The natural springs in Arenal are heated by the volcanic activity. The largest lake in the country reflects the nearby volcano’s conical peak. Glacial blue waters wind around the foothills of the central mountains, coursing over boulders along the way. This 7-day vacation through Costa Rica brings you to the adventure and beauty of the country, wrapped in the rainforest and floating downstream. Whether you are searching for a relaxing getaway or are in need of active exploration, Costa Rica offers...
San Jose – Arrival on the Jungle’s Edge
San Jose is a vibrant city filled with bustling streets. The mountains wrap around the valley and dwarf the urban skyline. The city’s charm quickly rises above the energetic arcades. The neoclassical National Theater adds a touch of decadence to the city. Classic colonial mansions now display elegant art galleries. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to your luxurious centrally located accommodation. The wonders of Costa Rica are prevalent, reaching from all around the country and collecting themselves in the nation’s capital. A large fountain sits at the center of a roundabout and separates the neighborhoods of Los Yoses and San Pedro. Los Yoses is a modern neighborhood with a view to the mountainside.
Contemporary buildings line the streets and antique mansions rise as tall as the thin palms in the yard. Barrio Amon remains home to a collection of coffee grower mansions built in the late 19th century. Stroll down the street and become acquainted with the unique history of the city and surrounding country, from art-deco facades to Victorian buildings, each taking you deeper into the artistic center of San Jose. In the evening you can enjoy a taste of the contemporary cuisine at Doris Metropolitan. The restaurant believes in high quality, locally grown ingredients, down to feeding their livestock grass and pineapple. For a truly decadent meal you can enjoy the Lomito Flambeado with gorgonzola cheese.
Pacuare – Travel the River to a Secluded Hideaway
Arenal – Meeting with the Indigenous Peoples
Arenal – Legends of the Aquatic Pasts
Monteverde – Around the Clouds
Monteverde – Into the Clouds
Monteverde – The Adventure Home
- Enjoy the comforts and luxuries of Zicasso featured eco-friendly resorts and lodges throughout the marvelous rainforest of Costa Rica
- Experience the rush, power, and beauty of the Pacuare River on a rafting tour through the gorge
- Indulge in the serene landscape on a kayak tour around Arenal Lake
- Tour through the remarkable canopy of Costa Rica’s famous Cloud Forest National Park at Monteverde
- Witness the marvels of the active flora and fauna in the wild, from capuchin monkeys to quetzals
- Explore the nocturnal majesty of the rainforest on a night tour of the cloud forest
Monkeys clamor in the trees and vivacious birds call out underneath the endless forest canopy. Costa Rica is a country brimming with wildlife and rainforest, friendly locals and sensational adventure. On this custom-tailored tour, you will experience the splendor of the country in the winding rapids of the Pacuare River and the luxurious comforts of eco-friendly resorts. Volcanoes tower over the trees and the only thing more abundant than the wildlife is the lush rainforest. You don’t have to look far to find the captivating beauty and remarkable adventure of Costa Rica. Once here you will find the journey and the destination to be inseparable.
Your fabulous exploration begins with your arrival in San Jose. The metropolis is the largest city in the country and combines a fast-paced mentality with the jovial spirit innate in the country. Murals decorate random walls around eclectic neighborhoods and welcome you to the start of your vacation. The following morning you will meet your guide and climb aboard your raft that will take you through the Pacuare Gorge. Find the charm of the wild deep in the heart of the primary rainforest and arrive at Pacuare Lodge.
The soothing sounds of the jungle call out in the night and early morning. You continue your adventure down the Pacuare River, along the cliffs of the gorge, and find a number of waterfalls and natural waterslides. In the afternoon, you will head to Arenal and find the luxuries of the Hotel Arenal Kioro waiting for you. The area is best known for its coveted hot springs and active looming volcano, whose peak watches over the forest and prairies. In the morning, you will venture out onto the glassy waters of Arenal Lake for a kayak tour to view the unmatched scenery. The following day you will venture across the lake en route to Monteverde, home to the Cloud Forest National Park.
Stroll through the butterfly gardens to witness the variety of species known to the entirety of Costa Rica before arriving at the Hotel Belmar, offering optimal views of the rolling mountaintops. Enjoy a unique view of the forest at night to discover the exceptional nocturnal wildlife. The following day you will soar through the trees, zip lining over 450 feet high, to see the canopy and the forest in a different and exciting light. Your final day returns you to San Jose for you to catch your flight home.
$1,255 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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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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