Have the dreamiest holiday you could think of when you embark on this action-packed adventure taking you to some of Costa Rica's most spectacular cultural, natural and historical sites. After enjoying exciting thrills such as a sky-walking tour along suspended bridges among the treetops, river tubing along Rio Negro or going for a canopy zip-line experience you will have some downtime on a glorious North Pacific beachside resort to let it all sink in and recharge batteries before heading back home.
Costa Rica is the ultimate eco-tourist paradise with wild rivers, untouched beaches and amazing cloud rainforests teeming with wildlife - the perfect adventure for the wild at heart!
- Relax at the hot springs and mud baths, and try your hand at zip lining, horseback riding or river tubing.
- Visit the country's famous shoreline, cloud rainforests, volcano and the charming capital of San Jose
- Tour includes: San Jose City Tour, Sky Walk on Hanging Bridges, Buena Vista hot springs and mud baths, nature walk to La Pava and Salitral Waterfalls, horseback riding and more
- Departs: london
- Arrives: san jose, Costa Rica
- Departs: san jose, Costa Rica
- Arrives: london
Hidden Jewels of Costa Rica Tour
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Experience the true Rincon De La Vieja
- Monteverde offering a truly natural experience
- Relax on some of the worlds best beaches
Costa Rica is a tropical paradise with misty volcanoes, wild rivers and verdant jungles teeming with wildlife - it's an eco-tourist's dream destination. For decades, Costa Rica has stood out for its stability and has benefited from the most developed welfare system in Latin America.
The Hidden Jewels of Costa Rica Tour offers a diverse experience; taking in the capital city of San Jose, hanging bridges in the cloud forest of Monteverde, adventure and cultural activities in the tropical dry forest of Rincon de la Vieja, and finally some relaxation time on the beautiful beaches of the North Pacific coastline. Designed for those with a passion for nature, dramatic scenery and natural adrenaline, the Hidden Jewels of Costa Rica Tour offers a journey of exploration with the perfect combination of comfort and adventure. Did we mention volcanic mud baths and thermal hot springs?
The tour starts in the capital of San Jose and ends at Papagayo Gulf in the North Pacific Coast Guanacaste Province, with access to several great beaches, for a total of 11 nights and 12 days of eco-adventure.
Hidden Jewels of Costa Rica Tour Highlights:
- San Jose VIP City Bus
- Sky Walk Monteverde Hanging Bridges
- Buena Vista Mega Combo Experience including zip lining, horseback riding, water slide, hanging bridges and more
Day 1 - Arrival in San Jose
This afternoon you will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport located 20km away from San Jose City. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel where you will proceed for check-in.
As the main entryway to the country, the Central Valley which includes San José, offers a variety of tourist, cultural and natural attractions, including Costa Rica´s best museums: the Pre-Columbian Gold, Jade, National, Costa Rican Art, La Salle Natural Science, University of Costa Rica Insect and Children´s Contemporary Art and Design Museums. In addition, this region is home to the architectural jewel of Costa Rica: the National Theatre.
Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel. Dinner is on your own.
You will spend 2 nights in San Jose
Day 2 – San Jose
Breakfast is at hotel followed by city cultural experience at San Jose VIP City Bus. Lunch included during the excursion. Dinner on your own.
VIP City Bus has at your disposal the best city tour in Costa Rica, where they pick you up at your hotel in comfortable minivans with a customised service, take you to the National Stadium where the first European Style double decker bus in costa Rica will be waiting for you to start the city tour with all the comfort and the best panoramic views, a bilingual guide will explain the details of the main attractions, on the other hand an on board waiter will serve you beverages from our country, the tour includes a welcome cocktail, stops on the best places in town, typical lunch, brief walking tour where you can become familiar with San Jose culture and history, you can later enjoy a marimba live folk music show in the comfort of the bus. We invite you to come and experience their service with typical local drinks, typical dishes, live folk music on board, typical “Bombas” and the best panoramic views for you to take pictures and videos. The staff will be typically dressed.
Day 3 – San Jose - Monteverde
After breakfast your shuttle transportation will depart from your hotel towards the area of Monteverde Cloud Forest. After check in, the rest of the day will be at leisure for you to enjoy this wonderful area, certainly a natural paradise in the clouds. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Set atop the spine of Costa Rica’s continental divide, Monteverde is a world above the coastal towns that dot the country's famous shoreline. It is a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys, mist, and friendly locals. The town of Santa Elena is small and quaint, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity.
You will spend 2 nights in Monteverde.
Day 4 - Monteverde Cloud Forest
After breakfast meet with your transportation at the reception of your hotel to depart on an amazing guided walk through the tree top. Admire the beautiful scenarios from a different perspective on the Sky Walk tour at the Monteverde hanging bridges.
Half way between the town of Santa Elena and the Santa Elena Preserve the Sky Walk is located: This complex use trail and suspension bridges for a more tranquil introduction of the flora and fauna of the forest canopy, constructed within the cloud forest. It allows a vision of the forest from a different perspective which starts with a walk on the ground taking you up to explore the treetops, a hardly discovered habitat, called the “canopy” with a naturalist guide.
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or book optional half day afternoon excursions. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 – Monteverde - Rincon de la Vieja Area
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a shuttle transfer to the area of Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. The day will be at leisure for you to enjoy your hotel facilities such as relaxing hot springs and mud baths that are part of this amazing deal. You can visit Salitral Waterfall on route to the hot springs. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Surrounded by tropical dry forest, the Buena Vista Hot Springs feature five pools with thermal waters heated naturally by the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. The soothing mineral waters are crystal clear and all natural, and the river flows through the pools constantly refilling them with water. Relax and enjoy luxuriating in their healing waters. You can also try their volcanic mud “bath”, where you smooth volcanic clay mud all over yourself like a spa “masque,” then after it dries, wash it off with a cool river water shower. The hot springs water will feel great afterwards! On the way to the hot springs, it is worth to make a detour for a moment and a short walk will take you to the Salitral Waterfall, enjoy its breeze and scenic beauty. Follow the path, and go back to your path towards the spa
You will spend 2 nights in Rincon de la Vieja
Day 6 – Buena Vista Mega Combo Experience
After breakfast you will have the opportunity to enjoy a full day of natural adventure including all the following activities: Canopy Tour (Zip Lines), Horseback Riding, Hanging Bridges and Water Slide for the most adventurous ones. They are ALL INCLUDED; you can choose doing all of them or just some of them.
Today lunch is also included at the hotel restaurant. At the end, we invite you to visit the hot springs and mud baths for a last relaxing time. Booking optional treatments and massages at their spa is also a great idea. Still some free time? Do not forget to visit “La Fonda” from 9AM to 3:30PM and taste some of the local cuisine and a great dripped coffee… do not worry about paying, this one is on us!
“La Fonda” as well as all of their projects, was created to encourage Guanacaste culture and show their guest the importance of the kitchen in our homes as well as our traditions. The party starts with the “nisqueza” and grinding of corn to make our delicious hot tortillas served with cheese, doughnuts, “tanelas” with raw sugar, artisanal caramels made by their neighbours, empanadas stuffed with candied green papaya, homemade bread, “cajetas” and even our famous sweet squash. Enjoy the delicious dishes they make on their rustic stove and in the oven, as lush as a Guanacaste tree, all served with a delicious dripped coffee. They want their guests to feel like they are in our grandmother’s kitchen, where coffee was served on a four-legged table that our grandmothers used to wash with chigua leaves.
Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 - Rincon de la Vieja to Potrero Bay - North Pacific Coast
Breakfast is to be offered at the hotel. After all this amazing eco-tourism experience, you deserve some relaxing time at the beach, where the sunsets and the ocean are ready to welcome you. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Evening is at leisure
Day 8 - 10 - Potrero Bay Area
Breakfast is included at your hotel. The following days will be at leisure for you to enjoy your hotel facilities, visit Conchal, Avellana, Tamarindo, Flamingo and other neighboured beaches, and take time to relax or book any optional activities. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Potrero Bay - San Jose City
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel followed by shuttle transfer to San José to have a last night in town. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Evening is at leisure.
You will spend 1 night in San Jose
Day 12 - Departure Costa Rica
Breakfast included at the hotel (flight schedule permit). According to the international flight departure time transfer from the hotel in San Jose to the International airport to take the flight back home (Approximately 3 hours prior to flight departure time). The standard check out time at the hotel is 1200hrs.
Trip very well planned by Costa Rica Temptations (CRT). Everyone on the trip enjoyed it.. The small hotels were all in great locations for the type of holiday this is and had everything you needed. The trips included were excellent but still left plenty time to do your own thing., We really...
Aileen Smith reviewing Hidden Jewels of Costa Rica Tour (21-Dec-2016)
£1639 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services