Exceptional! - Volcano,
Mountain & Beach, combines the best of Costa Rica. The
perfect way to explore the three most important things
that the country has to offer.
Day 1 - Arrival
Meet and greet at Juan
Santamaria International airport and private transfer to
your hotel in San José. Night in selected hotel in San
Day 2 - Arenal area via
Poás Volcano and Laguna de Hule (B, L)
Breakfast included in the
hotel. Shuttle transfer (air conditioning and Wi-Fi ) to
During this shuttle transfer you will
have the opportunity to visit Poas Volcano National Park
and also to have a nice typical lunch while enjoying the
panoramic views of the Hule Lagoon.
Poás Volcano National Park
One of the attractive
features about this volcano is that you can get all the
way to the edge of the crater. A 600 meter trail leads
to a spectacular lookout where visitors can observe the
main crater with its constant fumaroles. Another trail
leads to Botos Lagoon, an old crater filled with cold
and crystal clear water. Poás Volcano National Park was
created on January 25th, 1971 to protect the wildlife
and important water resources.
This beautiful lagoon is
located at the base of the Cerro Congo Volcano, 11 km
from the famous Poas Volcano. This area is renowned for
its excellent trekking trails due to the variety of
scenery and terrain, from clay, to dirt, volcanic rock,
and grasslands in a rainforest at 800 m above sea level.
Check in at selected hotel in Arenal area. Overnight.
Day 3 - Arenal (B, L
Breakfast included in the hotel. Shared tour to
Arenal Volcano National Park and Hot Springs
(entrance fee, lunch or dinner included).
On this hike along the
trails of Arenal National Park we will enter into the
tropical forest and areas which were once devastated by
the fury of the volcano. During the hike, it is possible
to see a great variety of flora and fauna. We will also
observe the lava slides of 1992, a large accumulation of
solidified volcanic material ejected during the very
active period of that year. On clear days, you will
enjoy incredible views of the impressive Arenal Volcano,
Arenal Lake, the Tilarán mountain range, and Cerro
Chato. The guide will give interesting information about
the main characteristics of the volcano, which has been
active since 1968 and many other details about flora and
After this hike, you will
have the opportunity to relax in the hot springs of
Paradise Hot Springs. These waters are naturally heated
by the Arenal Volcano and are pure and without any kind
of added chemicals. They are rained waters that are
filtered through the earth, circulating through
different depths, gathering minerals and gaining
temperature when making contact with very hot materials.
According to a study performed by Gala Termal, a Spanish
consultancy company for thermal water centers, Paradise
Hot Spring’s water is Hyperthermal water of mild
mineralization with sodium chloride, magnesium and
sulfates and it also contains a high proportion of
calcium and bicarbonates. To boost the water’s
beneficial properties, the different pools and Jacuzzis
have hydromassage for different body muscle groups.
Lunch or dinner (depending on the hour) is included in
the hot springs’ restaurant.
What you need to bring:
Hiking shoes or sneakers,
comfortable clothing, raincoat, insect repellent,
bathing suit and towel.
Departure: 08:00 hrs. or
15:00 hrs. Overnight in selected hotel in Arernal
Day 4 - Arenal to Monteverde
Breakfast in the hotel.
Shared boat transfer via Arenal Lake to Monteverde.
Duration: 3 hours approx.
This service, half tour half
transfer, is a picturesque and fastest way to go to
Monteverde from Arenal Volcano area. After a 30 minute
ride to the dam, you will board a very comfortable and
safe pontoon boat. After crossing the lake, (a 30 to 40
minutes boat ride), you will arrive to Río Chiquito, a
little town at the other side.
Arenal Lake is the largest
and the most important lake in Costa Rica. It was man
made in 1974 to provide hydroelectric energy for the
country. The lake is also a place where you can find
different kinds of resident and migratory birds;
sometimes mammals such as monkeys and sloths can be
seen. In addition, in a clear day, there are great views
of the Arenal Volcano. Once at Río Chiquito, a bus will
take passengers to the selected hotel in Monteverde.
Costa Rica is one of the
most biologically diverse countries in the world, having
4% of all the known species of plants and animals in
only 0.04% the earth's surface. Due to its altitudinal
variation and climatic factors that vary between the
Pacific and Caribbean slopes, Monteverde is perhaps one
of the richest regions in the country where there are
3,021 known species including a total of 755 species of
The town of Monteverde,
located at the south end of the cloud forest, had its
beginnings in the early 1950s with the impetus of a
group of Quakers from the United States, a group that
came to Costa Rica attracted by its pacific inclinations
and disarmament. They established themselves in the
region and devoted themselves to produce milk and
quality cheeses. Monteverde is located 172 kilometers
northeast of San José. The climate is template and
humid, with an average of 17ºC (60ºF). Nights are cool
and sometimes even cold, especially when the trade winds
blow. Overnight in selected hotel in Monteverde
Day 5 - Monteverde (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. In
the morning, Adventure Combo Tour in Selvatura,
including Canopy Tour, Suspension Bridges, visit to the
Butterfly Garden, and transportation.
Selvatura Park is a cloud
forest conservation project where a wide variety of
tours is hosted. Visitors can glide through cables and
zip lines through the cloud forest or take the Treetop
Walkways consisting of a 3-kilometre trail and eight
different bridges. The park also has a butterfly garden
hosting more than 50 different species of butterflies
and a hummingbird garden, a treat for photography lovers
and a spectacular show for anyone who loves nature.
There is also an Education Center with a large private
insect collection, property of world famous entomologist
Dr. Richard Whitten. A Cloud Forest History walk teaches
visitors about the natural history of Monteverde and all
about the cloud forest ecosystem. Overnight in selected
hotel in Monteverde
Optional suggested tour
Morning visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest
One of the main attractions of
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is its
13-kilometer network of trails. While walking the
trails, visitors are presented with a number of
options. One alternative is to walk to "La Ventana"
scenic overlook, where they may witness the
contrasting panorama exhibited naturally by the
Continental Divide, a geographical feature that
traces the principal mountain ranges of Costa Rica.
At this location, visitors can experience the force
of the moisture-laden trade winds blowing in from
the Atlantic coast, and witness how they descend at
high velocity toward the Central Pacific and
Northern coastal plains of Costa Rica.
There are over 500 bird
species there, including the majestic quetzal and the
three-wattle bellbird; 120 species of reptiles and
amphibians, and more than 3000 plants, including the
highest diversity of orchids in the world. In the main
building visitors will find a restaurant and a Gift
Includes: Entrance fee, tour with a bilingual
naturalist guide, and transportation.
Day 6 - Monteverde to
Tamarindo Beach (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Shuttle transfer to
Guanacaste, specifically to Tamarindo Beach.
Duration: 5 hours approx.
Tamarindo Beach, located on
the Pacific coast, is part of a bay formed by a cape
where Playa Grande lies to the North of it, inside the
bay. The two beaches are separated by a large mangrove
estuary, Estero de Tamarindo. South of Tamarindo there
is another beautiful estuary, Estero de San Francisco,
and beautiful Playa Langosta. These beaches and
estuaries are part of Las Baulas National Park. Most of
the native people are descendants of the Chorotega
Indians who for many centuries were isolated by the
challenging surrounding terrain. While the cultivation
and export of coffee and bananas has long fueled most of
Costa Rica’s economy, this region stands apart. Due to
its drier climate and sprawling geography, this area has
instead developed a prosperous cattle industry. Dating
back to Colonial times, the proud ranching tradition
fostered a Hacienda System of land ownership which
enabled the local Indian population to share in the
region’s economy. Nowadays, although the cattle trade
still flourished, tourism is now Guanacaste’s most
thriving industry. Overnight in selected hotel in
Day 7 - Tamarindo Beach (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Day
at leisure to relax at the beach or to take an optional
tour. Overight in selected hotel in Tamarindo
Optional suggested tour
If you want security, fun and easy going tips to
learn how to surf, try this lesson. Tamarindo and
the surrounding area is one of the most popular
destinations for surfing in Costa Rica. Long sandy
beaches and warm waters create an ideal environment
for experienced as well as beginner surfers. To
learn how to surf all you need is the ability to
swim and a good sense of humor. Lessons last two
hours and include an introductory on-beach
instruction where you will learn the basic surfing
techniques, as well as safety and etiquette. Once in
the water, the instructor will guide you until you
feel confident. The instructors guarantee that you
will be able to stand up on your surfboard and ride
your first wave in your first class!
transfers from hotel in Tamarindo, bilingual instructor,
a bottle of water, surf board and surfing equipment.
Minimun: 2 pax.
pax per instructor: 5 persons.
A minimum of 2 persons
are required to open a group as a regular, shared
Children under 10 years old must pay a
private lesson because they required extra attention.
A waiver must be signed.
Surfboards used for lessons
are made of foam or expoxy covered by foam. If the
student wants to use a fiber-glass or epoxy boards, a
credit card deposit will be asked.
Lessons will be
arranged according to the best times of the tides.
Day 8 - Tamarindo Beach –
San José (B)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Around noon, shuttle transfer back to San José.
Duration: 5 hours approx. Overnight in selected hotel in
Day 9 - Departure (B)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport. Check
in at airline counter must be done three hours prior to
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This Costa Rica vacation
Private arrival and
departure transfers with English speaking assistance
Shuttle transfers as specified in the
2 nights in selected hotel in San Jose
nights in selected hotel in Arenal
2 nights in
selected hotel in Monteverde
2 nights in selected
hotel in Tamarindo
Guided visit to Poas Volcano
National Park and lunch in Laguna de Hule (entrance fee
Guided visit to Arenal Volcano National
Park and Paradise Hot Springs (entrance fee, lunch or
Adventure Combo Tour in Selvatura,
including Canopy Tour, Suspention Bridges, visit to the
Butterfly Garden and transportation
Departure tax (US$29 per
Price:- From $1,200 per person sharing. Please contact
us for seasonal rates and availability