Highlights of Costa Rica Tour
Join other solos in Central America for this tropical 10-day Highlights of Costa Rica tour. Spend a night in the countries capital, San Jose, before making the journey to exotic Arenal, where you can swim in the crystal clear waters of the La Fortuna Waterfall and relax in the nearby Baldi hot springs. Your journey continues to Monteverde, home to Costa Rica’s stunning Cloud Forest – a meandering walkway system above the treetops brimming with exotic creatures. Spend your last couple of days relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio before heading back to the capital for an evening, where you can wander the historic neighbourhoods to your heart’s content.
Price from: £1199.00
27 Nov 2018 – 6 Dec 2018
Day 1 – Arrive San José
Upon arrival in San José, proceed to your hotel for check-in. Your local guide will meet you there, and dinner will be arranged for your first night in Costa Rica. Overnight in San José.
Day 2 – San José / Arenal
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take the Pan-American highway towards the city of Alajuela, stopping on the way at the Agriculture Monument and the famous Mango Park. You will then visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, walking through the beautiful nature park to reach the White Magic Waterfall. Inside the park, you’ll also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country. After lunch, you will continue the journey to Arenal. This evening, you will make your way to the exotic and relaxing hot springs. Overnight in Arenal.
Day 3 – Arenal
After breakfast at the hotel, you will hike to the breath-taking waterfall of the La Fortuna river and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding lush tropical environment. You can also take a swim in the waterfall to cool off after the short hike. In the afternoon, you will visit the Arenal National Park, where your guide will take you through rainforest trails to see monkeys, toucans, wild turkeys, sloths and a large variety of birds. You will eventually reach the observation point, where you will have unrivalled views of the Arenal Lake and volcano. Overnight in Arenal.
Day 4 – Arenal / Monteverde
After breakfast, you will check-out and begin the journey to Monteverde, a small community, located at the top of the Tilaran Mountain Range, and an important eco-tourism destination in Costa Rica. In the evening, you will visit the Cloud Forest, a real highlight of this trip. Here, you will discover the wonders of the nocturnal world in the Costa Rican rainforest. This adventure is a walk of around 2 hours, during which you will learn about the natural history of the area. You might be lucky to see an orange kneed tarantula, the elusive sloth, and an astounding variety of sleeping birds. Overnight in Monteverde.
Day 5 – Monteverde
After breakfast at the hotel, get ready for your Hanging Bridges and Canopy Tour. The hanging bridges are located in Selvatura Park, and consist of about 1.9 miles of trails above the treetops. You will explore for around 1.5 hours, before continuing for your canopy tour. The Canopy tour consists of 13 cables, including a 1 km long cable, 15 platforms and one Tarzan Swing. There is a total of 2.2 miles of total cable length. The tour is suitable for people of all ages although there are limitations due to standard harness sizes, and lasts for around 2.5 hours. Overnight in Monteverde.
Day 6 – Monteverde / Manuel Antonio
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and begin the journey to Manuel Antonio, located on the warm central pacific coast of Costa Rica. On the way, you will stop off at the famous Tarcoles River Bridge to observe the giant crocodiles, the lush landscape and the rice and palm oil plantations. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.
Day 7 – Manuel Antonio
After breakfast, you will explore Costa Rica’s famous National Park Manuel Antonio. Take a leisurely stroll with your guide through the exotic rainforest and learn about the abundance of wildlife that lives here. Your tour will end at the beautiful sandy beaches of the area, where you can stay and relax in the afternoon. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.
Day 8 – Manuel Antonio
After breakfast, you will have the day at your leisure. You could partake in some of the optional activities on offer, such as catamaran and snorkelling tours, or rafting and horse-back riding. Overnight in Manuel Antonio.
Day 9 – Manuel Antonio / San José
Today you will make the journey back to San José, where you will spend the last night of your Costa Rica tour.
Day 10 – Depart San José
After breakfast, you will have the day at your leisure until you are transferred to the airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COSTA RICA TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels
- All transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
- English-speaking guides throughout
- Activities as mentioned in the above itinerary
- 9x Breakfasts 1x Dinner
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on payment of a deposit of £200.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- International flights are not included and will need to be booked separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go ahead. If you would like recommendations of help with the booking of flights, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Explore
Group Size Maximum 12
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money US Dollars & Costa Rican Colones / Spending £30 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout the trip. They will meet you at the airport and stay with you for the duration of the tour. Our guides are very knowledgeable, if you need anything at all, just ask them!
Clothing You can expect temperatures in the high 20’s, so make sure you pack light, breathable clothing. You will also need comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before you travel, as some inoculations take longer than others to carry out. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £375
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Costa Rica before your departure date.