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Costa Rica Pura Vida

San José, Tortuguero, Arenal & Monteverde plus Manuel Antonio optional extension

Overview

Itinerary at a Glance
Costa Rica Pura Vida
Day Destination
1 USA/San José
2 San José & Tortuguero
3 Tortuguero
4 Tortuguero & Arenal
5 Arenal
6 Arenal & Monteverde
7 Monteverde
8 Monteverde & San José
9 San José/USA
Manuel Antonio Extension
8 Monteverde & Manuel Antonio
9 Manuel Antonio
10 Manuel Antonio
11 Manuel Antonio & San José
12 San José/USA
Style Independent/Self-Guided
No tour escort; explore at your own pace
Departures June 2014 – February 2015
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Miami (MIA), Washington Dulles (IAD), Philadelphia (PHL), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Atlanta (ATL), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA), Logan (BOS); other gateways on request
Highlights San Jose, Tortuguero, Montverde. Arenal Volcano, Tobacon Hot Springs, & Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Optional Extension to Manuel Antonio
Included in the Price
  • 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)
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.

Scarlet Macaws 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 tour, 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!

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My husband and I just returned from a 9 day tour to Costa Rica. I can't say enough nice things about how the trip was planned, the guides and the wonderful people of Costa Rica. To say we enjoyed those 9 days is an understatement. We will certainly use Friendly Planet for our next vacation.

Sue Woody, New Carlisle, OH

Dates, Prices & Options

All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices*
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May 20
Wed Apr 2 2014 Thu Apr 10 2014 $1499   Departed
Wed Apr 30 2014 Thu May 8 2014 $1499   Closed
Wed May 14 2014 Thu May 22 2014 $1499   Closed
Wed May 28 2014 Thu Jun 5 2014 $1799 $1499 Closed
Wed Jun 11 2014 Thu Jun 19 2014 $1799 $1499 Closed
Family-Friendly Departure Wed Jun 25 2014 Thu Jul 3 2014 $1899 $1599 Available
Wed Jul 9 2014 Thu Jul 17 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Jul 23 2014 Thu Jul 31 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Aug 6 2014 Thu Aug 14 2014 $1799 $1499 Closed
Wed Aug 20 2014 Thu Aug 28 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Sep 3 2014 Thu Sep 11 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Sep 17 2014 Thu Sep 25 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Oct 1 2014 Thu Oct 9 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Oct 15 2014 Thu Oct 23 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Oct 29 2014 Thu Nov 6 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Nov 12 2014 Thu Nov 20 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Nov 26 2014 Thu Dec 4 2014 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Dec 10 2014 Thu Dec 18 2014 $1849 $1549 Available
Wed Jan 7 2015 Thu Jan 15 2015 $1899 $1599 Available
Wed Jan 21 2015 Thu Jan 29 2015 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Feb 4 2015 Thu Feb 12 2015 $1799 $1499 Available
Wed Feb 18 2015 Thu Feb 26 2015 $1799 $1499 Available

* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, extensions or optional items. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 5/20/14.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

Family-Friendly DepartureFamily-Friendly: Departures with this icon are set aside for families who want to travel with other families. Call us at 800-555-5765 for more information and to book these special family-friendly departures.

Children up to age 11 save $600 or more off the prices above on family-friendly departures.

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

1. To be paid locally prior to departure

Costa Rica Pura Vida
ROOMING SELECTION
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy +$499
Manuel Antonio Post-Tour Extension1
Manuel Antonio Extension
Jul 9, Jul 23, Aug 20, Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18 +$499
Apr 2, Jun 25, Aug 6, Dec 10 unavailable
All other departures +$459
ROOMING SELECTION
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 2, Jun 25, Jul 9, Jul 23, Aug 6, Aug 20, Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18 +$499
All other departures +$459

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.

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included
Washington Dulles (IAD) +$145
New York Kennedy (JFK) +$150
Logan (BOS) +$170
Los Angeles (LAX) +$200
Atlanta (ATL) +$225
Chicago O'Hare (ORD) +$225
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) +$250
Philadelphia (PHL) +$300
San Francisco (SFO) +$300
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) +$350

Departure airport prices subject to availability and may cost more based on flight availability at the time of booking.

Coming from somewhere else? Before you book, ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your booking.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit $600

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.

Ticketing: Airline tickets for this tour are usually issued within 24 hours of your booking, and once issued, cannot be changed, refunded or transferred.

Detailed Itinerary

Costa Rica Pura Vida tour itinerary Day 1: USA/San José. Your exciting trip to Costa Rica begins today as you depart for San José, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. San José is nestled in a green valley, surrounded by picturesque mountains. Accommodations: Park Inn Hotel on Jun 25, 2014 departure, Crowne Plaza Corobici on all others.

Braulio Carrillo  © ICT Day 2: San José & Tortuguero. 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  © ICT After 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.) Accommodations: Pachira Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 3: Tortuguero. 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 canopy Later 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 4: Tortuguero & Arenal. 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'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.) Accommodations: Hotel Magic Mountain on Jan 8 & Feb 19, 2014 departures, Arenal Springs Hotel on Jun 25, 2014 departure, Mountain Paradise Hotel on all others. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Tabacón Hot Springs © ICT Day 5: Arenal. Enjoy the day at leisure to relax at your hotel and enjoy the view or take advantage of some optional excursions. You can take a short hike to the foothills of the volcano in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Also available are some optional tours 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. Breakfast provided.

Day 6: Arenal & Monteverde. 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.

Hiking Monteverde 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. Accommodations: Heliconia Hotel on Jun 25, 2014 departure, El Establo Hotel on all others. Breakfast provided.

Day 7: Monteverde. Spend 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. Breakfast provided.

National Theater, San José Day 8: Monteverde & San José. In the morning, transfer via 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. Accommodations: Park Inn Hotel on Jun 25, 2014 departure, Crowne Plaza Corobici on all others. Breakfast provided.

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. Breakfast provided.


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.

Parador Resort & Spa Day 8: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio. 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 luxuriant coastal rainforest overlooking the Manuel Antonio National Park. Accommodations: Parador Resort & Spa. Breakfast provided.

Day 9 & 10: Manuel Antonio. 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. Breakfast provided.

Beach, Manuel Antonio Day 11: Manuel Antonio & San José. This morning, transfer via mini-van to San José (about 3 hours). Spend the afternoon at leisure at your hotel. You may decide to visit the San José downtown area for some last minute shopping. Accommodations: Park Inn Hotel on Jun 25, 2014 departure, Crowne Plaza Corobici on all others. Breakfast provided.

Day 12: San José/USA. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

Optional Excursions

Optional Excursions from Arenal

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

Arenal Volcano Hiking: $53 per person
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).
Departure: 8:00am or 3:00pm
Includes: Comfortable transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, park fee and cold beverages
What to bring: Shorts, swimsuit, camera and insect repellent

Add Entrance to Hot Springs with Dinner:
with Baldi Hot Springs and dinner included plus $45 per person
with The Springs Resort and dinner included plus $70 per person
with Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner included plus $86 per person

Vendado Caves: $73 per person
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.
Departure: Varies
Includes: Comfortable transportation, bilingual guide, flash light, helmet, and cold drinks
What to bring: Comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes, insect repellent, extra clothes

Arenal Night Walk: $70 per person
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.
Departure: 5:30pm
Includes: Transportation, guides, entrance fee and drinks
What to bring: Hiking boots, insect repellent and long pants

Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall: $75 per person
This tour is the perfect combination of horseback riding, hiking, and beautiful surroundings. Trained horses will take guests to the entrance of the La Fortuna Waterfall through pastures, forest and hills. The views of the San Carlos Valley and the tropical forest that surround it are spectacular. At the end of the road, guests will dismount and hike along the nature trail to the base of the waterfall to enjoy some free time to relax and swim.
Departure: Varies
Includes: Entrance to the waterfall, horses, local guide ($20.00 reduction for hiking instead of horseback riding)
What to bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, towel, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, camera

Arenal Hanging Bridges: $62 per person
The Arenal Hanging Bridges tour takes place on a 600 acre reserve filled with lush vegetation and a variety of birds and animals which an experienced guide will help point out. The trail itself is about 2 miles in length, crossing nine fixed bridges and 6 suspension bridges and is laid out at a maximum grade of seven degrees so that anyone can walk it.
Departure: 8:00am or 1:00pm
Includes: Transportation, naturalist guide and drinks
What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, sunscreen (sunny days) or rain gear (rainy days)

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge by Boat: $74 per person
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.
Departure: 7:30 am
Includes: Comfortable transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, lunch, and cold drinks
What to bring: Fresh and comfortable clothes, tennis shoes or sandals, camera, hat, binoculars, sunscreen

Hot Springs Entrance with Lunch or Dinner: from $75 per person
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 Baldi Hot Springs and lunch or dinner included $75 per person
with Titoku Hot Springs and lunch or dinner included $90 per person
with Tabacon Hot Springs and lunch or dinner included $130 per person

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

Lake Arenal Kayaking: $45 per person
Enjoy a pleasant morning of kayaking on Lake Arenal with breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano. Along the way, see different species of birds like the Flycatcher, Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron and Aninga and hear the calls of Howler monkeys.
Departure: 8:00am
Includes: Comfortable transportation, kayak, life jacket, oars, tropical fruit snack, beverages, and bilingual naturalist guide.
What to bring: Bathing suit, strap sandals, and sun block and waterproof camera

Hiking to the Celeste River: $112 per person
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.
Departure: 8:00am
Included: Transportation, naturalist guide, beverages, lunch and entrance fee to park
What to bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera and binoculars

Peñas Blancas River Safari Float: $52 per person
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 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.
Departure: 8:00am or 1:00pm
Includes: Comfortable transport, bilingual naturalist guide, snacks and cold drinks
What to bring: Short pants, bathing suit, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent

 

Optional Excursions from Monteverde

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

Monteverde Cloud Forest Hiking: $74 per person
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.
Departure: 7:00am or 1:00pm
Includes: Entrance fee, bilingual naturalist guide and comfortable transportation
What to bring: Comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, sweater or rain coat, binocular and camera

Monteverde Twilight Tour: $25 per person
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.
Departure: 5:00pm
Includes: Transportation, entrance fees, professional and bilingual guide and flashlight.
What to bring: Hiking shoes, rain coat and camera

El Trapiche Plantation Tour: $44 per person
Visit El Trapiche, a Costa Rican family-run business, where guests can enjoy a two hour guided tour. The tour begins with a walk through a farm where visitors can get a glimpse of plantations that grow sugarcane, coffee and other crops such as bananas, plantains, root vegetables, oranges and more. During the course of the tour the entire coffee processing procedure is demonstrated; from drying the beans to roasting them. This part of the tour ends with an oxcart ride to the Trapiche where the sugarcane is processed. Throughout the tour guests will have the opportunity to taste the various products that are made from sugarcane as well as a delicious cup of coffee.
Departure: 9:45am or 2:45pm from Monday to Saturday. (Sunday only at 2:45pm)
Includes: Transportation, entrance fees, professional and bilingual guide
What to bring: Hiking shoes, rain coat and camera

Monteverde Cheese Factory: $33 per person
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.
Departure: 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
What to bring: camera

Selvatura Canopy Tour: $45 per person
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).
Departure: 8:30am or 11:00am or 1:00pm or 2:30pm
Includes: Comfortable transportation, guide, entrance and equipment
What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes and camera

Tree Top Walkways at Selvatura: $28 per person
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.
Departure: 8:30am or 11:00am or 1:00pm or 2:30pm
Includes: Comfortable transportation, guide, entrance and equipment
What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes and camera

 

Optional Excursions from Manuel Antonio

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

Manuel Antonio Kayaking & Snorkeling: $64 per person
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.
Departure: Depends of the tides
Includes: Round trip transportation, bilingual guides, kayaks, snorkel equipment, security, lunch, snacks and drinks
What to bring: Comfortable clothes, bathing suit, towel, shoes that can get wet, hat, waterproof camera and bug spray

Naranjo Whitewater Rafting (Class III and IV Rapids): $64 per person
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.
Departure: 7:00am or 1:00pm (April to December)
Includes: transportation, bilingual guide, snacks and drinks
What to bring: shorts, bathing suit, tennis or sandals suitable for rafting, small towel, waterproof camera, sun screen and bug spray

Manuel Antonio National Park: $46 per person
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.
Departure: 7:00am or 1:00pm
Includes: Transportation, bilingual guides and certified naturalists, en-trance fee, snacks and refreshments after the tour right near the beach
What to bring: water, sun screen, camera, binoculars, and a towel

Horseback Riding to Tocori Waterfalls: $64 per person
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.
Departure: 8:00am or 1:00pm
Includes: Round trip transportation, bilingual guides, all equipment needed, a hot lunch or dinner, snacks and refreshments.
What to bring: comfortable clothes, long pants, bathing suit, towel, hat, camera, bug spray, sun screen

Manuel Antonio Ecological Canopy Tour: $64 per person
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.
Departure: 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
What to bring: Comfortable clothes, wear good hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes, hat, camera, bug spray, sun screen, and binoculars

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