalls, a wildlife rescue preserve, the hanging bridges at Arenal, and an exhilarating zip line canopy tour! With a maximum of ten people and a private driver and guide for the Arenal portion of the tour , it’s easy to be flexible and incorporate extra stops and local experiences along the way.

Trip Details

Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Price 2015-2016: $1195 per person (based on double occupancy), single supplement $260
Departs: Daily with a minimum of 2 participants
Depart on a Saturday or Tuesday and save $100
Destination: Arenal, Monteverde

  • Day 1: La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Transfer to Arenal Volcano. (L)
  • Day 2: Arenal Observatory Lodge Trail & Hanging Bridges. (BL)
  • Day 3: Monteverde Lake Crossing Transfer and Monteverde Cloud Forest. (B)
  • Day 4: Zip Line Canopy. (B)
  • Day 5: Transfer to San Jose or Beach Extension. (B)

 

Day 1: LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS & TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO (L)

Your journey begins as you leave the urban center of Costa Rica’s central valley and head north into the mountains. Your first stop is the renowned La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Enjoy a walk along a sparkling mountain river with views of gorgeous waterfalls, framed by serene forested mountains.

Next you will visit a wildlife rescue preserve, home to jungle cats, monkeys, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, all being rehabilitated and cared for at the preserve. After lunch, you will be able to experience the tropical plantations and traditional cattle ranches of the northern central lowland plains before arriving at your hotel in Arenal.

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa or similar

Day 2: ARENAL OBSERVATORY LODGE TRAILS AND HANGING BRIDGES (B,L)

Arenal Observatory Lodge is the only lodge nestled within the tropical rainforest of the national park. In the morning, with your private guide and driver you will explore the trails in search of wildlife. This region hosts an amazing 400 bird species, including a huge diversity of hummingbirds.  There are also opportunities to encounter spider monkeys, howler monkeys, coati and peccaries.

After lunch, you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a complex of suspension bridges and trails through beautiful rainforests, with views of the volcano. This is a truly customizable day, as your private guide can make extra stops and take time to appreciate the stunning views and wildlife.
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa or similar

Day 3: MONTEVERDE LAKE CROSSING TRANSFER & MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST RESERVE (B)

After breakfast, we will arrange all your transfers to Monteverde including a boat ride across the lake.

In the early afternoon you will visit the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Hike the reserve on well-groomed trails with your expert naturalist guide. It is very possible to see the resplendent Quetzal, along with many other unique species. As a prime example of cloud forest ecosystems, Monteverde has been intensely studied by scientists and is the site for pioneering research on the effects of climate change on tropical ecosystems.
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar

Day 4: ZIP LINE CANOPY TOUR & FREE AFTERNOON (B)

The Zip Line Canopy Tour in Monteverde is world-class. With an expert guide, you will whip through the rainforest canopy (fully harnessed, of course!) Canopy tours are a way to experience the rainforest from the eyes of birds and tree dwellers. They will also kick start your day about ten times more than your morning coffee!

After this magical and adventurous experience, we find that most visitors want some down-time. So, you will have the afternoon free to explore further or simply relax in a hammock with a book. Optional activities include  horseback riding, live frog and butterfly exhibits, bird watching, gift shopping, native orchid gardens, restaurants and more.
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar

Day 5: TRANSFER TO SAN JOSE OR BEACH EXTENSION (B)

After breakfast, guests may choose an overland transfer back to San Jose, or extend their stay with a transfer to any beach destination.

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