Explore Arenal Volcano, a spectacular setting for some of the country's best activities.
Visit the Monteverde Cloudforest: a cool, lush climate with excellent birdwatching.
Try zip-lining or tackle the Cloudforest canopy walkways.
Relax on the beaches of Manuel Antonio.
- San Jose and Central Valley
- Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves
- Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Manuel Antonio
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 San Jose and Central Valley
International outbound flight , San Jose and Central Valley
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to San Jose and Central Valley. Arrive in Costa Rica's capital city San Jose, where your private guide meets you at the airport. You're driven to your hotel in downtown San Jose by private transfer.
Day 2 Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves
Travel via a shared minibus transfer of around three hours to your hotel in the Arenal Volcano region. In the afternoon you'll enjoy some free time to start exploring. You might like to visit the La Fortuna waterfall, hike to the base of the volcano or simply rest and relax in your lush and tranquil hotel surroundings.
Day 3 Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves
Enjoy a shared trip today to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, an hour and a half away by shared transfer, where you take a boat journey along the Rio Frio in search of sloth, caiman, tropical birds, monkeys and turtles. This is a half day trip including guides, snacks, lunch, all transfers and a stop off to buy breakfast and purchase souvenirs en route.
Day 4 Arenal Volcano and the Cloudforest Reserves
A day at leisure to relax by the hotel pool or add more activities: you could go kayaking on Arenal Lake, zip-lining, white water rafting or visit the nearby hanging bridges.
Day 5 Monteverde Cloud Forest
This morning, travel to the Monteverde Cloudforest by shared transfer and a scenic boat ride. The drive, although a little bumpy, goes through truly spectacular scenery. The whole transfer takes around four hours in total. Once in Monteverde, you'll have the afternoon to relax or start exploring, before your night tour to look for the creatures of the forest after dark.
Day 6 Monteverde Cloud Forest
This morning, take a fun and interactive tour to a local family-run plantation where they grow coffee, sugar cane, oranges and bananas. In the afternoon, you'll visit Monteverde's canopy walkways and try out some exhilarating zip-lining through the treetops. Both these trips are shared group trips with transfers included, and an English speaking guide.
Day 7 Manuel Antonio
Today you travel five hours by shared coach to the stunning Central Pacific coast and your hotel close to Manuel Antonio. On arrival, spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel or head off to explore this beautiful coastline.
Day 8 Manuel Antonio
Day 9 Manuel Antonio
Day 10 International return flight
Manuel Antonio , International return flight
Day 11 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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