Costa Rica Adventure with Guanacaste Extension

Costa Rica Adventure with Guanacaste Extension

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Costa Rica Adventure with Guanacaste Extension

9 Days Starting in San Jose (Costa Rica) and ending in Liberia

Visiting: San José, Monte Verde, Lake Arenal, Guanacaste Province

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Tour code:

VRIGAN19

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Hiking, Sightseeing

From: $1705 $1611 Operator discount: -$48 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$46

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Tour Overview

Bubbling mud pools, rainforests teeming with wildlife, golden beaches and an active volcano are all yours for the taking on this adventure. Starting in the cultural capital city of San Jose, visit turtle nesting grounds and sky walk through the rainforest canopy before spending your final days on the glistening shores of the Guanacaste province.

Highlights

  • 6 Breakfast (B)

  • 2 Dinner (D)

  • 1 Lunch (L)

  • : Enjoy an orientation tour in the capital city of Costa Rica and explore Sarchi, the arts and crafts capital, famed for its intricately painted oxcarts

  • : Hike with your Local Specialist who offers insights into the region's unique bird and wildlife ecosystems

  • : Enjoy trails and suspension bridges, hike along lava trails through Mirador 1968, a private reserve, located adjacent to Volcano Arenal National Park and take a scenic float trip safari with your Local Specialist

  • 8 Breakfast (B)

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive San José

Location: San José

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí

Let the Pura Vida way of life take over as you arrive in Costa Rica's cultural capital, San Jose. Arriving today, settle into your hotel and then head out to explore. Trendy Barrio Amon offers a wonderful glimpse into the history of the city with vast colonial mansions converted into art galleries, whilst Barrio Escalante is the gastronomic epicentre and the best place to grab dinner.

Day 2: San José – Monteverde

Location: San José, Monte Verde

Accommodation: El Establo Mountain Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Finishing up your final morning in San José with a quick sightseeing tour of the city’s most iconic sights, you’ll then travel north towards the creative little town of Sarchí. Widely regarded as the cradle of Costa Rican artisanship, this is the place to buy intricate arts, crafts and souvenirs. The finest display of Sarchí’s creative offering comes courtesy of the highly decorative oxcarts that are displayed here. Elegantly carved and hand painted in bright colours, the oxcart is a national symbol of Costa Rica and a beautiful reminder of its humble beginnings. Take your time browsing the shops and stalls here, before continuing your journey through the Tilaran Mountain range. Climbing higher and higher, we’ll be listening out for the collective sighs of appreciation as you enter the mysterious and misty Cloud Forest.

Day 3: Monteverde Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Monte Verde

Accommodation: El Establo Mountain Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Meeting up with a Local Specialist this morning, you’ll seemingly step into another world as you enter the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Home to a variety of different eco-systems, you’ll learn about the thousands of different plant and animals species that thrive in this area, many of which only exist right here. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears poised for the sounds of hummingbirds, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and if you’re really lucky, the Quetzal bird. Costa Rica has a big reputation as a nature lover’s paradise, and this place won’t let you down. Leaving the forest on a real nature high you’ll have time to relax this afternoon, or join our ‘El Trapiche’ Optional Experience tour where you’ll get to visit sugarcane, banana, orange and coffee plantations.

Day 4: Monteverde – Arenal

Location: Monte Verde, Lake Arenal

Accommodation: Tilajari Hotel Resort and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy the ride this morning as you travel past cattle ranches and coffee plantations on your way to Arenal Volcano National Park. One of the shining jewels in Costa Rica’s already bedazzling crown, the national park is best known for its bubbling hot springs and geothermal activity, wide variety of wildlife and of course the sleeping giant, Arenal Volcano. As exciting as this all is, your attention upon arrival will likely be taken up by your gorgeous and secluded resort in Arenal, nestled on the banks of the San Carlos River. Boasting outdoor pools, a butterfly garden, botanical gardens growing all manner of fruit trees and tame iguanas roaming the grounds, you’ll likely feel like you’ve entered a little corner of heaven. Settle in and enjoy relaxing in paradise this afternoon, before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner at the resort restaurant this evening.

Day 5: Arenal Full Day Sightseeing

Location: Lake Arenal, Lake Arenal, Lake Arenal

Accommodation: Tilajari Hotel Resort and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast

A guided hike through Arenal 1968 is first up on today’s action packed agenda. Denoting its name from the year Arenal Volcano created its most catastrophic eruption, this private reserve gives you the chance to walk through lava fields, observe leftover lava rocks and boulders and walk through forest land for wonderful views of both the volcano and Arenal Lake, the largest lake in Costa Rica. After a browse around La Fortuna town and a spot of lunch, this afternoon you’ll then head to the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Meeting up with a Local Specialist, you’ll ‘sky walk’ your way through the jungle canopy, testing your head for heights on the 6 suspension bridges while spotting a whole manner of birdlife. This evening and to round off an incredible day, let your worries and stresses drift away as you relax in the mineral rich pools of a hot springs resort.

Day 6: Arenal Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Lake Arenal, Lake Arenal, Lake Arenal

Accommodation: Hotel, Resort, Tilajari Resort and Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day, and another chance to explore this natural wonderland. Your morning will begin with a safari float down the Peñas Blancas River, where you’ll join a Local Specialist and get to experience the peaceful tranquility of the rainforest whilst looking for monkeys, sloths, iguanas, caimans and tropical birds. On the way you’ll visit a local family who live and work on the river, gaining an appreciation for how connected the people of Costa Rica are to the natural environment. Back at your resort and with the afternoon free, enjoy going for a dip in the pool or play tennis. You can also join a horseback riding excursion through the rainforest.

Day 7: Arenal – Guanacaste (2 Nights)

Location: Lake Arenal, Guanacaste Province

Accommodation: Wyndham Tamarindo

Meals Included: Breakfast

From tropical rainforests to golden beaches, it will be a complete change of scenery today as you travel towards the 'golden coast' in the northwest of Costa Rica, arriving into the province of Guanacaste. A region loved for its glorious beaches, biodiverse parklands and fun surf, there's no better place to spend a couple of days than on the sun drenched shores of Playa Tamarindo.

Day 8: Guanacaste Free Time

Location: Guanacaste Province

Accommodation: Wyndham Tamarindo

Meals Included: Breakfast

With an entirely free day, how you explore is completely up to you. Keep it low key with a book and a cold beer at your resort, or choose to join one of our optional experiences. Choose to explore Palo Verde National Park with an optional boat tour inside the park. Get a close view of the amazing habitat, where hundreds of species of birds, animals and trees coexist. If you would rather be by the coast, join our Sunset Cruise optional and discover exquisite beaches of white sand and blue-green waters. This tour is ideal for swimming in the calm waters, or for snorkeling amongst the coral. Our last optional, the Mega Combo, is for those who are looking for something more active. Enjoy Zip Lines, hiking and a ride along Costa Rica's longest water slide. Natural hot springs and volcanic mud bath in the middle of a beautiful forest will take you a new level of peace and relaxation to complete the picture. However you choose to explore today, make sure you spend this evening surrounded by new friends, toasting to a final Costa Rican sunset.

Day 9: Depart Guanacaste

Location: Guanacaste Province, Guanacaste Province

Meals Included: Breakfast

Perhaps you will catch the sunrise and enjoy a final dip in the sea before your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Travelling to the airport where you will arrive at approximately 11:00 AM and then on to your respective corner of the world, we wish you a safe journey and look forward to seeing you again some time soon!

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Trip was planned well and the experience was great. Would definitely recommend and do another

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Our trip was absolutely outstanding, organized and just plain fun. Agnes is a wonderful tour-guide, knowledgeable and we never had to worry about anything. And Frank, our bus driver, always had a smile and gave us the smoothest bus ride ever! And I've been on buses around the world... If we ever go again (hopefully), Costsaver would be my first and only choice and hopefully we will get "team" Agnes and Frank again.

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