Grand Tour of Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Holiday overview

Destination

Costa Rica


Type

Guided


Difficulty

Easy


Month

Available all year


Price

£ 1429 pp


Duration

7 nights


This is not exactly a walking or hiking holiday. Your visits to the rain forests, however, are on foot, and there is scope for introducing more walking if you so wish. Above all it is a chance to discover a wonderful country with your own driver/guide at very reasonable cost, giving you the freedom to enjoy the visit at your own pace but without having to worry about driving on foreign roads.

Costa Rica is unique – a Latin American country with no army, comparatively little crime, and with a profound interest in preserving its very beautiful landscapes and its exceptional variety of flora and fauna.

 

This is not exactly a walking or hiking holiday. Your visits to the rain forests, however, are on foot, and there is scope for introducing more walking if you so wish. Above all it is a chance to discover a wonderful country at very reasonable cost, with private transfers so you don’t have to worry about driving on foreign roads. Accommodation is in comfortable lodges or small hotels with private bathrooms. This is also an excellent holiday for families with children who are interested in seeing animals in a natural and exotic but safe environment – large triple rooms/ family rooms are available. Below is a possible itinerary – other itineraries are possible throughout Costa Rica.

 

Price:

Low Season :  £1429

May, June, September, October, November (until the 15th)

 

High Season :  £1500

November (after the 15th), December (until the 15th), January (after the 5th), February, March, April (does not apply from March 29 – April 05)

 

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing a room.

 

Included:

7 nights B and B in lodges and small hotels with private facilities.

Guide/driver and transportation from arrival to departure.

Visits as specified in the programme.

Park entrance fee.

Private Transfers between various stop-overs.

 

Tours (Activities): Join organised group tours for excursions listed: Arenal Volcano and Paradise Hot Springs with dinner included / Hike to Rio Celeste with lunch included / Biking Tour Monteverde / Crocodile Boat Tour with lunch included / Manuel Antonio National Park tour / Catamaran Adventure (snorkeling) with dinner included.

 

Not Included:

Flights to/from San Jose.

Lunches or dinner except where specified in the programme.

Transfers, transportation or visits outside the scope of the programme.

Tips.

 

Departure Dates:

On request.

 

Program does not apply for peak Season:

Peak Season 2015: March 29 – April 05, 2015 and December 15, 2015 – January 05th 2016

THE FOLLOWING IS A POSSIBLE ITINERARY – WE CAN ADAPT IT TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS

 

DAY 1:

Arrive San Jose.  Welcome assistance at Juansantamaria Airport (SJO)

Private transfer to Lindora (20 mins drive). Overnight ALOFT HOTEL

 

DAY 2:

Breakfast.

10:00 AM (approx) Private transfer to La Fortuna

3:00 PM (approx) Join a tour to include a Arenal Volcano Hike & the Tabacon Hot Springs: The tour begins with a 15 minute-trip to the far west side of Arenal Volcano. On arrival our guide will explain to you everything about Arenal’s formation, history and its contributions to La Fortuna. This is the best way to look safely, and obtain a fine panoramic view of the volcano. You enter primary tropical rain forest, where you will spend about 1 ½ hour exploring the Silencio Trail, facing the majestic volcano. As darkness falls continue to the observation point, which offers the closest and most direct lava flow views. Relax, enjoy a drink and listen to the incredible sounds of the volcano: frogs, toucans, and insects. And if the cloud cover is high enough, expect to see a dazzling display of fireworks beyond the flitting of countless fireflies. Finish with a refreshing two– hour thermal hot springs visit, dinner included.

Overnight at HOTEL MOUNTAIN PARADISE

 

DAY 3:

Breakfast — 7:00 AM (approx) Join a guided hike to Rio Celeste, one of the most enchanting spots in Costa Rica. surrounded by together with all the nature that surrounds it make of Rio Celeste a place to admire. Located at the skirts of the Tenorio Volcano, this river, with its turquoise blue waters is unique in the country, and of astounding beauty. A trail of 4 miles starting from “El Pilon” National Park Station will take us through the forest, passing the “Teñideros” or dyers, where the river acquires its spectacular colour due to a chemical reaction. We will also visit “Las Ollas”, fumaroles filled with mud. Finally come to the turquoise waterfall. On the way back walk beside the river bank. Lunch included.

Overnight at HOTEL MOUNTAIN PARADISE

 

DAY 4:

Breakfast. 9:00 AM (approx) Private transfer to Monteverde. by Boat 1/2 hour by car from La Fortuna to the dam, then a beautiful 30 minutes cruise on the lake of Arenal, and finally a 1.5 hour scenic ride by 4×4 or mini bus to Monteverde. —

 

2:30 PM (approx) NOT PRIVATE Monteverde Mountain Bike: Different path is chosen depending on the road condition, weather, and your energy level. Also depending on the weather and your luck, you may see some fantastic scenery and wild animals. What you can expect for sure is very good bikes, unpaved roads, mountain views, fast heartbeats, and a very different way of seeing Monteverde – breath taking for sure. The tour is what mountain biking really should be.

Overnight at HOTEL POCO A POCO

 

DAY 5:

Breakfast. 10:00 AM (approx) Join our canopy and hanging bridges tour, flying via 15 cables and 18 platforms, with an optional ‘Tarzan’ swing at the end of the adventure – the only canopy tour inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The tour usually takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. The Tree Top Walkway consists of a 1.9 mile trail passing through the Cloud Forest – walk on 8 different bridges ranging from between 150 feet and 510 feet, with altitudes of between 36 and 180 feet. Each bridge has a width of five feet. This hike usually takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. LUNCH included.

Overnight at HOTEL POCO A POCO

 

DAY 6:

Breakfast. 09:00 AM (approx.) Private transfer to Manuel Antonio. 12:00 PM (approx.) Join a boat cruise through Guacalillo: The Guacalillo Estuary and the Tárcoles River offer the opportunity to observe one of the largest colonies of crocodiles in the world whilst the Mangrove Swamp Forest is rich in biodiversity and is a conservation area for the Lampa Roja (The Scarlet Macaw), which, with its brilliant red and orange plumage with touches of blue and yellow, flies above the boat or yells from the mangrove tops. HOTEL Espadilla is located within walking distance [200 mts] from the main beach and national park. Overnight at HOTEL PLAYA ESPADILLA

 

DAY 7:

Breakfast. 07:00 AM (approx) Join a tour on foot to Manuel Antonio National Park, accompanied by a nature guide. The trail is flat and picturesque and loops through the park over about 2 miles. The park is home to 3 of the 4 existing monkey species in Costa Rica and during the hike you will be able to observe sloths, birds and reptiles as well as orchids, butterflies and tropical trees. Half way through the hike there will be an opportunity to swim if you wish. Upon finishing the tour you will be provided with transportation back to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at HOTEL PLAYA ESPADILLA

 

DAY 8:

Breakfast included at the hotel. Morning at leisure

1:00 PM (approx.) Join a Catamaran snorkeling tour in the crystal clear, aqua-blue Pacific waters. On the way, perhaps see spotted dolphins native to these warm coastal waters frolic in the Catamaran’s wake; or perhaps pass giant sea turtles and observe migrating humpback whales. We enter a beautiful, protected bay and swim under the protected cover of tropical jungle to snorkel along the coral reefs. Meanwhile, the crew will prepare dinner with fresh local produce, excellent bocas, tropical fruits, and a terrific selection of refreshments. Overnight at HOTEL PLAYA ESPADILLA
DAY 9:

Breakfast included at the hotel — Morning at leisure. 12:00 PM (approx.) Private transfer to San Jose. Overnight ALOFT HOTEL

 

DAY 10:

Breakfast. Private transfer to the airport.