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 with it's surrounded by rain forest and overlooking the miraculous volcano. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean and the famous not to be missed Monteverde Cloud forest area.
Day 1: November 2 - Arrival into Liberia airport (LIR) Upon arrival you will be transferred to our hotel in the beautiful area of the Pacific coast of Guanacaste in the Playa Hermosa beach town. After check in at our beach front hotel enjoy some time at your leisure on the beach. Monkeys are known to jump through the trees here. Paddle boarding and snorkeling is available. Later today we board our sailing vessel for a spectacular cruise on the Pacific Ocean. You may see dolphins along the way. Enjoy the sunset as we sail across the gorgeous waters. Welcome dinner tonight at the hotel. (B,D) Bosque Del Mar Hotel 1 night.
Day 2: November 3 - After breakfast we depart for our journey to the Arenal Area. Along the way we will stop at the Tenorio Volcano Park and 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, waterfalls and over some hanging bridges. Time for a swim stop if you choose in the waterfall. After a lunch stop we continue to our hotel in Arenal with views of the Arenal Volcano. Each distinctive Junior Suite comes with direct views to the beautiful Arenal Volcano. Each room is surrounded by exotic gardens, and beautiful flowers, where Costa Rica´s native species of birds and animals are readily seen. Our hotel has a swimming pool and 4 hot springs ranging in temperatures which are 100% natural and rich in mineral as they come from underground sources of the Arenal Volcano. Due to high mineral concentration, while soaking in these waters, your skin is moisturized and refreshed. Dinner at your leisure this evening, you may opt to head to town or choose from 1 of the 3 restaurants at the resort. Arenal Springs Hotel for 4 nights. (B,L)
Day 3: November 4- "Free Day" Choose your own Optional tours ($) With so many options in this amazing country full of beauty and nature you get to choose your own experiences today. Options are Zip Lining, Kayaking on the Arenal river, white water rafting, hikes, horse back ride, ATV tours and more. Your guide will be on hand to assist you in booking any of these activities. You may also opt to simply enjoy the resorts amenities like a spa treatment, soak in the hot springs or enjoy the pool. Dinner as a group this evening. (B,D)
Day 4: November 5 - Today will truly be a special treat as we embark on a Volcano hike like no other. The best hike in the area you will be in the rain forest hiking to the top of Chato Hill, you will have the experience of swimming in the crater of one of the most beautiful volcanoes of Costa Rica because of the green – turquoise water in the lagoon. You also will enjoy the most amazing views of the northern plains. You will see a lot of wildlife, visit a waterfall where you can jump in and swim; also you will go to the volcanic mud pond where you can rub it on your body to cleanse and detox. On the way to the Observatory Lodge we will pass two hanging bridges in the rain forest, great sightseeing for flora and wildlife around, we will visit the museum of the Arenal Volcano to learn about one of the most active volcanoes in the world (From 1968 to 2010). Near the end of the tour during the sunset you will be able to see nocturnal wildlife emerging from the jungle. Finally we take you to enjoy the natural hot springs river where you can relax from a long day of hiking, small waterfalls will give you a free massage on your neck and back, you will have a Costa Rican popular cocktail to finish the adventure. Back at the hotel your evening is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 5: November 6 - Adventure Day. (B,L) Your Adventure Package includes Hot Springs, an authentic Costa Rican Lunch, Hiking Trails, River Pools and your choice of 2 of the following Activities:
Guided Nature Tour
Day 6: November 7 - Today we transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Our journey takes us on a boat ride across the Arenal river and then a drive through the mountains until we reach our property. This is a scenic journey as we travel though the mountains, forest and tree lined roads. Upon arrival we will have lunch and then head out for our Hanging bridges tour. Being in this high elevation above and within the clouds, the view from within the rain forest will be amazing. Keep a look out for the many birds, monkeys, sloths and various wildlife that abounds. Dinner will be at your leisure this evening at the property. Our hotel offers a spa, indoor heated pool, hiking trails and spectacular views. You have the option this evening of taking a night hike from the property to see the nocturnal animals that are not visible during the day. Monteverde Lodge for 2 nights. (B,L)
Day 7: November 8 -Your last day in Costa Rica is spent with a Zip Line tour – A tour through the jungle which consists of a series of cables attached from tree to tree on which you glide along using a pulley that it’s secured to the harness. You will be enjoying the tour safely as you soar through the rain forest. This tour is full of adrenaline within a beautiful rain forest. The Canopy consists of 12 cables and 13 platforms, traveling a full distance of (1.86 miles), making it the longest and the best in the area. Enjoy the afternoon as you choose and reveal is all the beauty of the cloud forest area. Farewell Dinner tonight as group. (B,D)
Day 8: November 9 - Departure day. Transfer to the Liberia (LIR) for your return flight home. Flights must depart after 1:00 PM. (B)
Cost $1787.00 per person based on double occupancy. (Roommates can be provided)
Single Supplement: $607.00
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: Zip lining, Hanging bridges, Sunset cruise, Volcano Hike, Waterfall tour, Club Rio entrance, Hikes
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 Costa Rica
Departure taxes approx $29
Meals not listed in itinerary
Drinks with meals other than water
Gratuities for guides, driver
Airport transfers if not arriving at similar times as the rest of the group. This is determined when final bookings are in.
Pre nights in Guanacaste
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. The little rain falls that usually come are in the afternoon or evening and most people are surprised to find that Nicoya and Guanacaste are more reminiscent of the Arizona desert than a jungle. March and April are the hottest time of year especially in the western half of Costa Rica. Sun worshipers revel in highs around 86 to 96 °F followed by overnight average temperatures of 78 to 86 °F with no rain to break the cycle. The Arenal are will see daytime highs of the mid to high 80's with evening temperatures around the mid 60's. Rainfall can be a bit more predominate here and in the Monteverde Cloud forest area however they are usually short and scattered through the day.
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, 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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