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In just 9 days, this thrilling Costa Rica tour packs adventure at every turn. Start with a trek up the active Arenal Volcano, followed by an excursion deep into the heart of the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, where you'll likely spot capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and two and three-toed sloths. Then, explore the rainforest canopy via zipline and rope traverses before witnessing stunning biodiversity in Manuel Antonio National Park. While here, you'll have the chance to shoot the Class II-III rapids of the Rio Savegre and relax on the sun-kissed beaches of the Pacific coast.
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  • Hike along old lava flows on Arenal Volcano
  • Zipline through the canopy of the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
  • Raft the whitewater of the Rio Savegre
  • Explore the beaches and wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park
Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Easy Active

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Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Arrive in San Jose and make your way to your hotel. Overnight in San Jose.

Day 2: Sarchi and Hot Springs

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you're off to Arenal. You'll be picked up and join some others on a pooled tour to Sarchi, the local hot spot known throughout Costa Rica for its beautiful and intricate handiwork. The area is also well known for its colorful and decorative oxcarts made here for decades! After a stop here, you will continue on to Arenal and finish the day with a stop at The Springs resort hot spring with dinner. Take a dip in the varied temperature thermal pools and relax as you unwind from first day of Costa Rica travel! 

Day 3: Arenal Volcano

Dormant for centuries, Arenal Volcano exploded in a massive eruption of molten lava and ash in 1968. Since that time, it has continued to belch great clouds of ash and occasional lava. It is now one of the world's most active volcanoes and volcanologists from all over the world come here to study this tropical volcano. Today you visit Costa Rica's celebrated Arenal Volcano National Parkl. As you move through the forest, watch out for howler monkeys, bright tropical toucans, and listen to the rumbling sounds of the distant volcano. With a bit of luck, you may see the endangered resplendent quetzal bird as well. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening free in the area! A variety of optional excursions are available in this area. You can go mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, ziplining, ride a rainforest tram or even take a hike on the miles of trails in the area. 

Day 4-5: Monteverde Cloud Forest

Mid-morning you will be picked up for a collective transfer by bus and boat,crossing Lake Arenal, and then driving up a bumpy mountain road into one of the richest and most diverse tropical cloudforests on the continent. Founded in 1972, the Reserve encompasses six different ecological life zones and protects more than 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, and upwards of 1,500 plant species. In our explorations, keep watch for one of the area's most famed residents, the Resplendant Quetzal. On the morning of Day 5, you'll visit a private rainforest reserve, Selvatura Park. Here you walk across 8 suspended bridges with a bilingual guide up in the rainforest canopy to get a closer view of the wildlife. Next you will be fitted into special gear to fly on ziplines from platform to platform high above the ground. The rest of the day is free for you to arrange activities locally. You can visit the nearby ice cream factory for a tasty treat, go visit a coffee farm, or explore an artisan's cooperative!

Day 6: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

Leave in the morning to make the 4-5 hour drive to Quepos where you'll stay in a hotel near Manuel Antonio. In the afternoon, spend some hours exploring the popular Manuel Antonio National park. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the area. Try to visit the park this day if you are able, as it closes at 4 PM and you will not have that opportunity tomorrow!

Day 7: Whitewater Rafting

This morning rise and head to the Class II-III whitewater of the Savegre River (or try class III on the Naranjo during green season). Plunge through jungle clad gorges and float past cascading waterfalls. Along the way enjoy the variety of bird life such as egrets, osprey, kingfishers, cormorants, parrots and more. After the river trip, return to Quepos.

Day 8: Manuel Antonio

This morning spend your time as you like. Walk along the expansive white beaches of nearby Manuel Antonio Park, or explore the lush vegetation, alive with 109 species of mammals and over 184 species of birds. Late this afternoon transfer back to San Jose, or if your international flight does not depart until late on Day 9, spend tonight relaxing at the beach.

Day 9: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast


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  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners, 1 Snacks
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Arrival Airport Transfer
  • Selvatura Park Entrance Fee
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Entrance Fee
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Local guides full-day tours: $5-$10 per traveler per day
    Local guides 1/2-day tours: $5 per traveler per day
    River guides: $5 per traveler per day
    Support staff: $2-3 per traveler per day
    Drivers: $5 per traveler per day
    Taxi drivers do not expect tips for their normal services
    Baggage Handlers: $1 per bag
    Hotel hospitality (maid service): $1-$1 per traveler per night
    Restaurants: Most restaurants include in their bill a 10% service charge, as well as a 13% sales tax.  If the service charge has been added, no additional tip is necessary; however, the wait staff is happy if the amount is rounded up. 

    USD and major credit cards are commonly used in Costa Rica, and it is very common to see higher cost items priced in USD. It is recommended to carry cash (NEW $20 bills or smaller ONLY) for taxis and restaurants. Most hotels and restaurants will accept major credit cards, as well.

    Colones are the official Costa Rican currency. It is common to receive change in colones if you pay for something in USD cash. Smaller cost items (sodas, metered taxis, etc.) will commonly be priced in colones.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Entrance Fee $16


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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