Duration: 9 days/8 nights
From $2634 per person (based on double occupancy), single supplement $575
Departs: Daily with a minimum of 2 participants
Depart on friday and save $135
Destination: Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Corcovado
Travel by land, air, and sea in order to experience the unparralled beauty of Costa Rica´s vast network of protected areas, and the warmth of its people. This well thought out itinerary is put together in a way that makes every day memorable. Travel to Arenal Volcano, a steaming volcano whose steep conical slopes rise out of vast rainforests, where you will explore the rainforest on a network of hanging bridges, hike through a landscape shaped by volcanic activity, have lunch at an organic farm dedicated to preserving the traditional Costa Rican ¨campesino¨ way of life, and marvel at a powerful 200 foot waterfall fed by clear mountain streams. Then travel to the Pacific coast and visit wildlife-rich Manuel Antonio National Park, a place recognized by Forbes as one of the ¨World’s 12 Most Beautiful National Parks.¨ Continue on to one of our favorite places, Corcovado National Park, located on the Osa Peninsula, in the remote jungles of the south Pacific. Forward thinking conservation efforts have allowed this remote rainforest to remain in a pristine state. Because of its stunning natural diversity National Geographic considers Corcovado to be “the most biologically intense place on earth.” Pura Vida!
- Day 1: Arrival in San José
- Day 2: La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Transfer to Arenal
- Day 3: La Fortuna Waterfalls, Organic Farm Lunch & Arenal Hanging Bridges
- Day 4: Volcano Tour & Transfer to Manuel Antonio
- Day 5: Manuel Antonio National Park Hike
- Day 6: Transfer to Osa Peninsula
- Day 7, 8: Drake Bay & Corcovado National Park
- Day 9: To San José & Departure
Day 1: ARRIVAL
Upon your arrival in San José, Costa Rica, after you clear customs & immigration and claim your luggage, exit the airport terminal, take the right hand side exit door, where a representative of Costa Rica Sun Tours will be waiting for you. Our representative will present you with land portion vouchers and transfer you to your hotel in San José. Tomorrow your adventure begins!
Hotel: Bougainvillea or similar (1 nt)
Meals Incl: 1B
Day 2: PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS & TRANSFER TO ARENAL
Your journey begins as you leave the urban center of Costa Rica’s central valley and head north into the cool mountains. Your first stop is the renowned La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This unique, enchanting location boasts a comprehensive rescued wildlife preserve, which includes jungle cats, monkeys, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. Enjoy a walk along a sparkling clear mountain river on a trail that provides easy access and great views of gorgeous waterfalls framed by serene forested mountains. After your visit, you will enjoy an appetizing lunch at the facility’s restaurant set amid the lush beauty of their gardens. Then continue your journey through the tropical plantations and cattle ranches of the northern central lowland plains, before arriving at your hotel in the Arenal region. (L)
Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B
Day 3: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES, ORGANIC FARM LUNCH, & LA FORTUNA WATERFALL
In the morning, traverse a landscape shaped by old lava flows with your naturalist guide. The Arenal Volcanoe erupted in 1968 devastating the village and farmlands in the western foothills at its base. After slightly more than four decades of activity which included smaller eruptions, hot rock avalanches (termed pyroclastic flows), and lava flows, Arenal Volcano today steams quietly, and heats numerous local rivers that flow near its base. These natural hot rivers have been channeled into pools to create hotsprings. The volcanoe will likely undergo another similar active phase several hundred years from now. Rainforests are now regenerating in the areas cleared by the explosion. During your visit, you may see parrots, toucans and other forest wildlife.
After exploring the lava flows, you will tour an organic farm and educational center managed by a rural family and dedicated to preserving the traditional Costa Rican lifestyle. Here you will have a lovingly prepared typical Costa Rican lunch.
Walk off your lunch with a short afternoon hike to the La Fortuna Waterfall. This beautiful 200 foot-tall waterfall receives its cool, clear waters from the pristine forested mountains of Arenal National Park. The steep trail leads you down through dense, lush rainforest with the objective of reaching a large pool at the base of the falls. (L)
Day 4: LAVA FLOW HIKE & TRANSFER TO MANUEL ANTONIO
Explore the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a system of suspended bridges and trails that provide access to the forest floor, and canopy layer of a beautiful rainforest. The plant and animal communities that inhabit different layers of a rainforest can be quite different from one another. The lush vegetation is composed of numerous species of palms, ferns, bromeliads, orchids, heliconias and tall trees. From some of the bridges there are panoramic views of nearby Arenal Volcano. As you walk through the rainforest, you may encounter a wide diversity of forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, and white-faced capuchin monkeys. If you don’t recognize the names of these animals, then ask you friendly, knowledgeable guide!
In the morning you will be taken overland from Arenal to Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio consists of multiple beautiful beaches on the Pacific coast, a lush forest growing to right to the beach’s edge, easy walking trails and an abundant diversity of wildlife. Manuel Antonio´s outstanding beauty was recognized recently when Forbes Magazine listed it as one of the ¨World’s 12 Most Beautiful National Parks.¨ The area outside the park offers visitors a wide variety of gorgeous hotels, excellent restaurants, and many optional activities such as rafting, sea kayaking, surf lessons and horseback riding.
In the afternoon your guide will return to San José. There are luggage restrictions for domestic flights, so if you have extra luggage you can send it back with your guide for safe storage in San José.
Hotel: Costa verde or similar (2 nts)
Meals Incl: 2B
Day 5: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
Today, take a hike with a local naturalist guide through the Manuel Antonio National Park’s species-rich forest. This park is an important refuge for valuable rainforest trees and animal species. Visitors frequently have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, slow-moving sloths, coati mundis, agoutis, colorful black & scarlet land crabs, and black iguanas (known locally as “garrobos”). This park is well known for bird watching. Some birds you might 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, Chesnutt-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, and Chesnut-mandibled Toucan. After hiking you can enjoy bathing in the tropical Pacific’s warm waters and relaxing on the white sand beaches of the park.
Day 6, 7 & 8: DRAKE BAY & CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK
This morning you will fly to the Osa Peninsula, one of our favorite parts of the country. Drake Bay will serve as a base from which you can venture into the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s vast network of 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 might 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 hundreds of other bird and wildlife species. You will find plenty to keep you busy during your stay; visit Caño Island, go horseback riding, sea kayaking, or simply relax and take 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. Check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home. Pura Vida!
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, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.