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Taste of Costa Rica


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Taste of Costa Rica

 Costa Rica

10 days from £1499 pp  Including Int'l flight

Combining the natural and cultural marvels of Arenal and Monteverde, along with the beach stay in Tamarindo, this is your comprehensive introduction to the marvel that is Costa Rica.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy the wildlife
  • Enjoy the beaches
  • Enjoy the boat rides
  • Enjoy unspoilt natural beauty
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Combining the natural and cultural marvels of Arenal and Monteverde, along with the beach stay in Tamarindo, this is your comprehensive introduction to the marvel that is Costa Rica. Visit while the natural beauty is still relatively unspoiled!

Short itinerary

Day 01 : Departure London Heathrow and Arrive Costa Rica

Day 02 : San José – Arenal

Day 03 : Arenal

Day 04 : Arenal – Monteverde

Day 05 : Monteverde

Day 06 : Monteverde – Tamarindo

Day 07 : Tamarindo

Day 08 : Tamarindo

Day 09 : Tamarindo – San José

Day 10 : Final Departure

Tour Ends

 Day 01 : Departure London Heathrow and Arrive Costa Rica
Today you start your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to San Jose [1 or 2 stopovers; 1-5 hours’ layovers]. A representative from LUMLE will be waiting for you at the airport upon arrival on the flight: JUAN SANTAMARIA AIRPORT. Welcome to San José, Costa Rica! Transfer to the hotel in San José. Overnight in Holiday Inn Escazú or similar
 Day 02 : San José – Arenal
Breakfast included at the hotel & Check Out. At the agreed time, continue your trip to your next destination: La Fortuna, home of the majestic Arenal Volcano. This region is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular ones in the country. Prior to December 2010 the Arenal Volcano was one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world and it was a truly majestic sight, as it spewed molten rocks and ash from its summit on a daily basis. Today there are no lava eruptions, for now, but you can still see smoke / ash spew out of the top of the volcano and take in any of the many thermal hot springs surrounding this volcano. For nature and adventure lovers, the Arenal region also offers numerous hiking and trekking trails where one can see some stunning waterfalls, gushing rivers, beautiful vegetation and wildlife. Costa Rica is well known as a top adventure destination and La Fortuna area is famous for the best outdoor adventures. There are so many fun activities for all ages and travelers. Overnight in Arenal Country Inn or similar
 Day 03 : Arenal
Breakfast included at the hotel. Morning at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities. In the afternoon, escape to a natural paradise, with all the necessary comforts to make your night a memorable experience, surrounded by the peace and serenity of the rainforest, and sheltered by the impressive Arenal Volcano, which heats and nourishes the waters of Ecotermales. During your stay, you will enjoy the pleasure of feeling the natural energy coming from the veins of the Arenal Colossus; heat the sources from which the thermal water pools are born, ranging from 37 ° C to 41 ° C (99 ° F to 106 ° F). That when combined with the pool and cold water cataract, they perform a relaxing massage on your entire body. End this lovely and relaxing night with a delightful dinner. Overnight in Arenal Country Inn or similar
 Day 04 : Arenal – Monteverde
Breakfast at the hotel & Check Out. At the agreed time, continue to your next destination, Monteverde; a truly paradise for nature lovers. The transfer consists of a section aboard a boat and then by land. You will aboard into a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for a 30 to 40 minutes (aprox.) ride from Arenal Lake to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake. Once at Río Chiquito, we’ll leave the boat and make a short break to strength the legs, after, another 1 hour thirty minutes microbus ride to get to the hotels in the Monteverde. Duration aprox of 3 ½ hours (Land and boat). Rest of the day at leisure to relax at the lodge or explore the area by your own. Overnight in Hotel Cipreses or similar
 Day 05 : Monteverde
Breakfast at the hotel. Experience a full day of nature with a dose of adventure and adrenaline flying over the treetops. This a super exciting combination that mixes the unique zipline + hanging bridges, a deep hike into the magical cloudforest to admire nature from a distinct perspective. Rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore the area by your own. Overnight in Hotel Cipreses or similar
 Day 06 : Monteverde – Tamarindo
Breakfast at the hotel & Check Out. At the agreed time, continue to your beach destination to: Tamarindo Beach: The most developed beach on the vibrant Nicoya Peninsula and one of Costa Rica’s best-known surf spots. Tamarindo beach is also a wonderland of adventure and has the serenity of a tropical getaway. This is a destination for anyone that is traveling through Costa Rica, from newlyweds to families. Overnight in Wyndham Tamarindo or similar Leisure afternoon to enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight in Tamarindo
 Day 07 : Tamarindo
Breakfast at the hotel. Activity included during your stay in: Tamarindo | Sunset Catamaran & Snorkeling (BBQ Meal included): Enjoy a ride in an open catamaran where you will silently glide along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white-sand beaches, and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink, prepared and served by our crew, as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor, and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach while the ever-helpful crew prepares a feast of BBQ chicken, yellow Spanish rice, fruit, chips, black bean puree, pico de gallo, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. As the Marlin del Rey sailing catamarans set sail, hear the waves slide along the giant catamaran as the sun sets, illuminating the clouds left in the sky. Overnight in Tamarindo
 Day 08 : Tamarindo
Today is your day at leisure.
 Day 09 : Tamarindo – San José
Breakfast at the hotel & Check Out. At the agreed time, departure to the capital city, San José to spend your last night in Costa Rica. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Holiday Inn Escazú or similar
 Day 10 : Final Departure
At the appropriate time, return to San José International Airport to take your flight back home.

What's included

  • Return economy flight from London Heathrow
  • Meet & greet at Juan Santamaría International Airport
  • All transfer In & Out
  • Shared transfers between areas including transfer boat & land Lake Crossing Arenal – Monteverde
  • Regular / shared excursions mentioned in the itinerary and entrance fee
  • Local tour guide during the excursions
  • 2 Night lodging in San José
  • 2 Nights lodging in Arenal
  • 2 Nights lodging in Monteverde
  • 3 Nights lodging in Tamarindo
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners

What's not included

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and Alcoholic drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses, extras at the Hotels and tips

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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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