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Essential Costa Rica with Guanacaste


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Essential Costa Rica with Guanacaste

 Costa Rica

10 days from £1499 pp  return flights from LHR

Uncover essential Costa Rica during this 10-day exotic adventure. Beginning and ending in the capital, San Jose, this tour offers you the chance to discover different aspects of this emblematic destination.
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Uncover essential Costa Rica during this 10-day exotic adventure. Beginning and ending in the capital, San Jose, this tour offers you the chance to discover different aspects of this emblematic destination. Visit the most predominant natural areas of Costa Rica, including Arenal Volcano National Park, and the cloud forest of Monteverde. Spend precious time in mesmerizing Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica’s most famous beaches, indulging in the fun surf town atmosphere and getting closer to the inspiring local culture and adventurous spirit.

Short Itinerary

Day 01 : Depart London Heathrow and Arrive San Jose

Day 02 : San Jose – Tortuguero

Day 03 : Tortuguero National Park

Day 04 : Tortuguero – Arenal

Day 05 : Arenal Volcano National Park

Day 06 : Arenal – Monteverde

Day 07 : Monteverde

Day 08 : Monteverde – Pacific Coast

Day 09 : Pacific Coast

Day 10 : Pacific Coast – Depart San Jose

Tour Ends

 Day 01 : Depart London Heathrow and Arrive San Jose
Upon arrival to bustling San Jose, our representative will meet and greet you and then direct you to your transport, which will drop you off at your hotel in San Jose for your night in Costa Rica. Overnight in San Jose.
 Day 02 : San Jose – Tortuguero
Your day begins early with a morning departure, traveling by bus through the Braulio Carrillo National Park towards the Caribbean plains to enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and quaint villages. Indulge in a tasty breakfast en route and continue through the jungle by boat, cruising the rivers and canals of Tortuguero National Park. Arrive at your eco-lodge and enjoy a tasty lunch. Board the boat again for a visit to Tortuguero village, where you will get to walk around town, stroll along the beach, and experience the locals’ way of living. During the turtle hatching season, we will look for the baby turtles trying to find their way down to the ocean. Nesting is from July to September and hatching from September to December. Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel, surrounded by the beautiful tropical forest and wildlife. Lunch and Dinner included Overnight in Tortuguero.
 Day 03 : Tortuguero National Park
Today you will have some free time to relax by the pool and experience the Tortuguero National Park on a three-hour trip. Observe over 350 protected species of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and sloths, as well as lush vegetation. During the July to September season, you can join an optional late night turtle nesting tour, purchasable directly at the lodge. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Tortuguero.
 Day 04 : Tortuguero – Arenal
Early in the morning depart by boat back to Guapiles. From there, take ground transportation to the restaurant for lunch. After a tasty meal, you will be picked up in a shared transfer and taken to the Arenal area. Enjoy the day at leisure to explore on your own or participate in an exciting optional activity like the Sky Walk guided tour. The Sky Walk guided tour takes you through and above the rainforest. A series of eight suspension bridges, connected by trails for a total 3 km in length, provides a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy! We also recommend visiting the hot springs at night, when the sunsets. Enjoy a spectacular dinner included. Termas de Tabacón Option: Live the Tabacón experience that has swimming pools and a river of hot springs that come from the veins of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Explore the wonders of the tropical forest surrounding this beautiful resort and enjoy mineral waters with different temperatures, surrounded by warm waterfalls and tropical gardens. The Tabacón hot springs are recognized throughout the world, and without a doubt, immersing yourself in them will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated, due to the minerals present in the volcanic waters. Includes: transportation, bilingual guide, entrance, dinner Ecotermales Hot Springs Option: Escape to the natural paradise, with all the necessary amenities to make your experience a memorable experience, surrounded by the peace and serenity of the rainforest, and protected by the impressive Arenal Volcano, which heats and nourishes the waters of Eco thermal During your stay, you will enjoy the pleasure of feeling the natural energy coming from the veins of the Arenal Colossus; heats the fountains where thermal water pools are born, ranging from 37 ° C to 41 ° C (99 ° F to 106 ° F). That when combined with the pool and the cold water waterfall, they perform a relaxing massage throughout the body. Includes: transportation, bilingual guide, entrance, dinner Departure approx: 15:00 hrs | Duration approx: 6 hrs Overnight in Arenal.
 Day 05 : Arenal Volcano National Park
Today after breakfast, take a guided walking tour in Arenal Volcano National Park. During the tour, the guide will explain the periods of activity the once very active volcano experienced. Enjoy the verdant landscapes and the backdrop of the now-dormant volcano, as you keep a lookout for the wild animals living in this national park. You have the chance to spot sloths, howler monkeys, anteaters, and many others. Afterward, return to the hotel with the afternoon at leisure to participate in an optional activity, either adventure or nature. Optional extras: Sky Walk guided tour: The Sky Walk guided tour takes you through and above the rainforest. A series of eight suspension bridges, connected by trails for a total 3 km in length, provides a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy! Zipline Adventure: Costa Rica zip line tour is a genuine must on a vacation. You will have doses of fun and adrenaline-filled adventure that you will remember forever. You will start the tour as you arrive at the base of the Ecoglide Arenal Park and your professional guide give you the instructions and some safety tips. The zipline tour consists of 13 cables of two wires traveling in parallel and 15 platforms, most of which are in the trees so that visitors can have more contact and closeness with nature, flora, and fauna of the rainforest. Within the tour, you will also discover the Tarzan Swing where you will swing from a platform into the forest feeling the adrenaline-raising levels. Inclusions: Transportation, Bilingual Guide, Entrance Fee, Equipment Departure aprox: 07: 40 hrs / 09:40 hrs / 11: 40 hrs / 13:40 hrs / 15:20 hrs | Duration aprox: 3 hrs. La Fortuna Waterfall: This tour begins by descending the 500-meter trail to the magnificent Waterfall, renowned for its 60 meters (197 feet) high falls and its crystal-clear waters. Along the trail, you will observe plants, trees, and animals, which inhabit the area. You can choose to swim in its refreshing waters, take amazing photographs, or simply relax and take in all the beauty of the La Fortuna Waterfall. When you visit the La Fortuna Waterfall you not only get to enjoy this marvelous natural wonder, you will be helping to Support the Development Association of the community 100% of the entrance fee goes towards social projects to benefit schools, nutritional centers, the orphanage, our roads and more. Inclusions: Transportation, Bilingual Guide, Entrance Fee Departure aprox: 08:00 hrs / 13:00 hrs | Duration aprox: 3 hrs. Overnight in Arenal.
 Day 06 : Arenal – Monteverde
Begin the day with an early breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out and head towards Monteverde. Transfer down to Arenal Lake where you will board a boat that will take you across towards Monteverde. Once on the other side, a vehicle awaits to take you up to Monteverde. Admire the transition of the rainforest to the cloud forest where you will reach an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. Located in the Puntarenas province, Monteverde is a place of cloud forests and mist, coffee plantations, monkeys, and friendly locals. The town of Santa Elena is small and quaint, filled with inviting restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity. Enjoy the day at leisure to explore on your own. Enjoy the day at leisure to explore on your own or participate in an exciting optional activity like the Selvatura Treetop Walkway guided tour, which includes a 3-hour hike along with a network of trails and suspension bridges in the cloud forest of Monteverde. Be on the lookout for birds, monkeys, sloths, insects, and interesting plants of all shapes and sizes. The Selvatura Treetop Walkway guided tour takes you through and above the rainforest. A series of eight suspension bridges, connected by trails for a total 3 km in length, provides a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy! If adventure is not something you are interested in, join the interesting Don Juan Coffee Tour to understand Costa Rica´s coffee, chocolate and sugar cane production (with the emphasis on coffee!). The tour offers an interesting opportunity to learn about coffee and its production as well as to get close to the fascinating Costa Rican folklore The optional tours are not included Overnight in Monteverde.
 Day 07 : Monteverde
After a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Founded in 1972, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is world-famous for its outstanding biodiversity, conservation actions, and contributions, as well as scientific research. The reserve is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, and it is one of the most important private reserves, not just in Costa Rica but the world. It hosts hundreds of species of mammals, birds, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and arachnids, as well as a large variety of flora, such as mosses, vines, or the autochthonous trees of the cloud forest. You can enhance today´s experience by joining one of the memorable tours you missed yesterday. Whether you choose to explore the cloud forest during the Selvatura Treetop Walkway guided tour, or you prefer getting closer to the fascinating Costa Rican culture while on the Don Juan Coffee tour, your day will be unforgettable. Selvatura Treetop Walkaway and Don Juan Coffee tours are not included. Overnight in Monteverde.
 Day 08 : Monteverde – Pacific Coast
This morning after breakfast, head towards a stunning beachside destination, in the mesmerizing area of Guanacaste. On arrival, take the rest of the day to explore the surrounding, to stroll the beautifully arranged streets of Tamarindo, a lovely beach town in Guanacaste, or to relax while enjoying hotel facilities. Overnight in Pacific Coast.
 Day 09 : Pacific Coast
Tamarindo is a lively destination where you can have some fun, enjoy the warm sun, and relax on the spectacular beach. If you are feeling adventurous, jump on a board and try your hand at surfing Tamarindo's famous waves. Have the day at leisure to explore the area or relax at the hotel facilities. Overnight in Pacific Coast.
 Day 10 : Pacific Coast – Depart San Jose
Begin your last day in spectacular Costa Rica with a delectable breakfast. Then, at the appropriate time, transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport to catch your flight back home or on to your next destination.

What's included

  • Return flight from London Heathrow [Regional options are available at extra costs]
  • TOUR GUIDE: Operated with Bilingual Spanish and English-speaking licensed local guides on a shared basis. Please note you will be accompanied by local guides for the activities only. There is no guarantee that you will be part of a group, or part of the same group during the tour.
  • ACCOMMODATION: 9 nights' accommodation
  • MEALS: 9 breakfasts; 3 lunches on days 2, 3, 4; 2 dinners on days 2, 3
  • TRANSPORT: Air-conditioned transportation as indicated in the itinerary on a shared basis
  • Transfer to the San Jose airport
  • Tour guides do not accompany guests during transport
  • ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: All monuments and visits as indicated: Guided visit to Tortuguero village plus guided boat tour through Tortuguero National Park canals and entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park, guided hike in Arenal Volcano National Park, guided hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
  • OTHER: Meet and greet on Day 1; Hotel taxes

What's not included

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport porterage
  • Optional tours
  • Visa fees and local taxes
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides

San Jose : Holiday Inn Express Forum or similar 3* | Standard Room
Tortuguero : Pachira Lodge or similar Lodge Standard | Bungalow
Arenal : Arenal Montechiari or similar 3* | Standard Room
Monteverde : Monteverde Country Lodge or similar 3* | Standard Room
Tamarindo : Pasatiempo or similar 3* | Standard Room

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

San Jose : Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city was founded in the mid-18th century, boasting great cultural and historical landmarks. Visit its museums, the European-inspired National Theatre, and stroll the charming alleys of its historic neighbourhoods.

Tortuguero : This park is home to the nesting grounds of the green sea turtles, offering spectacular beaches and fantastic opportunities to spot wild animals and birds.

Arenal : Admire one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the country and its mesmerising park, dotted with trails and rich in wildlife.

Monteverde : Settled by American Quakers in the 1950s, this primary cloud forest is made out of six unique ‘life zones’, hosting many endangered species, as well as a variety of fascinating plants.

Tamarindo : This busy beach resort is great for a night out, surfing, and exploring the bustling restaurant scene.

Please note

No refund for unused services. Splitting of package is not allowed

Recommended departure time from 15:00 hrs.

On day 10: drop off in San Jose International Airport around 12 pm. Please arrange your departure flight accordingly.

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Costa Rica. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

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Travel Info

    • Flight time 13¾ hours (Madrid)
    • Timezone UTC -6
    • Recommended airlines British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia, Air France and KLM
    • Best season Mid December to April is dry season considered the ideal times to visit Costa Rica

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