This week-long Costa Rica vacation exudes luxury and excitement, exploration and excellence, and is custom-tailored to your preferred experiences. Enjoy a carefree existence in thermal springs heated by the volcanic activity of Arenal. Listen to the waves lap against the Pacific coastline and watch the clouds fade over the highland rainforest in Monteverde. Scour the treetops on hanging bridges and zip lines to find the active lifestyles of howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, and iguanas. A perfect...
Arenal – Arrive in San Jose and Travel to the Comfort and Luxury of Arenal
San Jose embodies the history and prestige of Costa Rica in the bustling culture that pulses through its streets. Coffee plantations grow along the ridges of the mountains surrounding the Central Valley. A slight blue haze hovers above the thriving plants at over 5,575 feet above sea level where the crops cease to grow. The grandeur of former plantation moguls and the mansions in Barrio Amón symbolize elegant taste and highlight the natural wealth of the landscape found in Costa Rica. The neighborhood leads north and west of Plaza España and was constructed between the 19th and 20th centuries. Colorful, flower-clad walkways add layers of elegance to the art deco, concrete, and Victorian architecture supporting the arts center of the San Jose.
Upon arrival, your private transfer greets you at Juan Santamaria International Airport and escorts you out of the Central Valley towards Arenal. The town of La Fortuna creates its own charm in the shadows of the Arenal Volcano. Spiny iguanas scramble through the bushes outside of the narrow streets and sloths linger in the trees that shade the creek. You pass through town for a view of the Arenal Volcano, which erupted from three separate craters in the 1960s. The sporadic clouds fade and offer a view of the perfect cone peak at more than 4,475 feet above sea level.
The rainforest canopy clings to the edges of the road and turns the foothills of the marvelous volcano a shimmering emerald. You settle into the luxuries of your secluded resort celebrated for its gorgeous landscape and quiet ambiance. After spending time relaxing in your suite that provides a partial view of Arenal Volcano, you venture to nearby heated pools. The water trickles over the rocks, providing a soothing and serene atmosphere. Steam rises from the pools and rushing streams due to the temperature of the water that ranges from 72 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Arenal – Traverse Hanging Bridges and Relax in Natural Thermal Springs
Monteverde – Experience Canyoning before Venturing to Monteverde
Monteverde – Explore Monteverde Cloud Forest and Biological Reserve
Manuel Antonio – Zip Line in Selvatura Park and Drive to Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio – Discover Damas Island Estuary and the National Park
Manuel Antonio – Depart for Home
- Indulge in thrills and the gorgeous landscape on a canyoning adventure, blending rappelling, natural waterslides, and cave discoveries in Arenal
- Travel the hanging bridges of the rainforest in Arenal for a bird’s eye view of the canopy, and find the local, active monkeys and avifauna
- Learn how to soar like a white-tailed hawk during a zip line excursion, gliding through the treetops for unrivaled panoramas and thrills in Selvatura Park
- Search the mangrove forest for signs of elegant and captivating wildlife in the treasured landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park while on a guided tour
- Bask in the soothing waters of naturally heated thermal springs at a premier resort in Arenal
- Relish in the beauty, charm, and luxury of Costa Rica’s eco-friendly resorts, offering tremendous views, opulent accommodation, and unrivaled service
Every visit to Costa Rica is an excellent one, allowing for relaxation and adventure at your preferred pace. Blend excitement and recreation on this perfect 7-day Costa Rica vacation that will take you to Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio, each known for their distinctive beauty, in a country that accounts for five percent of the world’s biodiversity. Tropical colors flourish, and intriguing avifauna fills the trees. Magnificent mangrove forests protect the coastline and add to the intricacies of nature often hidden or overlooked by the naked eye.
Your private transfer greets you upon arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport. You will venture directly to your resort at Arenal where the grounds maintain elegant thermal springs resembling natural rivers and waterfalls heated by the activity of the Arenal Volcano. While in Arenal you can explore and experience the surrounding rainforest in a variety of thrilling ways, the first of which takes you into the treetops to traverse the hanging bridges. Follow your guide to find birdlife, monkeys, and blossoming orchids. Rappel down a cliff alongside staggering waterfalls and then traverse the bed of a canyon filled with majestic natural waterslides and open caves.
You will travel to Monteverde and relax in a stunning resort nestled into the Cloud Forest. A local guide enthusiastically leads you on a night tour in search of the animals that bring the trees to life in the darkness, including snakes, frogs, bats, and big cats. The unique ecosystem feeds on the moisture from the passing clouds, causing the trees and underbrush to grow and behave differently from the flora of the tropical rainforest. Take to the canopy once more for an unforgettable zip-lining excursion where the wind brushes against your cheeks as you travel from platform to platform.
Manuel Antonio National Park contains dry forest, mangroves, rainforest, and beaches, providing for a stunning collection of biodiversity, and luxurious views from the comforts of your private balcony. Dig your toes into the soft sand on the beach and listen to the waves and twittering tropical birds. For distinctive wildlife and marine-life viewing excursion, kayak or cruise on the mangrove canals around Damas Island. At the end of your Costa Rica vacation, your private transfer escorts you from Manuel Antonio National Park to Juan Santamaria Airport for your flight home.
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$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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