Costa Rica Volcanoes & Cloud Forest Independent Adventure

Classic, San José to San José

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Head for the hills! Costa Rica's backbone of mountains and volcanoes hold some of its greatest treasures. The area around Arenal Volcano has adrenaline sports galore; enjoy the luxury of volcano-heated hot springs once the day's over. Join a guided tour of the Caño Negro wetlands, heading the next day for the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Explore this unique ecosystem, famous for its biodiversity, and spot hummingbirds in a thick forest studded with tiny orchids.

What’s included

  • Recharge: Hot Springs Soak, La Fortuna
  • Arrival transfer
  • Coffee Plantation Tour
  • Visit to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Visit a hot springs resort including dinner
  • Guided tour of Caño Negro Wetlands
  • Guided walk through the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Spot wildlife around the waters of the caño negro wetlands
  • Hike through the misty cloud forest
  • Soak in the blissful thermal hot springs of arenal


Day 1 San José You will be met at San José International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the night. There are no planned activities, so enjoy the city on your own. Included Activities: Arrival Day Welcome Meeting for Independent Trips Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 San José/La Fortuna (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm, visit Poas Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall gardens on your way to the Arenal area. Chill out and relax in the evening with a visit to nearby hot springs. Transport: Climb aboard and prepare for a day of activities on the way to La Fortuna. Visit a working coffee farm and learn the ancient techniques used to produce some of the best coffee in Costa Rica before admiring the impressive main crater of Poas Volcano with its sulfur fumaroles. Finally, check out some animal exhibits and the spectacular La Paz waterfall in the middle of the rainforest before travelling to La Fortuna. Shared van (4.00-5.00 hours, 150km)
Day 3 La Fortuna (1B, 1L) Charge up your camera, bring your binoculars, and set off to spot a variety of birds, reptiles, insects and other animals on a guided tour of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Additional Notes: Please note that other non-G Adventures travellers may also join this day tour. Included Activities: Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour Hot Springs Soak Transport: Shuttle
Day 4 La Fortuna/Monteverde (1B) Transfer to the mountain community of Monteverde and the cloud forest. Opt to visit the cheese factory or butterfly gardens. Transport: Move efficiently from point A to point B aboard this dependable ride. Shuttle (0.75-1.00 hours) Climb aboard and get your float on. Boat (1.00 hour(s)) Move efficiently from point A to point B aboard this dependable ride. Shuttle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Monteverde (1B) Head off to the biological reserve for a guided trek through the lush, thriving cloud forest. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy. Additional Notes: Please note that other non-G Adventures travellers may also be on this day tour. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
Day 6 Monteverde/San José (1B) This trip ends on arrival to San Jose. If you've booked additional post-trip accommodation, you'll be dropped off at the hotel. If you're flying out this afternoon, you'll be dropped off at the airport. Transport: Shared van (4.00-5.00 hours)