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    Places visited:

  • San Jose
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloudforest
  • Manuel Antonio
  • 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.

Holly, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

This trip is ideal for first-time visitors to Costa Rica, or for those who are a little short on time. Arenal Volcano National Park is the country's activity heartland, watched over by the cone of its eponymous conical volcano. Next you’ll journey to the Monteverde Cloudforest, an extremely bio-diverse environment offering excellent birdwatching, intriguing flora, adrenaline-fuelled canopy walkways and zip-line tours. You’ll round off your trip with some time spent relaxing on the west coast at Manuel Antonio, an area combining lush rainforests and beautiful beaches. All transfers will be either individual or shared with a small group of people.

We recommend this trip for:

  • San Jose
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloudforest
  • Manuel Antonio

Itinerary idea in detail

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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

International outbound flight , San Jose

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to San Jose. 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.

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Day 2 Arenal Volcano

San Jose , Arenal Volcano

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.

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Day 3 Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

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.

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Day 4 Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

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.

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Day 5 Monteverde Cloudforest

Arenal Volcano , Monteverde Cloudforest

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.

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Day 6 Monteverde Cloudforest

Monteverde Cloudforest

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.

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Day 7 Manuel Antonio

Monteverde Cloudforest , 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.

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Day 8 Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio

At leisure in Manuel Antonio. We suggest heading off early in the morning to the beach in the national park, which is a short journey away by the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus.

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Day 9 Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio

Further relaxation on the beach. You could perhaps arrange a kayaking or catamaran tour.

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Day 10 International return flight

Manuel Antonio , International return flight

Take a private three hour transfer back to San Jose in time for your flight home.

Day 11 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Chelsey
Audley Travel specialist Nik

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