9-Day Costa Rica Adventure Tour: Volcanoes & Surfing
Product Code: 1113-25894
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Surf the best waves in the country
  • • Catch views of Arenal Volcano from a lakeside mountain bike ride
  • • Search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest
  • • Watch the sunset over the Pacific.
Tour Code
1113-25894
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

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 wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

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: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Standard

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

Itinerary
Day 01
San Jose

Home - 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 your CEO will inform you when you will do each activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Canyoneering (Day 3, half day - Arenal), ONE of the following: Stand up paddle, half day hike, venado cave or kayak (Day 3, half day - Arenal) and zip lining (Day 5 - Monteverde) . For more information on the Bundle see the Optional Activities section.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02

San José - La Fortuna / Arenal


Travel by bus to La Fortuna, at the foot of Arenal Volcano, our next adventure base. Take an unforgettable hike around the base of the volcano, set to a soundtrack of monkeys and the rumblings of the volcano in the distance. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or try canyoneering (rappelling down rivers and waterfalls—quite the adrenaline rush!) Other optional activities include 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, take a relaxing soak in the lush, cascading hot springs of Tabacon or Baldy Hot Springs Resort. Soak under the shade of the surrounding canopy in one of the natural thermal baths, fed by rivers of volcanically-heated water running don from the volcano.

Day 03

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.

Day 04
Monteverde

La Fortuna / Arenal - Monteverde


From La Fortuna travel by van to the shores of Lake Arenal where our mountain bikes will be waiting for a two-hour cycling journey (challenging with some hills and bumps). Anyone wishing to opt out of this activity may, though some waiting for the group might be required. Afterwards, board a boat for the half hour boat ride across, when we arrive at Rio Chiquito, we switch to waiting vans to drive the final leg up into the cool, misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest.

Spend two days exploring Monteverde and the cloud forest reserve, including a guided tour of the cloud forest—our 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 (with great ice cream!) 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 the Sky Walk, a series of suspension bridges through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden and a thrilling canopy zip line.

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 2000 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.

Quakers 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

Monteverde - Playa Santa Teresa/Malpais (1B,1D)


Head to the Pacific coast for some much needed beach time and an opportunity to enjoy the waves. Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais are small towns frequented by surfers. Beginners should take advantage of the 2 included surf lessons (one 2-hour lesson per day), fine-tune your skills, go for a swim or just chill out on the black sand beach.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located next to Malpais, take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkeling at Secret Beach.

Tips:
Estimated Travel Time: 8 hours
Approximate Distance: 200 km
Day 07

Playa Santa Teresa/Malpais (1B,1D)


Enjoy your free day in this place.

Day 08
San Jose

Playa Santa Teresa/Malpais - San José


Squeeze in a morning surf before embarking on our journey back to the capital, San Jose. Arrive in the evening (approx 9pm) in time to shower and head out for a final night on the town.

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

  • Guided mountain biking trip from La Fortuna to Monteverde. Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve tour. Surf lessons in Playa Jaco.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow USD200-260 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (8 nts).
  • Public bus, private van, boat, mountain bike.
  • 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
  • Optional tours:
    PERSONALIZE YOUR TRIP
    Extras are specially designed for travellers with unique interests, they are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure.
    *For specific days of each activity please see the Full Itinerary*
    Extras available on this trip:
    COSTA RICA ADRENALINE BUNDLE
    Choose your adventure:
    Arenal (La Fortuna), Half day
    Choose ONE of the following popular activities in the adventure capital of Costa Rica: Venado Cave walk, Kayaking on Lake Arenal, Cerro Chato Volcano extreme hike, or Stand-up paddling on Lake Arenal (you will receive an activity briefing upon arrival in La Fortuna and you can choose your activity at that time).
    CANYONEERING
    Arenal, Half-day
    Rappel, down-climb, river-trace and descend huge waterfalls in the rugged mountains and lush rainforests around Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano.
    ZIPLINING
    Monteverde, Half-day
    Get a true 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.
    --------------------------- OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES ON TOUR
    All prices are per person, in USD amounts 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) $77 (includes fruit on the river and lunch)
    Rafting Class II and III (half day – 4.5 hours) $62 (includes fruit on the river and lunch)
    Canyoning/Rappelling tour $86 (includes breakfast or lunch depending on tour time – 4 hours)
    Mambo Combo (Rafting II and III with Canyoning) $135 (8 hours)
    Venado Cave Spelunking $68 (4 hours)
    Stand up Paddle $59 (4 hours)
    Mountain biking $59 (4 hours)
    Cano Negro Reserve $59 (8 hours)
    Volcano walk/viewpoint/dinner and entrance to hot springs $44 (incl. transportation)
    Hot springs with dinner $32
    Cerro Chato Extreme Hike (6 hours) $68
    Safari float $50 (4 hours)
    Horse trip to waterfall $59 (4 hours)
    Bike Rental $15/day
    Monteverde:
    Ziplining $45
    Hanging bridges $30
    Horseback riding ($25 for 1 ½ hours, $30 for 2 hours, $45 for 3 hours)
    Butterfly garden $12
    Trapiche Tour $32
    Frog Pond $12
    Serpentarium $10
    ATV $60 for a single, $85 for a double
    Night Walk $22
    Orchid Garden $10
    Cheese Factory $10
    Bat Jungle $10
    Bungee $60
    Playa Hermosa, Jaco:
    Canopy Tour/Ziplining - $65
    Stand Up Paddling - $65
    Horseback Riding - $65
    Canyoning/Rappelling - $99
    ATV Tour - $65
    Massage - $75
    Yoga - $20
    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
  • Service fee: It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
    Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
Special Notes
  • Important Notes:
    1) 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.
    2)Be prepared for rain and lower temperatures during the winter season (June-November), especially in Costa Rica's central valley.
    3) Mountain biking trip from La Fortuna to Monteverde is dependent on weather conditions. Passengers who do not participate in this activity will be transported by van to meet the group where the bicycle riding trip ends. Bicycle size and style may vary according to availability. Anyone who does not wish to participate have that option but may need to wait for their group to finish up the ride before moving on to Monteverde.
    4) Surfboards are included only during surfing classes. Sizes and styles may vary according to availability.
    5) 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 Accommodation: Please note if you are a single traveller, you can expect to share accommodation with one or two other travelers of the same sex for the duration of your trip. Using multi-share accommodation when available helps us to keep our operating cost down, and these savings are passed onto you. If you are traveling with a friend or companion, we will attempt to keep your accommodation on a twin or double basis, however, ask you to be open to the idea of occasional multi-share rooms.
  • Joining Hotel
    Hotel Autentico - Formerly Hotel Torremolinos
    Calle 40 entre Ave. 5 y 7
    Sabana
    San Jose
    Costa Rica
    (+506)-2222-5266
    -------------------------------------------------------- Start Hotel for departures:
    May 3rd
    June 7th
    September 6th
    November 8th
    Hotel Rosa del Paseo
    Paseo Colon between 28 & 30 Streets
    P.O. Box #287-1007 Centro Colon
    San Jose
    Costa Rica
    (+506) 257-3258/3225/3213
  • Joining Instructions
    The best way to get to the arrival point hotel is via taxi from the airport. There are fixed (official) rates at the airport counter. It is a 25-30 minute drive (depending on traffic) into the city.
    Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities are planned.
    Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. The CEO will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
  • About Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with us 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. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
  • Single Room: Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops.
  • Tipping:
    It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Please note that in Costa Rica, a 23% charge is added on to almost every meal (13% tax, 10% tip). Further tipping for wait staff is appropriate in the case of excellent service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
    Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
  • In order to protect your own property, please bring any valuable items with you at all times. 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.
*Child shares the same price as adult.
*Maximum room capacity: 2 people including adult and child/infant.
*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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