Only the Best Costa Rica Escape

8 Nights – 9 Days

From: USD $3637 pp / double

DAY 1

San Jose, Costa Rica (20 minute transfer approx. – 8.9 KM)

Welcome to San Jose, Costa Rica!

Reception at the Juan Santamaria International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Very close to the capital, in the province of Alajuela, you will find your hotel on the slopes of the Poás Volcano. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Central Valley that will welcome you to our beautiful land.

Accommodation is in the hotel of your choice.

DAY 2

Poas Volcano – Arenal Volcano (4.5 hrs approx.– 137 KM)

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer in the morning to the Alajuela province to visit another of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The Poás Volcano has one of the world’s largest craters. It rises above the mountainous forests of the Central Volcanic Range. You will visit the Poás Volcano National Park, which boasts magnificent cloud forest landscapes. You also will see coffee plantations and enjoy the local culture of communities surrounding the park.

Accommodation is in the hotel of your choice.

DAY 3

Arenal Volcano

Breakfast in the hotel.

In the morning, you will hike trails in the Arenal Volcano National Park. You will see how the forest vegetation and terrain have been affected by volcanic activity, including old lava flows. In the afternoon, enjoy the natural hot springs pools surrounded by lush gardens at your hotel, complete with spectacular views of the volcano. Temperatures in the thermal pools range from 83° to 104° F, and some have beautiful waterfalls.

Overnight in your hotel in Arenal.

DAY 4

Arenal Volcano – Manuel Antonio (4.5 hrs approx. – 227 KM)

Breakfast in the hotel.

This morning, you will travel to the warm coast of the Central Pacific. Manuel Antonio National Park is often called a natural jewel for its picturesque beauty and abundant wildlife diversity. It is one of the smallest parks, yet it is the most visited for its beautiful beaches. 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.

Overnight in your hotel in Manuel Antonio.

DAY 5

Manuel Antonio

Breakfast in the hotel.

Today you will enjoy a catamaran tour, departing in the afternoon during the summer season, or departing in the morning during the green season. Your 4-hour cruise takes you along the Manuel Antonio coast. You will search for dolphins and whales (during migration season), along with marine birds. Please note that wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed 100%, since they depend on weather and ocean conditions, as well as Mother Nature. The crew will serve a delicious lunch on board, and you will have the opportunity to swim.

Overnight in your hotel in Manuel Antonio.

DAY 6

Manuel Antonio – Sierpe – Corcovado (3 hrs approx. – 121 KM)

Breakfast in the hotel.

You will depart in the morning to the Sierpe River. If you have a rental car, you will return it there. Your adventure begins at the La Hacienda dock, in the quiet town of Sierpe, where you will be transferred by boat for 90 minutes. The trip will take you through the most extensive mangrove wetland system on Central America’s Pacific coast. You will have an excellent chance to see monkeys, crocodiles, and many birds. After you pass through the river’s mouth into the ocean, you will follow the coast south. Depending on weather conditions, you have a chance to see dolphins and even whales.

Overnight in your lodge in Corcovado.

DAY 7

Corcovado

Breakfast in the hotel.

Today you will hike in the Corcovado National Park. Corcovado is the last sustainably-sized Pacific lowland rainforest in Central America, and it has been called “the most biologically intense place on Earth.” The morning hours offer the best opportunity to observe wildlife and the incredible variety of birds that abound in the park. A river with a stunning waterfall is one of your destinations, where you can cool off in one of the pools. You will have a picnic lunch during the tour.

Overnight in your lodge in Corcovado.

DAY 8

Corcovado

Breakfast in the hotel.

Today’s adventure is a boat tour to the spectacular Caño Island Biological Reserve, which was once an important ceremonial site and cemetery for pre-Columbian indigenous people. The island has one of the most extensive coral formations and the best snorkeling conditions on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The place where you will snorkel offers the chance to see a variety of fish and marine mammals. After your return, you will enjoy a picnic lunch at the lodge’s beach rancho.

Overnight in your lodge in Corcovado.

DAY 9

Corcovado – San José

Breakfast in the hotel.

This morning you will return by boat to the La Hacienda dock in the town of Sierpe. Then you will transfer to the Palmar Sur airstrip for your domestic flight to San Jose. From the domestic terminal at the San Jose airport, you will transfer to the Main  Terminal at the International Airport for your flight back home.

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

 

DAY 10

San José (20 minute transfer approx. 16.9 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. Please note that you should be at the airport at least three hours before your flight departs.

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

NOTES

Included | Not included

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Private transfers between destinations
  • 8 nights’ accommodation with breakfast included
  • Full board during your stay in Corcovado
  • Regular excursion: Hike in Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Regular excursion: Catamaran Tour
  • Roundtrip boat transfer between Sierpe and Corcovado
  • Regular excursion: Hike in Corcovado National Park
  • Regular excursion: Snorkeling tour at Caño Island Biological Reserve
  • Shared transfer from Corcovado to the Palmar Sur or Drake Bay air strip
  • Domestic flight from Palmar Sur/Drake Bay to San Jose
  • Value added tax
  • Infants from 0 to 2 years are NOT recommended for this program
  • 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
  • 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 $500.00 USD for the security deposit

Relevant information

  • Casa Corcovado will be closed from September 1 to November 14, 2024.

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Trip Summary

Sumario de Viaje

9 Nights – 10 Days
(Guaranteed daily departures from San Jose)
 1N San José/h6>
2N Arenal
2N Manuel Antonio
3N Corcovado
1N San José
Trip Highlights
Nature trails with panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano
Incredible experience in hot springs waterfalls
Spectacular sailing tour along the Manuel Antonio coast
Trek in tropical forest with world-class biodiversity
Snorkel with exotic marine life around an island
Hotel:
Luxury  Superior    Tourist
Transport:
Private  Shared    Fly & Drive
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