COSTA RICA | Highlights of Costa Rica
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
2 PAX MINIMUM
Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. One of Costa Rica’s main sources of income is tourism. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country and it has not had an army since the year 1949.
Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 percent of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters 5 percent of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. Twenty six percent of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.
Meet & greet at airport
Arrival and departure transfers
2 nights in San José at Holiday Inn Express or similar
1 nights in Arenal at Magic Mountain Hotel or similar
2 nights in Monteverde at Trapp Family Hotel or similar
2 nights in Manuel Antonio at Plaza Yara or similar
Daily breakfast at hotel
Tour of Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs
Tour of Manuel Antonio National Park
All regular transfers between cities
Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
Travel Style: Local Experiences
Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy
Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
VISA Requirements: WITH US PASSPORT
A visa is not required for travelers with a valid US passport.
Physical Rating: 3 – Moderate
Some tours may include light hiking, stairs, and rough off-road adventures.
Service Level: Standard
Tourists class accommodations and mix of public and private transports and tours, select meals included.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.
DAY 1 | (ARRIVAL) San Jose
One of our representatives will be at the international airport waiting for you to meet and land transfer to San José.
| Overnight in San Jose
DAY 2 | Arenal
Breakfast at the hotel. Regular transfer to Arenal. The Arenal Volcano tour starts with a drive to the active Western side of the volcano. Once there, you will embark on a hike on the Toucans Trail which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow from 1992. It is possible to observe a vast variety of plants, wildlife, and magnificent lava rock formations. Once on top of the lava flow, you will have a beautiful view of Lake Arenal. The hike ends at a viewing area where you will be able to see red hot lava rolling down the side of the volcano (weather permitting on 3 PM tour only). During the tour, our experienced guides will provide interesting and educational information regarding the history of the majestic mountain and the Arenal Volcano National Park. The tour concludes with a relaxing stop at the mineral hot spring. What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking boots or tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent and rain gear (during rainy season).
| Overnight in Arenal
DAY 3 | Monteverde
Breakfast at the hotel. The fastest and best way to Monteverde by far. A bus will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Lake Arenal where a covered boat will be waiting to take you across the lake to Rio Chiquito. A 1 ½ hour scenic jeep ride will take you from here to Monteverde, culminating this transfer of approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
| Overnight in Monteverde
DAY 4 | Monteverde
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure.
| Overnight in Monteverde
DAY 5 | Manuel Antonio
Breakfast at the hotel. Regular transfer to Manuel Antonio. It is a perfect destination for those who wish to relax in a spectacular natural environment.
| Overnight in Manuel Antonio
DAY 6 | Manuel Antonio
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Start your ride to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. The park itself boasts 3 different trails that vary in grade from flat to very steep. On this Manuel Antonio tour, you will be accompanied by a nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see. The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long. Halfway through the hike, you will make a stop at the third beach located within the national park. You will have approximately 20 minutes to rest on the beach or play among the waves if you so choose. Throughout the hike, you will be able to observe sloths, birds, and reptiles as well as admire orchids, butterflies, and tropical trees. The guides that accompany you on this Manuel Antonio Trip are equipped with Pentax and Suvaroski telescopes that you can use to observe wildlife and take pictures with a unique perspective. Upon finishing the tour, you will be provided with transportation back to your hotel. The park is closed on Mondays.
Difficulty: Moderate What to Bring: Suntan lotion, camera, sunglasses, hiking shoes (beach towel and bathing suit optional).
| Overnight in Manuel Antonio
DAY 7 | San Jose
Breakfast at the hotel. Regular transfer to San Jose.
| Overnight in San Jose
DAY 8 | (DEPART)
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the international airport for your flight home.
Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport
Situated just one mile from San Jose Airport, this modern hotel offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle, an outdoor pool and a gym. The bright rooms have free Wi-Fi and cable TV.
Each air-conditioned room at the Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport includes a coffee maker and free phone calls. Bathrooms come stocked with toiletries and a hairdryer.
The breakfast buffet includes eggs and bacon, cereal and cinnamon rolls. Breakfast is available to take away. Opposite the hotel, guests find an international restaurant and a bar with live music.
Located next to the Inter-American Highway, Holiday Inn San Jose Airport is a 30 minute drive from central San Jose. The tour desk offers area information and there is free on-site parking.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Alajuela! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
Magic Mountain Hotel
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hotel Magic Mountain is located in Fortuna. It features stunning views of Arenal Volcano, plus lush gardens and free Wi-Fi.
The spacious rooms here are air-conditioned and include a cable TV, a mini-bar and a private terrace with views. Some overlook the swimming pool, while others have views of the surrounding mountains.
At Hotel Magic Mountain you will find a 24-hour front desk and a terrace with a bar. The on-site tour desk can help plan a range of activities like hiking, with the volcano located just a 20-minute drive away.
Fortuna Town Center is a 5-minute drive from the property, and guests can reach La Fortuna Airport in a 10-minute drive. Free parking is available at the hotel.
Trapp Family Hotel
Offering an outdoor pool, gardens, a restaurant and snack bar, the Trapp Family Country Inn is just a 5-minute drive from Juan Santamaría International Airport. This property has laundry and luggage storage services.
The rooms at colonial-style Trapp Family Country Inn are spacious and feature balconies with views of the pool and gardens, cable TV and telephone line. The private bathrooms have bath, shower and provide toiletries and a hairdryer.
Guests staying at Trapp Family Country Inn will be able to find a variety of restaurants and places to eat within 1.9 mi from the hotel, or 8 minutes’ drive in Alajuela center.
The staff at the hotel can help with information about outings and tours to places nearby, such as the Arenal Volcano and the hot springs 2 hours and 30 minutes’ drive away; tour to visit the coffee plantation area, touring around San José 30 minutes’ drive away or take a cruise to Tortugas Island.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in San Antonio! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
This hotel is located about 1.2 mi from Quepos, 5 minutes’ drive from Manuel Antonio National Park. Its spacious suites have a kitchenette and jungle views, and there is an outdoor pool.
From the private balcony of your suite you can watch sloths, toucans, monkeys and iguanas. Each suite in Hotel Plaza Yara has a seating area with sofa and cable TV, and the kitchenette has a microwave.
The Plaza Yara Hotel has a sun terrace with loungers, and free Wi-Fi. There is free on-site parking.
The hotel is home to the Góndola Gourmet restaurant, which offers gourmet fusion dishes and seafood.
All tours and entrance fees are included
All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates
A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates
Price are based on double occupancy
Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.
All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.