Welcome to Costa Rica. This little country doesn’t let it’s small territory keep it from being overgrown with luxurious flora and fauna fostering the perfect “pura vida” (pure life) vacation. Comparable to the size of Vermont, this eco-diversity destination is filled with beaches, national parks, animals, an inactive volcano, hot springs and so much more. Join us as we explore this region including the Arenal area surrounded by rain forest and overlooking the miraculous volcano. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean and and explore whale and dolphin watching. Hike waterfalls, rain forest, and explore the National Parks with flora, fauna and many animal species. We also have some adrenaline pumping activities planned.
Day 1:October 9 - Arrival into San Jose.
Upon arrival into the San Jose, Costa Rica airport (SJO) Meet your group and driver and transfer to La Fortuna in the Arenal area. Flights MUST arrive by 12:00 PM. There is an option for a pre night in San Jose if you cannot meet the flight arrival requirements. Also options for a private transfer for later flights can be arranged.
Our journey begins as we head north stopping for lunch and then at the Poas Volcano. The Largest Open Volcano in the World. The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1050 feet deep. Two small lakes at the bottom formed when craters filled with rainwater. The water interacts differently in each with the geological properties of the volcano. One crater is highly volatile while the other is inert. On the active crater, the water has a pH level close to zero making the liquid acidic and toxic. It still has a bright blue color that contrasts sharply against the rock. Hot geysers are frequent resulting in heated rocks on the floor of the volcano expand and contract to form underground chambers. Moisture from rain sinks down through these cracks and becomes trapped. Geothermal heat evaporates underground water and creates pressurized steam bursting through the rock throwing plumes of mud and debris. Some of these spectacular explosions are as high as 800 feet. The extinct crater holds Botos Lake. Tropical vegetation surrounds this body of water. The contrast between the two lakes illustrates the impact of acid rain on the environment.
Upon arrival at our hotel enjoy the many amenities offered: Spa, Natural Hot Springs, Pool and views of the Arenal Volcano.
A welcome dinner with the group will be enjoyed this evening. Royal Corin Hotel and Spa for 3 nights. (D)
Day 2:October 10 - River Rafting - Arenal Park
Breakfast at the hotel and then we head our for our first Costa Rican experience. Our river rafting trip is easy for any beginner.
You will glide gently by the river getting used to the raft and the gear and the waving movements of the river, giving you a sample of what is to come. The river glides through a beautiful luscious setting that will allow you to enjoy the exercise as much as the view! There are safe and fun rapids that will challenge you throughout the tour. White Water Rafting in Costa Rica and La Fortuna will always give you great glimpses of monkeys, sloths, and a myriad of aquatic birds. After this fun adventure we will stop for lunch and then we continue to the "Arenal National" park where we will enjoy a scenic walk along the many beautiful tropical flowers, birds, monkeys and many other types of creatures. We will learn of the history of the Arenal Volcano and enjoy scenic views. We'll take a walk along the hanging bridges hoping to spot some monkeys along the way.
Back at our hotel enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at leisure to enjoy the resort amenities. (B, L)
Day 3:October 11 - Tenorio Volcano Park
After breakfast we depart for our next journey in the Arenal Area. Our first stop is at the Tenorio Volcano Park where we take a hike to see the serenity of the turquoise waters and waterfalls. This color is the result of a chemical mixture of sulfur and carbonate, which originates in the Tenorio Volcano. The hike continues along the banks of the river and eventually passes hot springs and waterfalls.
Back at our hotel plenty of time to relax in the Hot Springs, enjoy a massage and relax before our group dinner tonight in town tonight. (B, D)
Day 4:October 12 - Transfer to Manuel Antonio
After breakfast check out of the hotel and take a drive South West to the Manuel Antonio area on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and the beautiful beaches here. Well stop to view the local crocodiles along the way as well as stopping for a local Costa Rican lunch enroute. Upon check in at our next hotel enjoy some time to relax at the beach, hotel pool, spa and enjoy views of the jungle that surrounds our property. Your evening is at your leisure.
Shana by the Beach Hotel and Spa for 3 nights. (B, L)
Day 5:October 13 - Whale and Dolphin watch tour
This morning we embark on a boat tour to view the humpback whales and the dolphins that frequent the waters at this time of year. The tour goes through the Marino Ballena National Park, Isla Ballena (Whale Island), Las Rocas Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters Rocks), Cavernas Ventanas (Windows Caves) and the Tombolo of Punta Uvita. We will visit a seabird sanctuary and Whale Island, we can see resident and migratory birds as well as iguanas and lizards.
Our next stop is to the Nauyaca waterfall, located in a canyon approximately eighty meters wide. One of the falls is forty-five meters high in free fall and the other waterfall is twenty meters high in stepped fall, forming at the foot of it, is a pool of a thousand square meters and six meters deep. There are other natural pools of smaller size.
Back at the hotel enjoy some time to relax. This evening we head into town for some local food and fun. (B, D)
Day 6:October 14 - Adventure Day
Today is all about fun and adventure as we let our hair down and our wild side out. Immerse yourself in this magnificent area located in the heart of Costa Rica’s protected rainforest. You will not only have one of the most complete adventures during your vacation, but also an unforgettable journey through lush, pristine vegetation that is surrounded by amazing waterfalls and wildlife.
Experience more than 10 exciting adventures in 1 mind blowing tour!
Nature History Walk
Free Fall Rappel
Free Fall into a waterfall pool
3 Jungle Zip Lines
4 Canyon Zip Lines
After all this fun and adventure its time for one last Spa treatment, pool or relax on the beach. A very unique Farewell Dinner tonight. (B,L, D)
Day 7:October 15 - Manuel Antonio National Park - Transfer to San Jose
This morning we embark on our final walk through a National Park exploring the many species of animals, huge trees, beautiful flowers and nature. Our expert guide will help us find interesting creatures not easily spotted with the naked eye.
Next we make out back to San Jose.
Hotel Presidente for 1 night. (B)
Day 8:October 16 - Departure day
Transfer to the San Jose airport for your return flight home. Flights can be booked at any time. Late afternoon flights will require a separate private transfer. (B)
Cost $1795.00 per person based on double occupancy. (Roommates can be provided)
Single Supplement: $580.00
SAVE 3% on tour cost if you pay the full amount via check
Booking/full payment deadline 60 days prior to departure
7 Nights hotel accommodations including taxes
Tours/Entrance fees as listed in itinerary to all included activities
R/T airport transfers if traveling at group times on arrival /departure dates
Local transfers to all tours and cities visited
Local tour Guides where needed
International Flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
Additional tours or activities not included in program
Meals not listed in itinerary
Drinks with meals other than water
Gratuities for guides, driver, tour leader
Airport transfers if not arriving at similar times or tour dates as the rest of the group. This is determined when final bookings are in.
Pre nights in San Jose. Double $52.00 per person. Single $103.00
Entry Requirements:Visitors from the US, Canada need a valid passport, Visas are not required for Americans or Canadians visiting for less than 3 months. If you are a citizen of another country you need a passport and should check any Visa requirements for your country of residency. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you intend to leave your home country. Make sure you check your passport expiry date at least 2 months prior to travel. Before traveling abroad it's a good idea to make two photocopies of your passport, driver's license and credit cards. Leave one copy at home with a friend or family member and another bring with you.
Time Zone:Costa Rica observes Central Standard Time all year. There are no Daylight Saving Time clock changes.
Weather:The western and central regions of Costa Rica have nearly no rain and mostly sunny weather.Daily high temperatures are around 87°F, rarely falling below 82°F or exceeding 91°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 86°F on October 26. The average minimum temperature in Manuel Antonio in October is 62.6°F. The average maximum temperature lies around 80.6°F. You will see the sun sometimes in this month, and there always a chance of a rain shower in this tropical climates.
Currency:The local Costa Rica currency is the Colon. Both the Colon and US currency are widely acceptable. It’s worth noting, however, that bills larger than $20 may not be taken by some businesses. Also, when paying for goods and services in dollars, you’ll more than likely get your change in colones. The best way to get cash in the local currency is from an ATM. Keep in mind that most banks impose a fee every time a card is used at another bank's ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions ($1 - $3) so try and withdraw as few times as possible. Credit cards are accepted by most shops and restaurants however check with your credit card company regarding foreign exchange fees. You will also have a better chance making deals at local shops if paying with cash.
Electricity:Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.
Taxes/Vat: Costa Rica, the sales tax rate is 13% a tax charged to consumers based on the purchase price of certain goods and services.
Health:Your health insurance provider may not cover you while traveling to Costa Rica so it is best to check with them prior to travel. It is always advisable to purchase a travel insurance plan while traveling abroad. This way you will be covered for accidents, injury and illness. No vaccines are required for Costa Rica and Malaria if any is low. However check with your personal doctor first.
Activity Level:This is a fairly active tour with activities like hiking, zip lining, horse back riding, rafting, swimming and more. At each stop we will be walking/hiking quite a bit. To be able to fully enjoy the tour and participate in scheduled activities, you need to be able to walk, at a leisurely pace, up to 3 or 4 or so miles on some days. You should be able to stand unassisted for up to 30 minutes at times during the tours. You will need be able to keep up with the group without any assistance. At times you will need manage your own luggage. This trip is pretty easy for the average person however if you can't or choose not to participate in certain activities this is at your own discretion. However it cannot affect the groups participation nor can any tours or activities or refunds be offered or changed due to an individual not being able or not wanting to participate.
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