Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

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9 Nights Standard from £1,929 Including Flights

Overview

This is a 10-day independent itinerary staying in comfortable hotels and allowing you the freedom to choose the activities to suit you. Guided tours of the Tortuguero Canals and National Park are included, but otherwise you can choose from river rafting, mountain biking or horseback riding in La Fortuna, or simply visit the hot springs and settle down at the swim-up bar. You will then be transferred to the beautiful beaches of Guanacaste, where you can choose to go snorkelling, boating, fishing, cycling and horseback riding, or just relax on the beach enjoying the sun. (HOR)

Highlights:

  • Arrive into the capital - San Jose
  • Enjoy a rainforest experience with guided tours of the Tortuguero Canals and National Park
  • Visit the active La Fortuna, Arenal National Park and opt to go river rafting, rappelling, kayaking, windsurfing, horseback riding, hiking or cycling all at the foot of the Arenal Volcano
  • Experience the hot springs in Arenal
  • A stay in the coastal region of Guanacaste, where you can relax on the beach or choose to go snorkelling, sailing, cycling and more
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Arrive in San José

Welcome to Costa Rica! Arrive into San Jose and meet your driver for a private transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have chance to explore this exciting city or you may just want to acclimatise with an evening in a local restaurant.

Day 2

San José

Day at leisure for optional activities to explore the area such as a walking city tour of the capital city, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas or Irazu Volcano, hike to Barva Volcano, gastronomic tour, coffee tour and much more. Or just to relax and enjoy hotel`s premises.

Day 3

San Jose to Tortuguero

An early start this morning to be taken by road from San Jose via the Braulio Carrillo National Park, cross this wonderful protected area and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and interesting changes in the vegetation. Once you reach the lowlands, pass the busy streets of the commercial town of Guapiles, as well as extensive banana plantations until reaching the dock where you board the boat going to Tortuguero. Enjoy the refreshing waves and be alert to the appearance of diverse fish, birds, amphibious, and reptiles, as you enter this biodiverse paradise. This afternoon, you will explore the village of Tortuguero.

Approximate driving time: 4:00 hours.

Day 4

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park is a wilderness area with extraordinary biological variety. Diverse mammals, birds and fish live in eleven different defined habitats. Strong Caribbean currents have provided a straight 22 mile expanse of beach which is a favored nesting ground for sea turtles like the Hawksbill and loggerheads that nest from July through October. The Leatherback, the largest sea turtle of the world, nests from February to July. Most exploring of the park is done by boat. Guides with an amazingly trained eye astound visitors finding wildlife in veiled corners, pointing at mischievous monkeys and sharing fascinating facts about nature.

Optional: Turtle nesting night tour USD35 per person to be paid directly at hotel

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included for both days

Day 5

Tortuguero National Park to La Fortuna / Arenal

After breakfast you will depart by boat to La Pavona pier, where you will meet our driver go on a transfer towards Guapiles where you will enjoy lunch. Guapiles is on the lowlands of the Caribbean and is an important agricultural area, especially for the banana industry. On the way out of this area, it is common to see trucks loaded with the yellow fruit transporting it to cities or ports. Afterwards, continue your journey towards the majestic Arenal Volcano. Route 32 takes travelers through a portion of the Braulio Carrillo National Park and then towards the northern area of the country, passing through the rural communities of La Virgen and Aguas Zarcas in Sarapiqui. These are very fertile areas so vast plantations or livestock lands will fill the view. From this area the forest and mountains will reveal closeness to La Fortuna, home of the beautiful national park and outstanding Arenal Volcano.

Approximate travel time: The journey boat/land transfer from Tortuguero to Guapiles is around 3 hours. Driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes (From Guapiles to Arenal) 

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6 & 7

La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano

Day at leisure for optional activities to explore. Lake Arenal at the base of the volcano, is where you can enjoy windsurfing, kayaking and other watersports. This area is a birders paradise with over 500 species, and you can also enjoy hiking the nature trails, or for the more daring you can climb a ladder to participate in a canopy tour. Other numerous activities include horseback riding, canyoning, mountain biking and river rafting.

Breakfast included.

Day 8

Guanacaste / Beach area

This morning you'll be collected for a private transfer, see the Arenal volcano and parts of the volcanic mountain range of Guanacaste, as the road takes you west towards the fabulous Pacific coast. The journey lasts about 3 hours, going through small villages, valleys and flatlands. Stop for a bite and enjoy traditional foods or fresh local fruits. Moving forward, glimpses of the deep blue ocean will give you a warm welcome to the Papagayo area, with a variety of nice hotels, shops and restaurants, water sports, adventure tours or dreamy, lazy walks down the beach for you to enjoy.

Approximate driving time: 3:00 hours.

Breakfast included

Day 9

San José

Free day to relax and enjoy more time at the beach.

Breakfast included

Day 10  

San José

Meet your driver in the lobby for a private transfer to Liberia Airport for a flight to San Jose airport for your return flight

Breakfast included

  • International flights, arrival & departure private transfer
  • All transportation included between destinations and to/from activities on a private basis for: arrival & departure transfer, transfer from Gualipes to Arenal, transfer from Arenal to Hermosa beach and shared basis for: transfer and boat from San Jose to Tortuguero, Tortuguero to Guapiles
  • 9 nights accommodation in standard, superior or deluxe hotels (9 nights)
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (Allow USD95-125 per person for meals not included)
  • Guided tours of the Tortuguero Canals & National Park (entrance fee USD10 included)
  • Local guides

Not included:

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Any optional activties

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