San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio National Park
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Costa Rica can be very relaxed and a perfect destination for senior travelers, which you will discover on this luxurious, 8-day excursion. From volcanos to rainforest and beautiful beaches, Costa Rica can create an adventure for people of every age. You do not need to participate in challenging hikes through humid jungle to appreciate the essence of Costa Rica. With private guides and customizable activities, you will explore the country’s iconic, natural highlights, connect with indigenous cultures,...
San Jose – An Introduction to Costa Rican Cuisine
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted at the airport for a short transfer to your accommodation in the city’s outskirts. Set in tropical gardens, your hotel features its own spa and a sense of tranquility that is ideal after a flight. You will also be provided with plenty of time to settle in before your local guide leads you around San Jose just before dusk, which is a beautiful time because the old colonial architecture begins to glow with a golden hue. A short stroll can give you a good impression of old San Jose before indulging in dinner at a small farm to table restaurant. After an early dinner, you will visit San Jose’s most iconic building: the Teatro Nacional.
La Fortuna – Resting in the Hot Springs
Deep in the downtown area, you can explore the vivid history of the city. Your guide will use different buildings to create a storyline from pre-Columbian times to Costa Rica after its colonization with optional visits to Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica and the country’s museum of jade. After lunch, it will be a two and a half-hour drive to La Fortuna. Arenal is the most famous volcano in Costa Rica, and it looms high above the bustling town of La Fortuna. Therapeutic hot springs are a highlight of any stay in La Fortuna, and you will be able to enjoy them without even leaving the hacienda’s grounds.
La Fortuna – Customizable Day Around Arenal Volcano
Here, you can zipline, summit a volcano, go whitewater rafting, mountain bike, and travel on horseback. All these activities disguise how La Fortuna is a serene destination, where everyone can explore at their own pace. Today, you will be provided with a local guide who will tailor a selection of activities to your interests and fitness levels. For example, Sendero Coladas, which is the lava flow trail, is a beautiful and relatively short hike that is ideal for many senior visitors, but you can also explore the area in a vehicle with stops at a variety of viewpoints and natural hot springs. While most visitors in La Fortuna come for Arenal, there are other volcanoes as well. You can also explore a cloud forest and wander slowly across bridges that are positioned high in the canopy.
La Fortuna – Spending the Day with an Indigenous Indian Community
This morning, after breakfast, you will visit the Maleku Indian community. Your first impressions will linger, especially when you are greeted in a revered manner. Elders are highly respected in Maleku culture, and senior visitors can enjoy a full immersion into the tribal community because some elements of village life are not made available to younger visitors. You will spend a morning in a Maleku village, admiring their craftsmanship and culture. As a senior, you will be able to converse with the village matriarchs and patriarchs, which can lead to some very interesting discussions about history and change. Visits to cacao and other plantations can also provide you with an idea of traditional farming methods while antique huacas, or tombs, will teach you about the local mythology.
Monteverde – Choose an Easy Adventure in Monteverde
Today’s journey will present options for short walks en route to Monteverde. Costa Rica has innumerable trails, and you do not need to traverse a volcano to enjoy hiking in nature here. Toward Monteverde, you can try short, 30-minute hikes on flat paths in the cloud forest or a walk that is focused on local wildlife. One option for today will be to get an early start and to arrive in Monteverde for lunch before spending the afternoon at a butterfly and orchid garden. When heading deeper into the cloud forest, you should keep your eyes alert for capuchin monkeys. They can swing past you with playful eyes and bashful smiles.
Monteverde – Private Tour of the Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Tours of Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve are best conducted in the early morning, especially for senior travelers. It is much easier to walk around in the cooler morning hours, and, during this time, the wildlife is more active as well, so you can experience some very personal encounters with capuchin monkeys and over 200 different bird species. By midmorning, it will be hotter and significantly more humid, and, by midday, the wildlife will be hiding to avoid the heat. An early start can feel a little inconvenient, but it will mean that you get three to four hours in the biological reserve before the heat takes over the grounds. The Monteverde area has a number of other attractions that you can visit in the afternoon, including a Bat Jungle.
Manuel Antonio National Park – Damas Island Boat Tour
After spending yesterday on the forest floor, you will walk through the cloud forest canopy at Sky Walk. A network of suspension bridges will lead you between massive trees, and this aerial perspective will provide you with a peek at animals that you can completely miss from the ground. There are different routes here, and all of them will encourage you to walk slowly while looking out for flora, fauna, and wildlife. After two to three hours in the canopy, you will be transferred by road to Manuel Antonio National Park. After arriving at your beachside hotel in the park, the rest of the day will be at your leisure.
San Jose – Damas Island Boat Tour and Departure
Mangroves will set the scene when you ride on a boat through the Damas Island estuary, and birds flit around these harmonic trees. When the mangroves rescind, you can find empty beaches and muddy banks. With a private boat tour, you can sit back and enjoy rainforest seclusion before cruising toward the beach for a few final hours on the sand. After lunch and a late checkout, you will be transferred back to San Jose for your outbound flight.
- Bask in natural hot springs and feel the serenity of a Costa Rica vacation
- Spend a day with an indigenous Indian community to learn about their native culture and customs
- Customize a leisurely day of exploring around Arenal Volcano, which is Costa Rica’s most iconic attraction
- Immerse yourself in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, where butterflies and bats move amid the mist
- Cruise through the mangroves on a private boat tour of Damas Island estuary
- Discover San Jose’s colonial history, including the theater and two superb museums
- Indulge in adventure activities, such as a canopy walk, bird watching, and guided hikes
- Luxuriate in a selection of Costa Rica’s finest lodges, where the premium is on service and seclusion
Costa Rica is one of the world’s major adventure tourism destinations. It is famous for surfing, ziplining, volcano hikes, and getting muddy in the rainforest. This adventurous reputation follows the country around, but you do not need overly ambitious hikes in order to experience Costa Rica. This handcrafted tour will adopt a slow pace, and it is handcrafted with the best activities and destinations for senior travelers. Private guides will reveal how you can experience the country’s highlights without jumping beyond your comfort zone or workings yourself too out of breath.
You will begin your adventure in San Jose, where a traditional dinner with entertainment will provide a relaxed first evening in Costa Rica. On day two, you can explore a little more of the capital city, including two excellent museums and a decorous theater. After lunch, you will travel to La Fortuna, which is an iconic town that is nestled beneath Arenal Volcano. Everybody knows the volcano for its shape and hiking trails, but there is another side to the geothermal activity. You will spend three nights at an upmarket lodge that features private hot springs, and each evening you can rest your legs in the therapeutic waters while gazing at silhouetted volcanos.
Your two full days in La Fortuna area will provide contrasting experiences. You will spend one day in and around Arenal Volcano, and a local guide will explain different activity options and help you to explore at a pace that suits you. Then, on day four, you will travel to a small, indigenous Indian community, where you will be immersed in their culture, customs, craftsmanship, and Maleku language. Older people are revered in this culture, so you should receive a very warm welcome. Being older also allows you to converse with the community’s elders, so you can ask questions and learn more about changing lifestyles in this remote part of Costa Rica.
Nights five and six will be spent in Monteverde, and you can opt for a treetop walk en route to the cloud forest, where the guide will customize two days of activities to the wildlife that you want to see. Capuchin monkeys will be one highlight, and you can spot three-toed sloths as well. The birdlife here is remarkable with over 200 species that flutter around the mysterious cloud forest. Like in La Fortuna, the hotel is charming and boutique with sprawling gardens that are occasionally visited by the local wildlife. It is an excellent place to relax and have an early night, so you can wake up early and maximize the cooler, morning hours.
From Monteverde, it will be a breathtaking drive along the coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, which is another Costa Rican destination that is packed with rare flora and fauna. Here, you can spend the afternoon on the beach, where the sand is backdropped by indigenous forest, and dolphins often breach the Pacific waters. You can also choose to participate in a short hike through the rainforest or a sunset sailing trip along the coast. You will be on the water on day eight, enjoying a private boat tour through thick mangrove forests before a short transfer returns you to San Jose for your outbound flight.
$1,435 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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