Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience

7 Nights – 8 Days

From: USD $1554 pp / double

DAY 1

San Jose, Costa Rica (20 minutes transfer approx. — 16.9 KM)

Welcome to San Jose, Costa Rica!
Reception at the Juan Santamaria International Airport and transfer to your hotel in San Jose.

The capital city of San Jose, considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America, is located in the middle of the Central Valley in the center of the country. The city features popular tourist attractions, such as historical buildings, museums, theaters, artisan markets, beautiful parks, shopping centers, and a varied gastronomic scene.

Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

DAY 2

San Jose – Arenal Volcano (3 hrs approx. – 135 KM)

In the morning, your 4×4 rental car will be delivered to you at the hotel. Or, you will transfer by shared transport to the Arenal Volcano in the Northern Plains region. Majestic in its grand stature, the volcano is one of the country’s natural wonders. While the volcano is quiet these days and there are no lava eruptions, you can still see clouds of smoke or ash emanating from the top of the cinder cone. As well, you can enjoy the plentiful hot springs in the area. Along your journey to the town of La Fortuna, at the base of the volcano, you will see agricultural plantations, large ornamental plant nurseries, and cattle farms.

Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

DAY 3

Arenal Volcano

This morning, you’ll hike trails in the Arenal Volcano National Park. You’ll see how the forest vegetation and terrain have been affected by volcanic activity, including old lava flows. Afterward, you’ll visit the Río Fortuna Waterfall, located in a biological reserve of transitional humid tropical forest that is part of the Arenal Volcano National Park. The path to the waterfall’s base winds down 530 steps, and there are several areas along the way where you can stop and rest. At the bottom, you can take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Fortuna River. Lunch will follow the tour.

Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

DAY 4

Arenal Volcano – Monteverde (3.5 hrs approx. – 120 KM)

Transfer to Monteverde. Encompassing rainforest, cloud forest, and spectacular biodiversity, Monteverde has one of the rarest and most unique habitats on the planet, not to mention an astonishing variety of flora and fauna. Its strategic position straddling the Continental Divide between the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts creates the rare cloud forest, a distinctive microclimate for the many extraordinary species that inhabit this area. You will experience beautiful landscapes during your journey and will see how locals live when passing typical small villages.

Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

DAY 5

Monteverde

Breakfast in the hotel.

Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest while you traverse various trails and a series of suspension bridges at different levels of a wonderfully diverse ecosystem. You’ll cross suspension bridges with full views of the forest canopy, and from the forest floor along well-maintained nature trails, a naturalist guide will point out intriguing plant and animal life.

Complement your day with a visit to the Monteverde Butterfly Garden and also learn about the insects and arachnids of Costa Rica that will make you change the way people think about these little and misunderstood creatures. This garden offers you up to 30 species of butterflies in 4 different habitats and more than 20 species of insects and arachnids alive in our natural center.

Accommodation in Monteverde.

DAY 6

Monteverde – Manuel Antonio (4.5 hrs approx.  185 KM)

This morning, you will descend from the mountains to the warm coast of the Central Pacific. If your choice is Manuel Antonio, you will enjoy being next to one of Costa Rica’s favorite national parks. Manuel Antonio is one of the smallest parks yet it is the most visited for its beautiful beaches between coastal foothills, lush forest, and abundant wildlife.

Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

DAY 7

Manuel Antonio

In the morning, you’ll walk the trails in the Manuel Antonio National Park, often called a natural jewel for its picturesque beauty and abundant wildlife diversity. There are several trails for walking with many viewpoints, and there is a high probability of seeing animals in their natural habitat. At various points, the trails branch off and lead to four separate beaches: Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, Escondida, and Playita, where you can swim in crystal clear, warm water.

Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.

DAY 8

Manuel Antonio – San Jose (3.5 hrs approx. 155 KM)

Today you depart to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. If you have a rental car, you will need to return it to the agency before your flight. If you are traveling by shared transfer, and your flight leaves before 16:00, you will require a private transfer for an additional amount.

Happy return trip! We hope to have you visit us again.

NOTES

Included | Not included

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transfers between destinations or car rental from Day 2, for 7 days with basic insurance included
  • 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast included
  • Regular excursion: Hike in Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Regular excursion: Hike to Rio Fortuna Waterfall with lunch included
  • Regular excursion: Hanging Bridges Trail & Butterfly Garden
  • Regular excursion: Hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Value added tax
  • Infants from 0 to 2 years do not pay
  • Children’s rate applies for ages 3 to 11 years. Maximum 2 children sharing a room with their parents

Not included

  • Activities not indicated in the program
  • Meals not indicated in the program
  • Tips for bellhops
  • Tips for housekeeping
  • Full protection insurance for the rental car
  • Mandatory dinners during Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Requirements for the rental car

  • The driver must have a valid driver’s license from their country of origin. Foreign licenses are valid in Costa Rica for 90 days starting from the date of entry into the country
  • Minimum age of the driver is 23 years
  • The driver must present a valid passport
  • The driver must present a credit card in their name (AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD) that has an available balance of approximately $750.00 USD for the security deposit

HOTELS

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Trip Summary

Sumario de Viaje

7 Nights – 8 Days
(Guaranteed daily departures from San Jose)
 1N San Jose
2N Arenal
2N Monteverde
2N Manuel Antonio
Trip Highlights
Beautiful, lush rainforest, waterfalls, & an amazing volcano
Spectacular views from the treetops in the cloud forest
Pristine beaches
Incredible wildlife in its natural habitat
Hotel:
Luxury  Superior    Tourist
Transport:
Private  Shared    Fly & Drive
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