Costa Rica: Arenal & Guanacaste

Day 1 ARRIVE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

Arrive in San José. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 SAN JOSÉ–ARENAL

This morning, transfer to the town of La Fortuna in the Arenal Volcano area, where you will stay two nights. This afternoon, visit the famous Tabacon Hot Springs and take a dip in the natural springs and pools of mineral waters surrounded by lush, tropical forest. Enjoy dinner at the hot springs. 

Day 3 ARENAL

Today is at your leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a network of suspension bridges, platforms, and trails built in the cloud forest. From here, explore the forest canopy with a bird’s-eye view, giving you a different perspective of the forest’s wildlife. Alternatively, you may choose a rafting adventure, horseback riding, or spelunking in nearby Venado Caves. 

Day 4 ARENAL–MONTEVERDE

This morning, your transfer begins with a short boat rideacross Arenal Lake to admire different species of birds that visit and call the area home. Continue through incredible mountain scenery and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, home to over 3,000 plant species, approximately 120 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. This evening, venture into Monteverde’s Cloud Forest just before nightfall with an expert Naturalist for a guided Nature Walk to search for the jungle’s nocturnal creatures, like sloths, foxes, agoutis, frogs, and many more! 

Day 5 MONTEVERDE

Enjoy a day to do as you please. Maybe wake up early and visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest to best experience the animals in their natural forest habitats. Discover this misty and surreal wildlife sanctuary full of mosses, ferns, flowers, and other indigenous plant life. Also, notice how the combination of climatic and geographic factors create temperature and humidity gradients, changing dramatically over just a short distance, or you could visit a local family’s farm to learn about sugar cane, coffee, and tilapia farming. 

Day 6 MONTEVERDE–GUANACASTE

Journey to the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. This part of the North Pacific region of Coast Rica offers hundreds of unspoiled beaches lining the shores, but Guanacaste is surprisingly far from being a traditional beach destination. During your time here you may choose a rainforest canopy tour, river rafting or a float trip down the Corobici River. Consider horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, or just relaxing on the beach. 

Day 7 GUANACASTE

Enjoy two free days for optional excursions to the pristine nature reserves of Guanacaste. Perhaps opt for a guided visit to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, known as Costa Rica’s Yellowstone, to explore the steamy sulfur water ponds and pungent fumaroles that punctuate this jungle, home to toucans, monkeys, and many other animals. Or, take a leisurely boat cruise through Palo Verde National Park, composed of tropical dry forest and mangroves, and admire scores of birds, caimans, and iguanas along the way. 

Day 8 GUANACASTE

Enjoy two free days for optional excursions to the pristine nature reserves of Guanacaste. Perhaps opt for a guided visit to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, known as Costa Rica’s Yellowstone, to explore the steamy sulfur water ponds and pungent fumaroles that punctuate this jungle, home to toucans, monkeys, and many other animals. Or, take a leisurely boat cruise through Palo Verde National Park, composed of tropical dry forest and mangroves, and admire scores of birds, caimans, and iguanas along the way. 

Day 9 GUANACASTE

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning with your flight out of Liberia International Airport. 

Starting from:

$1400

When To Go:

December to April

Currency:

Costa Rican colón

Language:

Spanish

Flight Time:

5.5 hours

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