itinerary highlights the icons of our beautiful Costa Rica: the cool cloud
forest, lowland rainforest, beaches, farmlands and volcanoes. Experiences such
as close encounters with flora and fauna, spying howler monkeys and colorful
birds, hiking through the rainforest, swimming with colorful fish and delicious
meals are but a few of those you’ll enjoy!
The price of the program for 1 person: 3718
Day 1. San Jose
Arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Hotel at the La Fortuna area at termal springs. Overnight at Hotel Arenal Paraiso Spa
AM: The Arenal Hanging Bridges at Mistico Park is a beautiful, environmentally-friendly nature project located near the Arenal Volcano for walking tours. This is considered one of the best nature walks in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. There are trails and bridges that bring you as close as you could ever hope to get to the birds, flowers, and the lush vegetation of this primary rainforest. This is the perfect tour for nature enthusiasts visiting Costa Rica! The trails are designed for all ability levels and cover a total of about 2 miles. Once you are on walking along, you will be able to admire the great diversity of flora and fauna typically found in the tropical rain forest and also have the opportunity to see many different birds and plant species for approx 2.5 hrs. Walk right into the forest along several stretches of hanging bridges overlooking the tree canopy along easy, safe and beautiful trails with views of the Arenal Volcano. Appreciate the wildlife as you cross the 15 different bridges, 6 of them are the ones hanging.
PM: The Arenal Volcano 1968 Park and other reserves along the border of the National Park are one of the most visited places in all of Central America. The trails in Arenal Volcano1968 Park and other nearby Arenal Reserves are generally not very strenuous -- perfect for a leisurely and informative hike with one of our professional nature guides. This part of the Arenal Volcano had sections that were devastated by the lava flow of 1968, so some areas have very little vegetation. This guided walk of the1968 Trail provides perfect photo opportunities and magnificent views of the impressive Arenal Volcano, the pristine Lake Arenal and the extinct volcano Cerro Chato. We have chosen the appropriate trail for better wildlife viewing. There are parts of each trail that has forested areas where your nature guide will try to spot birds, monkeys and other animals in their natural habitat.
Overnight at Hotel Arenal Paraíso Resort & Spa. (Meals: B)
Day 3: Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
Breakfast at the Hotel. You will enjoy the Caño Negro & Río Frío Boat Tour Specially for Nature Lovers! This tour highlight is a boat ride on the Frío River, starting at Los Chiles, little town located 4 km from the Nicaraguan border. This river is part of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge – a Ramsar site- here you will find one of the most diverse flora and fauna habitats in Costa Rica. Along the river it is possible to observe great quantity of birds like the snake-bird, herons, cormorants and animals such as: howler, spider or even white face monkeys, three - toed sloths and some reptiles like caimans, Jesus Christ lizards and turtles. After lunch, back to Arenal. Overnight at Hotel Arenal Paraíso Resort & Spa. (Meals: B, L)
Day 4. Celeste River
Rio Celeste National Park Guided Hike-In search of the blue waterfall in Costa Rica! The Rio Celeste National Park is a beautiful 1.5 hour scenic drive from the Arenal Volcano through rural villages. The Río Celeste waterfall is near the Tenorio and Miravalles Volcanoes and is becoming an increasingly popular area to visit in Costa Rica for hiking. Once we arrive, we will begin a hike through the dense, lush, tropical rainforest that surrounds the Tenorio National Park. You and your nature guide can go at your own pace and you'll learn interesting things about the rainforest along the way. When we arrive at Los Tenideros, where two rivers come together, you'll be amazed at the celestial turquoise blue water color that comes from the waterfall.
Local legend as explained by members of the Maleku indigenous group of the area claim that God was painting the sky a celestial blue color and reached down to dip his brush to turn the river its magical blue color. But for a more scientific explanation, the celestial blue color is created when the minerals in the water: aluminum, silicon and oxygen are suspended in the water and refracts light from the sun so that the flow looks blue. Overnight at Hotel Arenal Paraíso Resort & Spa.
(Meals: B,L) Transfer back to San José. Overnight at Barceló San José Palacio. (Meals: B)
Day 5. San Jose / Corcovado
Early 45-minute air flight to Palmar Sur where you will be met by your nature guide. Then, you will take boat trip down the Sierpe River viewing mangrove wetlands. Arrive at Rancho Corcovado, complementary cocktail before lunch. Afternoon is free to nature trails and the best beach spots. (Meals: B, L, D)
Aguila de Osa Inn
Day 6. San Jose / Corcovado
Corcovado National Park Tour
The Sirena Park Ranger Station is situated in the heart of Corcovado National Park. Its location is more remote, a 50 minute boat ride from Drake Bay, with a wet landing on the beach for which it is recommended that you wear sandals. Upon reaching the Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado National Park, you will have the chance to change to more rugged footwear to hike some of the Park´s wildest terrain. Since this station is less accessible, there is greater opportunity to spot some of the rarest rainforest wildlife. Sirena rewards the more adventurous traveler with the true experience of what National Geographic Magazine has called “the most biologically intense place on earth.” (Meals: B, L, D) Aguila de Osa Inn
Day 7: Cano Island Diving Tour
Lying in the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean, 12 nautical miles; offshore from the Osa Peninsula at Drake Bay, Cano Island is an amazing marine biological reserve in Costa Rica. Cano Island is an island of considerable geographical and archeological importance. The real beauty of Cano Island is not found on its land, but underwater. The Cano Island’s virgin waters are some of the bluest in the country, and are home to a spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna as well as some gorgeous coral reefs. Cano Island is Rated as being the best underwater adventure diving spots in the world, the Cano Island Biological Reserve is also home to a huge variety of fish, whales and sharks. With fantastic underwater visibility, one can see on any given day, sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracudas, tuna, snapper and grouper swimming alongside a variety sharks and humpback or pilot whales. (Meals: B, L, D) Aguila de Osa Inn
Day 8: San José
Fly and transfer back to Juan Santamaria International Airport. (Meals: B)
The Program Includes:
Guided Tours as per the itinerary (English Speaking Guide)
Lodging and local taxes
Meals accord to itinerary: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
The Program Does Not Include:
Arrival and Departure Taxes
Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)