8-Day Costa Rica Adventure Tour: La Fortuna - Arenal - Manuel Antonio
Product Code: 1113-121498
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • View magnificent Arenal Volcano
  • • Relax on the beach at Manuel Antonio
  • • Explore Costa Rica's first national park
Tour Code
1113-121498
Duration
8 days
Departure City
San Jose
End City
San Jose
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Nature, Backpacker

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Independent

No guide will be available except during included excursions/activities/transfers

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
San Jose

San Jose

Hotel: Hotel Aranjuez or similar

You will be met at San Jose International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the night. There are no planned activities, so enjoy the city on your own.

**Optional Activities**

Plaza de La Cultura (Main Plaza) Visit

Start your exploration of San Jose in the main plaza, a great place to people-watch. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere. Watch out for the pigeons!

Costa Rican Art Museum (Museo de Arte Costarricense) Visit

Visit the Costa Rican Art Museum located in the former airport terminal in La Sabana Park, west of downtown San Jose. View historic and contemporary art including drawings, engravings, paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos. Don’t miss the sculpture garden and Salon Dorado (Golden Room) with a gold mural depicting Costa Rica’s history sculpted by French artist Luis Feron Parizot.

Jade Museum (Museo del Jade Marco Fidel Tristan Castro) Visit

Enjoy the brand new Jade Museum, housed on five floors of a building next to the Plaza de la Democracia in downtown San Jose. On display are nearly 7,000 pieces of pre-Columbian jade and a wide variety of archaeological artifacts made out of ceramic, bone, wood, shell and stone dating back to between 500 B.C. and 1500 A.D.

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (Museo del Oro Precolombino) Visit

The Gold Museum is located underneath the Plaza de la Cultura near the National Theatre in downtown San Jose. See some 1,600 pieces of Pre-Columbian gold, as well as ancient Costa Rican currency, all owned by the Central Bank of Costa Rica.

Plaza de La Democracia Market Visit

Head to the Plaza de la Democracia for a good selection of souvenirs. From carved wooden bowls and figurines, to jewelry, t-shirts and textiles, this is a great outdoor market to shop. Bargaining is expected.

Central Market (Mercado Central) Visit

San Jose's Central Market is a riot of sound, smell and souvenirs. Wander up and down the aisles to see everything from handicrafts to rubber boots, fresh fish, flowers, herbal remedies, and pretty much everything else you can imagine. Grab some cheap eats at a food counter. Be sure to protect your valuables.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Arenal Volcano National Park

San Jose - La Fortuna

Hotel: Hotel Las Colinas or similar

Today we'll escape the city for La Fortuna! Upon arrival you're free to explore the Arenal National Park on your own.

Optional Activities - Hot Springs Soak

After a long day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in the hot springs around La Fortuna. Situated at the base of the Arenal Volcano, immerse yourself in therapeutic waters heated by earth’s magma and infused with healing minerals and salts. Rejuvenate your muscles, detox your cells, and stimulate all your senses in nature’s thermal spa. Breathe in the pure rainforest air and marvel at the mystic surroundings of these outdoor pools of paradise.

Day 03
La Fortuna

La Fortuna

Hotel: Hotel Las Colinas or similar

Today is free and there is no shortage of activities available, or take some time to relax at your hotel.

La Fortuna is one of the centres of adventure travel in Costa Rica. Options include river rafting, mountain biking, caving, or horseback riding. Don’t forget about the hot springs, heated directly by Arenal Volcano's lava.

**Optional Activities**

Canyoneering

Hold on tight and get ready to rappel down the face of rushing waterfalls. Fear and fun collide in the rainforest as you throw caution to the monkeys and launch yourself into nature. Get soaked and feel completely alive. Trek through rivers, wobble across a hanging bridge, and keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Let the action begin!

Hanging Bridges

Come join the monkeys and perhaps spot a sloth lazing in the treetops of this protected rainforest that’s set in the shadows of the Arenal Volcano. Trek 3km (2 mi) of winding trails up, down, across, and over 16 different bridges. One of higher suspended bridges overlooks a gorgeous gorge and 60m (37 mi) waterfall. Look up and down to spot birds, snakes, frogs, lizards, howler monkeys, and more. Don’t forget to bring binoculars, bug spray, and a long lens as you reach new heights in the canopy of Costa Rica.

La Fortuna Waterfall Swim

Take a walk, taxi, or horse just outside the town of La Fortuna to the nearby waterfall. Once at the gate, pay a fee then start the descent on rough steps (more than 500 of them!) to get to the base of the falls. The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down the side of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch for iridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.

Canopy Tour

Join a canopy tour (zipline) and catch a bird’s-eye view of the forest greenery as you speed through the jungle on cables.

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour

Travel north to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge near the Nicaraguan border. Take a guided tour by covered boat through one of the world’s most important wetlands; home to a vast array of plants, birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a three-toed sloth or a Jesus Christ lizard.

Hot Springs Soak

After a long day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in the hot springs around La Fortuna. Situated at the base of the Arenal Volcano, immerse yourself in therapeutic waters heated by earth’s magma and infused with healing minerals and salts. Rejuvenate your muscles, detox your cells, and stimulate all your senses in nature’s thermal spa. Breathe in the pure rainforest air and marvel at the mystic surroundings of these outdoor pools of paradise.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Quepos

La Fortuna - Quepos

Hotel: Best Western Hotel & Casino Kamuk or similar

Today we'll travel south-west to the lush tropical shores of the Pacific coast.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Quepos

Quepos

Hotel: Best Western Hotel & Casino Kamuk or similar

Take the day to relax at the beach or opt to hike or visit the town.

If you are interested in activities, opt to visit Manuel Antonio NP. Although this is Costa Rica’s smallest national park, it is also one of the most popular and it won’t take you long to see why. It has fabulous beaches, abundant wildlife, and a great trail system for those who want to spend some time hiking and then cooling off in the ocean.

**Optional Activities**

Hiking

Pack your sunscreen, snack, and hiking shoes. Head out for a great day in Costa Rica’s smallest national park. Manual Antonio offers four white-sand beaches, separated by jagged rock outcrops and tidal pools. Hike on shaded trails to search for sloths, monkeys, and armadillos. Climb to the lookout to capture views of the pristine Pacific Ocean and the area’s off-shore islands.

Swimming

Quepos, north of Manuel Antonio, is Costa Rica’s most popular spot for blue water sport fishing. Depending on the season, hope to hook marlin, sailfish, tuna, snook and dorado (mahi mahi). Slather on the sunscreen, strap on your sunglasses, cast out your line and get ready to reel in a big one.

Kayaking

Choose to kayak the calm waters of the mangroves or paddle the waves of the Pacific. In the Damas Island estuary, the ocean meets fresh water rivers and creates a protected home for birds, snakes, crocodiles, and white face monkeys. For the more adventurous, opt for an open-seat ocean kayak and paddle along the shoreline and nearby islands, keeping an eye out for frigates, boobies, and jumping fish.

Boogie Boarding

Throw on your bathing suit and head to beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park. Rent a boogie board and spend the day bodysurfing the waves. Hang out with the locals and enjoy some saltwater fun in the sun.

Sailing

Slap on some sunscreen and hop aboard as we set sail along the rugged Pacific Coast of Manuel Antonio National Park on a catamaran. Bask in the beauty of the white-sand beaches and small islands that accent the shoreline. Keep watch for dolphins, rays, and migrating whales. Hop into the warm water and snorkel with more than 50 species of colorful tropical fish.

Surfing

Slather on the sunscreen, strap on a leash, pull on a rash guard, and get ready to hit the waves. Experience the surf at the beaches near Quepos and Manuel Antonio with their left, right, and well-shaped beach breaks. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques, then hang ten like a local.

Day 06
Quepos

Quepos

Hotel: Best Western Hotel & Casino Kamuk or similar

Your exploration of Quepos continues.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
San Jose

Quepos - San Jose

Hotel: Hotel Aranjuez or similar

Transfer back to the capital for your last night.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08

San Jose

Today, we'll say farewell and head out to our next adventure.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrival
Please contact the local operator (number is located on the e-ticket once your reservation is confirmed) before the tour. The driving would be waiting for you at the arrivals hall.

Departure
Departure transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport is available for flights departing after 7:00AM.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Airport Transfer

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Tips to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (prices and availability subject to change):

    San Jose

    - Arenal and Hot Springs: USD 99.00
    - The Best of the Pacific: USD 88.00
    - San Jose City Tour: USD 29.00
    - Irazu Volcano: USD 37.00
    - Irazu, Orosi & Lankester Gardens: USD 62.00
    - Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall: USD 79.00
    - Poas Volcano: USD 37.00
    - Poas, Grecia & Sarchi: USD 56.00
    - Canopy tour San Lorenzo: USD 80.00
    - White Water Rafting: USD 95.00
    - Pueblo Antiguo Show Day: USD 45.00
    - Ram Luna (Typical night): USD 55.00
    La Fortuna

    - Arenal hanging bridges tour: USD 47.00
    - Arenal Volcano hiking: USD 35.00
    - Cano Negro Wilderness Refuge by boat with lunch: USD 52.00
    - Horseback riding to Fortuna Waterfalls: USD 39.00
    - Combo tour Waterfall & hiking with lunch: USD 100.00
    - Kayaking at the Arenal Lake: USD 50.00
    - Canopy tour: USD 42.00
    - Rafting trip at Sarapiqui River (full day): USD 78.00
    - Safari float at Penas Blancas River: USD 42.00
    - Sunset boat trip at the Arenal Lake: USD 47.00
    Monteverde

    - Canopy Tour: USD 45.00
    - Walkways at Monteverde: USD 25.00
    - Natural History Walks at Monteverde Biological Reserve: USD 50.00
    - Package (Walk ways/Butterly/Hummingbird Garden with lunch): USD 50.00
    - Hummingbird garden at Monteverde: USD 6.00
    Manuel Antonio

    - Damas Island Boat Tour: USD 55.00
    - Coastal Kayak: USD 60.00
    - Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: USD 45.00
    - Nauyaca Waterfalls Tour: USD 90.00
    - Rafting Savegre River: USD 90.00
    - Sunset Catamaran Sail: USD 80.00
Special Notes
  • Service Level: Standard. Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • Physical Grading: Light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Travel Style: Classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Trip Type: Independent Travel. Independent trips are either entire trips you take privately or solo extensions to a group tour. Local staff are available on standby 24/7.
  • We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). You must be able to carry your luggage to our accommodations and should be prepared to load it on and off of transportation, as porters are usually not on hand. A good size daypack is also essential.
  • Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Price is per person on the basis of double occupancy.
Single travelers joining the tour are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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