Exotic Volcano & Tropical Jungle Escape - 9 days / 8 nights

Accommodations

BougainvilleaGuests of Bougainvillea Located just 10 minutes from San Jose, Hotel Bougainvillea offers far more than just accommodations. The 82 guest rooms have unique furniture made of Costa Rican hardwoods and views of our beautiful gardens, of San Jose and the Central Valley.
Arenal Observatory LodgeThe Observatory Lodge is just 1.8 kilometers across a deep valley from the active crater of Arenal Volcano. The location was specifically chosen by the Smithsonian Institute. Adjacent to Arenal Volcano National Park, the site contains 270 acres of primary rain forest with well-marked trails.
Costa Verde HotelJust a few hundred yards from the beach and Manuel Antonio National Park, the Costa Verde Hotel features two cliff side pools with sundecks and spacious rooms and balconies, all offering a bird's-eye view of the Park's coastline plus rainforest canopy vistas dotted with native birds..
Casa CorcovadoCasa Corcovado tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. Carefully designed and built by an American naturalist with over twenty-five years of local experience. Casa Corcovado provides the ideal base for your in-depth rainforest experience.

 

Tours

Cocora Cloud Forest & GardensGently bathed in mist from low lying clouds, the Cocora Cloud Forest & Gardens is a mountain rainforest whose trees are densely covered by small plants including mosses, lichens, ferns, bromeliads and orchids and are entire minature ecosytems in themselves.
Arenal Hanging BridgesA visit to Arenal Hanging Bridges consists of traversing 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long that cross the rain forest and a 3 km circuit of interpretive trails built with paving blocks to prevent slipping.
White-faced Monkeys Manuel Antonio National Park is so popular because of its extensive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the high tide line. There is quite a varied fauna with 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds.
Corcovado National ParkEcologically varied, the Corcovado National Park is among the most biologically intense places on earth. Located on the wild and untamed Osa Peninsula, this national park is breathtakingly beautiful and is one of the remotest parks in the country.
La Fortuna WaterfallWhen you're near Arenal Volcano, don't miss the La Fortuna Waterfall. This impressive 75-meter cascade plummets into a cool pool where you can swim (just don't go directly under the falls).

 

Rates

Exotic Volcano & Tropical Jungle Escape
Dates Until
Nov 30 / 2013
Rates $2,630.00
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$2,469.00
Single supplement $538.00
Children (3-11 yrs) $1,187.00
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Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE - San Jose Airport meet & greet and transfer to hotel. Overnight in San Jose at Hotel Grano de Oro or similar. (L)

Day 2: COCORA GARDENS - ARENAL VOLCANO - Your journey will begin by traveling northwest along the Interamerican Highway to head north through the town of San Ramon. Here you will take a short break and visit the community's agriculture town market. This market offers a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables, including some that are rarely seen outside the tropics.

You will continue on with a visit to the Cocora Private hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Cocora is located in the cloud forest belt at 3000 feet elevation and offers the visitor attractive tropical plants and colorful butterflies and hummingbirds.

After a traditional lunch at Doña Mara´s house, you will continue on to your Arenal area hotel, travelling in the north central lowlands of Costa Rica among farmlands of tropical crops and cattle ranches. (L). Overnight in Arenal at Arenal Observatory Lodge (2 nights) or similar. (2B)

Day 3: LA FORTUNA WATERFALLS, DANAUS ECOLOGICAL CENTER - In the morning you will visit the beautiful 200 foot-tall Fortuna Waterfalls.The fees collected are used for important community projects such as supporting area schools, buying books, and helping cover some of the expenses for the town orphanage. Later you will have lunch at a local organic farm in the town of La Fortuna. With your guide, you will learn about many of the crops and the challenges and benefits of farming organically in the tropics.

After lunch you will have a natural history walk at the Danaus Ecological Center. Slow-moving sloths live here, and along the main trail visitors may see a number of the 154 bird species recorded. (L)

Day 4: ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES; TRANSFER TO MANUEL ANTONIO - Today you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This is a complex of suspended bridges and trails through a beautiful rain forest. As you walk through the forest, you may encounter a variety of the forest wildlife, including toucans, motmots, trogons, poison dart frogs, howling monkeys, spider monkeys and white-faced capuchin monkeys.

After your rainforest bridges walk you will be taken overland to Manuel Antonio National Park. Manuel Antonio consists of several beautiful beaches on the Pacific coast, a forest growing to the beach's edge, easy walking trails and abundant wildlife. In the afternoon your guide goes back to San Jose. You will stay at a Manuel Antonio Hotel hotel like Costa Verde (2 nights) or similar. (3B)

Day 5: MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK VISIT - Today hike with a naturalist guide through the park's forest. Visitors frequently have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sluggish sloths, raccoons, agoutis, colorful black & scarlet land crabs, and black iguanas. Some birds possible to see in the park are Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, King Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan.

Among the many optional activities available in Manuel Antonio are rafting, sea kayaking, surfing lessons and horseback riding.

Today your guide goes back to SJ. You must re-pack your clothes and leave the extra luggage with your guide.

Day 6 - 7 & 8: DRAKE BAY & CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK - This morning you will fly to the South Pacific Coast where Drake Bay is located. Here you will venture into the crown jewel of Costa Rica's protected areas: Corcovado National Park, described as "the most biologically intense place on earth" by National Geographic. This coastal wilderness park is home to shy and elusive jaguars (you may see their tracks on forest trails!), tapirs, all four of Costa Rica´s monkey species, white-lipped peccaries, stunning scarlet macaws, several species of parrots, toucans and an incredible number of other bird and wildlife species. You will find plenty to keep you busy during your stay, from a number of optional tours such as sea kayaking, visit to Caño Island, horseback riding, or simply relaxing in this exhuberent wilderness environment.

Overnight at Casa Corcovado (3 nights) or similar. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Day 9: DEPARTURE - Today you will fly back to San Jose and then transfer to the International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.

Trip Includes: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, airport/hotel transfers on scheduled arrival/departure dates, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], national park entrance fees, guide services,  ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.

Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.