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Custom Costa Rica Travel Package (14 Nights) – Volcanoes, National Parks and Wildlife Refuge, Forest and Beaches Vacation Package

Experience the Wonders of Costa Rica with this 15 Day / 14 Night Travel Vacation Package and Tour that includes

San Jose, Puerto Jimenez, Corcovado National Park, Arenal, Monteverde, Punta Islita.

San José is located is at an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level in the Central Valley. Nearly half of Costa Rica’s 4 million inhabitants live there and modern buildings are taking over the former colonial structures. This cosmopolitan capital of Costa Rica is filled with department stores and shopping malls, and also has several excellent museums, great restaurants, colorful markets and a pleasant climate.

You will take Rainforest Waterfall Hike: Hike up and down through virgin rain forest to pristine waterfalls along the Carbonera River. This is a real rain forest experience with adventurous hiking.  This trip is for all hardy hikers looking for a challenge; difficult, with wet walking and some climbing.

Three-hour. Horseback Riding Tour: Gentle but responsive horses follow a forest road through secondary and virgin jungle and finish galloping on the beach. Arrangements must be made by mid-afternoon for the next day. A highly-recommended tour for horse and nature lovers. 2-3 hrs. The Osa Trail: The complete rain forest experience!

This tour descends through the reserve’s most remote and pristine forest. The 4 km. trail features many different types of rain forest vegetation and offers you the best opportunity to see something rare. Med-difficult. Arenal Volcano: At the center of a national park in the northwest of the country, the perfectly conical, 1633m (5356ft) Arenal volcano is the image of a typical volcano. The volcano has been exceptionally active since 1968.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest and experience its peacefulness as we quietly paddle the Peñas Blancas River. Monkeys, sloth, iguanas, crocodiles and numerous tropical birds await you. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is one of the most important wetland regions in Central America, considered of international importance as it protects a number of endangered migratory species. Driving north through rolling agricultural land, arrive at the tiny town of Los Chiles, where you board a boat for a trip down the Rio Frío.

In addition to the wide range of birds that live along the river – including the anhinga, roseate spoonbill, and wood stork — turtles, caiman, sloth and monkeys may be seen.

Monteverde is a cloud forest and quite a different environment from the rainforests of the rest of the country. The cooler temperatures and high rainfall create an eco-system, which supports a plentiful and diverse variety of species. The Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve covers 10,500 hectares and is a private reserve set up by the Quakers who settled in the area.

The reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, 100 species of mammals, plus many reptiles, amphibians and over 6,000 types of insects (a good repellent is essential). The most famous bird is the legendary quetzal. There are many well-prepared trails, which means that visitors can take interesting short walks as well as longer hikes.

This is a Sample Travel Vacation Package we have created for Groups in the past.

Day 1 – Arrival to Costa Rica
Upon arrival to San Jose’s airport our representative will greet clients at the gangway/gate and help you with any necessary assistance.
Once you individually clear official entry procedures they exit the terminal building, where our representative hands over arriving you to our bilingual Tour Guide, who will assist you with the transfer to hotel and luggage handling.
Transfer from airport to hotel.
Overnight at Costa Rica Marriott hotel.
Day 2 – South Pacific Area
Breakfast at the hotel followed by ground transfer to local airport; local flight to Puerto Jimenez airstrip (50 minutes) Upon Arrival to Puerto Jimenez ground transfer to Lapa Rios Lodge. Lunch will be served upon arrival at the lodge, rest of day at leisure.
Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one’s idea of paradise. Lapa Rios is built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges connected by walking paths and steps. Built over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios catches the cooling tropical breezes. Lapa Rios Ecolodge is more than just a beautiful rainforest hotel or eco resort next to the beach. Lapa Rios is a model Ecotourism project that strives to show that “a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down”. Besides winning awards from Conde Nast Traveler and being featured in many international publications, Lapa Rios is a pioneer in sustainable tourism employing only people from the local community and being committed to environmentally sound practices.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included
Transfer to Puerto Jimenez
Check in at Lapa Rios Lodge.
Overnight.
Days 3 and 4 – South Pacific Coast: Corcovado National Park
Breakfast at hotel.
Departure on selected local tour. Corcovado portion includes: Rain forest Waterfall Hike, Horseback Riding, or The Osa Trail Jungle Walk.
Rainforest Waterfall Hike: Hike up and down through virgin rain forest to pristine waterfalls and splash back along the Carbonera River. A rain forest experience with adventurous hiking. Difficult, but great fun. For all hardy hikers looking for a challenge. Difficult, with wet walking and some climbing. 3 hrs.
Horseback Riding: Gentle but responsive horses follow a forest road through secondary and virgin jungle and finish galloping on the beach. Arrangements must be made by mid afternoon for the next day. A highly recommended tour for horse and nature lovers. 2-3 hrs.
The Osa Trail: The complete rain forest experience! This tour descends through the reserve’s most remote and pristine forest. The 4 km. Trail features many different types of rain forest vegetation and offers you the best opportunity to see something rare. Med-difficult.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included
Overnight.
Day 5 – Osa Peninsula/San Jose/Arenal
Early morning breakfast followed by transfer to Puerto Jimenez airstrip where you take a local flight to San Jose domestic airport.
On arrival a representative, who will also have the luggage will meet you for a ground transfer to Arenal area. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities as the hot springs, and the spa.
Breakfast included
Transfer to Arenal
Check in at Arenal Kioro Hotel.
Overnight.
Day 6 – Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
Breakfast at the hotel followed by departure on full day excursion to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge with lunch.
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is one of the most important wetland regions in Central America, considered of international importance as it protects a number of endangered migratory species. Driving north through rolling agricultural land, arrive at the tiny town of Los Chiles, where you board a boat for a trip down the Rio Frío. In addition to the wide range of birds that live along the river – including the anhinga, roseate spoonbill, and wood stork turtles, caiman, sloth and monkeys may be seen.
Breakfast and Lunch included
Overnight.
Day 7 – Arenal – Monteverde
After breakfast you will be transferred by boat passing Lake Arenal, and then by road to the biological reserve of Monteverde.
Arenal Monteverde by lake Arenal: This service, half tour – half transfer is a scenic, fast and the newest way to go or come from La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano Area), to the Monteverde area. Around 7:30 a.m. we start picking everybody from the hotels in La Fortuna for a 30 minutes microbus drive to the Arenal Lake Dam. There we will aboard into a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for a 30 to 40 minutes (aprox.) ride to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake. Once at Río Chiquito, you leave the boat and make a short break to strength the legs, after, another 1 ½ hour microbus ride to get to the hotels in the Monteverde area
The Quakers founded the settlement of Monteverde in the 1950s and is essentially a string of dairy farms and a cheese factory operated by the local co-operative. Monteverde, with an average temperature of 17 degrees can feel quite chilly when the wind blows. There are also 3 meters of rain a year, so sweaters, waterproofs and robust shoes/boots are advisable.
Breakfast included
Transfer to Monteverde
Check in at Establo Hotel.
Overnight.
Day 8 – Monteverde Cloud Forest
This morning enjoy a tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Monteverde, a cloud forest is quite a different environment from the rainforests of the rest of the country. The cooler temperatures and high rainfall create an eco-system, which supports a plentiful and diverse variety of species. The Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve covers 10,500 hectares and is a private reserve set up by the Quakers who settled in the area. The reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, 100 species of mammals plus many reptiles, amphibians and over 6,000 types of insect (a good repellent is essential). The most famous bird is the legendary quetzal. There are many well-prepared trails, which mean that visitors can take interesting short walks as well as longer hikes
Afternoon at leisure to take optional tours to the butterfly farm, a skywalk tour across a private cloud forest preserve north of Monteverde or the more adventurous, canopy tour. (Cost for optional tours not included on the program rate).
Breakfast included
Overnight.
Day 9 – Monteverde/San José
Breakfast at hotel and morning at leisure.
Transfer back to San Jose for overnight.
Breakfast included
Transfer to San José
Check in at Marriott Hotel.
Overnight.
Day 10 – San José/Punta Islita
Breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to local airport. Extra suitcases must be left at the hotel luggage room due to the restriction on domestic flights for a maximum luggage allowance of 25 pounds (12kg) per person)
Local flight from San Jose to Punta Islita (50 minutes); local ground transfer and arrival to the hotel; afternoon at leisure to explore the area on your own.
Breakfast included
Transfer to Punta Islita
Check in at Punta Islita Hotel.
Overnight.
Days 11 to 13 – North Pacific Coast
Breakfast at the Hotel; days at leisure at the beach for optional tours, a spa treatment or just to relax. (Cost for optional tours not included on the total program rate)
Casa Spa: Casa Spa’s menu includes over thirty original offerings that include massage therapy, aqua therapy, Reiki, body scrubs, aromatherapy, facials, and healing stone therapy. Punta Islita’s own Organic Garden supplies the key natural ingredients found in Casa Spa’s products.
Islita Contemporary Art Museum: Under the hotel’s sponsorship the Punta Islita Contemporary Art Museum is the flagship project of the “We Care Responsible Tourism Model” and features the works of established Costa Rican and international artists and members of the local community.
Breakfast included
Overnight.
Day 14 – Punta Islita/San JoseAfter breakfast, departures on ground transfer to airstrip for domestic flight back to San Jose. Arrival to San Jose and ground transfer to the Hotel.
Breakfast included
Transfer to San José
Check in at Marriott Hotel.
Overnight.
Day 15 – Adios Costa Rica!
Breakfast at hotel.
Ground transfer to the International Airport.

Punta Islita Hotel
Inlaid in a pristine mountain outpost of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, Hotel Punta Islita interweaves nature, community, and art in a colourful tapestry that cascades from the summit unto the intimate cove and namesake islet at the far end of the beach. Let them pamper you with authentic Costa Rican charm, sensible luxury, and the incomparable service details borne of Guanacaste’s hospitality.

Arenal Kioro
Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has 11 hectares of undulating land, surrounded by two streams (La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. It has two paths where plant species are identified. Besides, 3 kilometers away there is a property with private thermal springs for customer’s delight.

El Establo Hotel
El Establo is situated in the heart of the tourist zone of Monteverde, 7 Km from the Santa Elena Rain Forest and 4 Km from the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Traditional Quaker friendship awaits you in our hotel, set in a private 150 acres farm (50% protected primary forest) adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve. This is to invite you to come and see our new building. The new building consists of 18 junior suites and 12 suites. A new restaurant is opened to the public with a seating capacity of up to 180 people.

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel a year-round resort hotel features the splendour of a 30-acre coffee plantation setting, conveniently situated 5 minutes from the Juan Santa Maria International Airport and only 15 minutes from shopping and entertainment in downtown San Jose. The hacienda-style Costa Rica Marriott Hotel, decorated in elegant colonial-style décor, is surrounded by the colourful landscape of the Central Valley’s Mountains.

Lapa Rios Lodge
Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one’s idea of paradise. Lapa Rios is built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges connected by walking paths and steps. Built over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios catches the cooling tropical breezes. Lapa Rios Ecolodge is more than just a beautiful rainforest hotel or eco resort next to the beach. Lapa Rios is a model Ecotourism project that strives to show that “a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down”. Besides winning awards from Conde Nast Traveler and being featured in many international publications, Lapa Rios is a pioneer in sustainable tourism employing only people from the local community and being committed to environmentally sound practices.

Costa Rica Highlights Travel Vacation Package (14N) includes:

  • Accommodation:
    • 3 nights accommodations in Deluxe room at Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose, 3 nights accommodations in Deluxe ocean view bungalow at Lapa Rios in Osa Peninsula, 2 nights accommodations in a Suite at Arenal Kioro Hotel in Arenal, 2 nights accommodations in Junior Suite at El Establo Hotel or similar in Monteverde and 4 nights accommodations in a Casita with private pool at Punta Islita Hotel in Nicoya Peninsula.
  • Tours in Puerto Jimenez:
    • Visit Corcovado National Park
  • Tours in Arenal:
    • Visit Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
    • Visit Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Tours in Punta Islita:
    • Visit Islita Contemporary Art Museum

Observations:

  • Transportation:
    • Transfers from/to airport and tours in air-conditioned vehicles with your local English speaking expert guide, according itinerary.
      Private ground transfers include bilingual guide English/Spanish & soft drinks during transfers between destinations.
  • Adventure:
    • Easy to moderate. Any person above 10 years old can participate. Activities are daily and limitations of each one will be respected.
  • Group Size:
    • Minimum of 2 participants.
  • Staff:
    • Local professional bilingual guides will help you during the tours and transfers.

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