Essential Costa Rica - Package with Manuel Antonio National Park, Self-drive

Uncover essential Costa Rica during this 10-day exotic adventure. Beginning and ending in the capital, San Jose, this tour offers you the chance to discover different aspects of this emblematic destination. Enjoy an unforgettable excursion in Tortuguero, in a shared shuttle and boat and then visit the most predominant natural areas of Costa Rica, including the Arenal Volcano National Park, and the cloud forest of Monteverde. Spend precious time visiting the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most stunning conservation areas on the planet. During the trip, keep an eye out for a variety of animals, bugs, as well as plants and don’t forget to mingle with the friendly locals for a versatile experience.

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$2,175

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Duration

10 days

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • ACCOMMODATION:
    • - 9 nights' accommodation
    • TRANSPORT:
    • - Air-conditioned transportation for the arrival transfer on a shared basis,
    • from Juan Santamaria Airport to your first hotel
    • - Shared land and boat transfers to/from Tortuguero
    • - Air-conditioned transportation for the departure transfer on a shared basis,
    • from the car rental company offices in San José to the Juan Santamaria Airport
    • - Tour guides do not accompany guests during transport
    • CAR HIRE:
    • - Unlimited mileage
    • - Applicable Local taxes (VAT)
    • - Insurance with No excess
    • - Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
    • - Supplemental Liability Coverage (SLC)
    • - Emergency contact service
    • - Replacement car in case of accident
    • - Full-Full petrol rate
    • - Second driver
    • - Coverage up to 70.000 USD per person or 175.000 USD per accident
    • VISTITS AND ACTIVITIES:
    • All activities in Tortuguero except the entrance fee to Tortuguero NP and optional activities
    • OTHER:
    • - Meet and greet on Day 1
    • - Hotel taxes
    What's excluded :
    • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
    • Airport taxes
    • Airport porterage
    • Optional tours
    • International flight tickets or visa fees and local taxes
    • Gratuities for drivers and guides
    • Entrance fees for optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
    • NOT INCLUDED IN CAR HIRE:
    • - Damage to a third party or to the hire vehicle due to negligence or inappropriate driving
    • - Loss or damage to aerials, jack, safety triangles and vests, windscreen, wipers, petrol cap,
    • luggage covers, or any other fixed or mobile component of the vehicle
    • - Damage to the engine through negligence
    • - Theft of the vehicle with keys left in the ignition
    • - Damage caused to the vehicle or to persons through driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
    • - Fines due to breaking traffic laws and regulations during the hire period are the responsibility
    • of the driver. In the event of fine being received there will be an administration charge
    • - Any extra equipment (GPS, baby seat, etc)
    • - Petrol deposit 100 USD; refunded when returning full

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL SAN JOSE

    Stop At: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
    Upon arrival to bustling San Jose, our representative will meet and greet you and then direct you to your transport, which will drop you off at your hotel in San Jose for your the night in Costa Rica.

    Overnight in San Jose.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Standard:Holiday Inn ExpressForum/similar3*

    Superior:Holiday Inn Escazu/similar4*

    Deluxe:Real Intercontinental/similar5*

    Day 2: SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO (135km – 4 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)

    Stop At: Pachira Lodge, Canals, Limón Province, Pococí, 70206, Costa Rica
    Your day begins early with a morning departure, travelling by bus through the Braulio Carrillo National Park towards the Caribbean plains to enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and quaint villages. Indulge in a tasty breakfast en route and continue through the jungle by boat, cruising the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park. Arrive at your eco-lodge and enjoy a tasty lunch. Board the boat again for a visit to Tortuguero village, where you will get to walk around town, stroll along the beach, and experience the locals’ way of living. During the turtle hatching season, we will look for the baby turtles trying to find their way down to the ocean. Nesting is from July to September and hatching from September to December. Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, surrounded by the beautiful tropical forest and wildlife.

    Overnight in Tortuguero.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Standard: Pachira Lodge or similar

    Superior: Evergreen Lodge or similar

    Deluxe: Aninga Lodgeor similar

    Day 3: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Pachira Lodge, Canals, Limón Province, Pococí, 70206, Costa Rica
    Today you will have some free time to relax by the pool and experience the Tortuguero National Park on a three-hour trip. Observe over 350 protected species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and sloths, as well as lush vegetation. During the July to September season, you can join an optional late night turtle nesting tour, purchasable directly at the lodge. Entrance fee to the Tortuguero National Park is not included.

    Overnight in Tortuguero.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Pachira Lodge or similar

    Superior: Evergreen Lodge or similar

    Deluxe: Aninga Lodgeor similar

    Day 4: TORTUGUERO – ARENAL (210km – 5 hrs by road / 2 hrs by boat)

    Stop At: Arenal Montechiari, 400 mts. Norte del Banco Nacional. Antes del puente a mano izquierda. Barrio Sinaí., Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
    Early in the morning depart by boat back to Guapiles. From there, take the ground transportation to the restaurant for lunch. After a nice meal, a representative of the car rental company will meet you at the restaurant to give you the rental car you will be using for the rest of the trip. Then you can drive yourself to the Arenal area and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own or participate in an exciting optional activity like the Sky Walk or the Selvatura Treetop Walkway guided tours. The first choice includes a 3-hour hike along a network of trails and suspension bridges in the cloud forest of Monteverde. Be on the lookout for birds, monkeys, sloths, insects, and interesting plants of all shapes and sizes. The Selvatura Treetop Walkway guided tour takes you through and above the rainforest. A series of eight suspension bridges, connected by trails for a total 3 km in length, provides a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy!

    If adventure is not something you are interested in, join the Don Juan Coffee Tour to understand Costa Rica´s coffee, chocolate and sugar cane production (with the emphasis on coffee!). The tour offers an interesting opportunity to learn about coffee and its production as well as to get close to the fascinating Costa Rican folklore. Sky Walk, Selvatura Treetop Walkaway and Don Juan Coffee tours are not included.

    Overnight in Arenal.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Standard: Arenal Montechiari or similar 3*

    Superior: Arenal Springs or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Arenal Kioro or similar 5*

    Day 5: ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Arenal Montechiari, 400 mts. Norte del Banco Nacional. Antes del puente a mano izquierda. Barrio Sinaí., Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
    After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to visit the Arenal Volcano National Park on your own. During the hike, enjoy the verdant landscapes and the backdrop of the now-dormant volcano as you keep a lookout for animals that live in this national park. You have the chance to see sloths, howler monkeys, and even anteaters, to name a few. The entrance fee to Arenal Volcano National Park is not included. Afterwards, return to the hotel with the afternoon at leisure to participate in an optional activity. You can enhance today´s experience by joining one of the memorable tours you missed yesterday. Whether you choose to explore the cloud forest during the Sky Walk or the Selvatura Treetop Walkway guided tours, or you prefer getting closer to the fascinating Costa Rican culture while on the Don Juan Coffee tour, your day will be unforgettable. Sky Walk, Selvatura Treetop Walkaway and Don Juan Coffee tours are not included.

    Overnight in Arenal.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Arenal Montechiari or similar 3*

    Superior: Arenal Springs or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Arenal Kioro or similar 5*

    Day 6: ARENAL – MONTEVERDE (60km – 2.5 hrs by road / 45 min by boat)

    Stop At: Monteverde Villa Lodge, Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
    Begin the day with an early breakfast. You can have the morning at leisure or start your journey early to Monteverde Cloud forest area. Admire the transition of the rainforest to the cloud forest where you will reach an altitude of 1,200 metres above sea level. Monteverde, located in the Puntarenas province, is a place of cloud forests and mist, coffee plantations, monkeys and friendly locals. The town of Santa Elena is small and quaint, filled with inviting restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own.

    Overnight in Monteverde.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Monteverde Country Lodge or similar 3*

    Superior: Poco a Poco or similar 4*

    Deluxe: El Establo or similar 5*

    Day 7: MONTEVERDE

    Stop At: Monteverde Villa Lodge, Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
    After a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, enjoy you can a hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Founded in 1972, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is world-famous for its outstanding biodiversity, conservation actions and contributions, as well as scientific research. The reserve is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, and it is one of the most important private reserves, not just in Costa Rica but the world. It hosts hundreds of species of mammals, birds, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, insects and arachnids, as well as a large variety of flora, such as mosses, vines or the autochthonous trees of the cloud forest. Entrance to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is not included.

    Overnight in Monteverde .
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Monteverde Country Lodge or similar 3*

    Superior: Poco a Poco or similar 4*

    Deluxe: El Establo or similar 5*

    Day 8: MONTEVERDE – PACIFIC COAST (190km – 4 hrs)

    Stop At: Hotel Villabosque, 300 mts oeste de la entrada principal al, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, 60601, Costa Rica
    This morning after breakfast, head towards a stunning beachside destination, descending to Manuel Antonio National Park. On arrival, take the rest of the day to enjoy the surrounding areas, hotel facilities or the spectacular beach.

    Overnight in Pacific Coast.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Villa Bosque or similar 3*

    Superior: San Bada Hotel or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Parador or similar 5*

    Day 9: PACIFIC COAST

    Stop At: Hotel Villabosque, 300 mts oeste de la entrada principal al, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, 60601, Costa Rica
    Begin your day with a luscious breakfast and then, take the opportunity to visit the Manuel Antonio National Park on your own. The trail is flat, picturesque and loops through the park, making your course about two miles long. The park is a great place to take pictures or just to admire the impressive views. One of the highlights of this tour is that Manuel Antonio is home to three of the four existing tropical primates living in Costa Rica. Halfway through the hike, enjoy a leisurely stop at the world-famous ‘Third Beach’. Take a rest on the soft sand or play in the waves. Throughout the hike, it is common to see sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire wild orchids, butterflies and tropical vegetation. The entrance fee to the Manuel Antonio National Park is not included.

    Overnight in Pacific Coast.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Villa Bosque or similar 3*

    Superior: San Bada Hotel or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Parador or similar 5*

    Day 10: PACIFIC COAST – DEPART SAN JOSE (160km – 3 hrs)

    Stop At: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
    Enjoy a tasty breakfast and, at the appropriate time, drive from Manuel Antonio to the airport for your flight back home. Drop off your car at the car rental office and take a shuttle transfer to the airport.

    Breakfast included.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Upon arrival to bustling San Jose, our representative will meet and greet you and then direct you to your transport, which will drop you off at your hotel in San Jose for your the night in Costa Rica.Airports
    • Juan Santamaria Intl Airport, San Jose Costa Rica
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Deluxe Hotel Category Car C 4/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Superior Hotel Category Car B 1/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Standard Hotel Category Car A 1/4/2021 - 4/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    5/1/2021 - 11/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The minimum age to rent a vehicle or be a driver is 21 years
    • All drivers must have a valid driver's license
    • The person who signs the contract must have an international credit card, Visa or Master Card, AMEX
    • Pick-up service at the San José Airport is 24 hours
    • Pick-up service at the Liberia Airport are from Monday to Sunday, 05:00 to 21:00 hrs. Pick-up outsideof these times are subject to a surcharge.
    • Pick-up hours at other locations are from Monday to Sunday, 08:00 to 17:00 hrs
    • All pick-up times at other locations will be set according to the office hours.
    • Accident/theft reporting must be notified within 24 hours of incident
    • If the customer returns the vehicle earlier than the agreed upon drop-off date stated in the rental contract, the rental company will not refund the customer for any unused days.
    • Deposit by credit card: Visa or Master Card only
    • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents without prior notice
    • For self-guided visits, you must pay your entrance fee directly at the front desk of each park or attraction
    • Recommended arrival before 14:00 hrs.
    • Recommended departure time after 15hrs.
    • What do I need to bring? Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Costa Rica. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Covid-19 risk assessment of the activity completed (routes, visit of sights, possible crowds, number of people in the group, reduced services).
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Destination Services

Activity ID: V-36560P263

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