Arrival to San José.
Welcome to Costa Rica! Once you have passed immigration and customs and stepped out of the airport doors, you will have one of our representatives waiting for you outside with a sign with your name on it. He will drive you to your hotel in San José.
- Private Transfer from International Airport to San José
Grano de Oro Hotel (1 Night]
- Room Type: Deluxe King Room
- Meals Plan: Breakfast and Taxes Included
You’ll be picked up early by a Pacuare Lodge representative put-in, stopping en route for a typical Costa Rican breakfast. After an orientation by your river guide, you’ll begin an exciting river-rafting trip (class II-III rapids) past impressive tropical landscapes to the Pacuare Lodge.
The Río Pacuare flows approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi) to the Caribbean. It is a popular location for white water rafting and whitewater kayaking. The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. It is considered to be one of the 5 nicest rivers in the world to practice rafting. The river valley is surrounded by endless tropical jungle, a region so vast that it is connected to the largest portion of uninterrupted tropical rainforests that stretches even into Panamanian territory. Combine this with amazing Class III-IV rapids and you will find the dream destination for rafters and kayakers alike.
Pacuare Lodge (1 Package)
- Room Type: 3D/2N Linda Vista
- Meals Plan: Meals and Taxes Included
- Included: rating to/from the lodge, lodging, 3 meals per day, hot beverages, guided hike to the waterfall in the lodge, transportation from San Jose and back to Siquirres.
Free day at Pacuare
Pacuare Lodge: The lodge employs resident naturalist guides who can provide information on the plants and animals that inhabit the surrounding forest. You can take it easy or start enjoying some of the lodge’s seven outdoor experiences included in the Adventure Package, which can take you deep into the forest or into the nearest communities. Nature lovers may want to start before breakfast with a sunrise bird watching tour. Other options are visiting the nearby Cabécar indigenous palapa, for an introduction to the local indigenous culture, or walking to the nearest agricultural community to experience a bit of rural Costa Rican life. Outdoor adventure options include the Canopy Adventure Tour, which will take you gliding between platforms in the treetops on cables, or Tropical Canyoning, which combines hiking, rock climbing and rappelling. Hikers have several options to choose from: the Cabécar indigenous hike, a more demanding hike to an isolated indigenous home deep in the forest; or the ancient trail and the hike to the hidden waterfall, which goes deep into the mountains to a secret waterfall and takes up most of the day. If you prefer to relax, visit our Jawa Juu Spa (not included). We harness the natural energy of the rainforest to create a healing environment like no other.
Shuttle Transfer to Arenal Volcano / La Fortuna
The Northern Plains of Costa Rica showcases some very scenic countryside towns. Small agriculture communities and cattle ranches cover rolling hills and deep valleys. The plains, rainforests and rivers make the north-central a must-see in any Costa Rica program. The main attraction is the iconic Arenal Volcano. The Arenal Volcano area is Costa Rica’s premier region of exploration and excitement: Arenal is synonymous with adventure and Eco-discovery, where you can embark on a wide variety of activities. Enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting or canyoning, or combine adventure with ecological discovery in a canopy tour. Hike the volcano or explore the rainforest strolling through hanging bridges. Feel transformed by the beauty and variety of our wildlife and tropical jungle. Get ready for a life-changing adventure!
Shuttle Transfer from Guápiles to Arenal PM
Nayara Tented Camp (2 Nights)
- Room Type: Nayara Tent
- Meals Plan: Breakfast and Taxes Included
There is no greater attraction in the northern region of Costa Rica than the Arenal Volcano. So why not enjoy it in the most picturesque way possible? This tour combines an attractive boat ride in Arenal Lake with a hike through the National Park and provides you with impressive views of this mighty wonder.
The tour begins with a short 20-minute ride to the Peninsula Sector at Arenal Volcano National Park near Arenal Lake, once on the trail a walk waiting for us with an easy trail of 1.5km (1 mile) away for 1 hour approximately. During the whole trip you will be able to enjoy excellent views to Arenal Lake and Tilaran Volcanic Mountain Range viewing from the different observation bays that are along the trail. At the end of the trail, we will have the opportunity to walk up to the observation platform of approximately 10 m high closer to look at the volcano and receive a complete explanation of the history, active cycles, and geological formation of this colossal.
At the end of the trail, we will enjoy a fresh tropical fruit buffet, then we will board our boat for the ride along the edges of this enormous man-made lake, allowing us to observe the rainforest, islands, aquatic birds and some of the animals which make this area their home. This is the best possible place to take incredible pictures of the Arenal Volcano if the clouds permit. After 45 min on the boat, we will arrive at the Arenal Lake boat station sector.
Included: Transportation from your hotel in comfortable air-conditioned mini vans with Wi-Fi, bilingual naturalist guide, National Park entrance fee, bottled mineral water, snacks, boat transportation, gear.
Same-day in the evening enjoy a romantic private dinner at your hotel
– Romantic Dinner
- An exclusive dinner in a private bungalow where a chef and a server caters to the couple
- Included: Special Menu, Bottle of Wine, Romantic Decoration.
Private transfer from Arenal to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
A place of swaying palms and playful monkeys, sparkling blue water and a riot of tropical birds, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the country’s smallest and most popular national park. It’s a truly lovely place; the clearly marked trail system winds through rainforest-backed white-sand beaches and rocky headlands, the wildlife (iguanas, sloths, monkeys) is plentiful, and the views across the bay to the pristine outer islands are gorgeous. Manuel Antonio National Park combines the rainforest with breathtaking white-sand beaches, among the most beautiful in Costa Rica. The Manuel Antonio Region has received plenty of coverage in travel magazines, earning it the distinction of one of the 10 most beautiful places in the world! Manuel Antonio’s humid tropical forest remains green year-round. The town itself is spread out across a hilly and curving road. Along this main road, near the top of the hill, are the area’s most luxurious hotels and fine-dining restaurants, surrounded by rain forest with amazing views of the beaches and offshore islands. From Manuel Antonio you can experience whitewater rafting, guided rainforest waterfall walks, horseback riding, snorkeling and sports fishing.
***Note that Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Tuesdays
Shuttle Transfer from Arenal Volcano to Manuel Antonio PM
Optional activities in the Area (Not Included):
Some activities include: Manuel Antonio National Park visit and a variety of water sports, including surfing the legendary waves, diving and snorkelling and sunset cruises
Gaia Hotel (3 nights)
- Room Type: Loft Deluxe Suite
- Meals Plan: Breakfast and taxes included
Private Guided Hike to Manuel Antonio National Park
Transportation is provided and you will be picked up at your hotel to start your ride to the Manuel Antonio National Park. On this tour a very knowledgeable nature guide will walk you through the Manuel Antonio National Park explaining the mysteries of the rainforest. The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course about 2 miles long with moderate difficulty. One of the highlights of this tour is that Manuel Antonio hosts 3 of the 4 existing tropical primates living in Costa Rica. Throughout the hike, you are likely to see sloths, birds and reptiles as well as orchids, butterflies and tropical trees. Once the tour is over transportation will be provided and you will be taken back to your hotel. The Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Tuesdays.
Included: Transportation, bilingual guides, park entrance fee and snacks.
Free Day at Quepos/Manuel Antonio
Experience the Greentique Wildlife Refuge with exciting voyages of discovery and wonder that will immerse you in the flora and fauna of the humid mountain forests and the central Pacific coast. You can swim, surf or simply relax on the golden sand beaches of Manuel Antonio. Delve into a host of other incredible activities!
Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to the International Airport
After an amazing time of absolute highlights in our beautiful Costa Rica, it is time to return home. Share your stories and photos with family and friends, and make plans to come to visit again soon!
**Please notice that the distance between Manuel Antonio and San José is approximately 4 hrs. Please take note that you must check in with your airline carrier at the International Airport at least 3 hours prior to your departure time. If your flight leaves early in the morning, we strongly suggest spending your last night in San Jose.**
Private Transfer from Manuel Antonio to International Airport
- All services indicated in the itinerary above.
- Personalized information, complete voucher list.
- Local Travel Program Support, 24-hour emergency service.
- 08 nights of accommodation in hotels specified in the proposal.
- Breakfast at all hotels and taxes included.
- Pacuare Lodge. Included: rating to/from the lodge, lodging, 3 meals per day, hot beverages, guided hike to the waterfall in the lodge, transportation from San Jose and back to Siquirres
Transfers between destinations included:
- Private transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport to San José
- Private Transfer from Siquirres to La Fortuna/Arenal
- Private Transfer from Arenal to Manuel Antonio
- Private transfer from Manuel Antonio to Juan Santamaría International Airport
- Arenal Volcano National Park by The Lake private
- Private Guided Hike to Manuel Antonio National Park
- Private Romantic Dinner at Nayara
- Other meals than indicated as included.
- Other excursions tours and activities indicated as optional or not included.
- International flights.
- Personal expenses. Tips and extras at hotels.
- Travel insurance.
- Airport taxes (US$ 29.00 per person not included).
The most important things to bring are your travel documents: a valid passport, flight and hotel information, health insurance card and driver’s license (if you plan on renting a car in Costa Rica). We advise you to make three copies of these documents. Put one copy in your carry-on bag, one copy in your suitcase and leave one copy at home.
Basic Tropical forests, colorful wildlife and spectacular beaches are part of daily life in Costa Rica. The climate varies depending on where you are, so pack accordingly.
- Prepare for hot, humid summers. Shorts, T-shirts, sundresses, skirts and tank tops in lightweight fabrics should keep you cool. Take a sweater for evenings at a higher elevation.
- Bring plenty of sunblock. Also include insect repellent, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and a swimsuit.
- Take rubber-soled sandals or hiking boots for journeys into the rain forests. Flip-flops and sandals are great for resorts and hanging out by the beach.
- Pack separate clothes for evenings. Simple dresses are great for women, while men will do well in long shorts and a button-down shirt.
- Prepare for cool winters, particularly in the northern regions and at higher elevations. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are a must, while a fleece jacket or a sweater is advisable.
- Take an umbrella if you plan to travel between May and November – Costa Rica’s wettest period.
- A rain slicker will come in handy while hiking.
- Take an electric converter and adapter.