The vibrant feathers of scarlet macaws, the rumbling whitewater of enchanting cascades, the tranquil seclusion of a luxury hotel on the Pacific coast, your Costa Rica vacation embodies nature’s splendor and thrilling excursions personalized to your day-to-day desires. Search for dolphins, whales, sloths, and howler monkeys, dig your toes into the soft sand, and bask in pools heated by geothermal activity. On your Costa Rica tour, you will relish the intricacies of guided explorations in a carefree...
Arenal – Arrive in San Jose and Transfer to Relaxing and Beautiful Arenal
The volcanic ranges form summits along the northern edges of the Central Valley, spreading across Costa Rica to create natural thermal springs amongst the lush rainforest landscape. Upon landing in Costa Rica, your private transfer greets you at Juan Santamaria International Airport. The climate of the capital city offers a cool, refreshing temperature year-round, differing from the tropical heat and cold of the highlands. Lush coffee plantations thrive long the encircling mountain ridges that range in height from nearly 4,000 feet and 5,575 feet above sea level.
Fruit stands populate the roadside along the way to Arenal, where vendors display gigantic watermelons and delicious coconuts chilled for a refreshingly cool drink. They drill holes into the center of the husk, popping a straw into the heart to enjoy the chilled, natural, and fresh coconut milk. You wind along the mountainous road leading through La Fortuna. The once sleepy agricultural village hides remnants of its past as spiny iguanas scramble through bushes, and sloths rest in the treetops above the creek.
The summit of Arenal Volcano rises above the town at an altitude of almost 5,480 feet and, while the crater has been dormant since 2010, it had erupted daily since the 1960s, causing a spectacular burst of fireworks against the night sky. The volcano crowns the eponymous national park, which encompasses nearly 30,000 acres. You reach the comforts of your luxury resort surrounded by the beauty of the rainforest canopy and settle into your room with a partial view of the nearby volcanic peak. The thermal activity of the region heats the waters rushing through the hills connected to your resort, and you take the time to visit the hot springs, lounging in the soothing water and its revitalizing minerals.
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Arenal – Relish an Exploration of Arenal with an Excursion of your Choice
Bajos del Toro – Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens en route to Bajos del Toro
Bajos del Toro – Enjoy a Cultural Tour of Town and a Private Waterfall Hike
Osa Peninsula – Unique Costa Rican Seclusion
Osa Peninsula – Discovering true Corcovado National Park
Osa Peninsula – Close Proximity to the Sea
Osa Peninsula – Depart for Home
- Experience luxury in seclusion while staying at a fantastic lodge nestled between the lush rainforest of Corcovado National Park and the Pacific Coast
- Soar through the rainforest canopy in Arenal on an adventurous and scenic zip line tour
- Discover the beauty of Costa Rica’s biodiversity while following the trail in La Paz Waterfall Garden to view rainforest, cloud forest, wildlife, and waterfalls
- Cruise the Pacific on a private boat bound for the shores of Cano Island National Park, where you can snorkel, search for turtles, and find dolphins
- Learn the art of making perfect Costa Rican tortillas in a typical home while visiting a village in Bajos del Toro
- Relax your muscles and enjoy the rejuvenating properties of the naturally heated thermal baths connected to your luxury resort in Arenal
- Visit a private garden blossoming with the vivacious, exotic petals of native and endemic orchids, including the intricate details of the miniature orchid
Your Costa Rica vacation takes you to the popular sites and hidden wonders on an 8-day exploration. Experience culture and unparalleled biodiversity from rainforest to cloud forest, preserved wet forest to active volcanic ranges. This Costa Rica vacation provides luxury and adventure, uniqueness and comfort, beginning with your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. Your private transfer escorts you out of the Central Valley to reach your gorgeous accommodation in the tropical ambiance of Arenal. Take the time to relax in the thermal springs and enjoy the stunning atmosphere with a view of the looming peak of the eponymous volcano.
Arenal offers sensational excursions blending thrills and scenic exploration around the slopes and base of Arenal Volcano. Choose your preferred expedition into the rainforest wilds, whether hiking the national park to visit the lava fields or taking a stroll along the hanging bridges that wind through the canopy. You could also enjoy a thrilling zip line excursion or a river safari on Rio Peñas Blancas. En route to Bajos del Toro, you stop at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, home to a wildlife refuge offering close contact to avifauna, butterflies, and hummingbirds, along with viewings of rescued wild cats. The trails lead to platforms from which you can view five separate waterfalls coursing down the slopes of the Poas Volcano.
Bajos del Toro presents the beauty of the cloud forest and the daily life of Ticos, locals of Costa Rica, through its connection to the town of Bajos del Toro Amarillo. Learn to make tortillas and wander along a private trail to view three waterfalls located on the 500 acres of protected reserve connected to your eco-luxury resort. The adventure continues on the Osa Peninsula before you reach your marvelous lodge located on the Pacific Coast. You travel by boat along secluded canals to reach the tranquil grounds overlooking the protected rainforest and crashing Pacific waves. Discover the flora and fauna of Corcovado National Park on a private guided tour and search for whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and manta rays while visiting Cano Island National Park on this unforgettable customizable Costa Rica vacation.
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$1,867 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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