Enigmatic, Forest and Active Attractions - 10 Days

Overview

In this 9 nights-10 days itinerary, you will experience the amazing plans we have prepared for you. This itinerary is based on your travel goal.

There are only a few places in the world where you can experience the thrill of hiking, zip lining through one of these enigmatic forests. We’ve highlighted a few beautiful spots to animate your sense of adventure.

Please let us know if there¬ is any modification you would like to make to suit your travel expectations better. We will be happy to assist you with proper logistics

Highlights

  • Bird watching tour and hike the trails behind the lodge (Casa Corcovado Lodge)
  • Ca√Īo Island - Snorkeling Excursion
  • Monteverde Reserve & Curi-Cancha Reserve - Aguti Reserve Night Tour
  • Hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Balsa River Rafting Class II & III
  • Sky Tram, Sky Trek and Sky Walk

Osa Peninsula

As one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, Corcovado National Park attracts wildlife and nature lovers from every corner of the world. Due to the many diverse tropical ecosystems, wildlife ranging from the mysterious jungle cats to the colorful scarlet macaws call this area home. Every visitor who comes to this national park is on a mission ‚Äď to see as many animals as possible and discover this little corner of Costa Rica.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

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.

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park is in the central part of the country.  It is one of the greatest holiday destinations for any nature lover and this mountainous, forested land has an incredible range of biodiversity.  Arenal is a place you cannot ignore.  This beautiful park is home to two incredible volcanoes, as well as a variety of plant and animal species, so nature lovers are guaranteed to find an idyllic eco-tourist experience. This national park is a fundamental piece of Costa Rica’s wonder. The Arenal Volcano will amaze you!

San José

San Jose is the Capital. It offers many options for accommodations, and a wide gastronomic offer, in San José you can find historic buildings such as the Melico Salazar Theater, National Museum, Metal Building, Children’s Museum, Costa Rican Art and Design Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Central Bank Museum (in the Plaza de la Democracia) and the new and renovated Jade Museum. The city also concentrates most government services.

Hotel Grano de Oro

Hotel Grano de Oro is situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, near Sabana Park in downtown San José. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the comfort of a private home. All rooms are equipped with free Internet, fully equipped mini bars, safety deposit boxes, flat screen TV with cable, ceiling fans, and telephones with direct access to international calling. A rooftop garden terrace with lawn beds and 2 Jacuzzis provides secluded lounging from 9am to 10pm.There is a gift shop featuring Costa Rican artwork. Additional services include laundry and dry cleaning, luggage storage, currency exchange, massages, fax and mail service and secure parking are available.

Restaurant Grano de Oro combines Costa Rican with European cuisine under the expertise of French chef Francis Canal. Once a simple cafe, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose’s finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and tourists alike. Room service is available 6am to 10pm.

Deluxe Room; 2 Queen

The deluxe rooms are similar in size to the deluxe king rooms and offer either one or two queen sized beds. Rooms with one bed have a small private garden. All rooms are equipped with free Internet, fully equipped mini bars, safety deposit boxes, flat screen TV with cable, ceiling fans, and telephones with direct access to international calling.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Located ¬Ĺ hour south of Drake Bay by boat, the lodge is accessible by beach landing only. On the northern border of the National Park, there are 10 rooms in cabins, each with large, tiled bathrooms and mosquito nets. Meals are served family-style in the main restaurant. Transportation from the beach to the lodge is provided in a tractor cart. The beach is very scenic but rocky and not good for swimming. A spring-fed swimming pool, nature trails and laundry service are featured, and tours are available including diving and fishing.

Deluxe Rooms

Tucked away in its own private garden and designed with comfort in mind. These larger bungalows offer a queen bed plus either two or three additional beds (all with mosquito nets), perfect for accommodating families or groups of friends. The bathroom area is divided into separate rooms for shower and toilet, and features a sink and mirror, decorated in Mexican tiles. The wood-beamed ceiling, shutters, and stained glass in the doors are hand-crafted by Costa Rican artisans. There are outdoor hammocks. The suite also offers a mini bar, safety deposit box, ample closets, hot water, and 24-hour electricity provided by hydroelectric and solar systems.

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

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.

Check-in:Is at 2:00 p.m. If rooms are available earlier, the hotel will do its best to get you in as soon as possible. If you arrive before 2:00pm, we are happy to store your belongings in our storage room.

Check-out:Is at 11:00 a.m. Please turn in your room and key on time. If you have planned a morning activity on your day of departure, we are happy to store your belongings in our storage room.

Forest View Balcony Rooms

Monteverde Lodge offers second floor Forest View Balcony Rooms. The bathroom has a double sink, shower with solar heated hot water, hair dryer and vanity mirror.

“Forest View Balcony Rooms showcase the inspiring Cloud Forest of Monteverde from the private balcony.

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, Furnished balcony with hammocks

Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

Discover Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa, a green friendly luxury hotel located just ten minutes from the town of La Fortuna. The tranquility of the rainforest setting and the proximity to the replenishing waters of the Titok√ļ hot springs provide a peaceful setting for exploring the beauty and exhilarating activities of Arenal Volcano National Park. The hotel is framed by the crystalline waters of the La Palma and Kioro streams, lush, vibrant gardens, and private thermal water spas.

Relax in one of 53 spacious, air-conditioned suites designed for couples or families. Additional complimentary guest perks include a breakfast each morning and onsite parking.

Enjoy warm, personalized service at every moment. Sneak away for a massage, spa therapy or beauty treatment at Neidin Spa, or ride our free shuttle to Titok√ļ hot springs, where hotel guests enjoy complimentary admission to the heated hot springs pools.

Family Suite

All suites are equipped with private hydromassage tubs and floor-to-ceiling-windows and sliding doors opening onto two terraces with uninterrupted volcano views.

These 63-square meter rooms accommodate 4 guests and feature 2 large double beds. Make yourself at home with modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, a minibar, coffee maker, in-room safe and a 32-inch LCD TV with premium movie channels.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Juan Santa María International Airport, Costa Rica (TG) (SSD)

After passing through migration and customs, you can meet your Costa Rica Travel Adventures English Speaking Guide and your Spanish Driver with a sign with your name on it.  Transfer to your San Jose hotel (driving time is 40 minutes approximately).

 

 

Day 2
City of San José- Osa Peninsula (BLD) (TG) (SSD)

After breakfast, 20 – 40 min shared land transfer will be provided to the local airstrip for your 45 minutes Sansa flight to Palmar Sur.

Upon arrival in Palmar Sur, taxi transfer to the small town of Sierpe (20-minute drive approximately). Board a motorboat to Casa Corcovado (1 – 1.5 hour). Refreshments will be served as you wind your way down the Sierpe River, through the largest mangrove wetlands system on the Pacific Coast of Central America. Your highly experienced boat captain will navigate out into the ocean through two or three sets of waves. Depending on conditions more than one attempt may have to be made to get the boat through the surf safely. You will have a beach landing at Casa Corcovado; after dipping your feet in the ocean, a tractor trailer will take you up hill and into the jungle to the lodge. The afternoon is free.

 

Day 3
Osa Peninsula - Corcovado National Park - San Pedrillo Station (BLD) (LG)

After breakfast leave with your local guide for a hike in Corcovado National Park. The cool early morning is the best time to spot wildlife and observe the many species of birds found in the park. Animal life in this section of the park is easy to see, with frequent sighting of monkeys, coatimundis, squirrels, spiders, macaws, bats, leaf cutter ants, and more.

Along the trail, your guide will tell you about the life in the rainforest. On your walk through the forest, you will follow a river and then visit a waterfall. This will be your chance to cool off in one of the shaded pools of the rushing river. Afterwards, continue down river until reaching the Park Station at San Predrillo. Located just offshore is Picaros Island, a refuge for several species of marine birds including the Brown Bobbie, Blue Heron and Brown Pelican. At the Station, under shade trees on the beach, you will have a picnic lunch including fresh fruit and ice-cold drinks. Afterward there will be time to explore the beach or relax.

Day 4
Osa Peninsula - Ca√Īo Island Snorkeling Excursion (BLD) (LG)

After breakfast your local guide will help you select your snorkeling gear for the tour to Ca√Īo Island. For those who want to explore the coral reefs around the Island, this is a great opportunity to see many kinds of fish, rays and sometimes turtles. This is also one of the best diving spots in Costa Rica.

On most days there will be a chance to snorkel at the “Coral Garden,” which is an excellent spot for beginners and more experienced guests. Inflatable diving vests are used so that everyone can feel safe.

Day 5
Osa Peninsula- San José- Monteverde Cloud Forest (BLD) (NG) (SSD)

After breakfast, depart from Casa Corcovado back to Palmar Sur for your Sansa fight to San Jose (47 minutes flight approx.).

Upon arrival your Private Bilingual Naturalist Guide and Spanish speaking driver will transfer you to the area of Monteverde (3 hours’ drive).

Monteverde is a peaceful community made up of dairy farmers, naturalists and tourism service providers who have joined together to create a model for sustainable development and protection of the environment that is becoming known throughout the world. It is the home of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest, and the Santa Elena Reserve.

Day 6
Monteverde Cloud Forest- Curi Cancha Reserve-Aguti Reserve (BLD) (NG) (SSD)

Depart with your Naturalist Guide and your Driver to the Monteverde Reserve area. Hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve from the visitors’center. The trails at the reserve are well-kept and have moderate gradients & steps, ascending ramps, alternating flat sections and quite appropriate conditions including bridges and handrails.

With the assistance of your Naturalist Guide, try to discover elusive birds in the cloud forest, including the mythical Quetzal, the sacred bird of the Mayans! Many more birds like hummingbirds, thrushes, trogons, or toucans can be seen in the reserve.

After finishing the Monteverde Reserve hike, drive to the Private Reserve of Curi-Cancha.

Hike mostly on dirt trails with not too steep descents. Most of the path have from 10 to 15 % gradient, alternating with some flat sections. In this cloud forest area, walk on the main road with gravel cover. Also ‚Äď on secondary trails-, expect muddy sections, slippery terrain in some points and just a few

Duration:¬†5¬†–¬†6 hours. From 7am ‚Äď2 pm.

What to bring: long pants, closed toe shoes or hiking boots, light fleece or jacket, rain gear, hat, water bottle, binoculars (recommended) snack and sunscreen. Don’t forget your camera!

Aguti Reserve Night Tour

Depart for an approximately 5-minute drive to Aguti Private Reserve. At the reserve, take time for the facilities before starting the walk along the different trails within the reserve. This protected area is part of the great conservation complex that includes the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, among other conservation efforts that exist in the area.

There¬īre chances to observe birds while they sleep, frogs, snakes, bats, armadillos, scorpions, two-toed sloths, and porcupine, among others. Wildlife is unpredictable but your guide is well-versed on finding species as well as sharing natural history of this area.

Notes:

The total route includes 4km (2.5 miles) of trails within the property, but during the night tour they use about 1 ‚Äď1.5 miles.

Temperature occasionally drops to low F 70s at night.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Departure at 5:45 pm.

What to bring: comfortable close-toed shoes, light jacket, and raingear.

Day 7
Monteverde Cloud Forest-Arenal Volcano (BLD) (NG) (SSD)

After breakfast, depart with your Naturalist Guide and driver to the embarkation site in Rio Chiquito. You will drive along rural roads toward the Board the Lake Crossing Boat that will take you to Arenal debarkation site, at the section of the lake. While you cross, there‚Äôre opportunities to observe birds like cormorants, herons, egrets and more. When you arrive to Arenal, and depending on your location, you¬īll drive for a few minutes to your hotel in Fortuna-Arenal.

Notes: The road between Monteverde and Rio Chiquito is quite steep, bumpy, and muddy. The boats have a canopy, but rain can still get in occasionally. The boat ride can be windy and rough during rainy days. (There’re no docks at the embarkation sites)

Duration: app. 4 hours. Departs between 07:00 & 07:30 AM, depending on your lodge in Monteverde

Includes: boat and land transportation, driver, and pilot.

Day 8
Arenal Volcano National Park - ATV Tour (BLD) (NG) (LG) (SSD)

Early morning transfer (7:00 AM) to the ATV Tour in Arenal. The Quads Adventure ATV tour not only gives you the opportunity for adventure and fun but also includes nature and unique views of the majestic Arenal Volcano. The trail you will traverse goes through pastureland at the base of the volcano from which you will have numerous opportunities to see the volcano before eventually arriving at Lago de Los Lirios (Lilly Lake) which has distinction of being the only lake in the area that contains sulfur residues from the volcano.

From there you will continue the trail passing through Tropical Humid Forest giving you the opportunity to observe the area’s flora and fauna before arriving at lookout point where we will have drinks and fruit for you. From this lookout point you will enjoy one of the best views of the volcano and some of its most recent flows as your expert naturalist guide tell you about the volcano’s history and characteristics.

After two hours of combining adrenaline with nature you will return to where you started on the ATVs. Here you will get to see and learn about crocodiles, frogs, and the area’s beautiful butterflies.

Duration:

2.5 Hours. Times: 7:30 am, 11:00 am and 2:30 pm

What does this tour includes?

Roundtrip transportation, naturalist bilingual guide (English & Spanish), drinks and snacks.

What to bring:  Sunscreen, extra clothe, camera, repellent and closed shoes.

Day 9
Arenal Volcano National Park- Sky Tram, Sky Trek and Sky Walk - San Jose (BL) (NG)

You will meet your Adventure Guides that run the activity. This area offers volcano views that can be observed from the aerial Sky Tram that rises 236 meters (780 feet) in 1250 meters (4125 feet) ride.

Before leaving the main building to start your activity, you will be fitted with all the necessary safety equipment: harness, helmet, gloves, and guides will take care of correct adjustment. Once you are all gear up, you will be accompanied by a guide in the sky tram to point out and explain more about the wild species found in the preserve. The tram stops at some points on the way, allowing the visitors to take photographs or spotting native wildlife.

The Canopy Zip Line starts from the observation platform. The guides will deliver a safety speech stressing safety and the braking system tips. The experience offers panoramic views of the volcano and lake from a whole new perspective. As you step out of the Canopy Zip Line, one of the Adventure Guides will continue with you to enter the Canopy Walkway.

This walk consists of a rainforest trail which connects a series of suspension bridges located over the treetops. The trail ascends along some ravines and hills, permitting the visitor opportunities to spot wildlife while crossing through dense forest as well as light gaps.

Duration: 3.5 to 4.5 hours in the park.

Includes: Adventure Guide, Zip lines, gear, and safety equipment, use of lockers for personal belongings. Canopy Walkway experience with hanging bridges and Sky Tram.

What to bring: Camera, binoculars, water bottle, close toed sturdy footwear, and old shirt or jacket that may get dirty during the zip line ride, comfortable clothes, poncho, or raingear & insect repellent.

Important Note:¬†You can’t use your own camera during the Zip Line activity.

Ground transfer back to San José downtown.

Day 10
Departure San José Costa Rica (TG) (SSD)

Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country (20 Р40 min drive).

Please keep in mind that you must be at the airport at least three hours prior to your departure time.

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.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: The weight limit for flights or boat trips within Costa Rica does not mean that you need to limit yourself to 40 lb. of baggage for your entire trip to Costa Rica. You can bring more than 40 lb. of luggage. Arrangements can be made to permit more luggage per person at considerable extra cost.

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Enigmatic, Forest and Active Attractions

Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • Moderate