This trip takes you to three distinct areas, from the Arenal Volcano to the highlands of the Monteverde Cloudforest to the central Pacific coast. Activities around Arenal abound from lava flows hikes, canopy walkways and zipline tours, river float trips, visits to local farms, soaking in hot springs, mountain biking and waterfall rappelling. Up in the cool highlands and the quaint town of Monteverde, our guides will accompany you through the verdant Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, pointing out exotic wildlife and plant life, such as howler monkeys and the Resplendant Quetzal, heliconias and orchids. And if you did not have time in Arenal there are canopy tours and ziplines here, as well. Finish off your trip at a luxury hotel overlooking the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. From here you can spend your days hiking or ziplining through the coastal jungle, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, spotting dolphins while on a catamaran cruise, sea kayaking or paddleboarding along the coast, or just relaxing on the beach.
Upon arrival into San Jose you will be met at the airport by one of our bilingual guides who will escort you to your hotel and provide you with introduction materials.
You will be picked up at your hotel for your guided tour stopping first at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. La Paz has manicured gardens; a rescued wildlife preserve with jungle cats and monkeys; a hummingbird garden; live butterfly, frog exhibits and more. At La Paz you can walk along a clear mountain river on an easy access trail with great views of gorgeous waterfalls. After a delicious lunch at their restaurant set amid the lush beauty of their gardens, you will continue your journey into lowland plains amid tropical farmlands before arriving at your Arenal area hotel.
The Arenal Volcano (elevation over 5350 feet and still growing) erupted for the first time this century on July 29, 1968 with a tremendous explosion. Having released pressure that had built up for more than 450 years, Arenal today continues to erupt sometimes but on a smaller and much safer scale. Seismologists from the Smithsonian Institute and the National University of Costa Rica have been intensely monitoring Arenal for 25 years.
Set off with your guide for a half day of hiking close to the 1968 lava flow. The lava flow trail begins off the main road near the Arenal Volcano National Park entrance and crosses an open area rapidly reverting back to forest on the northwest side of Arenal Volcano. The flow left an impressive pile of blocky lava rocks that rises about 60 feet high and now offers a panoramic view of the surrounding forests, mountains, nearby Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano itself.
Afterward, transfer overland to Monteverde, stopping for lunch en route.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the worlds premiere destinations for naturalists. Much of the flora and fauna is unique to this habitat, and can't be seen anywhere else in the world.
This tour includes both the Sky Tram and the Sky Trek and offers you adventure, zip lines, bird watching and hiking inside the cloudforest. The Sky Tram is a 20 minute aerial tram tour up the densely forested hillside to an observation deck, where you have spectacular views of the surrounding cloudforest. The Sky Trek is a 3,280 foot long zip line system that gives you an exhilarating ride through the cloudforest. If the weather is fine, you will have views of Lake Arenal and the Pacific Ocean.
Monteverde Reserve Tour
In the afternoon you will set off for a half day tour of one of the most famous, diverse and rich cloud forests in the World. The Monteverde Reserve is 26,000 acres and is an important link in the growing network of private protected areas in Costa Rica. The remarkable reserve forest is characterized by trees densely covered from top to bottom with moist "carpets" of epiphytes including mosses, bromeliads, ferns and orchids. This cloud forest habitat is also seasonal home of the crimson and iridescent Resplendent Quetzal as well as many resident endemic mountain birds.
You will be picked up at your Monteverde hotel and transferred overland to Quepos/Manuel Antonio National Park. . Manuel Antonio consists of several beautiful beaches, a lush forest growing right to the beaches edge, easy walking trails and abundant wildlife. Manuel Antonio´s outstanding beauty was recognized recently when Forbes Magazine listed it as one of the Worlds 12 Most Beautiful National Parks.
You will be dropped off at your hotel and left to explore your surrounding area on your own.
You will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park. This national park is one of the most famous in the country due to its wide variety of flora and fauna specimens. The park itself boasts 3 different trails that vary in grade from flat to very steep. On this Manuel Antonio tour you will be accompanied by a nature guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see. The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long. Throughout the hike your guide will stop and explain the different nature specimens that can be observed, you can take photographs or just admire the view.
Experience the Damas Island Estuary and Mangrove ecosystem first hand in an open-seat kayak. Paddle with the currents as your bilingual naturalist guide reveals the protected inland waterways of the Damas Estuary and mangrove habitat. Paddle comfortably under the shade of several tall species of mangroves, which grow only in select areas of the world and in Costa Rica. Watch sloths and species of monkeys travel through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters and types of non-poisonous mangrove snakes.
Transfer to the airport in San Jose in time for your international departure.
|Price from||$1,795.00 per person, based on double occupancy|