Exotic Costa Rica

Discover Costa Rica’s exotic side during this eight-day nature-filled adventure. Visit the most predominant natural areas of western Costa Rica, seeing an active volcano, a cloud forest high up in the canopy, verdant rainforests and beautiful beaches. Keep on the lookout for an extensive variety of wild animals, bugs, and fascinating plants. Accommodation is in eco-friendly, sustainable properties to enhance the trip’s natural experience.

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$2,699

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Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • TOUR GUIDE:
    • Operated with Bilingual Spanish and English-speaking licensed local guides on a shared basis
    • ACCOMMODATION:
    • 7 nights' accommodation
    • TRANSPORT:
    • Air-conditioned transportation as indicated in the itinerary on a shared basis
    • Private return transfer to the Liberia airport
    • All monuments and visits as indicated: Guide during hike in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Horseback riding and hike to Río Celeste, Hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
    • 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/Departure Tax
    • Airport porterage
    • Optional tours
    • International / domestic flight tickets or visa fees and local taxes
    • Gratuities for drivers and guides
    • Rincon de la Vieja park entrance fee
    • Tenorio Volcano / Celeste River park entrance fee
    • Travel Insurance

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL LIBERIA – RINCON DE LA VIEJA (35km – 1 hr)

    Stop At: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Boulevard Aeropuerto S/N, Provincia de Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica
    Your Costa Rican adventure begins on arrival at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, in the north-western part of the country. Here, a Destination Services representative awaits to greet you before you depart to the region of Rincon de la Vieja for your first night in Costa Rica.

    Overnight in Rincon de la Vieja .
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Standard: Cañon de la Vieja / other 3*

    Superior: Hacienda Guachipelin / other 4*

    Deluxe: Hacienda Guachipelin / other 5*

    Day 2: RINCON DE LA VIEJA – BIJAGUA (100km – 2 hrs)

    Stop At: Celeste Mountain Lodge, 4 Km en el Acceso Al Parque Nacional volcano tenorio Rio celeste, Bijagua 01001, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
    After a luscious breakfast, visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park in the section known as Las Pailas. The Las Pailas area, which means ‘the cauldrons’ in Spanish, spectacularly showcases the awesome power of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, the largest and most active volcano in the region. Steam and sulphur pour out of the rust-coloured ground from natural fumaroles while coffee-coloured pools boil with hot volcanic water and grey volcanic mud bubbles, exploding in large pits. This special volcano experience is like no other in Costa Rica. Accompanied by your bilingual naturalist guide, hike the 3.5 kilometre Las Pailas loop trail through the dry tropical forest to discover spectacular nature, mesmerising volcanic activity, and impressive wildlife. The park is home to more than 300 bird species and other animals like armadillos, collared peccaries, iguanas, snakes, white-nosed coatis, and white-faced howler and spider monkeys. After your park visit, walk back to the hotel to collect your bags. In the early afternoon, transfer from Rincon de la Vieja to Bijagua, a small town located between two volcanoes, Miravalles and Tenorio. There are many activities to enjoy, such as hiking, natural hot springs, horseback riding, agricultural tours, bird-watching or butterfly spotting. Rincon de la Vieja National Park entrance fee is not included.

    Overnight in Bijagua.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Celeste Mountain Lodge/other3*

    Superior: Celeste Mountain Lodge /other4*

    Deluxe: Rio Celeste Hideaway /other5*

    Day 3: BIJAGUA

    Stop At: Celeste Mountain Lodge, 4 Km en el Acceso Al Parque Nacional volcano tenorio Rio celeste, Bijagua 01001, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
    Begin your day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel, and then enjoy a horseback ride and hike to Rio Celeste, translated as ‘Light Blue River’. The mysterious colour of the sky-blue waters is one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena in the country. As you follow the river’s trail, encounter hot springs, an abundance of tranquillity, and a remarkable waterfall. Horseback riding lasts one and a half hour each way, followed by a three-hour hike to arrive at Rio Celeste. Later, return to the hotel to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner.

    Overnight in Bijagua
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Celeste Mountain Lodge/other3*

    Superior: Celeste Mountain Lodge /other4*

    Deluxe: Rio Celeste Hideaway /other5*

    Day 4: BIJAGUA – MONTEVERDE (110km – 3 hrs)

    Stop At: Monteverde Villa Lodge, Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
    Have a delectable with breakfast at the hotel before you are transferred to mystical Monteverde. Located in the Puntarenas province, this 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 tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity. Enjoy 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 interesting 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 Monteverde.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Monteverde Country Lodge / other 3*

    Superior: Poco a Poco / other 4*

    Deluxe: El Establo Hotel / other 5*

    Day 5: MONTEVERDE

    Stop At: Monteverde Villa Lodge, Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
    After a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Founded in 1972, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is world-renowned for its incredible biodiversity, conservation actions and contributions, as well as scientific research. The reserve’s 3,500 hectare of land hosts 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, and it is one of the most important private reserves in the world. It has four ecological ‘life zones’ with different ecosystems and 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. 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 Monteverde.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Standard: Monteverde Country Lodge / other 3*

    Superior: Poco a Poco / other 4*

    Deluxe: El Establo Hotel / other 5*

    Day 6: MONTEVERDE – MANUEL ANTONIO (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, descend towards the Quepos area, proud home of the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most visited natural parks of all Costa Rican National System of Conservation Areas. Manuel Antonio National Park is a small biological peninsula found within an area devoted to different economic activities, such as agriculture, cattle and tourism development. It is one of the country’s most scenic and beautiful national parks as it covers pristine beaches, mangroves, and spectacular forests. Once you are checked into your hotel, take the rest of the day at leisure or participate in an optional excursion like the Catamaran Relaxing or the Ocean Kayaking Tours. The catamaran will depart from Quepos and glide around the back of the Manuel Antonio National Park, touring the beautiful coastline. Afterwards, your captain will set anchor at Biesanz Bay, giving you the freedom to snorkel or simply rest on board, followed by a delicious barbecue lunch. And if you want an adventure, choose the thrilling Ocean Kayaking Tour and venture out on a kayak from Quepos Pier for a 2.5-hour journey. The tour allows you to discover stunning examples of nature, above and below the ocean’s surface, from pelicans to flying fish. On return to the pier, head back to base camp to enjoy a delicious homemade meal. Round-trip transportation from the hotel will be provided. The Catamaran Relaxing and Ocean Kayaking Tours are not included.

    Overnight in Manuel Antonio.
    Duration: 12 hours

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

    Superior: San Bada or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Parador Resort or similar 5*

    Day 7: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

    Stop At: Hotel Villabosque, 300 mts oeste de la entrada principal al, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, 60601, Costa Rica
    After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to transfer to the Manuel Antonio National Park. During today’s tour of the park, your knowledgeable nature guide will walk you through the park and explain the mysteries of the rainforest. The trail is flat, picturesque and loops through the park, making your course about two miles long. Throughout your hike, your guide will stop and narrate the park’s natural history, which includes thorough descriptions of the plants and animals that can be observed along the way. 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. The stop will last around 20 minutes.

    Throughout the hike, it is common to see sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire wild orchids, butterflies and tropical vegetation. Your guides are equipped with Pentax and Swarovski monocular/telescopes, so you can observe wildlife and take pictures from a different perspective. Once the tour is over, transportation is provided back to your hotel and you can spend the day at leisure or join an optional tour. You have again the great opportunity to unwind while enjoying the Catamaran Relaxing Tour or feel the thrills given by the exciting Ocean Kayaking tour. The Catamaran Relaxing and Ocean Kayaking Tours are not included.

    Overnight in Manuel Antonio.
    Duration: 12 hours

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

    Superior: San Bada or similar 4*

    Deluxe: Parador Resort or similar 5*

    Day 8: MANUEL ANTONIO – DEPART LIBERIA (270km – 4.5 hrs)

    Stop At: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, Boulevard Aeropuerto S/N, Provincia de Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica
    Begin your last day in spectacular Costa Rica with a delicious breakfast. Then, at the appropriate time, you will be privately transferred from Manuel Antonio to Daniel Oduber International Airport, for your flight back home.

    Breakfast included.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    On arrival at Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia a Destination Services representative awaits to greet you.Airports
    • Liberia Airport, Liberia Costa Rica
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Deluxe Hotel Category 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/1/2021 - 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 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/1/2021 - 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 7/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    1/1/2021 - 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 :
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    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
    • No refund for unused services. Splitting of package is not allowed
    • Tour guides do not accompany guests during transport, local guides will be present for tours and activities
    • Recommended arrival time before 15:00 hrs.
    • Recommended departure time from 15:00 hrs onwards.
    • 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.
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    • 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 - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

3

Organised by Destination Services

Activity ID: V-36560P252

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