Amazing Abundance of Wildlife

11 Days

Overview

This is an ideal sample that allows you to experience not only the diverse of flora & fauna but to get hanging out in the Costa Rican Tropics.

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Highlights

  • Cloud, Tropical, and Rainforest Hikes
  • Swimming in a Waterfall
  • Light Blue River
  • Rolling green hills

San Jose

San José is the capital. It is in the Central Valley. The city offers many options for hotel accommodations and has several historic buildings such as the Melico Salazar Theater, National Museum, Metal Building, Children’s Museum, Costa Rican Art and Design Museum, Museum of Jade (recently renovated).

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Monteverde is privileged and internationally recognized thanks to its natural exuberance. Part of the fascination generated by this beautiful area comes from its diversity of landscapes. The variety of ecosystems and virgin forests and the commitment of people to protect and enjoy them is remarkable in Costa Rica. Monteverde is a community founded by a mixture of American Quaker immigrants and Costa Rican country people.

At the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, you can embrace the misty atmosphere, which serves as one of the most coveted ecotourism destinations in Costa Rica. The reserve encompasses a 26,000-acre biozone, brimming with a wonderful diversity of wildlife and plant life. There is no doubt that the Monteverde Cloud Forest is a true paradise for nature lovers.

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park is known for its hot springs, active Arenal Volcano, and wildlife, including jaguars and tree frogs. Within the national park, short trails pass through secondary forest as well as lava fields from previous eruptions.

A growing tourism industry has taken advantage of this natural resource to heat up pools and fountains for the amusement of visitors, together with activities such as mountain biking, canopy rides, horseback riding and kayaking on the lake.

Tenorio Volcano National Park

The Tenorio Volcano National Park offers natural scenic overlooks that allow appreciate the plains of the Pacific and Caribbean. “It is a magical place that offers a variety of possibilities to appreciate the wonders of nature and difficult to find phenomena. It is the main geographical feature of the eponymous Tenorio Volcano National Park.  The Rio Celeste is an amazing shade of blue because of the sulfur that is emitted by the volcanic activity in the park.

Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province

Playa Hermosa is known for its popular beach and beach-front resort town. People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.

The beautiful Playa Hermosa  is just 20 minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, and it’s considered as one of the best maintained beaches in the country.

Park Inn by Radisson

Within walking distance of the bustling downtown area, the Park Inn by Radisson San Jose, Costa Rica is an ideal choice for both leisure and corporate travelers. Spend the day at the Jade Museum to learn about the area’s rich culture or immerse yourself in the displays at the Costa Rican Art Museum. Visit La Sabana Park,

After a busy day, head to the on-site RBG Bar & Grill for a tasty selection of American and international favorites.

Standard Room

These Standard Rooms offer ample space and two comfortable queen beds. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi while enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea from the in-room facilities. You can start each day with our complimentary breakfast at RBG Bar & Grill. All rooms include a hair dryer, magnifying mirror, and steam iron and ironing board for your convenience.

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens offers a sought-after location among hotels in Monteverde, Costa Rica. While our hotel is walking distance from downtown Monteverde, our setting feels like a natural oasis world apart from civilization. We offer 28 guest rooms framed by designer gardens and a private cloud forest reserve teeming with exotic local wildlife.

All rooms feature breathtaking forest views and are appointed with comforts like free Wi-Fi, plush pillowtop beds, soft bathrobes, private balconies, and nightly turndown service. The ambiance throughout the hotel is tranquil and relaxing with the rustic design and wood fireplace offering a touch of rustic warmth.

Forest View Downstairs Room

Forest View Downstairs Rooms offer stunning views of the inspiring Cloud Forest of Monteverde.

This non-smoking room includes: One king size bed or two queen beds, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker and coffee bag, two cups, tea bags (regular and chamomile), room cooler, water pitcher and glasses, plush, pillowtop bed with extra pillows and blankets available, ceiling fan, safe box, electric outlet with USB port, bathrobes, table, and chairs.

Hotel El Silencio del Campo

Hotel El Silencio del Campo is in Arenal hot springs. It’s in the mountains, surrounded by colorful and lush gardens, that gives a natural sensation to your experience.

Geographically, our location becomes a strategic point to appreciate the best view of the Arenal volcano, in addition to the accessibility that we maintain with more beautiful and natural places in the area: Río Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal National Park, serpentarium, butterfly farm, frog and adventure activities such as: rafting, zip line, canyoning, among others. surrounded by colorful and lush gardens, that gives a natural sensation to your experience.

Villa

Cozy villas designed with a taste that combines practicality with comfort, simplicity with detail, comfort with nature, “enjoyment with peace”.

All Villas have a terrace and table for four people surrounded by gardens and a great diversity of plants that attract fauna, including birds, butterflies, and reptiles.

Hotel Río Celeste Hideaway

Río Celeste Hideaway is a small resort-style and ecologically conscious hotel that provides a truly unique experience, surrounded by a natural paradise. It’s located just an hour’s drive from the Arenal Volcano area and 90 minutes from the Liberia International airport (LIR), next to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where the amazing Rio Celeste gains its sky-blue color.

Casita Deluxe Garden View

All casitas at the property are designed for maximum comfort and style while maintaining close contact with the natural environment. With the guest experience in mind, the hotel has created a unique concept of casitas separated from each other by lush tropical landscaping.

Each spacious casita offers independent space and privacy, making guests feel at home, and are equipped with either with one King-size bed or two Queen-size beds, fitted with luxury linens. They also have a private patio with an outdoor shower as well as a terrace that faces inward toward the hotel grounds, providing a garden view.

Hotel Bosque del Mar

 Let yourself be captivated by the charm of this hotel, surrounded with a natural paradise that captures the tranquility of the forest and mixes it with the characteristic fervor of the beach in an experience of perfect harmony. Enjoy the luxurious comforts of the different rooms categories and relax.

Ocean View Suite

There is a total of 6 luxury suites right in front of the beach. Each one of them have a bedroom with 2 queen beds or a king bed, a comfortable living room with a mini bar and a sofa bed, a pleasant terrace that it shares space with a magnificent outdoor Jacuzzi exclusive to each suite.

The oceanfront suites are surrounded by tropical gardens and the closest contact with the vibrant Pacific Ocean and the wonderful Playa Hermosa, just a few steps away. Technology, details, and fine design intertwine in this type of room, ideal for couples, although families are also welcome thanks to its size and number of be

In Room: Telephone, living room with sofa bed, mini fridge, 2 independent air conditioning units, 2 ceiling fans, Plasma TV 39” with cable in bedroom, plasma TV 29” with cable in living room, terrace with table and chairs, coffee maker, hair dryer, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, desk, sound system for player, jacuzzi facing the sea, energy saving system, remote control for lights, fans, and window shades.

Itinerary

Welcome to Costa Rica!
After passing through migration and customs, you can meet your Costa Rica Travel Adventures English Speaking Guide and your Spanish Driver.  The guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Transfer to your hotel afterwards; transfer time is approximately 50 minutes.

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After breakfast-8:00am approx.  You will be met by your Service Guide and your driver at the Park Inn' lobby . Transfer from San José to the area of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Driving time is approximately 3 hours.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is located between the provinces of Alajuela and Puntarenas and has an elevation of 1,600 meters above sea level. Incredible views through the hanging suspension bridges, which extend through canyons and connect to the hiking trails, giving you the same canopy experience. It also offers 13 km of trails that will make for a great day of hiking.

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Full day to enjoy and explore the Monteverde area
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve-Shared Tour.

Early morning transfer by your Local Naturalist Guide, and Driver to the Monteverde Reserve (20 minutes transfer ).

Your Local Guide will take you on a 4.5-hour nature tour through the mountainous forest, helping you spot everything from tiny orchids on a fallen branch to camouflaged hummingbirds, bringing home the complexity of the cloud forest.

The main purpose of this tour is to experience the incredible interconnectivity of the rich biodiversity found in the cloud forest. At the end of your hike.

The overwhelming and extensive biodiversity,  vegetation and animal population make the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve an acclaimed world-wide nature refuge.

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After breakfast (pick up- 7:30am approx.), depart in a shared transfer Van-Boat-Van to the area of Arenal via Lake Arenal Boat crossing. Nice combination of ground and water transportation used as a ‘’shortcut’’ between the areas of Monteverde and La Fortuna.

Lenght of the transfer is approximately 2 ½ hours (depending on wind and road conditions).

The Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the most popular places to visit. It is considered a living laboratory due to the complexity of biological processes carried out within it.

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Full day to enjoy and explore the area of Arenal and its surroundings: La Fortuna Waterfall Hike-Shared Tour.

Meet your Local Naturalist Guide and Spanish Speaking Driver at your lodge and drive for about half an hour (depending on your location) to La Fortuna Waterfall. At the base of the waterfall there is a natural pool where you can refresh in the cool waters of La Fortuna River. After some time enjoying this natural site, you must climb the steps again to reach the parking area and reception.

After completing the walk to the waterfall, you drive to an interesting place called “Arenal Vida Campesina” (Arenal Countryside Life) for a buffet lunch prepared with fresh ingredients cultivated in the farm. They offer organic food cooked on a woodstove and you can also take pictures of local crops, fruits and farm animals. Get ready to enjoy the aroma and flavor of coffee dripped in a typical “chorreador”. After lunch you drive back to your lodge.

<strong>Important Notes:</strong>

This walk is not recommended for guests with difficulties on knees, back or specific health conditions that affect mobility.

There are restrooms and changing facilities at the reception’s site only. You can change clothe before you start the descent to the waterfall.

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Depart with your Spanish Speaking Driver from Arenal area to Tenorio Volcano National Park (2 hours’ drive approximately).

Tenorio National Park; the most visited destinations in the country, famous for the photographs of its trails, a waterfall, a sky-blue river, and abundant natural surroundings. The Tenorio Volcano is on the dividing line between the provinces of Alajuela & Guanacaste.

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Full day at Tenorio National Park.
During your stay the following activity is scheduled; Hiking Río Celeste & Tenorio National Park- Shared Tour.

Your Local Naturalist Guide is going to meet you at the front desk at 8am and head towards the park. Once you´ve registered at the entrance, you'll start the hike through this humid forest ecosystem, with the chance to observe various animal species and exuberant flora surrounding us. Along the walk you will discover the magnificent Río Celeste waterfall, as well as the section of the river where it dyes itself into that amazing light blue coloration.
It is now known that the blue color arises due to a physical phenomenon known as Mie scattering triggered by the presence of certain minerals in the river's water that causes sunlight to reflect in such a manner that it gives the water its incredible blue.
The park is home to more than 100 bird species, and other animals like Dantas, armadillos, collared peccaries, iguanas, snakes, white-nosed coatis.

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Mid-morning (9:30am approx.) you will be met by your Spanish Speaking Driver for your private transfer to Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste.

The approximate driving time from one destination to the other is 2 hours approximately.

Meaning ‘beautiful beach’ in Spanish, Playa Hermosa has made a name for itself with its idyllic beauty and lush surroundings. A two-kilometer-long grey sand beach, encircled by tropical forests and ridges of volcanic rock, Hermosa Beach is relaxed, rarely crowded, and laid back most of the year, making it a great retreat for those who wish to just lie back leisurely and enjoy the sun.

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Two full days at Playa Grande.

Diving, snorkeling, Jet ski, sunset sailing tour, fishing, hiking, river rafting. These are some of the activities that may considered, on last part of your vacation time.

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Your Spanish Speaking Driver will pick you up and will transfer you from Hotel Bosque del Mar to the Liberia airport,  where you will be getting on time for check in purposes. (30 minutes drive approximately; private transfer).

Included

  • Accommodations, as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Meals, as mentioned in the itinerary. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Transfers included as indicated. Unless tours are specifically indicated as private all tour transportation are shared with other passengers and with a Spanish speaking driver.
  • When the service of a guide is listed (LG) (SG) He/ She will accompany you from A to B. They will meet and greet you on arrival at the International Airport, accompany you on some legs of your trip and then meet you again for your departure transfer. They are all Costa Rican and are happy to share their insight on with you.
  • Porterage: When the tour includes international airport transfers, the handling of two bags per person is included.
  • Taxes & Entrance Fees:
  • Hotel taxes, meal taxes (when meals are included), entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest are included unless otherwise specified.
  • Sightseeing: As specified in the itinerary.
  • Pick up time: Tentative times have been added however, the exact time and additional details related to the activity are going to be confirmed to you a day prior of the activity.

Not included

  • Costs of obtaining passports, visas, or tourist cards.
  • Excess baggage fees.
  • Personal expenses such as room service, beverages, and laundry.
  • Personal communications charges.
  • International airfare.
  • Sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Personal insurance coverage (strongly recommended)
  • Gratuities.

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Amazing Abundance of Wildlife
  • 1-12 people
  • English Only