COSTA RICA’S PURE ADRENALINE JOURNEY

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

09 DAYS – 08 NIGHTS

SAN JOSÉ – ARENAL – MONTEVERDE -MANUEL ANTONIO

Day 1.  SAN JOSE.

No meals included.

             Assistance at the Juan Santamaría (SJO) International Airport. Customs clearance.

             Transfer to your hotel in San José and check – in process.

             Rest of the day at leisure.

             Additional activities under additional cost, not included on program rates.

San José is the capital of Costa Rica and has the highest concentration of population. The temperature ranges between 18ºC and 24ºC. For travellers arriving in the country during the morning hours, we recommend a guided tour to the city of San José in the afternoon, where you can visit the main attractions of the capital such as the National Theatre, the Gold Museum and the Central Market.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

REAL INTERCONTINENTAL COSTA RICA HOTEL

It is one of the most elegant and refined places in the area. This luxurious property provides a very comfortable and convenient location for visits to San José and surrounding places.

CROWNE PLAZA COROBICI HOTEL

The Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel is the ideal place to visit in San Jose. It is located just 5 minutes from the financial district and 15 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport. It is perfect for your business trip or to spend your vacations.

WYNDHAM HERRADURA HOTEL

The Wyndham Herradura San José has 3 outdoor pools. Recreational options include: hot tub, sauna and gym. Wyndham Herradura San José offers a full-service spa. The rooms are equipped with high-speed wired Internet access (for a fee). The rooms also have a minibar.

Day 2. PACUARE – ARENAL

Breakfast and lunch included.

Today a local representative will be waiting for you at the hotel reception to guide you to the first adventure, the Pacuare River Water Rafting; characterized not only by the imminent scenic beauty of its mountains but also by its pristine waters full of pure adrenaline. At the end of the activity and after enjoying a well-deserved lunch, you will be transferred to your hotel in the area of La Fortuna, Arenal.

PACUARE WATER RAFTING

Rated as one of the best rivers in the world, the Pacuare River invites you to experience the intimate harmony of nature in the rainforest as it progresses through 19 miles of class III-IV blue-green waters. The warm water, the waterfalls and the opulently exuberant jungle with the emerald colour of its vegetation and endless variety of birds, will delight your senses throughout the journey.

Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish), US coast guard approved safety equipment, entrance fee and lunch.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothes, swimsuit, towel, change of clothes and light jacket.

             05:30hrs               Departure time from your hotel in San José.

             09:30hrs.              Arrival and enjoy a light breakfast and continue with the adventure on the rapids.

             11:00 hrs.             Stop in the middle of the river to enjoy some natural snacks to recover your strength.

             13:30 hrs.             Return time to the welcoming centre, change of clothes and lunch time.

             15:30hrs.              Shared transportation to La Fortuna, Arenal.

             20:00hrs.              Arrival time to Arenal and check – in process at selected hotel.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

TABACON GRAND SPA & THERMAL RESORT

Tabacón Resort is located near the base of the Arenal Volcano in the northern zone of Costa Rica. The Arenal Volcano is immersed among three types of tropical forest, each with a different microclimate. This exclusive spa hotel features spring fountains that flow from the veins of the splendid and active Arenal Volcano to a maximum temperature of 39ºC and form waterfalls and ponds that go through exotic tropical gardens that flow to the hotel pools to ensure unforgettable relaxation.

ARENAL MANOA HOTEL

It is a beautiful resting place where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano. Surrounded by gardens, pastures and different species of animals, our facilities have been designed so that in each of them you will not miss a single detail of the panoramic view of the volcano.

PRADERA DEL ARENAL HOTEL

It is a family property that offer you a completely pleasant and memorable stay. For your convenience they offer bar and restaurant service; ample and safe parking 24 hours a day, so that you only worry about enjoying the majestic Arenal Volcano; also explore the beautiful gardens that seduce many species of birds.

Day 3. ARENAL

Breakfast & *snack included.

*Snack will be serve during the afternoon activity (18:00hrs. aprox.)

Today you will feel the adrenaline in two different activities with a small time to recover before continue your exploration of the area.

MORNING ACTIVITY:

             07:30hrs.              Departure from your hotel. Our local staff will be waiting at your hotel main                                        lobby.

             12:30hrs.              Return time back to your hotel.

VENADO CAVES

Located in the town of Venado in San Carlos, these caverns are safe and easy to access so that anyone can enjoy them. Its tunnels and chambers are formed and decorated with limestone, stalactites, stalagmites and coral remains. Learn about the beauty of the subterranean geology of the Venado Caves that for many years were under the sea and emerged thanks to tectonic movements, a tour to an isolated world of daylight and moulded by subterranean waters. Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish), safety equipment and entrance fee.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothes, towel, change of clothes and light jacket.

Recommendation: have lunch before the next tour (lunch not included in the program).

AFTERNOON ACTIVITY:

             14:00hrs.              Departure from your hotel. Our local staff will be waiting at the main hotel                                          lobby.

             19:00hrs.              Return time to your hotel.

             Rest of the day at leisure.

ATV ADVENTURE IN ARENAL

After a brief explanation of the ATV´s use and basic safety measures, the tour will start on a beautiful private farm. Throughout the tour you will see restoration areas, special roads for 4×4, and after crossing some rivers you will reach an exclusive viewpoint to rest and take some photos. On the way back to the main station, a delicious typical snack will be waiting for you to recover your strength and then continue to the starting point.

Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish), safety equipment and entrance fee.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothes, change of clothes and light jacket.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 4. ARENAL

Breakfast included.

During this day you will be enjoying two more activities, be ready to discover more area close to the amazing Arenal Volcano.

MORNING TOUR:

             07:30hrs.              Departure from your hotel.

             12:30hrs.              Return time to your hotel.

1968 WALKING PATH

Before the violent eruption of 1968, an exuberant vegetation covered the Arenal Volcano; nowadays, the best way to admire this colossus is from a safe distance. On the trek, you will have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of plants, wildlife, lava rock formations and have one of the best views of the Volcano and Lake Arenal (weather permitting). During the tour, our guides will provide you with an interesting and educational information about the history of this mystical mountain and its surroundings.

Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish) and entrance fee.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothes, closed shoes and hat.

Recommendation: have lunch before the next tour (lunch and dinner not included in the programme).

AFTERNOON TOUR:

             14:30hrs.              Departure from your hotel.

             18:00hrs.              Return time to your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

SKY TRAM & SKY TREK (TEAERIAL TRAM & ZIP LINE)

The Sky Tram rise delicately above the rainforest offering invaluable landscapes during the journey. This tour is perfect for those who want a different contact with nature, since it allows you to get to know the forest from the perspective of a bird. The Sky Tram ascends the mountains until it reaches an observation platform at the highest point of the reserve; from this area, you will begin to glide over a sequence of zip-lines (Sky Trek) that extend through canyons and into the middle of the treetops, thus begins the exciting adventure descending the mountains.

Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish), safety equipment and entrance fee.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothes, closed shoes and hat.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 5. ARENAL – MONTEVERDE

Breakfast included.

Activities scheduled for this day: Transfer and Night Walk.

             Shared transfer from La Fortuna, Arenal to your hotel in Monteverde. This service half transfer – half tour, consists of a combination of land transfer and boat crossing the Arenal Lake.

             07:30hrs.              Departure from your hotel in Arenal.

             11:30hrs.              Arrival to Monteverde and check – in process.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

EL ESTABLO HOTEL

Immersed in the mystical Monteverde Cloud Forest, El Establo offers you the best services, which will make your trip an unforgettable experience. The best view of the area, heated pools, spa, restaurants, cafe-bars, events centre, internet access, tennis courts, basketball and mini soccer, trails, our own canopy tour and a highly qualified staff. Its owners, a half Costa Rican family – half Cukera, will make you experience the best of both cultures. In addition, we maintain a serious commitment to the environment and the implementation of responsible and sustainable practices, which ensure the minimum impact to our most precious resource … “Nature”.

POCO A POCO HOTEL

Hotel Poco a Poco has among its facilities a restaurant, swimming pool tempered by solar panels, movie rentals, laundry, wet bar, wireless Internet among others and to name a few. But all these facilities do not take away the atmosphere and the category of a Mountain hotel, which gives its guests the quietness and calm necessary to rest. Poco a Poco is located at a strategic point, since it is only 10 minutes from the Monteverde Reserve and less than a kilometre from the town of Santa Elena.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE

The Trapp Family Lodge has a comfortable rustic atmosphere, where you will enjoy a real stay. You will always receive a warm attention from the staff. The Trapp Family Lodge is a wonderful choice for an excellent vacation, surrounded by a paradise of flora and fauna. You will enjoy the incomparable beauty of the cloud forest; It has a splendid bar and restaurant with an excellent direct view of the Monteverde Reserve. In tribute to the splendid forest that surrounds us, the Trapp family Lodge has carefully used wood for the construction of all our buildings.

TONIGHT ACTIVITY:

             17:30hrs.              Departure from your hotel

NIGHT WALK AT THE MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

The walk starts at the Colibrí Gallery where you can see some bats. Continue along the trails covering an approximate distance of 1.8 kilometres where you will observe some animals such as insects, amphibians, birds and nocturnal mammals. However, this walk does not have as its only objective to find or see nocturnal wildlife, but also to know and feel the forest from a different perspective, the noise and the sensation that you will experience when you turn off your focus for a few minutes, letting yourself be guided by the natural light of fireflies will encourage you to appreciate how abundant a forest can be, even during the absence of daylight.

Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish), helmet lamp and entrance fee.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, comfortable clothes, closed shoes and hat.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 6. MONTEVERDE – MANUEL ANTONIO.

Breakfast included.

Today you will go on an excursion to the Curi-Cancha Reserve very early in the morning to take advantage of the bird watching. At the end of the tour you will return to the hotel to check out and continue to the Central Pacific, Manuel Antonio.

Recommendation: have lunch in Monteverde before departure to Manuel Antonio (lunch and dinner not included in the program).

MORNING TOUR:

             07:30hrs.              Departure from the hotel.

             11:00hrs.              Return time to the hotel.

CURI-CANCHA CLOUD FOREST WALK

The name of Curi-Cancha comes from the Inca culture and means “Golden Enclosure”; this reserve is a paradise for birdwatchers. The Quetzal, the Bellbird, the Bobo bird, the orange-bellied Trogon, and many others are frequently seen; in fact, more than 200 species of birds have been observed in Curi-Cancha. Not only this; In addition, a large number of mammals have been observed, such as the armadillo, the coati, the guatusa, the hammerhead, the ocelot, the two-toed sloth, and three species of monkeys: the howler monkey, the white monkey face and the spider monkey.

Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish) and entrance fee.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothes, closed shoes and hat.

             13:00hrs.              Transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio Quepos. Driving time 4 hours                                      one way.

             17:00hrs.              Arrival to your selected hotel and check -in process.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

PARADOR RESORT & SPA

Located at Punta Quepos Peninsula  in the most prestigious and quiet area of Manuel Antonio, a few minutes from the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, the small fishing town of Quepos and the local airport. With an elegant Mediterranean design, characteristics of the traditional Spanish Paradores and with characteristics of European Resorts, they make it the number one in its class. With 129 rooms and suites, the Hotel Parador Boutique Resort & Spa has the amenities of a Luxury Resort, with European refinement and a warm tropical touch!

SAN BADA HOTEL

Is located on the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica, and right next to the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park, on Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica. Its beautiful beaches, forests, flora and fauna can be seen in each of our rooms. The hotel, the beach and the Manuel Antonio National Park are a few steps from your room. San Bada means mountain and sea!

PLAYA ESPADILLA HOTEL

Each hotel rooms offers the best services. Air conditioning, safe, television, cable TV are among other services. The hotel harmonizes an expert service with the most modern comforts in order to offer guests a memorable stay.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 7. MANUEL ANTONIO.

Breakfast & *snack included.

*Snack during the tour.

TODAY´S TOUR:

             08:00hrs.              Departure from your hotel

OCEAN KAYAK & SNORKELING

The activity consists of paddling on board a kayak for approximately 2 and a half hours (round trip). During your nautical trip you will pass through islands where you can see countless seabirds and their nesting areas. This tour allows you to discover impressive examples of nature, above and below the surface of the ocean; since there will be a strategic stop to refresh and snorkel and explore the marine life of the Central Pacific. Upon returning to the pier, you will head towards the base camp to enjoy a delicious homemade snack.

Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish), equipment and entrance fee.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothes, swimsuit and towel.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 8. MANUEL ANTONIO

Breakfast included.

MORNING TOUR:

             07:20hrs.              Departure time from your hotel.

MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

(Closed on Mondays)

Despite being one of the smallest parks, the Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular and visited in the country; at the same time, Manuel Antonio is often considered one of the most biodiverse parks in the world. Encompassing several natural habits, this jewel has more than 109 different species of mammals and 184 species of birds. You can spot white-faced and howling monkeys, two-toed sloths and the endangered squirrel monkey. For hikers, there are a variety of well-marked trails to explore all the flora and fauna. At the end of the walk, you will have free time to enjoy the beach inside the park.

Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish) and entrance fee.

What to bring: insect repellent, camera, sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothes, swimsuit, towel and hat.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Day 9. Hasta Pronto Costa Rica!!!

Breakfast included.

             Private transportation from Manuel Antonio, Quepos to Juan Santamaria (SJO) International Airport. Driving time 3 ½ hours one way.

 

END OF SERVICES

Remember to be 3 hours before your flight departure time, to be able to carry out all the necessary procedures at the international airport.

 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS BY CATEGORY:

3 STARS:

             Wyndham Herradura San José (San José) Hotel – Superior room.

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham/san-jose-costa-rica/wyndham-san-jose-herradura-hotel-convention-center/overview

             Pradera del Arenal Hotel (Arenal) – Cabin room.

http://www.lapraderadelarenal.com

             Trapp Family Lodge (Monteverde) – Superior room.

http://trapphotelmonteverde.com/app/cms/www/index.php

             Playa Espadilla Hotel (Manuel Antonio) – Standard room.

https://www.espadilla.com

 

4 STARS

             Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel (San José) – Deluxe room.

http://crowne-plaza-corobici.san-jose-hotels-cr.com/en

             Arenal Manoa Hotel – Superior room.

http://www.arenalmanoa.com

             Poco a Poco Hotel (Monteverde) – Quetzal room.

http://www.hotelpocoapoco.com

             San Bada Hotel (Manuel Antonio) – Superior room.

http://www.hotelsanbada.com

 

5 STARS:

             Real Intercontinental Hotel (San José) – Standard room.

https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/san-jose/sjoha/hoteldetail

             Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort – Orchid room.

https://www.tabacon.com

             El Establo Hotel (Monteverde) – Deluxe room.

http://www.elestablo.com

IMPORTANT:

             Low Season Months: May, June, September & October.

             High Seasons Months: January, February, March, April, July, August and November.

DOES NOT INCLUDES:

             Costa Rican departure taxes.

             Gratuities for local´s and your driver and bilingual guides.

             Bottled water, alcoholic or soft drinks.

             Any service not mentioned on the programme.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

             The itinerary is based as per schedule; however, is subject to change due to circumstances         beyond our control.

             The programme is based on a minimum of 2 participants.

             Rates are subject to changes according to last minute modifications to the itinerary.

             If, a sales tax shall be ordered by Law, prices will increase in the same proportion.

             If a hotel property is not available at the time of confirmation, a similar property will be used      and a new quotation could apply.

             All tourists who come from South American countries must take the yellow fever vaccine 10       days before arrival to Costa Rica.

             All Russian tourists must have the Exchengen Visa or US Visa.

             Services not mentioned in this programme are not included.

 

DECLARATION OF REJECTION AGAINST THE SEXUAL EXPLOTAITATION OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND THE USE OF ILLICIT SUBSTANCES.

 

             Our DMC considers that the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents violates the fundamental objectives of tourism, which is why we maintain an agreement with our commercial partners to fight against minors the sexual exploitation, in adherence to the Law. 7899 Law against Sexual Exploitation of Minors and Law 8590 for the Strengthening of the Fight against Minors Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

             Our DMC also manifests its adherence to the laws 7476 Law against Sexual Harassment in Employment and Teaching and 8204 Law on Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, Drugs of Unauthorized Use and Legitimization of Capitals, Law # 6703 National Heritage Protection, Law # 7504 Organic Environment, Law # 7575 Forestry, Wildlife Law # 731, Law # 6084 of National Parks, Regulation of Public Use of Wild Protected Areas, Adventure Tourism Regulation, Archaeological Heritage Marketing, Law # 7600 of Equal Opportunities and Law # 9078 of Transit of Costa Rica.

             Because the breach of these laws is punishable by Republic of Costa Rica Law, our DMC will revoke the service contract that has subscribed with any company or person that in any way allows, provides or encourages activities that contravene such legislation.

ACCOMMODATION ATTRITIONS & CANCELATIONS POLICES – LOW SEASON –

* Cancellations made more than 45 days before arrival will not be penalized.

* Cancellations made less than 44 days before arrival are subject to penalization, according to our suppliers’ policies.

ACCOMMODATION ATTRITIONS & CANCELATIONS POLICES – HIGH SEASON –

* Cancellations made more than 65 days before arrival will not be penalized.

* Cancellations made less than 64 days before arrival are subject to penalization, according to our suppliers’ policies.

REFUND POLICY

In addition to the above mentioned attritions and cancellations policies, a 25% administrative fee applies to all cancellations.

 

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