Enter a world filled with breathtaking natural beauty. Soaring volcanic peaks, pristine waterfalls dropping into turquoise lakes and exotic and rare wildlife will satiate both the thrill seeker and nature lover in you.
Visit the enchanting cloud forests and the lush green rainforests of the unique paradise known as Costa Rica. Explore volcanic towns and immerse yourself into the local everyday activities. Discover the rare and wonderful wildlife of the region, including the black-handed spider monkey, toucans, and two-toed sloths.
Welcome to colourful Costa Rica. Enjoy a relaxing overnight stay at your Special Stay hotel, a beautiful colonial hacienda set on a 30-acre coffee plantation. Relax for the rest of the day and enjoy its fine facilities.
Day 2 - San José > Monteverde Cloud Forest
Make your way to the famous cloud forest of the country, Monteverde where you will meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. Visit NATUWA – Macaw and Rescue Centre to learn more about the conservation of native flora and fauna, including endangered species. Enjoy the scenic ride through forests and farms as you ascend the Tilaran Mountain Range for amazing views of the countryside and Nicoya Gulf. Arrive at your luxury eco-hotel for the next two nights. Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a delicious welcome dinner this evening.
Meals Included: Dinner
Day 3 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
Take a Sky Tram up to the Continental Divide and to one of the highest mountains of Monteverde. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a ride on the Sky Trek, a system of zip lines consisting of four kilometres of linear cable, and safely zip through the forest. Five observation towers that rise above the treetops will give you the unique opportunity to view the cloud forest from above. Alternatively, enjoy taking a walk over the hanging bridges.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Monteverde Cloud Forest > Arenal Volcano
It is time to leave the cloud forest behind and move towards the rainforest on the northern plains of the country. Cross the Arenal Lake by boat, one of the most scenic rides that you will have during your journey. Once on the other side of the lake, head towards the town of La Fortuna, home to the colossal Arenal Volcano that will be your host for the next three nights. Relax at the facilities of this immersive five star lodge this evening, and enjoy dinner with the group.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Arenal Volcano
Enjoy a guided journey through the Arenal Vida Campesina farm, experience life in the Costa Rican countryside by participating in local activities like milking a cow, making tortillas, gathering vegetables from the vegetable garden, milling sugar cane, and drawing water from a handmade well. You will also have the opportunity to sponsor and plant a tree in danger of extinction, followed by a delicious and wholesome organic lunch made with products harvested from the property and cooked on a wood stove.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Arenal Volcano
Enjoy the sights, sounds and tranquillity of the rainforest as you quietly paddle along the Peñas Blancas River. Keep your binoculars ready as a wealth of exotic wildlife awaits you, including monkeys, sloths, and numerous birds. Your expert guides will regale you with enlightening details about the plants and animals you encounter. Soak up the serenity as you travel down the river and capture memories on your camera.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 7 - Arenal Volcano > San José
Make your way to the capital of Costa Rica, San José. En route, stop for a delicious lunch prepared using authentic, local ingredients at a traditional restaurant in Poas, then continue towards La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Situated within a private park at an altitude of around 5,000 feet, you can walk along the 3.5 kilometres of trails to visit the five waterfalls, cloud forest and rainforest areas, and the various exotic animal and flower exhibits. Continue to your Special Stay hotel for the night. Tonight, exchange notes of your memorable Costa Rican holiday with your newfound friends at a nostalgic farewell dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - San José
Say farewell to Costa Rica as you transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport, taking with you a lifetime of wonderful memories.