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8-Day Touristy

8-Day Touristy

8 Days | 7 Nights - From $1,450 USD* per person

Destinations Visited: Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, San Jose

Follow the crowds through the most visited tourist destinations and attractions of Costa Rica! Explore San Jose on a double-decker bus. Hike to the rim of Poas Volcano and chase waterfalls in the Waterfall Gardens or raft the infamous Pacuare River III and IV rapids. Relax on hot springs and cross Lake Arenal to Monteverde. Explore the cloud forest above and below: TreeTop Walk on the hanging bridges and zip above trees on the longest zip line cable. Stroll the grounds of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Head to Manuel Antonio to relax at the beach and enjoy its National Park and waterfall jump or just sail the shaggy coastline on a Trimaran.

Highlights

  • 7-Night Standard Accommodations
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner person
  • Private Transportation from Destination to Destination & Hotel to Hotel
  • Shared Transportation from Arenal to Monteverde
  • All Attractions Entrance Fees Included

Activities Included

  • Poas Volcano & Waterfall Gardens, or Raft the Pacuare River III & IV Rapids
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Hike
  • Zip Line & TreeTop Self-Guided Nature Hike in Monteverde
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Walk
  • Waterfall Jumping or Sunset Sails Trimaran

Remarks

Age Range

Everyone is old enough to take our vacation packages! We can customize the package with alternative tours/hotels that can suit anyone's age.

Guides

Although you will have a tour guide during all the tours that are planned in your itinerary, you will find a bilingual driver will escort you during your car or bus rides between locations. Our itineraries are such that packages detailed on the site provide you with the option to start the trip at any of the planed tours.

Transportation

All ground transportation is on recent van/coach models, insured starting at $200,000USD, driven by an experienced bilingual driver, and equipped with air conditioning and a Wi-Fi Enabled Device (Wi-Fi connectivity is subject to carrier coverage).

Complimentary stops to photograph views, spots or dine; and bottled water included in the services.

Accommodations

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with either a king, a queen bed or two queens or a queen and a single/double bed, and a private bath or shower. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival and Spend the Night in San Jose

Meet your bilingual driver at Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) near San Jose and jump in a private van that will whisk you away on a 30-to-45 minute ride through the central valley to your hotel in San Jose.
Check in your hotel!
Experience the magical sights and sound of San Jose in comfort and safety aboard a double-decker bus and inspire yourself from Costa Rican folk music traditions and performing artists.

Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Try your luck looking at Volcanoes or Whitewater Raft the Pacuare River

Choose your level of excitement:

Visit Poas Volcano & Waterfall Gardens

Ascend to Poas Volcano, to the rim of its main water-vapor sulfuric-gas pluming crater, traversing its widest dormant crater feathered with wiry, wind-swept trees, cloud forest, stunted forest and barren scrub lands.

Hidden in the rolling clouds of the cloud forest and the mist of the rain forest, five picturesque waterfalls cascade over the course of La Paz River trimmed with a one-third of a mile hiking trail along gorges and the bottom of a canyon.

Or,

Whitewater Rafting The Pacuare River

The Pacuare River is often considered one of the world's best whitewater rafting destinations, known for its warm waters, dazzling rainforest, colorful wildlife and immense canyon walls. But an excursion down the Pacuare is more than just a rafting trip on class II, III and IV rapids along 18-mile stretch of river, it's a glimpse back through time; a journey that reveals Costa Rica's development from the primordial rainforest to thriving urban centers connected by a series of bridges dating back more than a hundred years.

Bubbling cauldrons of natural minerals from Arenal Volcano revitalize your skin to that silky smooth texture and replenish your energy after a day of adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Cross Lake Arenal to Monteverde & Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Nature Walk

Take in all the views of Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato as you cross Lake Arenal by boat on your way to Monteverde.

Clouds curl over the continental divide drifting through the forest creating one of the most unique habitats on the face of the earth. Inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, three-hundred-year-old trees twist toward the skies, weighed down with layers of bromeliads and moss in a spectacular scene at the heart of every childhood fantasy; one where at every moment you expect a fairy to pop out from a hollowed log.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – Hanging Bridges & Zip Line

Fly like an eagle out across a valley over the rainforest on the Superman cables. Guests line up and wait while the guide straps in the next superhero; giggling with anticipation as he or she soars out of sight.

Try not to think about anything, especially not the bridge gently swaying in the breeze. Thankfully, the guides are there to take pity on you by speedily, strapping you in and dropping your feet (sometimes with a helping hand) before you have the chance to second-guess this misadventure at the 130-foot Mega Tarzan swing.

Zip Line - the longest zip line in Latin America
- 9 regular Zip Line
- 2 Superman Ziplines (which includes the longest zip line in Latin America)
- 1 hammock bridge
- 1 rappel
- 1 Mega Tarzan Swing

Explore the different layers of the rainforest on a treetop loop; a trail meandering 1.5 miles through the cloud forest over eight different suspension bridges ranging from 150 to more than 500 feet long; some reaching heights of 180 feet above the forest floor. Standing on the bridges, you have the opportunity to look inside the canopies of some cloud forest's tallest trees – a unique habitat for thousands of species plants and home to monkeys, coatis, snakes and frogs. The trail is also one of the best places in Monteverde to spot three-wattled bellbirds and the resplendent quetzal: a brilliant turquoise bird with a red breast and a mohawk.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour

Grab a towel, a pair of binoculars and some hiking shoes and discover Manuel Antonio National Park on a guided nature walk and end it playing in the waves; you'll want to cover as much ground as you can to explore the park's beaches, secondary and primary rainforests, mangroves, marshlands and rocky islands. Manuel Antonio Beach, the park's most popular destination, is a stunning tropical cove featuring white sands, and crystal blue waters.

Meals: None

Day 6 – Waterfall Jumping or Sunset Sails Trimaran

Choose your level of Adventure:

Waterfall Jumping

Take a plunge into the sparkling emerald water pools of the most secluded waterfalls south of Manuel Antonio on this waterfall tour. Climb, jump, slide, swim and float through an amazing world of water, sculptural rocks and rainforest, or simply enjoy the landscape and sound of rushing water.

Sunset Sails Trimaran

Cruise out around Manuel Antonio's shaggy rainforest laden coastlines replete with sandy coves, jagged cliffs and rocky islands searching for marine wildlife, sailing past Espadilla Beach and snorkeling in a cove beside Quepos Point.

Meals: Lunch

Day 7 - Stroll the sands of Espadilla Beach, Check Out Quepos town & Explore Biesanz Cove on Your Own

Traverse the town of Quepos, get caught up in the local flavors by eating at a soda. Hike and climb to Biesanz Beach's hidden cove where the tropical rainforest camouflages its cream-colored sand.

Walk along the waterfront of Espadilla beach with awesome views of the coastline in the afternoon.
Depending on your flight departure time, you may stay in Manuel Antonio and leave the following day or we take you to San Jose at the end of the day.

Meals: None

Day 8 - Rejoice in San Jose & Take Your Private Transfer to the Airport

Enjoy those last few hours of relaxation with a private return transfer to the Juan Santamaria Airport near San Jose for your journey back to the real world.

Meals: None

* Price is for reference only, subject to availability and the confirmation at the time of booking.

All prices are per person (8 years old & above) based on double occupancy in standard rooms & traveling during a year except on Easter Week, the last two weeks of December and first two weeks of January.

Prices do not include airfare, fuel surcharges, airport taxes and fees, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.

Tours are subject to a two-passenger minimum (or management discretion), weather conditions and age limit. costarica.com reserves the right to suspend a tour based on non-complying conditions and provide an alternative tour.

Local Weather

Arenal

Month Average Highs Average Lows Average Rainfall Humidity
  F C F C in. mm %
Jan. 83 28 68 20 7.48 192 n/a
Feb. 84 29 67 20 5.14 132 n/a
Mar. 86 30 69 20 3.58 92 n/a
Apr. 87 31 69 21 3.7 95 n/a
May 88 31 70 21 10.23 262 n/a
Jun. 86 30 71 22 16.15 414 n/a
Jul. 85 30 71 22 19.87 509 n/a
Aug. 85 30 72 22 17.05 437 n/a
Sep. 86 30 70 21 16.07 412 n/a
Oct. 85 30 70 21 16.98 435 n/a
Nov. 83 29 71 22 12 308 n/a
Dec. 82 28 70 21 10.1 259 n/a

Source: National Weather Services of Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio

Month Average Highs Average Lows Average Rainfall Humidity
  F C F C in. mm %
Jan. 87 31 69 21 2.83 72 83
Feb. 87 31 69 21 1.42 36 81
Mar. 89 32 71 22 2.36 60 80
Apr. 89 32 71 22 6.57 167 84
May 89 32 71 22 15.43 392 87
Jun. 87 31 71 22 17.05 433 88
Jul. 87 31 69 21 18.15 461 88
Aug. 86 30 69 21 18.82 478 89
Sep. 86 30 71 22 20.79 528 90
Oct. 86 30 71 22 25.35 644 89
Nov. 86 30 71 22 15.28 388 89
Dec. 86 30 69 21 6.65 169 86



Source: National Weather Services of Costa Rica

Monteverde

Month Average Highs Average Lows Average Rainfall Humidity
  F C F C in. mm %
Jan. 68 20 53 12 6.3 160 n/a
Feb. 89 32 53 12 3.82 97 n/a
Mar. 71 22 53 12 1.65 42 n/a
Apr. 71 22 55 13 4.8 122 n/a
May 71 22 57 14 13.7 348 n/a
Jun. 71 22 57 14 16.54 420 n/a
Jul. 69 21 57 14 14.13 359 n/a
Aug. 69 21 57 14 18.03 458 n/a
Sep. 71 22 55 13 19.41 493 n/a
Oct. 69 21 57 14 16.77 426 n/a
Nov. 68 20 57 14 16.89 429 n/a
Dec. 69 21 57 14 12.99 330 n/a

Source: National Weather Services of Costa Rica

Poas Volcano

 

Month Average Highs Average Lows Average Rainfall Humidity
  F C F C in. mm %
Jan. 69 21 53 12 5.91 150 82
Feb. 89 32 53 12 3.82 97 81
Mar. 71 22 53 12 1.65 42 82
Apr. 71 22 55 13 4.8 122 83
May 71 22 57 14 13.7 348 90
Jun. 71 22 57 14 16.54 420 91
Jul. 69 21 57 14 14.13 359 89
Aug. 69 21 57 14 18.03 458 89
Sep. 71 22 55 13 19.41 493 91
Oct. 59 15 57 14 16.77 426 91
Nov. 58 14 57 14 16.89 429 89
Dec. 59 15 57 14 12.99 330 85


Source: National Weather Services of Costa Rica

San Jose

Month Average Highs Average Lows Average Rainfall Humidity
  F C F C in. mm %
Jan. 73 23 59 15 0.39 10 82
Feb. 75 24 59 15 0.24 6 80
Mar. 77 25 60 16 0.47 12 78
Apr. 78 26 60 16 1.73 44 79
May 78 26 62 17 8.86 225 84
Jun. 78 26 62 17 11.3 287 85
Jul. 77 25 62 17 8.46 215 84
Aug. 77 25 62 17 9.8 249 85
Sep. 76 24 60 16 13.07 332 86
Oct. 77 25 60 16 13.07 332 86
Nov. 75 24 60 16 5.59 142 84
Dec. 73 23 59 15 1.61 41 83

Source: National Weather Services of Costa Rica

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