Independent Travel Tours

The Central Valley, Monteverde Cloud Forest & Arenal Volcano - 8 days / 7 nights

Accommodations

Xandari HotelXandari Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise of 22 individually designed villas nestled on a 40 acre plantation overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica, and only 20 minutes from the International Airport. At an elevation of 3900 feet, Xandari enjoys a near perfect temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit all year.
Hotel El EstabloEl Establo is situated in the heart of the tourist zone of Monteverde 7 kms from the Santa Elena Rain Forest and 4 kms from the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Quaker friendship awaits you in this hotel, set in a private 150 acres farm adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve.
Arenal NayaraLocated in the outskirts of one of the world's most amazing volcanoes, Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is the experience of a lifetime. Make one of the 24 deluxe rooms your home in this lush and verdant natural wonder, where simply waking up to the wondrous sight of the Arenal Volcano is an experience in itself.


Tours

Waterfall GardensWhen you think about Costa Rica, you probably imagine lush tropical rain forest, flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, snakes, frogs and jaguars. At La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you are guaranteed to see all that and more.
Monteverde Cloud ForestMonteverde Tour - a private tour that includes an English-speaking, qualified naturalist guide (only the best ones are chosen - tried and tested!), transport to and from El Establo Hotel, visit to the hummingbird gallery and park entrance fees.
Other Monteverde Day Tours
Lost Canyon AdventuresLost Canyon Adventures - The manager at The Springs told us that this tour is more popular than the better known canopy zip-line tours. Everyone we've talked to that has done this tour was thrilled. It is unique and a lot of fun if you don't have a fear of heights.
Other Arenal Area Day Tours
Hanging Bridges TourArenal Hanging Bridges is within a 618 acre reserve of primary forest. A visit consists of traversing 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long that cross the rain forest and a 3 km circuit of interpretive trails. The vistas of the river canyons originating in the reserve provide a way to appreciate the biological riches found in the reserve.


Transfers

Toyota Prado Luxury TransferToyota Prado - Air conditioning, leather seats, tinted windows, bilingual chauffeur, full coverage insurance, capacity for 4 passengers with luggage; 6 passengers without luggage.


Rates

Dates Until
Mar 31, 2013
Apr 1 - Nov 14, 2013
Rates $1,999.00 $1,745.00

Rates per person based on double occupancy

* Please ask to your travel advisor about the valid rates
during Christmas & Easter Week.

Itinerary

Note: These tours can be adjusted to your choices. Add or delete a day, substitute a different day tour or drop the day tours and just relax. You may wish to add a couple of days on one of Costa Rica's beautiful beaches to this package. Our Travel Advisers will be happy to customize the itinerary to fit your needs.

Day 1: ARRIVE - Your journey will begin at the Xandari Resort & Spa. While there you can stroll through their botanic gardens and view a wide variety of extraordinary tropical plants. See outdoor sculpture or hike more than 4km of trails through the natural tropical jungle to river views and five waterfalls, one over 40ft. long! You may want to take advantage of the Spa. There are 5 jalapas with hot tubs on the hillside, where you may enjoy a massage, wrap, facial and/or private soak. (Not included)
Overnight at Xandari Resort & Spa (Ultra Plus Villa)

Day 2: Waterfall Gardens - After breakfast you will visit the famous Waterfall Gardens. Your personal tour guide will take you through the butterfly observatory, hummingbird garden, serpentarium, frog exhibit and the waterfall trails. After your hike you will enjoy a Costa Rican buffet lunch.
Overnight at Xandari Resort & Spa (Ultra Plus Villa)

Day 3: Monteverde Cloud Forest - On the scenic drive to Monteverde you will pass through small Costa Rican villages and coffee and dairy farms. Monteverde is both a community and forest reserve. The world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve protects a mountain forest characterized by majestic trees densely covered by thick, wet and heavy "carpets" of epiphytes, including orchids and wild relatives of familiar tropical house plants - philodendrons, ferns and ficus trees. The forest is home to hundreds of bird and mammal species. Near and around the community centers, a large selection of restaurants, and other visitor attractions are found, such as butterfly gardens, horse rentals, treetop forest canopy tours, an orchid garden, art galleries, and an excellent educational bat exhibit among others
Overnight at El Establo Mountain Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest - Enjoy a private guided visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The Reserve is one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. The forest may be cool and misty from low cloud cover, so bring a light jacket for your walk. The forest consists of lush, verdant vegetation containing understory palms, majestic canopy trees, arching "ropy" lianas, bizarre "strangler" fig trees and epiphytes-small plants that grow on the trees.
Overnight at El Establo Mountain Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 5: Arenal Volcano - Just for fun. Instead of driving clear around Lake Arenal you will be driven to a dock and taken acroos the lake by boat and met on the other side by transport to your hotel. Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel that is widely recognized for providing premium luxury amenities and ultra-personalized service.
Overnight at Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens (Casita Deluxe)

Day 6: Arenal Volcano - While many guest will choose to enjoy the hotel pool and grounds, there are a wide selection of day tours available depending on your tastes. We have included one of the most popular tours, the Waterfall Repelling Tour or for the less adventurous, an Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour with this package. Take a look at the other day tours available in the Arenal area and if you do prefer a different tour just let your travel adviser know..
Overnight at Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens (Casita Deluxe)

Day 7: San José - Enjoy your morning at the hotel and around mid-day you will be taken back to where you began, the beautiful Xandari Hotel.
Overnight at Xandari (Ultra Plus Villa)

Day 8: DEPARTURE - Today you will be transferred to the International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home. If you have an afternoon flight enjoy the morning at this wonderful hotel.

This package includes:

  • Transfers in a Toyota Prado with bilingual chauffeur
  • Transfer by van-boat-van from Monteverde to Arenal
  • 3 nights at Xandari in a Ultra Plus Villa (1st two nights and last night)
  • 2 nights at El Establo Mountain Hotel in a Deluxe Room (Breakfast included).
  • 2 nights at Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens in a Casita Deluxe (Breakfast included).
  • Private guided tour of Waterfall Gardens
  • Private guided tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Lost Canyon Adventure Tour or Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour
  • All hotel 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.