Day 10: Back to Home Stop At: Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, San Jose, San Jose Metro, Province of San Jose
Transfer to the airport to take your flight back home
Duration: 1 hour
No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Arrive To Costa Rica Stop At: Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, San Jose, San Jose Metro, Province of San Jose
Reception at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, our driver will wait for you with a sign in his name. Then we will go to your hotel, that same day will be given indications of their itineraries, their recipes and others.
Duration: 5 minutes
No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in crowne plaza hotel or similar
Day 2: Tours to la Paz Waterfall Gardens Stop At: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Vara Blanca, Province of Alajuela
This day we will go around the Poas volcano and visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, animal sanctuary with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program.
Five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with numerous species of birds, toucan feeding demonstration time, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory, capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, hummingbird hand feeding demonstration time in the mornings and afternoons, serpentarium (snake exhibit), jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, tica house with petting zoo and ox cart, ranarium (frog exhibit), orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit. All of these offered at one place, makes us the best eco park in Costa Rica. The Park comprises 70 acres (28 hectares) of land including approximately 40 acres of cloud and rainforest and 30 acres (12 hectares) of pastureland cut by a previous owner. The forest area is currently protected under Private Animal Sanctuary Status and we are in the process of reforesting the unoccupied pastureland. We are also an active member of the Costa Rican Network of Private Nature Reserves, the Green Stamp Program, the Blue Flag Program and the Environmental Services Payment Program.
The 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) of hiking trails and viewing platforms constructed from 1998-2000 were designed and built without cutting one tree or vine system. The materials for the trails and platforms were carried down on foot in order to avoid the use of heavy equipment in the forest. The credit for this tremendous accomplishment goes to Mr. Bernardo Picado who designed trails for the National Park System of Costa Rica prior to joining our team.
We added the Colibries Restaurant and the Serpentarium in 2004 and the Ranarium and Trout Lake in 2005. Our new enclosed Butterfly Observatory opened in August of 2006 along with the conversion of our existing Butterfly Observatory to an Aviary in the same year.
The visit will be all day, we will have lunch in the peace waterfall and at the end of the afternoon we will go to El Silencio Lodge & spa in Bajos del Toro where will be your hotel to stay
Duration: 6 hours
• Breakfast: breakfasts according to hotel policies
• Lunch: buffet in the peace restaurant waterfall gardens
Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Day 3: Will visit the twin falls of the Bajos Del Toro Stop At: Catarata Del Toro Adventures, Bajos del Toro, Province of Alajuela
Situated close to Catarata Del Toro in Bajos Del Toro Amarillo, Sarchí we will offer you something mind blowing. A truly blue river with 7 blue waterfalls, 3 normal waterfalls, rapids, swimming pools, views, nature and hiking in one. Since 2017 we are offering these amazing tours. As for now we will go with the flow and will operate under the ‘Catarata Del Toro’ flag. Starting point for all tours will be Catarata Del Toro, Costa Rica’s Ultimate Secret.
From here we will start walking over the public road and we will cross a beautiful farm. Also, we will cross a river by a bridge, until we end up in the blue river. Approximately thirty minutes till this point and then:
1 – We will descend into the blue river, cross it, and walk towards the Las Gemelas.
2 – Same way back where we can take a quick look from above at the blue rapids.
3 – Entering the blue river again at a lower point into a nice blue pool.
4 – Time to cool down and let’s swim blue and as long as you wish.
5 – From here we are heading back.
What you can expect, what to bring and what we supply
What to expect: beauty, 2 blue waterfalls, rapids, virgin forest and a beautiful river section. Also, a blue swimming pool, mountains, birds, views, nice hike, nice workout, good feeling and happy to be back. Let’s beat your expectations! If you purchased the combo then the next tour will be Catarata Del Toro, Costa Rica’s Ultimate Secret®.
You need to bring: walking shoes or boots, anti-slip tennis- or water shoes for the swimming part. And, or just old tennis shoes for the entire trip, swimming gear, anti-mosquito repellent, sun blocker, 1.5 liters of drinker water, snacks and a camera.
We supply: safe and guarded parking lot, restroom before and after, walking stick, tour guide and a most wonderful experience.
Duration: 2-3 hours.
Age: 10 – 65
Total Walking Distance: 4.5 km.
We will return to the hotel to rest and spend the rest of the afternoon free
Accommodation in Bajos Del Toro /B
Duration: 5 hours
• Breakfast: According to hotel policies variety of options
Accommodation included: Overnight at El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Day 4: LA FORTUNA, ARENAL Stop At: La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
After breakfast, we will go to Fortuna, Arenal two hours away, we will arrive at the hotel to check, after settling in the hotel we will start the afternoon with a combined tours: Arenal COMBO Tour Hanging Bridges and Los Lagos Resort with Lunch or Dinner
This is the quintessential Arenal Volcano tour to do when you’re in La Fortuna! The Arenal Volcano Hanging Bridges tour takes you through lush rainforest near the base of Costa Rica's most-famous, iconic volcano. Our experienced, bilingual naturalist guide will point out interesting plants and wildlife in the vibrant, rainforest protected by the Arenal Volcano National Park as you cross picturesque hanging bridges and discover hidden treasures such as waterfalls and families of howler monkeys. You will have the opportunity to take pictures of the plant and animal life during the tour, as well as of the stunning view of the Arenal Volcano. Then it's time to head to Los Lagos Resort and enjoy a variety of hot springs pool in a luxurious resort with a restaurant, bars, locker-rooms and top-notch service. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at the resort before being transported back to your hotel.
Guide; transportation; beverages; entrance to private reserve; hot springs; dinner
WHAT TO BRING
Bug repellent; camera; binoculars; hiking boots or tennis shoes; rain gear; swimming suit
Accommodation in La Fortuna/ B-D
Duration: 7 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight at Los Lagos Hotel
Day 5: Arenal Volcano Hike Stop At: Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
The Arenal Volcano National Park and other reserves along the border of the National Park are one of the most visited places in all of Central America. The trails in Arenal National Park and other nearby Arenal Reserves are generally flat and not very strenuous -- perfect for a leisurely and informative hike with one of our professional nature guides. We will start the tour off by picking you up at your hotel and driving to the entrance of the Arenal National Park (if your tour is in the morning) or to a nearby Arenal Volcano, National Park Peninsula for afternoon tours. You can use the facilities and read up on the history of the area before your guided walk. Then we will hike through well-groomed, easy trails that skirt the base of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal Area. This part of the Arenal Volcano had sections that were devastated by the lava flow of 1968, so some areas have very little vegetation. If you are interested, you may ask your guide to show you the dried lava flow from a smaller eruption that happened in 1992. This guided walk of the Arenal Volcano National Park or National Park Peninsula provides perfect photo opportunities and magnificent views of the impressive Arenal Volcano, the pristine Lake Arenal and the extinct volcano Cerro Chato.
INCLUDES: Professional guide; transportation; entrance to park or reserve
RECOMMENDED AGES: 6-85 YEARS
DURATION: two Hrs.
WHAT TO BRING bug repellent; camera; binoculars; hiking boots or closed-toe shoes; rain gear
DEPARTS: 7:30am, 1:30pm
Duration: 3 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight at Los lagos hotel
Day 6: Day off Stop At: Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
This day we leave you free to rest and relax in the hotel pool or simply take a hot bath in the hot springs
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight at los Lagos Hotel
Day 7: Transfer to Monteverde Stop At: Monteverde Orchid Garden, Santa Elena, Monteverde, Province of Puntarenas
After breakfast, we will travel to Monteverde at 4 hours of fortune to continue visiting the virgin regions of Costa Rica. After arriving at the hotel we will register your stay and have time to have lunch, then a short break to go out and make:
When night falls, a new world awakes in the Monteverde cloud forest. Many species of wildlife are more active at night, showing us a different world, from nocturnal frogs to the mysterious bats, all a part of the nocturnal landscape of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve. For those that wish to experience the nocturnal biodiversity of the tropical forest, we invite you to participate in the Night Tour accompanied by a specialized guide. This tour can be enjoyed every day and begins in front of our reception at 5:45 pm.
Transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation in Monteverde B
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight at Trapp Hotel
Day 8: Monteverde Stop At: Monteverde Orchid Garden, Santa Elena, Monteverde, Province of Puntarenas
Sky Adventures Canopy Zip line, Gondola & Hanging Bridges in Monteverde
See the cloud forest from new heights - literally! You will love this Costa Rica zip lining tour that offers so much more.
We’ll pick you up from your Monteverde hotel and take you to Sky Adventure’s headquarters to embark on an adventure of a lifetime! Start your day off with a relaxing ride up a mountain by an open-air Sky Tram gondola. The spectacular view will get wider and more breathtaking as you get higher up onto the mountain.
When you reach the observation platform at the top, you’ll realize that you really are in for a treat. There, you will begin your adrenaline-pumping journey zipping through the cloud forest: flying like a bird from tree-to-tree and canyon-to-canyon through 1.7 miles of Sky Trek zip line cables! Admire the amazing nature on your journey across 10 cables that reach between 40 to 100 meters high and up to 750 meters long. This is an amazing Monteverde zip lining adventure!
You won’t want to miss out on an adventure like this! Then, unwind the adrenaline and experience a more tranquil, scenic experience above the rainforest canopy with a guided Sky Walk across the hanging bridges. Designed for bird-watchers and nature lovers alike, the hanging bridges offer stunning views of the cloud forest and its inhabitants.
Walk across a series of five bridges, spanning over 1.5 miles, and up to 100 meters long with our experienced naturalist guides who will point out wildlife, plant species and offer fun facts about Costa Rica! Both tours will provide you with an adventure of a lifetime and you’ll be guaranteed to leave with lots of memories -- the perfect Monteverde for families’ tour to share with your friends and family back home!
Transportation; guide; entrance fees
WHAT TO BRING
Secure shoes; camera; sun screen
Accommodation in Monteverde/B
Duration: 6 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight at Trapp Hotel
Day 9: Coffee and chocolate tours and Transfer to San Jose Stop At: Monteverde Orchid Garden, Santa Elena, Monteverde, Province of Puntarenas
This last day in monteverde we will pick you up at 8 am at your hotel to visit Don Juan.
DON JUAN COFFEE TOUR
Educational tour about coffee, chocolate and sugar cane.
Don Juan offers an exciting opportunity to participate in a highly entertaining and interactive tour. You will get the chance to partake in some of the very traditional processes we use here on our coffee plantation, that make it possible for us to produce such a rich tasting Costa Rican coffee. So, if you want to know how the coffee in Costa Rica is made then Visit Us! The tour begins with a brief insight into the wonderful world of coffee followed by the history of Costa Rican coffee and its importance in the socio-economic development. Later on during the tour we will cover other aspects of the Costa Rican culture and traditions. The tour starts with an introduction to the life cycle of a coffee plant starting with the coffee seed itself and taking a look at its fascinating evolutionary cycle. Coffee Picking: You will learn about the ways that the coffee cherries are picked, the lifestyle of the workers that carry out this task, their stories and the immigration that occurs during the harvest season. When the coffee cherries are ready to be picked (from November to February) this activity can be performed by the visitors. De-pulping Machine: You will get to see the way the pulp of the coffee cherry was traditionally removed, the washing process of the mucilage that is found underneath the pulp and the separation of the first class coffee beans from the rest. The Drying Patio: The hot and dry climate allows the coffee beans to be spread out on a large, cement patio in order to dry naturally under the sun. The Warehouse and the Coffee Roaster: In the warehouse the coffee beans are stored in big, fiber sacks allowing the beans to breathe and complete their aging process. The selection of coffee beans, the roasting process and the final packaging of the Don Juan coffee is also carried out here. A Ride in a Typical Ox Cart: You will get the option to take a ride in a typical ox cart experiencing the exact way our ancestors use to travel. You will also have the opportunity to see the process of cocoa and sugar cane with an interactive demonstration.
Don Juan Coffee Tour includes:
2 hour tour, coffee, chocolate and sugar cane tasting, raincoats, bilingual guide (Spanish/english), oxcart ride. We also have a souvenir, restaurant and parking lot.
Children: $15 (from 6 to 12 years old)
Transportation is included from your hotel.
After this visit we will go to the city of San Jose, about 3 hours walk, we will arrive at your hotel to make a check and then we will show you quickly the most emblematic places of the capital. At the end of the afternoon you will be back at your hotel
Accommodation in San Jose /B
Duration: 4 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight at Crowne Plaza Hotel or Similar