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Costa Rica Adventure

There is so much to explore in this tropical country as you travel around.  You’ll not want to miss the Cloud Forest with its huge variety of birds and mammals or Arenal Volano, set in the tropical lowlands.  Enjoy this adventure packed tailor made trip through Costa Rica.

Summary

Costa Rica Adventure

Day 1: San José
Day 2: Poás Volcano National Park
Day 3: Pacuare River Rafting
Day 4: Bajos del Toro
Day 6: Arenal
Day 9: Rincon de la Vieja area
Day 11: Conchal Beach
Day 15: San Jose
Day 16: Depart San Jose

Description

Description

Day 1: San José
You will be met at the airport and transported to your central hotel. Take a tour of the capital city including a visit to the Gold Museum which houses the largest collection of Pre-Columbian Gold in Central America. Enjoy a stroll along the Central Avenue Boulevard.
San Jose 2 nights

Day 2: Poás Volcano National Park
Early morning start to the northern mountains of the Central Valley and a full day tour of Poás Volcano National Park. Spend time at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the return to San José, visit a family owned coffee plantation.

Day 3: Pacuare River Rafting
Today you will head to the Pacuare River, crossing the Continental Divide and passing through the breathtaking Braulio Carrillo National Park. Take an exhilarating rafting trip down this wild and scenic river which offers some of the finest white water in Latin America winding deep inside one of Costa Rica’s most impressive rainforests. Traverse 20 miles of remote and Class 111 scenic waters that course through a wilderness of dense vegetation and steep sided gorges. You will eventually arrive at your overnight eco-lodge, nestled in a private 1000 acre rainforest reserve overlooking the river. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities such as hiking and swimming
Rainforest Lodge 1 night

Day 4: Bajos del Toro
Continue your river rafting adventure along the Pacuare, stopping off for lunch along the river. On arrival at your destination, transportation and a guide will be waiting to transfer you to Bajos del Toro. En route visit a former cocoa bean rain forest plantation for a guided hike followed by a hands-on chocolate making session. Continue to Bajos del Toro located in the Tropical Cloud Forest. Your base here is a luxury eco resort and spa set in 500 private acres of tropical cloud forest, dotted with hidden waterfalls and gentle creeks. Relax in your suite which boasts a private outdoor whirlpool tub, viewing deck and gasfireplace.
Bajos Del Toro 2 nights

On your full day here enjoy a nature walk through the cloud forest that will take you past a pristine creek and mesmerizing waterfalls. Enjoy lunch in the riverside restaurant. In the afternoon take a tour of the thriving local rural community with its rich traditions, unsurpassed landscapes and intriguing flora. Visit a local orchid enthusiast; his collection features more than 400 orchids.

Day 6: Arenal
After breakfast, you may join in an optional Yoga session or a guided cloud forest trail walk. After lunch transfer to Arenal. Your journey passes through the agricultural town of Zarcero before continuing to the northern lowlands in Alajuela Province where we find the Arenal Volcano, active since 1968. Here you will be based for 3 nights
Arenal Volcano 3 nights

Your first morning is filled with adrenaline as you drive into the tropical rainforest outside the town of La Fortuna. When you arrive at the waterfalls you will abseil from the top down into the beautiful pristine canyon below. After trekking through the canyon there will be more abseiling down to other waterfalls that will take you to the tranquil pools. Enjoy some bird watching, or just relax in this unspoiled paradise. Before sunset, visit the best lookout point in La Fortuna to enjoy Arenal Volcano and Lake at the same time! You can simply sit, take pictures and relax waiting for the frequent volcanic activity or hike along the lava trails.

Your second full day here takes you through citrus groves, pineapple and sugar cane plantations to Los Chiles on the northern border with Nicaragua. From here you’ll be taken on a comfortable boat ride up the Río Frío, a tropical river alive with an immense variety of animals. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge consists of over 18,000 acres of lagoons and marshland (tropical everglades). The area attracts many bird watchers and nature lovers. Capuchin, spider and howler monkeys, sloth, garfish, roseate spoonbills, many types of herons, caimans and turtles are commonly found in this unique reserve. As many as 60 different types of birds have been spotted on this adventure tour. Lunch included in a local restaurant in the village of Los Chiles. On the way back, stop by the iguana bridge to observe some huge specimens. Arrive back at the hotel in the mid afternoon before enjoying a gentle evening float trip down the Peñas Blancas River. Witness the jungle transform from day into night. Regular sightings include the common opossum, common gray four-opossum, brown-throated three toed sloth, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, long-nosed bat, mantled Howler monkey, yellow-crowned night-heron, spectacled owl, the american crocodile and plenty of baby crocodiles.

Day 9: Rincon de la Vieja area
Travel from the northern lowlands to the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range where the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is located. Your base for 2 nights is a family owned cattle ranch which offers a contrasting volcanic activity experience. During your stay here you have a choice of activities including horseback riding to a waterfall, river tubing and cattle herding. Or relax in the hotel’s spa and swimming pool.
Rincon de la Vieja 2 nights

Day 11: Conchal Beach
After breakfast transfer to all inclusive beach resort Paradisus located by one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, for a few nights relaxation at the end of your holiday.
Paradisus Beach Resort 4 nights (or longer)

Day 15: San Jose
Your guide will meet you at your beach resort and transfer you back to San Jose. En route enjoy lunch at a Hacienda, perhaps sampling the fresh tilapia. Continue towards San Jose for your final night

Day 16: Depart San Jose

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An increasingly popular way to visit Costa Rica, or to add to a land based itinerary is to join a cruise ship.  Several smaller companies now offer voyages that begin or end in Costa Rica – ask us for details

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