9-Day Costa Rica Tour From San Jose: La Fortuna - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio National Park
Product Code: 1113-25720
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Soak in the thermal hot springs of Arenal Volcano
  • • Search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest
  • • Watch the sunset over the Pacific
  • • Learn about sugar cane and coffee production at a local plantation
Tour Code
1113-25720
Duration
9 days
Departure City
San Jose
End City
San Jose
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Nature, Adventure, Backpacker, Wildlife

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Get up close and personal with nature on guided wildlife tours

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

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 José

Arrive to San Jose at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so you are free to check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit a museum, shop or see performers in the main plaza.

For the art enthusiast, San Jose hosts a variety of museums for your pleasure. For pre-Columbian to colonial art you can look forward to The National Museum or the Jade Museum and Gold Museum for indigenous art and for contemporary are you can take in The Museum of Costa Rican Art, located in La Sabana Park.

If you're looking for souvenirs, the best and least expensive places are in the San Jose markets. The two main ones are the ones in Plaza de la Cultura, which is an outdoor open market, and the Central Market, where crafts are sold along with fresh food, herbal remedies, clothing, and everything else you can imagine.

Please note it will be necessary to repack your bags according to the packing list provided for La Danta as it is an early departure on the morning of day 2.

Tips:
*Please note: if you have pre-booked the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle, on Day 3 you will have an action packed day with both canyoneering and an option of your choice. Canyoneering is approximately 2.5 hours long, with four waterfall rappels through the lush rainforests around Arenal Volcano. For your second option, you can choose ONE of the following: stand up paddle, half day hike, venado cave or kayak (2-3 hours each). On Day 5 in Monteverde, you will have a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel, and a 450-foot-high zipline (2.5 hours). For more information on the Bundle see the Optional Activities section. Your CEO will inform you when you will do each activity throughout your tour (days are subject to change).


Like any city where tourism is on the increase, crime also tends to increase and while San Jose is not a noticeably dangerous city, there are certain precautions you should take. Make sure that you are aware of your things at all times and don't go out carrying expensive gear or jewellery.
Day 02

La Fortuna / Arenal

La Fortuna, the town near the foot of Arenal Volcano is an excellent base for adventure. Optional activities in this area abound. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Other optional activities include full-day white water rafting on the Toro or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, enjoy an included soak in one of the area's natural thermal baths and rivers under the shade of the surrounding canopy.

Day 03
Arenal Volcano

La Fortuna / Arenal

Set on the northern plains of Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano sits on the southeast shore of artificial Lake Arenal (77 square kilometres, or 48 square miles). Separating the mountain ranges of Guanacaste and Tilaran, the lake was created by a hydroelectric dam. Winds sweeping off the Caribbean Sea reach speeds of 48 to 72 km/hr (30 to 45 mph), across Lake Arenal you can find one of the best locations in the world to go windsurfing. The volcano, once quite active, has been in a dormant state since the beginning of 2011 but still is a dramatic backdrop to the town of La Fortuna. During the day, its reflection on Lake Arenal is truly enchanting.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Monteverde

Monteverde

From La Fortuna travel by jeep to the shores of Lake Arenal for the half hour boat ride across the lake. Vans will drive you up the picturesque mountains into the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Don't forget your camera because the backdrop for this adventure is the stunning Nicoya Peninsula. Spend two days exploring Monteverde and the Forest Reserve, truly a nature lover's paradise. Local guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and passionate about conservation of this precious ecosystem. The unique community has several local co-operatives worth visiting including artist collectives and a cheese factory. If you're there at the right time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the Resplendent Quetzal, one of the most beautiful and elusive birds in the world. Optional activities include walking across a series of suspension bridges through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden and a thrilling canopy zip line.

Tips:
Enjoy an included "El Trapiche Tour" to learn more about Costa Rican culture, including sugar cane processing, coffee production and other aspects of local agriculture. This hands on included tour is not to be missed and will leave you with a better understanding of Costa Rica. While you're here, tantalize your taste buds with a traditional Costa Rican lunch.
Day 05
Monteverde

Monteverde

Monteverde or Green Mountain, is exactly what you find at the end of the long, rutted dirt road through the mountains. The surrounding pastures were once covered with dense forest, but today only a small piece of it remains. That piece of forest has been preserved as the Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Cloud forest is much like a rainforest, but much of the moisture comes not from falling rain but from the condensation left by the nearly constant cloud cover that blankets the tops of mountains in many parts of the tropics. Monteverde Reserve covers 1600 hectares of forest and is home to a great variety of wildlife. More than 2,000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different species of mammals inhabit this small area. The Santa Elena Reserve, another park contiguous with Monteverde, is less well known and visited but also worth seeing. All proceeds from this park profit the local community.

uakers from the United States founded the village of Monteverde in the 1950s. Looking to leave behind the constant fear of war and objecting to being forced to support continued militarism through their taxes, the Quakers chose Costa Rica because of its commitment to a non-militaristic economic path—Costa Rica’s army was dissolved in the 1940s. Since its founding, Monteverde has grown slowly as others who shared the original Quaker founders’ ideals moved to the area. Although the Quakers came here to farm the land, they recognized the need to preserve the rare cloud forest that covers the mountain slopes above their fields. The community is very different from those on the coast, and offers several souvenir shops and the Quaker cheese factory, which is definitely worth a visit. Make sure to try their ice cream!

Day 06
Quepos

Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park

This small town on the Pacific coast is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and nearby sea. A short distance away, Manuel Antonio National Park offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. As well as beautiful white sand beaches and the warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding, sailing or surfing.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Quepos

Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park

Quepos sits on the outskirts of the Manuel Antonio National Park (about 20 min drive) and is a great introduction to the laid-back “Tico” lifestyle. This town is very popular with the younger set of international travellers, and the nightlife in the area is also some of the best in the country. If you have the jungle in mind, then we recommend that you head into the National Park. 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. This park has fabulous beaches, abundant wildlife, and a great trail system for those who want to spend the day hiking. Look for monkeys, armadillos, coatimundis, sloths and some of the over 350 species of birds that are present in the park!

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
San Jose

San José

A day's travel takes us back to the capital, San Jose, in time to shower and head out for a final night on the town.

Tips:
Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours
Approximate Distance: 190 km

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
San Jose

San José

Depart at any time.

Visiting Attractions

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • This adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.
  • Hot springs visit (La Fortuna). Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour (Monteverde). Sugar cane and coffee plantation guided tour including local lunch. Beach time in Quepos/Manuel Antonio. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 1 lunch. (Allow USD270-370 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (8 nts).
  • Private van, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Package Excludes

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and San Jose.
  • All personal expenses including hotel room service and meals; however, you have the option to pay for meals that tour guide arranges
  • Allow USD270-370 for meals not included.
  • Optional Activities: All prices are per person in US dollars amounts (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

    La Fortuna/ Arenal:
    Rafting Class III and IV (Full day – 7 hours) $75 (includes fruit on the river and lunch)
    Rafting Class II and III (half day – 4.5 hours) $65 (includes fruit on the river and lunch)
    Canyoning/Rappelling tour $75 (includes breakfast or lunch depending on tour time – 4 hours)
    Mambo Combo (Rafting II and III with Canyoning) $139.50 (8 hours)
    Venado Cave Spelunking $55 (4 hours)
    Stand up Paddle $65 (4 hours)
    Mountain biking $59 (4 hours)
    Cano Negro Reserve $55 (8 hours)
    Volcano walk/viewpoint/dinner and entrance to hot springs $45 (incl. transportation)
    Viewpoint/dinner/entrance to hot springs $36 (incl. transportation)
    Hot springs only $20
    Hot springs with dinner $25
    Cerro Chato Extreme Hike (6 hours) $59
    Safari float $45 (4 hours)
    Horse trip to waterfall $42 (4 hours)
    Bike Rental $15/day
    Volunteer Program at Proyecto Asis (feeding animals, playing with animals, baby monkey, and some physical work, includes snack) $59 (4 hours)

    Monteverde:
    Ziplining $45
    Hanging bridges $25
    Horseback riding ($25 for 1 ½ hours, $30 for 2 hours, $45 for 3 hours)
    Butterfly garden $12
    Frog Pond $12
    Serpentarium $10
    ATV $50 for a single, $75 for a double
    Night Walk $22
    Orchid Garden $10
    Cheese Factory $10
    Bat Jungle $10

    Manuel Antonio:
    Mangrove tour (kayak) $65 (incl. Lunch)
    Mangrove tour (boat) $70 (incl. Lunch)
    Rafting (Rio Naranjo) $78
    Rafting (Savegre) $98
    Sea Kayak tour $70 (incl. Lunch)
    Dolphin watch sailing tour $75 (incl. Lunch and snorkeling)
    Cycle tours $25-$55
    Manuel Antonio Park $10 (entrance) plus $25 guide if wanted
    Surf lessons $55 (3-4 hours)
    Scooter rental $70
    Boogie Board/Surf board rental $8 per hour

    San Jose:
    Adventure Combo (Canopy & Horseback Riding) (L) $107
    Adventure Combo (Canopy & Rafting) (L) $107
    Combo Tour ( Doka - Poas - Cataratas) (B,L) $96
    La Paz Waterfall Gardens (Late departure) $75
    Poas Volcano ( Half Day ) $46
    San Jose City Tour $39
    The Best of the Pacific ( Punta Leona) (B)(L) $115
    Rafting Class IV Pacuare (B)(L) $99
    Irazu, Orosi and Lankaster Gardens(L) $81
    RAM LUNA ( Show and Dinner) $69
Special Notes
  • 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.
  • Be prepared for rain and lower temperatures during the winter season (June-November), especially in Costa Rica's central valley.
  • Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Theme Packs! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Theme Packs must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.
  • About Meals
    Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with local operator you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
    Note: Day 4-5included 1 lunch.
  • About Accommodation
    Hotels (8 nts).
  • We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
  • In order to protect your own property, please bring any valuable items with you at any time. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus/hotel/attraction/restaurant etc. Tours4fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides will not take any responsibility for any theft loss at any location.
  • 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.

*Prices listed have been adjusted.

*Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
*price for Double Occupancy applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
*Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
*Child shares the same price as adult.
*Adult: 18 and older
*Child: 12-17
*Maximum room capacity: 2 people.
*Please include the birth date of your children when booking.

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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