Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloudforest and the central Pacific coast in Costa Rica

Highlights of Costa Rica Tour

Take your pick of activities around Arenal Volcano, explore nature at its fullest at the Monteverde Cloudforest, finish at Manuel Antonio National Park for
8D/7N Starting at $1795 per person

This trip takes you to three distinct areas in Costa Rica, 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.

Arenal Nayara Spa & Gardens

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.

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

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.


Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1 : San Jose

Upon arrival in San José, you’ll be taken to your downtown hotel to rest.

Day 2 : San Jose - Arenal Volcano

Butterfly sanctuaries, toucan feedings, frog gardens awarble with singing amphibians: this is La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and it’s the first of many wonders you’ll experience on your Costa Rican odyssey. Following a leisurely breakfast, you’ll visit this humming rainforest preserve to marvel at its jungle cats and monkeys, as well as its riverside trails overlooking some of Central America’s most crystalline waterfalls.

After lunch, you’ll pass through tropical farmlands to arrive at your Arenal-area hotel.

Day 3 : Arenal Volcano - Monteverde

Arenal may be one of the world’s most active volcanoes, but don’t worry: you can view its smoky rumblings from the safety of its observatory lodge, ideally situated on the peak’s northern side. Monitored by the Smithsonian Institution ever since its spectacular explosion on July 29, 1968, the volcano sports a craggy lava trail with panoramic views of the surrounding forest.

You’ll experience it all in a half-day hike. Afterwards, transfer overland to the Monteverde cloud forest, where you’ll rest for the evening in your luxury hotel.

Day 4 : Monteverde 

Monteverde means “green mountain,” and this misty, 26,000-acre oasis is among the most verdant paradises on the planet. Colonized in 1951 by pacifist Quakers, who converted it into a protected cloud forest, it’s home to 100 mammal and over 400 avian species, most famously the resplendent quetzal, the mythological bird that’s also the national symbol of Guatemala.

In the morning, you’ll take a 20-minute aerial tram tour of the park, followed by a slide down a 3,300-foot zip line that provides an exhilarating overview of the jungle. If the weather is fine, you’ll glimpse both the Caribbean and the Pacific in the distance. After lunch, explore the park’s lush undergrowth with an expert naturalist guide.

Day 5 : Monteverde - Manuel Antonio National Park

Next up: Manuel Antonio National Park, chosen as one of the most beautiful in the world by Forbes magazine. With its secluded coves, branching trails, and lush rainforest growing right up to the water’s edge, it’s a perfect place to get lost amidst nature’s beauty. Here, after a morning trip overland, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel and left to explore the park on your own.

Day 6 : Manuel Antonio National Park

Flora and fauna are the star attraction in Manuel Antonio Park, and your second day here will be spent in the company of an expert naturalist who will get you up close to its many resident species.

These include camouflaged iguanas and three-toed sloths, orange-and-purple crabs and white-faced capuchin monkeys. The latter, in particular, are so abundant here that authorities have built them their own suspension bridge to allow them to swing freely through the terrain. 

Day 7 : Manuel Antonio - Sea Kayaking Isla Damas Estuary

For your last day in Costa Rica, you’ll take to the water in an open-seat kayak to explore the exotic ecosystem of the Damas Island Estuary. Paddle with the currents as your naturalist guide reveals to you the protected inland waterways of this mangrove swamp.

Here you’ll float beneath the shade of tall mangroves, which grow only in rarified climates, while watching sloths and howler monkeys scurry through the tree canopy. Your guide will point out nocturnal silky anteaters and non-poisonous mangrove snakes, before bringing you back to your hotel to rest.

Day 8 : Quepos - San Jose - Home

Transfer to the airport in San Jose in time for your connection home.


Price from $1,795.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 8
Nights 7

Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.

  • 1 night San Jose hotel
  • 1 night Arenal hotel
  • 2 nights Monteverde hotel
  • 3 nights Manuel Antonio hotel
  • Daily breakfast at all hotels
  • Inter-city ground transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Guided excursions and meals per itinerary

International airfare

The Springs Resort And Spa

With a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, natural hot and cold springs, 4 unique dining experiences and a full-service Spa.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is a luxury resort built around the warm thermal waters of the Tabacon River, at the base of Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Nayara Spa & Gardens

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel and oasis of tranquility located in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano.

Nayara Springs

Nayara Springs is a new ultra-exclusive adults only boutique hotel located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, host to one of the world’s highest concentration of tropical plants and wildlife.

Hotel Fonda Vela

Experience Hotel Fonda Vela's natural approach to life - with style! Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, the hotel is an essential part of the lush, tropical Monteverde mountainside.

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve

Located above San Ramon amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest Reserve.

Hotel Grano de Oro

An oasis in the heart of San Jose. A converted Victorian mansion, the hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home while offering the amenities of a fine hotel.

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn crowns the Central Highlands of Costa Rica, offering a boutique hotel experience.

Xandari Resort & Spa

Xandari Resort & Spa is nestled on a 40-acre coffee plantation overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

Hotel Bougainvillea

The Hotel Bougainvillea is located 10 minutes from downtown San José and surrounded by 10 acres of tropical gardens, giving you a feeling of the Costa Rican lifestyle and hospitality

Parador Resort and Spa

Parador Resort & Spa is a secluded resort built high above the sweeping Pacific coastline on 12 acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest.

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas Del Mar is an extraordinary beachfront and rainforest resort catering to travelers looking for more than the typical luxury hotel.

Kura Boutique Hotel

Eight luxury villas for you and your Plus One. This exclusive couples retreat is set on a mountain ridge with stunning views of Ballena Marine National Park.

Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Located along Costa Rica's Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort and Wildlife Refuge that sits a top one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio.

"Our guide was amazing"

Dauren was the best part of the trip. He was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about animals and vegetation. We would use him again and would recommend him to any of your clients.

- Leo H, February 2015

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