Explore the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica with it's misty volcanoes, wild rivers and verdant jungles teeming with wildlife, an eco-tourists dream destination. For decades Costa Rica has stood out for its.
- Departs: london
- Arrives: san jose, Costa Rica
- Departs: san jose, Costa Rica
- Arrives: london
Discover Costa Rica Tour
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Enjoy complimentary WiFi
- Experience a special once in a lifetime holiday
- Enjoy 4 Nights on the Beach
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 Discover Costa Rica Tour offers a diverse experience; taking in the capital city of San Jose, the active volcano of Arenal, the Monteverde cloud forest reserve, a crossing of Costa Rica's largest lake and ending with a relaxing time at the North Pacific Coast. Designed for those with a passion for nature, dramatic scenery and beautiful almost private beaches, this Costa Rica Tour offers a journey of exploration with the perfect combination of comfort and adventure.
The tour starts in the capital of San Jose and ends at Playa Carrillo before coming back to the city, for a total of 11 nights and 12 days of eco-adventure.
Discover Costa Rica Tour Highlights:
- Doka Coffee Tour, Grecia City & Sarchi Oxcart Factory
- Sarapiqui River Rafting Class II-III OR Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve
- Arenal Volcano Nature Walk
- Sky Walk Monteverde Hanging Bridges
Day 1 - Arrival in San Jose (No Meals)
Arrival to Costa Rica, a representative will provide the arrival transfer from Juan Santa Maria International Airport to your hotel in San José. En-route, we will give a completely explanation of the itinerary and following days activities.
You will spend 2 nights in San José City
Day 2 – San Jose (Breakfast and Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel followed by Doka Coffee Tour
Doka Coffee Tour / Grecia & Sarchi Oxcart Factory
The Doka-Grecia and Sarchi tour is a relaxing yet very enjoyable tour. The tour begins with a wonderful drive through some of the largest coffee and sugar cane plantations (Doka) in Costa Rica. This educational and highly enjoyable coffee tour will show how these differences and variety of climatic factors determine the flavour aroma and quality of the final coffee cup. Doka Estate is an outstanding Coffee Hacienda with its own Coffee sun drying patios and Mill. This tour is a great learning opportunity that gives you the knowledge to become a Coffee Connoisseur with good understanding of the Coffee Industry and Costa Rica’s Coffee leading reputation as the fines, highest quality and the most efficient producer with the highest yield per area in the world. This unique Coffee Tour will guide you in a highly enjoyable way, through all the coffee production stages, as you will have the opportunity to closely observe and understand all of the coffee industry relevant details of how many generations of coffee artisans, have carefully selected coffee plants to produce coffee beans undergo that have unique qualities as per taste and aroma getting the proper knowledge on how Costa Rican Coffee is produced, from the plantation into a unique crafted distinctive carefully roasted cup of coffee, which is made fresh from top quality Costa Rican Highland Arabica coffee beans. You will walk through the planted fields, see our “beneficio” (coffee mill) and smell the aroma emitted by our sun bathed patios where the beans are sun dried every morning. Then we will arrive in Grecia, and we will see the famous metal church. The church that has a rare architecture, with high ceilings, ornate stained glass windows, and classical lines. Next we will move on to the arts & crafts factories of Sarchi recognized all over for their skilled labor and talented artistry; albeit, known primarily for the famous ox carts that are built there. And, if you are fortunate enough, you will see an ox cart that is over! Two stories high. To that end, the behemoth ox cart is registered in the Guinness book of world records as being the largest ox cart in the world. These ox carts are ornately decorated and bursting with intense colors, such as oranges and reds, and come in various sizes, and are treasured worldwide for their unique beauty. That said, you will not want to leave Costa Rica without one. Albeit, I would not recommend you attempt to lug the two story ox cart home. To end a beautiful time spent, a delectable typical lunch will be served.
Day 3 – San Jose - Arenal (Breakfast and Lunch)
After breakfast meet with your transportation at the reception of your hotel to depart on a river rafting adventure and then continue to drop off at your hotel in Arenal, with vies of the conical shape of this massive mountain. Lunch included during the excursion and dinner on own. On your way, admire the amazing scenarios while crossing the cloud forest of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. The rafting activity can be substituted by a Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve if requested in advance.
The Sarapiquí River is known as the scenic river of Costa Rica's tropical rain forest, has its origin on the Deception Depression between the Poás and Barba volcanoes and runs for 85 Km (53 Miles) to the San Juan River, border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is used for rafting through 35 Kilometers, with all the range of difficulty in three different sections. This tour leaves at a local put-in and runs 13 Km. to Chilamate, with an average gradient of 1.2%it can be run year round, and no previous experience is required safe with several accesses throughout the tour and constant communication with the base. What to bring: shorts or swim suit, tennis shoes or rubber sole feet ware, tee shirt, solar filter lotion and extra cloths to change after the activity.
You will spend 2 nights in Arenal
Day 4 - Arenal Volcano (Breakfast)
Breakfast at the hotel; today participants will enjoy a beautiful walk at the volcano
Arenal Volcano National Park Nature Walk
A unique experience, guided hiking tour through the rain forest, to spot monkeys, and birds, with a lot of explanations about flora, fauna and the volcano history. This soft walk will be during 2 hours, around a loop.
Afternoon free to enjoy the hotel facilities or taking optional tours
Day 5 - Arenal - Monteverde (Breakfast)
Departure time from the hotel for a ground & boat transfer/tour to Monteverde by Lake Arenal Lake Crossing This service, half tour – half transfer is a scenic, fast and the newest way to go or come from La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano Area), to the Monteverde area. Around 7:30 a.m. we start picking everybody from the hotels in La Fortuna for a 30 minutes microbus drive to the Arenal Lake Dam. There we will aboard into a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for 30 to 40 minutes (approximately) ride to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake. Once at Río Chiquito, you leave the boat and make a short break to strength the legs, after, another 1 ½ hour microbus ride to get to the hotels in the Monteverde area.
** May change to ground transfer on group departures or depending on weather conditions
It is important to consider that the check in at the hotel is at 2:00 pm. Room will be provided at guest’s arrival time subject to availability.
Afternoon at leisure
You will spend 2 nights in Monteverde
Day 6 – Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Monteverde (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel and departure to transfer to Sky Park, afternoon at leisure
Sky Walk (Hanging Bridges)
This day you will enjoy a guided visit to Sky Adventures Park walkways where you can see and explore the forest from a different perspective. Sky is a conservation project in Monteverde, with an area of more than 1200 acres of protected land, Sky’s Canopy Walkways are the best way to enjoy peacefully and safely of the virgin cloud forest tree tops. Through the bridge system and over 1.6 miles of easy walking trails the visitors can enjoy the marvels of the cloud forest and get the chance to see some of the world’s most amazing and beautiful flora and fauna.
Day 7 - Monteverde - Carrillo Beach Area, North Pacific Coast (Breakfast)
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 sun and the ocean are ready to welcome you. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Evening is at leisure
You will spend 4 nights in the North Pacific Coast
Day 8 - 10 - Carrillo Beach Area (Breakfast)
Breakfast is included at your hotel. The following days will be at leisure for you to enjoy your hotel facilities, visit Samara, Nosara 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 - Carrillo Beach Area - San Jose City (Breakfast)
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)
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.
Great holiday! Particularly liked the white water rafting And the Hotel Leyenda in Carrillo. Parma Real hotel disappointing and food very poor in evening. All transfers were 5 star for reliability ! Will definitely be returning to Costa Rica Thank you !
Marilyn Seagrave reviewing Discover Costa Rica Tour (21-Feb-2018)