Cloud forests and Pacific Coast waves, hidden charms of thermal springs and soaring through the treetops - these are some of the must-see experiences you will have during your personalized, custom-tailored Costa Rica vacation. Discover toucans calling in the trees of the rainforest, and howler monkeys groaning in the morning light. Traverse sky bridges and quiet mangrove canals. Trek through lava fields in Arenal, following unique trails, and treat yourself to a featured eco-resort connected to...
Arenal – Arrive in San Jose and Transfer to Arenal to Enjoy the Hot Springs
The pleasures of Costa Rica emanate from the pristine rainforest, spectacular beaches, quiet lodges far away from urban development, and the bustling life around San Jose. The Central Market was established in the 19th century with a circular formation filled with the active life of a Central American shopping center. Tens of thousands of locals and visitors from around the world visit the market daily to walk along the fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables spreading across 200 shops. Small restaurants known as sodas serve popular Costa Rican classics such as gallo pinto, beans and rice, with roasted chicken.
The aroma of fresh pineapple matches the brilliant red and green of vibrant watermelon, and bananas and plantains dangle from the beams of small stands. Outside of the marketplace, the city glows with the bright colors that drape over the facades of homes, cafes, and restaurants, layering the streets with a tropical ambiance. Coffee grows along the ridges of the surrounding mountains, stopping at 5,575 feet above sea level. Your private transfer greets you upon arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport. You make your way out of the city to the region of Arenal and settle into the comforts of your stunning hotel known for the thermal springs running along its landscape, naturally heated by the volcanic activity of Arenal Volcano. You can see the cone of the summit lingering above the resort like the perfect image of a storybook volcano.
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Arenal – Explore the Rainforest Canopy on a High-Flying Zip Line Tour
Arenal – Hike around Arenal Volcano and Visit a Farm with a Cooking Class
Monteverde – Enjoy a Scenic Lake Crossing and Cloud Forest Night Trek
Monteverde – Traverse the Cloud Forest with your Choice of Adventures
Nosara – Float on Corobici River en route to Pacific Luxury in Nosara
Nosara – Relish a Stand-Up Paddleboard or Kayak Mangrove Tour
Nosara – Delight in a Private Surf Lesson and Horseback Riding Excursion
Nosara – Depart for Home
- Soar through the rainforest canopy at Arenal on a guided zip line excursion
- Indulge in the featured accommodation of Lagarta Lodge, an eco-resort mixing a private nature reserve and the Pacific Ocean with remarkable luxury
- Wander the trails of the famous cloud forest in search of the unique wildlife found in the fascinating scenery, including the magenta-pointed woodstar
- Soothe your body and mind in the comfort of the naturally heated thermal springs on the luxury property of your resort in Arenal
- Kayak or paddleboard through the serene canals of the mangrove forest in Guanacaste to find parakeets, pelicans, monkeys, and butterflies
- Search for the wildlife along the banks of the Corobici River during a tranquil rafting excursion
- Follow the advice of your private surf instructor to learn the techniques of catching the waves of the Pacific Ocean
- Traverse the treetops of the cloud forest in Monteverde to discover the unique flora and fauna, including butterfly and hummingbird gardens
A Costa Rica vacation is incomplete without viewing the cone of Arenal Volcano, dipping your toes into the warm sands of the Pacific Coast, and traveling the trails of the cloud forest in search of the diverse flora and fauna for which the country is famous. Your 9-day adventure offers luxury, discovery, and immersive tours taking you to the must-see sites. The journey begins with your arrival at San Jose’s international airport, where your private transfer greets you at customs. From the moment you land, you will feel pampered and engaged, noticing the tropical colors and vibrant life of the city as you travel to Arenal.
Enjoy the comforts of a stunning resort famous for the natural thermal springs that reach temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. While in Arenal, you can take your time lingering in the hot springs and enjoy adventurous excursions, such as zip-lining through the rainforest and trekking into the depths of Arenal Volcano National Park. Visit an organic farm to learn the techniques of cultivating crops in the tropical landscape before participating in a private cooking lesson. A private transfer takes you across Lake Arenal to relish the view of the volcanic peak and the splendors of the surrounding rainforest.
Bask in the cozy ambiance of your luxury resort in the cloud forest of Monteverde. Enjoy a welcoming afternoon followed by a night hike to find the nocturnal animals of the highlands. Choose from a plethora of adventures while in the cloud forest, from walking along hanging bridges to delighting in a birding expedition in search of the rare resplendent quetzal. You can also visit a plantation to learn about coffee, chocolate, and sugarcane cultivation in Costa Rica.
The country offers the thrills of rafting excursions that highlight the wildlife living on the riverbanks, along with the sensational canals winding through mangrove forests. Take the time to bask in the majesty and luxuries of a features eco-lodge in Guanacaste: the Lagarta Lodge. Learn to surf, enjoy a soothing massage in the award-winning spa, traverse the soft-sand beaches, and wander the trails of the protected reserve connected to the property before your brief flight to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. You board your flight home and bring an end to the magnificent journey of your must-see Costa Rica vacation.
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$2,101 per person (excluding international flights)
- 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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