Costa Rica Highlights & Beach Self Drive

Description

Costa Rica is one of those countries that has something for everyone. And on this 12 day tour you will experience most of what it has to offer. Those wanting stunning as well as ecologically conscious holidays need look no further. The misty rain and cloud forest teems with toucans and encounters with rare wildlife, from quetzals to leatherback turtles, await. For the more active, there is great surfing and whitewater rafting and gorgeous beaches for those who just want to relax. Arenal Volcano puts on great shows almost daily, and nearby hot springs are wonderful for soothing stresses away. San Jose, the capital, where you begin and end your tour, is vibrant and packed with Victorian mansions.

Day 1
San Jose

After arriving at San Jose International Airport you will be met by one of our experienced tour representatives who will provide information and travelling tips before arranging your transfer to the Rincon Del Valle hotel on the outskirts of San Jose.

Day 2
San Jose to Tortuguero National Park

Early in the morning you will head to the Tortuguero area, passing through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a flora and fauna sanctuary. From the comfort of your coach you will see the open pasture lands and small farming towns before arriving on the Caribbean side of the island where a boat will transfer you to Laguna Lodge for a two night stay. The two hour boat ride will take you through the rain forest's sheltered canals. In the afternoon visit the village of Tortuguero where you will find out how turtles are being protected in the area.

Day 3
Tortuguero National Park

Today, you will explore the secondary canals of this incredible area and get closer to nature. Tortuguero is one of the rainiest regions of the country and it is one of the wild areas that shelter the biggest biological variety on Costa Rica. Return to the lodge, then free time for lunch, a siesta or enjoy the pool and explore on your own. From July through September you can take the optional turtle-watching tour during the evening, seeing massive sea turtles arriving to lay their eggs on the beach.

Day 4
Tortuguero to Arenal volcano

Today you travel to Guapiles for lunch where you pick up your rental car then continue towards the northern lowlands, passing Puerto Viejo, San Miguel, Venecia and Aguas Zarcas. Along the way you will see amazing views of the mountains before arriving at La Fortuna Village where the mighty Arenal Volcano will welcome you with its impressive perfect cone shape. This volcano has been active since 1969 and has become one of the world’s most active volcanoes and one of Costa Rica’s main highlights.

Day 5
Arenal volcano

In the morning you will visit the Arenal Volcano itself on a gentle hike along the base of this marvellous Mountain of Fire. The hike begins in one the trails close to the volcano, and takes you through the forest over recent lava flows and the area destroyed in 1968. Return to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure, where you can just relax or take part in one of many adventure activities on offer.

Day 6
Arenal to Monteverde Cloud Forest

Today you will begin your ascent to the Tilarán Mountain Range, home of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This is a very special journey which begins with a short boat ride that crosses the Arenal Lake. During this trip, you will have the opportunity to see different species of resident and migratory birds. Admire the incredible mountain scenery before arriving for a two night stay

Day 7
Monteverde

This morning you will visit the suspended bridges where you could observe the Cloud forest typical of Monteverde. These bridges were created to investigate the canopy of the forest where several species of birds lay their eggs and the musk of the forest trap the water of the clouds. After this, discover the highest elevations of Monteverde Cloud Forest comfortably sited in your aerial tram that will transfer you to amazing landscapes with ideal opportunities of take unforgettable pictures.

Day 8
Monteverde to the coast

Breakfast at the Hotel. Today, On your way down from Monteverde, you will observe the plains and even on a clear day, our pacific coastal side. You will be staying the following next five nights at your selected beach property in either Manuel Antonio Or Hermosa Beach.

Day 9
Beach

Breakfast at the Hotel. Day at leisure for you to take advantage of the beach and the sun, relax and even consider taking an optional activity in the area, for your own adventure.

Day 10
Beach

Breakfast at the Hotel. Day at leisure for you to take advantage of the beach and the sun, relax and even consider taking an optional activity in the area, for your own adventure.

Day 11
Beach

Breakfast at the Hotel. Day at leisure for you to take advantage of the beach and the sun, relax and even consider taking an optional activity in the area, for your own adventure.

Day 12
Beach

Breakfast at the Hotel. Day at leisure for you to take advantage of the beach and the sun, relax and even consider taking an optional activity in the area, for your own adventure.

Day 13
Departure Day

Today after breakfast (depending on your flight time) drive from your hotel to San Jose airport if you are staying in Manuel Antonio or Liberia if you are staying on Hermosa Beach.Drop off you car at the airport depot

Tour details 13 days

Standard + Hermosa fr £1034pp
Standard + Manuel Antoni fr £1209pp
Superior + Hermosa fr £1344pp
Superior + Manuel Antonio fr £1435pp

Tour Highlights

  • San Jose
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Arenal volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Manuel Antonio

Included:

  • 12 Nights accommodation
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • 12 Breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
  • 9 days SUV car hire

Not included:

  • International Flights
  • Daily car Insurance

What 591 customers thought of Central America

Our trip to Costa Rica was amazing! The hotels were of a good standard and all transfers ran smoothly. Thanks to Charles for all the organising. The only surprise we had was that we had booked premium economy with Air Canada to Toronto and the onward and return flight to San Jose 'Business'. It was actually with Air Canada's low cost subsidiary and not at all a business class experience.

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