Arenal volcano in central Costa Rica at sunrise

Best of Costa Rica Vacation: Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Cloud Forest, and Beaches

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio National Park, San Jose

Suggested Duration

9 Days

Discover the reasons why vacationing in Costa Rica is so popular on this customizable experience spent exploring the unforgettable scenery. Scour the trees for toucans and scarlet macaws perching in the canopy, and walk with the rare Blue Morpho in a garden dedicated to the preservation of the Costa Rica’s vibrant butterflies. Wander through lava fields and soothe your body in relaxing hot springs, embrace the excitement of finding waterfalls, and find the thrill of flying on a zip line. From...

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Trip Highlights

  • Bask in the comforts of luxurious accommodation across the various microclimates and fascinating landscapes of Costa Rica
  • Glide above the jungle canopy to enjoy the thrill of soaring and views of wildlife in action while zip-lining
  • Float down the Peñas Blancas River on a relaxing raft excursion to search for crocodiles, tortoises, monkeys, and countless species of birds
  • Learn how to make perfect, velvety and dark Costa Rican chocolate during a guided tour of a coffee plantation
  • Explore the cycle of the Costa Rican scenery with a privately guided hike through Arenal Volcano National Park to view forest, plains, and lava fields
  • Discover the splendor of the Cloud Forest on hanging bridges and tour butterfly gardens in search of the majestic and unique flora and fauna
  • Dig your toes into the pristine powder white sand of Manuel Antonio National Park while on the trails that connect rainforest to shoreline
  • Enjoy a scenic horseback ride across plains and farms before following trails on foot to reach the secluded Tocori Waterfalls

Detailed Description

Your Costa Rica vacation immerses you in picture-perfect scenery on a 9-day tour, allowing you to embrace beaches, mountains, and volcanoes. Your vacation begins with your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose where your private transfer greets you and escorts you from the airport to Arenal, a celebrated region known for its natural hot springs. Enjoy the luxury of your resort hotel and spend time in the beautiful thermal springs. The following day, your guide greets you in the hotel lobby and leads you on a remarkable tour of Arenal Volcano National Park where you will walk along lava fields and discover the flora supported by the mineral-rich soil. The next day, you will set out on the waters of the Peñas Blancas River and enjoy a tranquil rafting excursion where you will search for crocodiles and sloths, spoonbills and hawks before returning to your hotel. In the morning, you travel across Lake Arenal on a boat for a fabulous scenic ride to the opposite sides of the humanmade lake. Your jeep transfer takes you into the gorgeous Cloud Forest of Monteverde in time for a sunset hike. With your guide by your side, you will search for the unique fauna of the highlands that emerge at night.

The following day, you wander along the hanging bridges of the Tree Top Walkways. Visit the butterfly and hummingbird gardens to accentuate the wonder of the natural life found within the cloud forest. In the afternoon, you visit a coffee, sugar, and chocolate plantation to learn about the process of harvesting and cultivating the coveted treats. Your private transfer greets you at the hotel the next day and escorts you to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Central Pacific. Stop en route for a magnificent zip line tour allowing you travel across one of the longest zip lines in Costa Rica.

Your journey continues as your private guide leads you on a fantastic tour of the primary and secondary forest of the national park before taking you along the pristine, white beaches. Mount a horse for an unforgettable tour passing through plains, farms, and forest. Follow the trails on foot to reach the Tocori Waterfalls, where you can enjoy a refreshing pineapple in the calming scenery. On your final day, you return to Juan Santamaria International Airport by private transfer to check in for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,092 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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