COSTA RICA VOLCANOES & JUNGLE
7 Days Itinerary (Family Tour)
7 Days Itinerary (Family Tour)
DAY 1. SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA. EXCURSION: SAN JOSÉ CITY TOUR (5 HOURS)
Welcome to San José, Costa Rica. See the best of Costa Rica: San Jose, a coffee tour and waterfall gardens, the Arenal Volcano, and the Monteverde cloud forest. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Our city tour excursion begins on the eastern side of San José, passing Democracy Square and the National Museum, the Judicial Courts, the Los Yoses neighborhood, San Pedro Mall, the Hispanic Fountain, and the campus of the University of Costa Rica. After passing the capital city’s main attractions, we will visit and tour the impressive Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the beautiful National Theater. Afterward, the tour continues to the western part of the city, passing through the Metropolitan Sabana Park, by the Art Museum of Costa Rica which is actually the old control tower of the first San Jose international airport, the national gymnasium, the Comptroller General of the Republic, the residential area of Rohrmoser, the Embassy of the Vatican City, the home of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, Rohrmoser Boulevard, and the area of Pavas. At the end, we will visit an interesting site, where you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs from your visit to San José City. Note: On Sundays, the National Theater is closed and we will only visit the outside, along with all of the rooms of the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Accommodation: the hotel of your choice.
DAY 2. SAN JOSÉ. EXCURSION: DOKA COFFEE TOUR, POÁS VOLCANO, LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS (11 HOURS)
Breakfast at the hotel. We will take the Pan-American Highway to the city of Alajuela, passing by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria, and the famous Mango Park. During our ascent to Poás Volcano, we will stop for a fascinating coffee tour on the Doka Estate, and then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry fields. You will notice a change in temperature and the varied vegetation, preparing us for the exuberant cloud forest of Poás Volcano. At the Volcano, we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles. Then we will walk along trails up to the beautiful Botos Lagoon and learn about the different ecosystems in the national park. Then, we will continue driving around the back side of the volcano to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. In this natural theme park, we will walk easy trails to see spectacular wildlife exhibits, cloud forest and waterfalls, including the Magia Blanca (white magic) Waterfall, which is the largest and most impressive of the area. At La Paz, we will visit observatories of butterflies and birds, a stunning hummingbird garden, a frog garden, Serpentarium, wild cat and monkey habitats, and a replica of a traditional Costa Rican house. After the walk, we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and then begin the return to San José. Accommodation: the hotel of your choice.
Breakfast at the hotel. The impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder located in La Fortuna de San Carlos, and features an iconic cone-shaped crater. To reach this marvel, we will travel to the northern plains of the country. We will make a brief stop in the famous town of Sarchi, well-known internationally for its industrious artisans and as the birthplace of handicrafts in Costa Rica. Continuing our journey, we will pass through various agricultural and ornamental plant plantations and cattle ranches, until we arrive in the town of La Fortuna for lunch in a cozy restaurant right in front of Arenal Volcano. This excellent location allows us to have the best view of the volcano. Afterward, you will enjoy relaxing in one of the area’s best sites for thermal waters. As an option, you can reserve a massage or spa treatment in advance. To close our day with a flourish, an excellent dinner will be served while we relish another of the best views of the Arenal Volcano. Accommodation: the hotel of your choice.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will enjoy an unforgettable adventure through the rainforest to the beautiful Fortuna Waterfall. You will ride for about 1 hour to reach the entrance of the waterfall. Your next challenge will be to hike down to the amazing waterfall, over 60 meters high, where you can swim and enjoy the flora and fauna. Accommodation: the hotel of your choice.
Breakfast at the hotel. Our transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest will be a combination of land, water, and land again. This option is the best way to travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde. Our minibus will pick you up at your hotel to take you to Lake Arenal, where you will board a motorized boat to cross Lake Arenal to Rio Chiquito. Then, another minibus will take you to your hotel in beautiful Monteverde. Accommodation: the hotel of your choice.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will spend the day in the cloud forest at Selvatura Park. We will walk trails of about 3 miles, passing across 8 different hanging bridges of various lengths (between 50 and 170 meters) with heights between 12 and 60 meters. This is a walk for all ages. The average duration of the walk is 2 hours. Afterward, we will enjoy one of the safest adventures in the country, the “Canopy Tour” or “zip line.”You will fly through the forest on 15 cables to 18 platforms, with an optional “Tarzan swing.”It will be 3 hours of adrenaline! Accommodation: the hotel of your choice.
Breakfast at the hotel. Regular transfer out to the airport. If your flight leaves before 3:00 PM, you will require a private transfer for an additional charge. We wish you a safe trip home and we hope you visit our country again.
San José 1 Night / Arenal Volcano 2 Nights / Monteverde 3 Nights
- Transfer from the international airport to the hotel in San Jose.
- Accommodation 2 nights in the hotel of your choice in San José, breakfast included.
- Excursion: San Jose City Tour (entrance fees included).
- Excursion: Combo Tour: Doka Coffee Tour, Poás Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens (lunch included).
- Excursion: Arenal Volcano, Grecia, Sarchí & Tabacón Hot Springs (lunch & dinner included).
- Accommodation 2 nights in the hotel of your choice in Arenal, breakfast included.
- Excursion: Horseback ride through the rainforest to the La Fortuna Waterfall.
- Transfer Vehicle – Boat – Vehicle from Arenal to Monteverde.
- Accommodation 2 nights in the hotel of your choice in Monteverde, breakfast included.
- Excursion: Selvatura Park, Hanging Bridges & Canopy Tour.
- Regular transfer from Monteverde to the San Jose International Airport.
- Sales tax
- Infants from 0-3 years are free of charge
- Child rate applies from 4 to 12 years. Maximum 2 children sharing a room with their parents.
- Activities not indicated on program