Summary of The Day: There are no scheduled activities on the first day of the tour. On arrival please ask reception when the pre-departure meeting will be held.
San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugarcane farms. There is not much left of the colonial era architecture, but the National Theater built in 1897 is certainly worth seeing. Other popular attractions include the Jade Museum, Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the National Museum.
There are plenty of optional activities within the vicinity of San Jose, such as the Poas and Irazu volcanoes, white water rafting, Turu Ba Ri Nature & Adventure Park, and the Aerial Tram.
- Meeting point: Hotel El Rincon, Ave. 9 and Calle 15, Barrio Otoya, San Jose. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
- Hotel El Rincon or similar
San Jose - Manuel Antonio National Park
Summary of The Day: We'll travel through very lush countryside to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular in Costa Rica. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm-fringed beaches, a vast array of wildlife, and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio NP home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. Always keep one eye on your belongings; monkeys and raccoons are consummate thieves!
Manuel Antonio National Park
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Manuel Antonio National Park continues.
Manuel Antonio National Park - Quepos - Monteverde
Summary of The Day: We'll travel to the town of Quepos, once a very important port for the export of bananas, then ascend a steep mountain road offering great views of lush green hills flattening out to meet the Pacific Ocean, ultimately arriving at the small town of Santa Elena, established by American Quakers in the 1950's.
From here we'll venture into Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the endangered Quetzal, a very rare and timid bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage. There are several paths to explore in this privately-owned reserve, one of which takes you to the continental divide. On a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen! We'll also stop at the Hummingbird Gallery where these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar. The area around Santa Elena is famous for its ziplines, where you'll have the option to go flying over the cloud forest on a series of cables strung out between giant trees. For the less courageous, you may opt for a walk along a series of suspension bridges above the forest canopy. Other optional activities include lovely horse treks, twilight walks, and coffee and dairy farm tours.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Monteverde continues.
Monteverde - La Fortuna
Summary of The Day: Our journey now takes us through the mountains of the cloud forest. The first leg of our trip will bring us to Lake Arenal. We'll then take a boat to the other side, where a minibus will be waiting to take us to La Fortuna.
The main attraction in La Fortuna is the nearby Arenal Volcano. After settling in you'll have time to explore the town on your own. Later that evening you may opt to join on an excursion to a site near the volcano and sample the local spirits. After that, you may want to take a well-earned dip in the local hot springs.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of La Fortuna continues.
La Fortuna - San Jose
Summary of The Day: We'll then return to San Jose for one more night.
San Jose - Bocas del Toro
Summary of The Day: We'll travel by bus to Panama, taking the boat to tranquil Bocas del Toro with plenty of options for water sports. The islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago offer visitor a great diversity of attractions and natural wonders: lush rainforests with an abundance of fauna and flora; beaches; coral reefs; and crystal-clear waters. There are options for diving, snorkeling and kayaking, as well as bike rentals and boat trips to the nearby mangrove forest.
Bocas del Toro
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Bocas del Toro continues.
Bocas del Toro - Boquete
Summary of The Day: On Day 11 we'll travel into the highlands up to the charming mountain village of Boquete. Located on the eastern slopes of Volcan Baru, Boquete is quickly becoming a destination for seeking a cooler climate and exquisite vistas. Boquete produces some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama. The coffee plantations there are known the world over for their sustainable farming practices.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Boquete continues.
Boquete - Panama City
Summary of The Day: Panama City is the gateway to South America and home to the Panama Canal which is definitely worth a tour via one of the regular canal transits.
Other interesting sites include the archaeological site of Panama La Vieja, the first city founded on the isthmus by the Spanish in 1519. The remaining ruins are the vestiges of the city left by Pirate Henry Morgan when he sacked the town in 1671. The second colonial city of Panama, Casco Viejo, was built in 1673 to replace the original town. Casco Viejo is now surrounded by modern day Panama City but the charm of this bygone era remains in the colonial streets, buildings, and squares around the French Plaza. The architecture here is a combination of the colonial styles of the French, Italian, American and Spanish.
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post-tour accommodations, you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
|USD $1,848.98||USD $2,247.98|
|+USD $48.00||+USD $81.00|
|+USD $38.00||+USD $68.00|
|+USD $86.00||+USD $149.00|
* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Entry to Manual Antonio National Park
- Entry to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Bocas del Toro
- 13-night accommodations (hotels, hostels, and guesthouses)
- Travel by public bus, boat, private vehicle
- English-speaking local guide(s)
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Jade Museum: USD 15.00/person
- Museum National: USD 4.00/person
- Butterfly farm: USD 6.00/person
- Teatro Nacional: USD 5.00/person
- National Park guided tour: USD 10.00/person
- Boogie-board / surfboard rental: USD 5.00-10.00/hr/person
- Manuel Antonio horse riding: USD 40.00-60.00/person
- Manuel Antonio rafting / kayaking: USD 45.00-60.00/person
- ATV (quad bikes): USD 75.00 single, USD 95.00 double
- Damas Island boat tour: USD 45.00/person
- Catamaran and snorkelling tour: USD 75.00/person
- Butterfly garden, reptile lagoon and aquatic garden: USD 35.00/person
- Jet ski tour: USD 95.00/person
- Surf lesson: USD 45.00/person
- Parasailing: USD 60.00-75.00/person
- Arenal Volcano hike and hot springs: USD 40.00/person
- National Park: USD 6.00/person plus taxi
- La Fortuna Waterfall: USD 10.00/person plus taxi
- Ziplining Canopy Tour: USD 84.00/person
- La Fortuna Rafting: USD 55.00-75.00/person
- La Fortuna Horse riding: USD 65.00/person
- Mountain biking: USD 75.00-95.00/person
- Canyoning: USD 90.00/person
- Diving: from USD 35.00/person
- Night diving: USD 50.00/person
- Snorkelling: USD 20.00/person
- Kayak rental: USD 3.00-5.00/person per hour, USD 18.00-35.00/person per day
- Water skiing: USD 45.00 for 30 mins/USD 75.00/person per hour
- Catamaran sailing adventures: USD 40.00/person
- Boat tours, include snorkeling, dolphin watching and beaches: USD 15.00-25.00/person
- Butterfly farm: USD 5.00/person
- Massages: USD 25.00-55.00/person
- Learn to surf: USD 25.00-35.00/person
- Board hire: USD 2.00/person per hour / USD 10.00/person per day
- Bike hire: USD 2.00/person per hour/USD 10.00/person per day
- Caye Zapatilla national park: USD 10.00/person (not including transport)
- Rafting: USD 60.00-90.00/person (min 2 people)
- Sea kayaking: USD 90.00/person (min 2 people)
- White water kayak sampler: USD 70.00 (min 2 people)
- Isla Bolanos & Gamez: USD 90.00/person (mini 4 people)
- Los Quetzales Trail: USD 50.00-100.00/person
- Pre-Colombian Trail to the Waterfalls of Quebrada La Mina: USD 50.00/person
- Private fishing charter: USD 600.00 for the day (up to four people)
- Ruiz coffee tours: USD 25.00/person
- Boquete horse riding: USD 35.00/person
- Panama Canal / Miraflores Lock: USD 8.00/person
- Gatun Locks and the Inter-oceanic Train: USD 5.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an adventure tour. We see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport, staying in small, locally-owned guesthouses.
- Maximum group size is 16 people.
- When arriving at San Jose International Airport you may want to exchange some of your own legal tender for the local currency (the Colon) at the airport before making your way to the city center. There are exchange booths and ATMs located at the airport for your convenience.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- Detailed itineraries are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximate and may vary depending on local conditions.
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- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
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