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Costa Rica Pura Vida

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Featuring San José, Tortuguero, Arenal & Monteverde; explore independently with flights, hotel, Tortuguero, hanging bridges, coffee & chocolate tour included
Style Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 7 open departures, October 2017 – May 2018
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights from Miami via scheduled carriers, including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees with other gateways available on request
  • All transfers in air-conditioned chauffeur-driven mini-vans
  • 8 nights superior hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily, plus all meals in Tortuguero, including 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a naturalist bilingual guide in Tortuguero
  • Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park ($10)
  • Hanging bridges walk
  • Coffee and chocolate tour
  • Included flights may have a connection in SAL, PTY, or similar. Non-stop flights may be available for an additional cost.
  • Take a guided walk through the village of Tortuguero
  • Board small boats for a tour of the secondary canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Explore the rainforest during a walking tour
  • Walk among the treetops during a hanging bridges tour in Arenal
  • Visit a coffee plantation for a coffee and chocolate tour in Monteverde
  • Enjoy exploring San Jose at your leisure
Departs Miami (MIA); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes Active,  Family Friendly,  Nature & Wildlife
What to Expect This leisurely-paced, independent tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort.
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Costa Rica Pura Vida itinerary

Costa Rica is truly one of Central America's jewels. In this small tropical country, you'll find a stunning collection of landscapes and ecosystems, including tropical rainforests and jungles, cloud forests, mountains, rivers, volcanoes, and coasts on both the Caribbean and Pacific. It's also home to an amazing array of plant and animal species, containing 5% of the planet's total biodiversity. You'll fall in love with the Costa Rican people, known as "Ticos," who are so cheerful and easy-going that a recent Gallup poll named Costa Rica as one of the happiest places on earth.

Experience the "pura vida" (pure life) of Costa Rica on this 9-day Costa Rica tour package, designed for the independent traveler, but without worrying about getting from one place to another. Start in the capital city of San José, a bustling metropolis surrounded by mountains. Travel to Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast, where you'll explore the lush rainforest by boat on a series of canals and see the secluded beaches where endangered turtles nest. Head north to Arenal to see one of the world's most active volcanoes, then explore the cloud forests of Monteverde. Want even more? Take advantage of a 3-night extension to lovely Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast, where you can watch Capuchin monkeys skip across the tropical beaches and iguanas sunning themselves. All for a price that is almost as stunning as the country itself!

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Jul. 27, 2017!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Jul 27
Wed Jul 12 2017 Thu Jul 20 2017 $1549   Departed
Wed Aug 2 2017 Thu Aug 10 2017 $1849 $1549 Closed
Wed Aug 23 2017 Thu Aug 31 2017 $1749 $1449 Closed
Wed Sep 13 2017 Thu Sep 21 2017 $1699 $1399 Closed
Wed Oct 4 2017 Thu Oct 12 2017 $1699 $1399 Available
Wed Oct 25 2017 Thu Nov 2 2017 $1699 $1399 Closed
Wed Nov 15 2017 Thu Nov 23 2017 $1899 $1599 Available
Wed Dec 6 2017 Thu Dec 14 2017 $1699 $1399 Closed
Wed Jan 17 2018 Thu Jan 25 2018 $1999 $1699 Closed
Wed Feb 7 2018 Thu Feb 15 2018 $1999 $1699 Available
Wed Feb 28 2018 Thu Mar 8 2018 $1849 $1549 Available
Wed Mar 7 2018 Thu Mar 15 2018 $1849 $1549 Closed
Wed Apr 11 2018 Thu Apr 19 2018 $1849 $1549 Available
Wed May 2 2018 Thu May 10 2018 $1949 $1649 Available
Wed May 23 2018 Thu May 31 2018 $1999 $1699 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability. (details)

Options & Fees

Costa Rica Pura Vida
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
May 2, May 23 +$399
Sep 13, Oct 4, Oct 25 +$449
All other departures +$499
Manuel Antonio Post-Tour Extension1
Manuel Antonio Extension
Aug 23, Oct 4, Oct 25, Nov 15 +$499
Jul 12, Aug 2, Jan 17, Mar 7, Apr 11, May 2, May 23 +$549
Feb 28 +$599
Sep 13, Dec 6, Feb 7 unavailable
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Aug 23, Sep 13, Oct 4, Oct 25, Nov 15, Jan 17, Mar 7, Apr 11, May 2, May 23 +$499
Jul 12, Aug 2, Feb 28 +$549
Dec 6, Feb 7 unavailable

1. Subject to availability. The Manuel Antonio extension requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights. This extension also requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.

Separately Paid Taxes
Costa Rica Departure Tax1 (paid separately) +$29

1. To be paid locally prior to departure

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities (details). Additional charges for flights from other cities may be due within 24 hours of your reservation.

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To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Before You Book section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit $600


Day 1: USA/San José

Accommodations: 1 night Crowne Plaza Corobici, San José.

  • Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel

Day 2: San José & Tortuguero

Accommodations: 2 nights Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Depart San José very early this morning and travel to Tortuguero
  • Experience a guided walk through the village of Tortuguero and along the beach

Braulio Carrillo  © ICTFull Day Itinerary: Depart San José very early this morning for the Caribbean coastal area and Tortuguero. The trip takes you up and over the Continental Divide between the Pacific and Caribbean watersheds and through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park. You will see changes in the landscapes and vegetation as you approach the lowlands, arriving at El Ceibo (about 2 hours). Enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast, then continue your drive through villages and plantations of pineapples and bananas to the dock.

The "roads" in Tortuguero are a system of rivers and canals, accessible only by boat. Continue via motor launch through the canals parallel to the coast to reach your eco-lodge, located on the main canal (about 1.5 hours). Check into your rooms and have some time to relax in the peaceful surroundings of the rainforest.

Sea Turtle, Tortuguero  © ICTAfter a buffet lunch, head out across the canal to the village of Tortuguero, where you'll enjoy a guided walk through the village and along the beach. Tortuguero ("land of turtles") takes its name from several varieties of endangered turtles which come ashore every year on these beaches to lay their eggs in nests in the sand. If you like, you can visit the turtle museum. Buffet dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. (The nesting season for giant turtles is from July to September. Sightings of any wildlife are not guaranteed.)

Day 3: Tortuguero

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Board small boats for a tour through the secondary canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Join your naturalist guide for a walking tour of the rainforest
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: You'll receive an early morning wake-up call. After some coffee and crackers, depart on small boats for a tour through the many secondary canals of Tortuguero National Park. You will have a close-up view of rainforest vegetation and wildlife. The area is home to Capuchin, Howler and Spider Monkeys and many species of birds. You may even see a crocodile basking in the sun. Return to the lodge for breakfast.

Riding a zip line through the canopyLater this morning, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the rainforest. After lunch, the afternoon is yours to relax by the pool or the decks along the waterfront. There are also optional activities such as fishing, kayaking or even a canopy zip-line. Buffet dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4: Tortuguero & Arenal

Accommodations:2 nights Mountain Paradise Hotel, Arenal on departures through Nov 16, 2016; Hotel Magic Mountain, Arenal, Volcano Lodge & Springs, Arenal, or similar on departures from Dec 7, 2016 onward. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Depart Tortuguero and travel to the Arenal region
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart via motor-launch to the main dock. Board your coach for the drive though the villages and plantations to El Ceibo for lunch. Your air-conditioned mini-van will be waiting to drive you to Arenal and your hotel located near the town of La Fortuna, on the road that leads to the foot of the volcano (about 2.5 hours).

Arenal VolcanoArenal's cone has two peaks which rise to 5360 feet. After being inactive for 500 years, the volcano erupted in 1968, and it has since become one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You may see the smoke rising from the cone, or on a rare occasion there is the possibility of lava flows, which are particularly impressive at night. The volcano has also created natural hot springs in the area. Your hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens, where you can relax by the pool or enjoy the spa. (Volcanic activity is a natural process and sightings of smoke and/or lava are not guaranteed.)

Day 5: Arenal

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Walk among the treetops on a hanging bridges tour
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Tabacón Hot Springs © ICTFull Day Itinerary: Today, enjoy a unique opportunity to explore and appreciate the beauty of the forest and the volcano. Walk on the hanging bridges suspended in the treetops while your guide helps you spot a variety of birds and animals. The trail is 1.9 miles in length and includes nine fixed bridges and six suspension bridges.

Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to relax at your hotel and enjoy the view or take advantage of some other activities. You can take a short hike to the foothills of the volcano in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Also available are some optional excursions which allow you to see the forest up close: horseback riding to La Fortuna Waterfall; a walk on the hanging bridges suspended in the treetops; a canopy tour complete with zip lines; plus kayaking on the Arenal Lake and more.

In the evening, take advantage of an optional visit to the Tabacón Hot Springs, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and dinner.

Day 6: Arenal & Monteverde

Accommodations: 2 nights El Establo Hotel, Monteverde. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to Monteverde
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Monteverde Cloud Forest ReserveFull Day Itinerary: This morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to Monteverde, driving around Lake Arenal (about 3 hours). The Monteverde Reserve is covered with dense and humid foliage on the continental divide between the Caribbean and Pacific watersheds. The Reserve is home to over 300 species of birds and mammals as well as many varieties of orchids. In the early 1950s, the area of Santa Elena and Monteverde (Green Mountain) was settled by Quakers from the USA, in pursuit of a peaceful lifestyle. Many of the settlers bought farms and raised dairy cows. Your hotel is located on these former farms and is still owned by the same family.

Day 7: Monteverde

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit a coffee plantation for a coffee and chocolate tour
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Hiking MonteverdeFull Day Itinerary: Today, you will have the chance to partake in some of the traditional processes used on the coffee plantation that make it possible to produce such a rich tasting Costa Rican coffee. Then, immerse yourself in the world of chocolate, enjoying its delicious aromas, and learning about its history. Participate in the chocolate making process, taste the fruit of the cacao, and see how small cocoa beans are transformed into a rich chocolate drink.

Spend the remainder of the day relaxing or enjoy optional excursions which offer other activities in the area. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which is part of the growing network of protected areas in Costa Rica. This Reserve attracts bird watchers from around the world. You can also visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest, with beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano. You can tour the suspension bridges, spanning mountaintop to mountaintop, which allow you the walk through the top of the canopy of the cloud forest. You can also do a canopy tour complete with zip lines, visit the hummingbird gardens or ride horses.

Day 8: Monteverde & San José

Accommodations: 1 night Crowne Plaza Corobici, San José. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to San José
  • Balance of the day at leisure

National Theater, San JoséFull Day Itinerary: In the morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van back to San José (about 4 hours). Spend the afternoon at leisure at your hotel, or explore the city and do some last minute shopping. We recommend a stop at El Pueblo, an assortment of bars, clubs, and shops, plus a visit to the beautiful National Theater and Edificio Correos buildings, two of San José's landmarks.

Or, take advantage of your already included airfare and continue for a 3-night extension in Manuel Antonio, on the Pacific coast.

Day 9: San José/USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

Manuel Antonio Optional Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare and spend three more relaxing days in Costa Rica in the lush coastal area of Manuel Antonio, indulging yourself at a luxurious resort and spa.

Day 8: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio

Accommodations: 3 nights Parador Resort & Spa, Manuel Antonio. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to Manuel Antonio
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Parador Resort & SpaFull Day Itinerary: In the morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to Manuel Antonio (about 4 hours). Manuel Antonio is a small biological island surrounded by farms and is one of the most beautiful and scenic national parks in Costa Rica. Your resort is set in the coastal rainforest overlooking the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Days 9-10: Manuel Antonio

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy two full days at leisure

Beach, Manuel AntonioFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy two full days at leisure at your hotel, whose décor is inspired by the comfort of historic Spanish paradors. Relax by the pool, take in a spa treatment or play miniature golf. Descend a winding staircase to the tropical beach. Or take a walk through the national park, where you will almost certainly see frolicking capuchin monkeys or even a slow-moving sloth. Also available are some optional excursions which allow you to participate in other activities including kayaking, snorkling, and horseback riding.

Day 11: Manuel Antonio & San José

Accommodations: 1 night Crowne Plaza Corobici, San José. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to San José
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Day 12: San José/USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are available for purchase locally and can be arranged through your hotel. Most excursions require a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Optional Excursions from Arenal

Arenal Volcano Arenal Volcano Hiking: $56. The Arenal Volcano Hiking tour transports guests to the northwest side of the volcano. The tour begins with a hike to either the Arenal National Park or the Mirador El Silencio Nature Reserve, depending on volcanic conditions. Along the way guests have the opportunity to see a variety of plants, wildlife, magnificent lava rock formations, and breathtaking views of Lake Arenal. During the tour, experienced guides will provide interesting and educational information regarding the history of the Arenal Volcano and its National Park. The tour concludes with an optional stop at a mineral hot springs. Note: Entrance fee to hot springs is at additional cost (see below).

with Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner included: add $86
with The Springs Resort and dinner included: add $80
with EcoTermales Hot Springs and dinner included: add $68

Departs: 8:00am or 3:00pm
Includes: Comfortable transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, park fee and cold beverages
Bring: Shorts, swimsuit, camera and insect repellent

Vendado Caves: $75. For those who do not mind getting a little wet and muddy, this fascinating underground adventure is located only 45 minutes from La Fortuna. This subterranean tour will take guests through narrow passages, incredible labyrinths and chambers for a view of the famous rock formation named La Papaya, and other stalagmites and stalactites that are sure to astonish.

Departs: Varies
Includes: Comfortable transportation, bilingual guide, flash light, helmet, and cold drinks
Bring: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes, insect repellent, extra clothes

Red eyed tree frog Arenal Night Walk: $70. The night walk takes place at the Ecocentro Danaus a small reserve whose focus is conservation and education. A visit to the center at night gives guests the opportunity to see some of the areas most prominent nocturnal animals in action such as sloths, caimans, spiders, frogs, bats, butterflies and the way these species interact with each other.

Departs: 5:30pm
Includes: Transportation, guides, entrance fee and drinks
Bring: Hiking boots, insect repellent and long pants

La Fortuna waterfall Horseback Riding to Arenal Volcano: $44. This is the perfect tour to discover the majestic surroundings of the Arenal area. The majority of the journey is through private property which will take you through primary and secondary rainforests, as well as lovely cattle farms; all the while giving you incredible views of the mighty Arenal Volcano. The horseback ride takes approximately 2 hours.

Departs: 8:30am or 1:30pm
Includes: Guide, bottled water, horses and safety gear
Bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, towel, hat, sunscreen, camera

Two-toed sloth  © Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by Boat: $88. The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is considered one of the best sites on the continent for bird watching. Beside an abundance of birds, Caño Negro is also refuge to many other animals like sloths, monkeys, caimans, lizards, and bats. The tour to this beautiful region leaves from La Fortuna, driving for about an hour and a half to Los Chiles, a rustic town near the border of Nicaragua. From here, a three hour boatride down the Río Frío will take guests through the heart of this wildlife refuge. The naturalist guide will explain each one of sites seen along the way, as well as the beautiful flora and fauna of the region.

Departs: 7:30 am
Includes: Comfortable transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, lunch, and cold drinks
Bring: Fresh and comfortable clothes, tennis shoes or sandals, camera, hat, binoculars, sunscreen

Natural hot spring, Arenal Photo by Amy Steinfeld Hot Springs Entrance with Lunch or Dinner: from $90. Transfer from the hotel to the hot springs, to relax and enjoy the thermal waters. Lunch or dinner will be served in the restaurant. At the scheduled time, transfer back to the hotel.

with Tabacon Hot Springs and lunch or dinner: $102
with The Springs Resort and lunch or dinner: $100
with EcoTermales Hot Springs and lunch or dinner: $90

Departs: Varies
Duration: 4:00 hrs
Includes: Round transportation, entrance fees, lunch or dinner
Bring: Sandals, hat, towels, bathing suit, sun block, repellent and camera

Hiking to the Celeste River: $126. Depart early en route to the Celeste River. Arrive at the Tenorio Volcano National Park, for a 5 mile hike (approximately 4 hours) through the tropical rain forest ending at "Los Teñideros", the confluence of two streams of crystalline water that form the heavenly turquoise color that gives the Celeste River its "sky-blue" name. Continue through trails rich with ecological wonders ending at the Celeste River waterfall. The final reward is lunch at the end of the journey.

Departs: 8:00am
Included: Transportation, naturalist guide, beverages, lunch and entrance fee to park
Bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera and binoculars

Canopy Zipline at Arenal Paraiso: $42. This canopy is more than an adventure, it is a marvelous chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the region. Expert guides will take you from tree to tree across 12 platforms and 11 cables at a height of 80 meters, and ranging in lengths up to 350 meters. The trip ends in the beautiful rainforest at the border of the Arenal River where you will take a tractor ride through the forest back to the reception area.

Departs: 8:00am or 10:30am or 1:00pm or 3:00pm
Included: Transportation, guide and equipment
Bring: Long pants, closed toe shoes, rain jacket, insect repellent, camera and sunscreen

Scarlet Macaws Peñas Blancas River Safari Float: $51. Experience the peaceful forest while floating on the Peñas Blancas River. Enjoy the opportunity to observe many animals like monkeys, sloths, iguanas, tortoises, crocodiles, and several species of birds. The float doesn't have a motor, so the journey can be experienced quietly rowing and taking photos. An experienced naturalist will explain many fascinating details about trees, plants, birds and other animals as guests float down the river.

Departs: 8:00am or 1:00pm
Includes: Comfortable transport, bilingual naturalist guide, snacks and cold drinks
Bring: Short pants, swimsuit, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent

Optional Excursions from Monteverde

Resplendent Quetzal Monteverde Cloud Forest Hiking: $64. Enjoy a four hour nature tour through the renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve where a local professional naturalist guide will explain all of the different flora and fauna that surrounds. Visit the Golden Toad's unique habitat, and see birds like the Resplendent Quetzal, Three-Wattled Bell Bird, and the Black Faced Solitaire; trees like Strangler Figs, Avocados, and Cecropias; epiphytes like Bromeliads, Orchids and Mosses; and a wide variety of insects, mammals and reptiles.

Departs: 7:00am
Includes: Entrance fee, bilingual naturalist guide and comfortable transportation
Bring: Comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, sweater or rain jacket, binocular and camera

Tarantula Monteverde Night Walk Tour $25. This tour starts at sunset. At this time, all the animals are very active, because all the diurnal animals are looking for a place to sleep; and the nocturnal animals are becoming active. This is great experience to hear and see animals very different than during the day time. The most common animals guests will see are sloths, coatis, agoutis, porcupines, foxes, tarantulas, frogs, insects and sleeping birds.

Departs: 5:00pm
Includes: Transportation, entrance fees, professional and bilingual guide and flashlight.
Bring: Hiking shoes, rain coat and camera

San Luis Waterfall Horseback Riding: $88. Enjoy spectacular flora, fauna and views on this unforgettable horseback tour. Ride through impressive forest and farms. Then, take a swim in pure waterfall river water. This tour last approximately 4 hours.

Departs: 8:00am
Includes: Transportation, horse, entrance fees and guide
Bring: Hiking shoes, long pants, rain jacket, swimsuit, sunscreen, insect repellent and camera

Monteverde Cheese Factory: $34. During this tour three rooms are visited as well as the laboratory to see the process of cheese elaboration. Enjoy a slide show demonstration of the history of the Monteverde Cheese Factory and when the tour is over guests can have a taste of six products, including five types of cheese and caramel unique to Monteverde.

Departs: 8:30am or 1:30pm (Closed Sundays)
Includes: Visit to three different rooms for observation of the process and elaboration of the cheese, slide show and taste of six different products
Bring: camera

Canopy Tour, Monteverde Selvatura Canopy Tour: $43. Canopy Tour guides start by harnessing guests with all the appropriate equipment and giving a safety lecture on all the procedures to enjoy this amazing adventure with a "Safety First" motto. Then fly through 15 cables and 18 platforms with an optional Tarzan Swing at the end of the adventure. Selvatura Park is one of the longest Canopy Tours in Costa Rica and the only canopy tour located inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The tour usually takes between 2.5 and 3 hours and can be done by adventurers age 4 and up (some restrictions may apply).

Departs: 8:30am or 11:00am or 1:00pm or 2:30pm
Includes: Comfortable transportation, guide, entrance and equipment
Bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes and camera

Hanging bridge, Monteverde cloud forest Treetop Walkways at Selvatura: $28. This self-guided walking trail crosses almost 2 miles through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Here visitors will walk on eight different bridges with various lengths ranging between 150 feet up to 510 feet and heights ranging between 36 feet up to 180 feet. Each bridge has a width of five feet, the widest bridges in Costa Rica, and also a capacity of up to 80 people per bridge making them both the longest and strongest bridge systems in the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Departs: 8:30am or 11:00am or 1:00pm or 2:30pm
Includes: Comfortable transportation, entrance and equipment
Bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes and camera

Optional Excursions from Manuel Antonio

Aerial view of Biesanz Bay Manuel Antonio Kayaking & Snorkeling: $60. This adventure begins near the developing Pez Vela (Sail Fish) Marina in Quepos and winds along the Manuel Antonio coastline. Guests can indulge at a secluded beach for a refreshing swim and delicious local snacks. The naturalist guide will direct guests to the best snorkeling spots to experience a small but growing coral reef nestled close to the shore of Biesanz Bay. After an unforgettable experience at Biesanz, continue paddling towards Manuel Antonio National Park and wonder the nearby nesting islands where exotic boobies and frigates call home. The adventure finally ends with lunch in a typical Costa Rican restaurant before returning to the hotel.

Departs: Depends on tides
Includes: Round trip transportation, bilingual guides, kayaks, snorkel equipment, security, lunch, snacks and drinks
Bring: Comfortable clothes, bathing suit, towel, shoes that can get wet, hat, waterproof camera and bug spray

Whitewater rafting Naranjo Whitewater Rafting: $60. For experienced rafters, the Naranjo River runs from April to December and is a consistently adrenaline-pumping Class III and IV rapids. The wild and ever-changing Naranjo River White Water Rafting challenge is recommended for physically fit adventure seekers and experienced rafters who are familiar with Class III and IV rapids. On this high-octane, half-day adventure, the trip begins when the Naranjo River drops steeply from the Costa Rican mountains and charges though pristine jungle gorges, then winds around rocky curves on a wild, adventurous ride back to sea level waters.

Departs: 7:00am or 1:00pm (April to December)
Includes: transportation, bilingual guide, snacks and drinks
Bring: shorts, bathing suit, tennis or sandals suitable for rafting, small towel, waterproof camera, sun screen and bug spray

Manuel Antonio beach Manuel Antonio National Park: $52. Enjoy a leisurely hike with a highly trained, well-educated Costa Rican naturalist guide through the exotic tropical rainforest and 34 year old national treasure, the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Departs: 7:00am or 12:00pm
Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides and certified naturalists, en-trance fee, snacks and refreshments after the tour right near the beach
Bring: water, sun screen, camera, binoculars, and a towel

Horseback Riding to Tocori Waterfalls: $65. Enjoy learning about Costa Rica's exotic plants, rare wildlife and the history of Manuel Antonio while horseback riding through a private, family-owned ecological reserve at Tocori, just minutes away from Manuel Antonio. Take a relaxing ride to the Tocori Waterfalls to relax and swim in its pristine waters. Continue through the meandering Tocori streams to the family ranch for homemade meal.

Departs: 8:00am or 1:00pm
Includes: Round trip transportation, bilingual guides, all equipment needed, a hot lunch or dinner, snacks and refreshments.
Bring: comfortable clothes, long pants, bathing suit, towel, hat, camera, bug spray, sun screen

Canopy Tour Manuel Antonio Ecological Canopy Tour: $60. This ecologically and educationally focused canopy experience is geared towards a mix of adventure, nature and safety. It is excellent for individuals, families, or large groups, people of all ages will enjoy this adventure tour because of its variety, options and biodiversity.

Departs: 7:00am or 10:00am or 2:00 pm
Includes: Round trip transportation, bilingual guides and naturalists, all equipment needed, security, great snacks and refreshments
Bring: Comfortable clothes, wear good hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes, hat, camera, bug spray, sun screen, and binoculars


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