Duration:14 days/13 nights
From $2075 per person (based on double occupancy) and standard hotels, single supplement $735.
Destinations: Arenal Volcano, Rio Celeste, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Chirripó.

Enjoy driving in Costa Rica. Nature walks in Arenal Volcano rainforest. Blue River adventure hiking. Drink the best coffee in the world. Visit the famous Monteverde Quaker community. Where else you can see 4 species of Monkeys. Trekking Costa Rica highest mountain. Look at the two oceans from one place.

Guided hikes to Arenal volcano and the mystical Rio Celeste, as well as the discovery of the alluring National Park of Manuel Antonio will prepare you for the final ascent to the summit of Chirripo.  The challenge of a unique experience and the incomparable rewards.

  • DAY  1:   Arrival In San Jose
  • DAY  2:   Delivery Of 4wd Rental Vehicle For 12 Days. Drive To Arenal
  • DAY  3:   Guided Nature Hike In Arenal
  • DAY  4:   Drive To Rio Celeste
  • DAY  5:   Free Day At Rio Celeste
  • DAY  6:   Drive To Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • DAY  7:   Free Day In Monteverde
  • DAY  8:   Drive To Manuel Antonio Beach
  • DAY  9:   Free Day In Manuel Antonio
  • DAY 10:  Drive To San Gerardo De Rivas, The Foothills Of Chirripó
  • DAY 11:   Chirripó Peak Ascend With Local Guide
  • DAY 12:  Chirripó Peak, Hike To Summit And Park Exploration
  • DAY 13:  Descend From Chirripó. Drive To San José
  • DAY 14:  Departure. Transfer To International Airport

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN SAN JOSE (B)

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: DELIVERY OF 4WD RENTAL VEHICLE FOR 12 DAYS. DRIVE TO ARENAL (B)

Arenal Volcano

This day a representative of the rental car company will deliver you a 4X4 vehicle to your hotel.  Once you have cleared the paper work with the rental car agent you may drive to the area of Arenal and the Arenal volcano. The transfer time from yourhotel in San Jose to Arenal is approximately 3 hours. In north central Costa Rica near the town of La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano rises majestically above the lowland plains surrounding it. Beneath the volcanoes steaming peak, the area offers natural beauty, amazing wildlife, and plenty of outdoor activities for visitors including  canyoning, horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking, zip line tours, canopy bridge walks and a gondola tramway above the forest.  At days end, one can relax in an arearesort that offers soothing thermal waters heated by the volcano.
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar

Day 3: GUIDED NATURE HIKE IN ARENAL (B)

Explore the lava flow trail of the Arenal Volcano and learn about its history. Arenal Volcano erupted violently July 29th 1968 destroying the region west of its base with hot gases, rocks and later, lava flows.  Today the volcano steams quietly and heats local rivers that have been developed into popular hot springs and spas.  Forest vegetation is quickly returning and covering the massive rock fragments and lava flows, and rainforest wildlife once again flourishes in and around the park. With your guide you will explore the area around the volcano, learn about its fascinating history, and view how the flora and fauna are reclaiming the formerly devastated landscape. Bring: comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, sunscreen and rain gear. The tour includes: entrance fee and guide.
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar.

Day 4: DRIVE TO RIO CELESTE (B)

Río Celeste

This day you may drive to Rio Celeste, considered the crown jewel of Northern Costa Rica.  The drive from Arenal to Rio Celeste is approximately 1.5 hours. Next to the town of Rio Celeste, is the Tenorio Volcano National Park. This park has one of Costa Ricas most beautiful waterfalls, natural hot springs, as well as the unique phenomenon of clear water turning blue by means of a volcanic chemical reaction. Once in the Tenorio Volcano National Park a hike to the Rio Celeste Waterfall will be about 1.5 hours through lush rainforests and somewhat challenging trails. Be sure to take a bathing suit to swim in the gorgeous cascading waters crashing into the turquoise swimming hole below. The return hike, to the Park entrance will be another 1.5 hours. When you get back to the park entrance you will be satisfied by all of the exercise you got while seeing a hidden natural wonder that will spark the envy of the savviest tourists.
Hotel: Río Celeste Hideaway.

Day 5: FREE DAY AT RIO CELESTE (B)

This day you may enjoy a day of leisure to enjoy the hotel, the national park and surroundings or to enjoy a day of activities such as a tour of a coffee plantation, hanging bridges, or a visit to the Maleku Indigenous Reservation. All these activities are offered at an additional cost.
Hotel: Río Celeste Hideaway.

Day 6: DRIVE TO MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST (B)

From Rio Celeste you may drive to Monteverde.  The drive from Rio Celeste to Monteverde will be approximately 4 hours.  Monteverde is located on the Tilaran Mountain Range, Province of Puntarenas. It is known worldwide for the Quaker community, who arrived there in the 1950´s. The area has the most famous cloud forest in the world. Research on its ecology has been going on for more than 40 years. A mystic combination of huge tall trees, hundreds of epiphytes and constant mists cover the canopy almost all year round. This creates a unique habitat, with famous resident birds like the Resplendent Quetzal, Prong-bill Barbet, Emerald Toucanet, Violet Sabrewing, Green-crowned Brilliant and Collared Redstart. Sloths, monkeys, kinkajous, coatis, porcupines, agoutis and foxes are occasionally seen in the area.
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar.

Day 7: FREE DAY IN MONTEVERDE (B)

Monteverde

This day you may enjoy a day of leisure to enjoy the hotel, the rainforest and surroundings or to enjoy a day of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, a canopy tour or a tour of the hanging bridges in forest canopies. The Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Tilaran Mountains of northwest Costa Rica is one of the worlds premiere destinations for naturalists. A cloud forest is an especially beautiful and rare type of rain forest created by frequent mists from low-lying clouds. This cool and moist environment is characterized by massive trees covered by thick carpets of small plants. Much of the resident wildlife is unique to these habitats. In Monteverde you may also enjoy dining in numerous restaurants, visit the live frog and butterfly exhibits, shop for local crafts and art and visit a native orchid garden.
Hotel: Fonda Vela or similar.

Day 8: DRIVE TO MANUEL ANTONIO BEACH (B)

Once you have checked out from your hotel in Monteverde, you may drive to the beaches of Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  The drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio may be approximately 3.5 hours. Manuel Antonio is one ofthe most popular beach destinations in Costa Rica.  Its National Park was included in a list of 12 top parks selected by Forbes Magazine for its gorgeous colored beach, lush forest growing to the beach edge, abundant wildlife, warm pacific waters, easy forest trails and scenic ocean overlooks.
Hotel: Si Como No or similar.

Day 9: FREE DAY IN MANUEL ANTONIO (B)

Manuel Antonio National Park

This day you may enjoy a day of leisure to enjoy the hotel, the beaches, the national park and surroundings or to enjoy a day of activities such as surfing, horseback riding, a canopy tour or parasailing behind a boat.  All these activities are offered at an additional cost on the main beach of Manuel Antonio.
Hotel: Si Como No or similar.

 

Day 10: DRIVE TO SAN GERARDO DE RIVAS, THE FOOTHILLS OF CHIRRIPÓ (B)

Once you are ready to leave the hotel in Manuel Antonio, you may drive along the coast going South of Costa Rica and then taking directions toward San Gerardo de Rivas to arrive to the foothills of Mount Chirripo. The drive from Manuel Antonio to San Gerardo de Rivas is approximately 3 hours. Located only 20 miles from San Isidro de General, the second-largest city in the province of San Jose, San Gerardo de Rivas is a small village of around 400 residents that may be one of the best-kept secrets in the country. Thanks to its location in the Talamanca Mountains, the town has become a popular base camp for adventurous hikers and mountain climbers hoping to tackle the challenging face of Mount Chirripo, the countrys tallest mountain, or explore the nearby Chirripo River valley.
Hotel: Uran or similar.

Day 11: CHIRRIPÓ PEAK ASCEND WITH LOCAL GUIDE (B,L,D)

At 3,820 meters (12, 529 feet) Chirripo is Costa Ricas highest mountain and the vast 50,150 hectare (123,916 acre) park is a World Patrimony Site and Biosphere Reserve. After an early breakfast, start your hike at the base of the mountain and cover a total distance of 13 km (8 Miles) through a diverse variety of habitats, from oak forests to tundra habitat above the tree line.  In the region around the summit, temperatures may vary from 23 degrees Celsius (74 Fahrenheit) during the day and to near or below freezing at night. Hiking time to the Rangers Station Shelter varies from 6 hours up to 12 hours depending on the level of the hiker. Dress warmly with layers, carry plenty of water, a portable purifying filter to refill your bottle, a raincoat and snacks.  Your main pack and meals will be carried by horses or by local guides. The Rangers Station Shelter offers basic lodging with basic facilities, such as shared rooms, shared bathrooms with no hot water and a common area for meals.
Hotel: Chirripo Camp Lodging.

Day 12: CHIRRIPÓ PEAK, HIKE TO SUMMIT AND PARK EXPLORATION (B,L,D)

Cerro Chirripo

Clearest views from the summit are usually best early in the morning before clouds build up. The journey to the peak is a short hike of 5.5 kms (3.4 miles) from the Rangers Shelter and generally takes an hour or two. The summit region offers a panoramic view of small shallow lagoons (whose bases were carved out of ancient glaciers), tundra vegetation composed mostly of short hardy bamboo plants and low vegetation, and rugged rock formations. The harsh conditions of intense brilliant sunlight alternating with dense cloud cover, sometimes strong winds, thin air, and daily fluctuations of day and night temperatures create a magical landscape of singular beauty. Other hikes in the area can include those to Rabbit Valley and the massive rock formations known as Los Crestones. These rise starkly above the landscape and are likely the most photographed area near the summit and practically the symbol of the parks peak. Overnight at the Rangers Shelter.
Hotel: Chirripo Camp Lodging.

Day 13: DESCEND FROM CHIRRIPÓ. DRIVE TO SAN JOSÉ (B)

This day you will hike down to San Gerardo de Rivas; a downhill journey that takes almost half the time of the original ascent. When you arrive to the town of San Gerardo de Rivas you may enjoy a delicious lunch before departing to San Jose.
Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar.

Day 14: DEPARTURE. TRANSFER TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (B)

This day one of our transport representatives will drive you from your hotel to the Juan Santamaria International Airport.  You will have to check in at least 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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