Duration: 15 days/14 nights
From $2560 per person (based on double occupancy) and standard hotels, single supplement $880. (Minimum 8 pax)
Destinations: Los Quetzales. Savegre Valley. Turrialba. Cahuita. Arenal Volcano. Rio Celeste. Manuel Antonio.

Birding in the cloud forest. Trekking Costa Rica. Biking the verdant Turrialba valley. Take a photo at Rio Celeste´s Blue Lagoon. Swim in Manuel Antonio National Park. Spot Macaws in Carara Reserve. Look for crocodiles in Tarcoles River.

From high altitude hikes to biking through verdant valleys and rafting in a breathtaking class IV river, this tour culminates in the Carara and Manuel Antonio National Parks.  This multi-sport tour is challenging as well as unforgettable.

  • Day 1:    Arrival In San Jose
  • Day 2:    Transfer To Los Quetzales National Park. Cloud Forest Walk
  • Day 3:    Quetzales To Savegre Valley Hike
  • Day 4:    Quetzales To Tapanti Hike
  • Day 5:    Turrialba Valley Biking Day
  • Day 6:    Pacuare River Rafting Class Iv. Transfer To Cahuita
  • Day 7:    Cahuita National Park Walk
  • Day 8:    Transfer To Arenal Volcano
  • Day 9:    Chato Volcano To La Fortuna Waterfalls Hike
  • Day 10:  Lava Flow Hike. Transfer To Rio Celeste
  • Day 11:   Rio Celeste Hike
  • Day 12:   Transfer To Manuel Antonio. Carara National Park Hike
  • Day 13:   Manuel Antonio National Park Hike
  • Day 14:   Transfer To San José
  • Day 15:   Departure. Transfer To International Airport

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN SAN JOSE

Upon arrival to the International Juan Santamaria Airport in Costa Rica, one of our transport representatives will be waiting for you with a notice board announcing your name.  Once you are with the transport representative, he will take you to your hotel in the Central Valley. The Central Valley of Costa Rica is where the capital city, San Jose is located. San Jose is a bustling city with over a million inhabitants. The main attractions of the city are the National Theatre, completed in 1897,the Gold and Jade Museums, the brand new National Stadium, and the old neighborhoods and historic statues.  The Central Valley has a diverse range of landscapes and varying climates, such as in the nearby mountains, volcanoes, national parks and jungles.  There is much to visit when staying in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.
Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar

Day 2: TRANSFER TO LOS QUETZALES NATIONAL PARK. CLOUD FOREST WALK (B,L)

Cloud Forest

Early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel in San Jose to be driven to the Quetzales National Park. This day you may take a guided hiking tour to the Quetzales National Park, located on the mountain range of the Talamanca Mountains. Inthe Park you may see a variety of high elevation birds in oak forests and have an excellent chance to observe the legendary resplendent Quetzal, a bird worshipped as a deity by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, and which are relatively abundant in the area. The entry fee to the park and lunch are included.
Hotel: Savegre Lodge

Day 3: QUETZALES TO SAVEGRE VALLEY HIKE (B,L)

Quetzal

This day you will spend the day exploring and hiking through the cloud forests of Quetzales National Park and the Savegre Valley.  Your hike will be approximately 5 hours within a distance of approximately 12kilometers through semi-challenging terrain, up and down hills, and some muddy trails. You will trek from an altitude of 3,200mts.down to 2,400mts, through low subalpine vegetation. You will hike through terrain that is above the tree line composed of small shrubs and grasses and then descends into oak forests dominated by huge trees covered by thick moss. You will be given a box lunch to enjoy in the forests. You will have the chance to observe the thriving natural habitat as well as many kinds of wildlife first-hand.
Hotel: Savegre Lodge

Day 4: QUETZALES TO TAPANTI HIKE (B,L)

For a second day of exploring and hiking you will take a guided hike from the Quetzales National Park to the Tapanti National Park. Your hike will be approximately 6-7 hours within a distance of approximately 16kms through semi-challenging terrain, up and down hills, and some muddy trails. You will cross the continental divide and head toward the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, through some of the most pristine mountain ranges of the country. For lunch you will be given a box lunch to enjoy alongside the river or in the forests. The Tapanti National Park has a great river and splendid cascades where you will have the chance to go swimming in its pristine pools.
Hotel: Casa Turire

Day 5: TURRIALBA VALLEY BIKING DAY (B,L)

Biking

Begin the day on a mountain biking tour of the Turrialba Valley. Your cycling guide will take you to several local towns in the vicinity of Turrialba. You will visit the squash growers of Santiago, the famous Ujarrás ruins, the unique Tucurrique andPejivalle villages, where one may see plantations of coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, citrus fruits, plantains, bananas, macadamia nuts, pineapples, mangostans, mangos, avocados, and many other tropical crops. The topography of this biking tour is occasionally steep with some leveled trails. During this tour you will marvel at the great diversity of forests and fruit plantations.
Hotel: Casa Turire

Day 6: PACUARE RIVER RAFTING CLASS IV. TRANSFER TO CAHUITA (B,L)

Rafting Pacuare

This day for your rafting tour you must take: rubber-soled shoes that can get wet, swimsuit; quick-drying t-shirt and shorts, waterproof sunscreen, sun hat or bandana, glasses with straps, change of clothing including shoes and towel. Early in the morning you will be taken to the Pacuare River for a day of River Rafting. Before your arrival to the river, you will have a stop for breakfast at a local restaurant. Once at the river side, your rafting guides will give you instruction of rafting procedures and safety. The rafting on the Pacuare River will be on Class III-IV rapids. The Pacuare River combines plenty of white water for a fun and exciting ride, along with lush and wild jungles on both sides of the river. A buffet lunch will be served on the rivers edge.  Once the rafting is finished, in the late afternoon, you will be driven to the town of Cahuita on the Caribbean Coast.
Hotel: Ciudad Perdida

Day 7: CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK WALK (B)

Early in the day enjoy a guided hike of the Cahuita National Park.  Situated on Costa Ricas attractive Caribbean coast, Cahuita National Park encompasses 1,067 hectares of land and over 22,400 hectares of ocean. The parks beach is great for relaxing, and the ocean water is always warm for bathing.  The park contains the largest coral reef in Costa Rica, rich with marine life.  Snorkelers may enjoy searching for varied creatures such as sea urchins, angel queen fish, blue parrot fish, green turtles, eels, barracudas, sea cucumbers, shrimp, lobsters, sponges and more! The parks land habitat is composed of several ecological zones including swamp forests, rainforests, woodlands and coastal zones. You may see sloths, opossums, monkeys, coatimundis, frogs, green iguanas, basilisk lizards, porcupines and several bird species including toucans, trogons, ibises, and herons.
Hotel: Ciudad Perdida

Day 8: TRANSFER TO ARENAL VOLCANO (B)

Arenal volcano

Arenal volcano

Once you are ready to leave your hotel in Cahuita, you will be driven from the Caribbean Coast to Arenal.  The drive from Cahuita to Arenal is approximately 5 hours. In the north central region of Costa Rica, near the town of La Fortuna, the Arenal volcano rises majestically above the lowland plains surrounding it. Beneath the volcanoes peak, the area offers natural beauty, amazing wildlife, and plenty of outdoor activities including canyoning, horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking, zip line tours, canopy bridge walks and a gondola tram above the forest. At days end, one can relax in an area resort that offers soothing thermal waters heated by the volcano.
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar

Day 9: CHATO VOLCANO TO LA FORTUNA WATERFALLS HIKE (B)

La Fortuna Waterfall

Your hike to Cerro Chato near the Arenal Volcano will be approximately 5 hours within a distance of approximately 8kms through semi-challenging terrain, up and down hills, and some muddy trails. You will hike through lush rainforests to the rim of an extinct volcano and see the neighboring emerald-green lagoon.  During your walk you will have great views of the Arenal Volcano and the valley of La Fortuna. Bring your bathing suit, as you may have the opportunity to visit 200ft tall Fortuna Waterfall and swim in the clear river pools. This hike is recommended for people in good shape and willing to hike in varying conditions.
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar

Day 10: LAVA FLOW HIKE. TRANSFER TO RIO CELESTE (B)

Explore the lava flow trail of the Arenal Volcano and learn about its fascinating history.  Your guide will take you on a hike to the top of a 50ft long lava flow trail formed in 1992. Once at the top of the lava flow trail you may have extraordinary views of the volcano and surrounding valley.  You will have the opportunity to see the rainforest flora and fauna. A delicious well deserved lunch is offered at the end of your hike. Once the hike is finished, you will be driven from Arenal to Rio Celeste.  The drive from Arenal to Rio Celeste is approximately 3 hours.
Hotel: Rio Celeste Hideaway.

Day 11: RIO CELESTE HIKE (B)

Río Celeste

Within the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Rio Celeste river is a river with bright turquoise waters that are a must visit.  The confluence of minerals from the river and volcano meet to create the famous blue hue. The river has several thermal hot springs and a large waterfall. Caution must be taken while exploring the banks of the river as there are some boiling mud fumaroles. The hike is approximately 4 hours within a distance of 8 kilometers through semi-challenging terrain, up and down hills, and some muddy trails.
Hotel: Rio Celeste Hideaway.

Day 12: TRANSFER TO MANUEL ANTONIO. CARARA NATIONAL PARK HIKE (B)

Scarlet Macaws

Scarlet macaws are found near the Pacific Coast in Costa Rica

Early in the morning one of our transport representatives will drive you from Rio Celeste to Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  The drive from Rio Celeste to Manuel Antonio will be approximately 5.5 hours.  Half way, along the way, you may visit of the Carara National Park for a 1 to 2 hour hike. Carara is particularly rich in its flora and fauna due to its transitional position between the hot dry northwest and wet regions of the southwest.  Park habitats include marshes, primary and secondary forests.  The nearby Tarcoles river also harbors additional wildlife. Carara is home to parrots, parakeets, toucans, trogons, Scarlet Macaws, and three species of monkeys. From a nearby bridge you may see a score of American Crocodiles basking along the Tarcoles riverbanks.
Hotel: Si como No or similar

Day 13: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK HIKE (B)

Manuel Antonio National Park

Your guided hike within the Manuel Antonio National Park will be approximately 2.5 hours through some mangroves, dry forests and beautiful white sandy beaches.  In 2011 Forbes Magazine listed Manuel Antonio as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world for its gorgeous cream colored beach, lush forest growing to the beach edge, abundant wildlife, warm pacific waters, and easy forest trails with scenic ocean overlooks. You will likely see a variety of wildlife, the local animals are accustomed to visitors, including squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and sloths.  After hiking you will have free time to enjoy the park on your own. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen!
Hotel: Si como No or similar

Day 14: TRANSFER TO SAN JOSÉ (B)

This day one of our transport representatives will drive you from the hotel in Manuel Antonio to San Jose.  The drive will be approximately 3 hours.
Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar

Day 15: DEPARTURE. TRANSFER TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (B)

This day one of our transport representatives will drive you from the hotel to the Juan Santamaria International Airport.  You will have to check in 3 hours prior to your departure flight time.

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, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, and room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.

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