Captivating Costa Rica

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Featuring The capital San José, spectacular Arenal and its volcano, plus Monteverde; travel on your own with flights, hotel, 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: 9 open departures, April – December 2019
Price Includes
  • 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
  • 6 nights superior hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 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.
  • 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 ActiveNature & Wildlife
What to Expect This leisurely-paced, independent tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness. The Hanging Bridges Tour in Arenal is approximately 1.9 miles in length and requires a higher level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the tour. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations that can be windy and bumpy at times. Transfers will be on a shared shuttle and may have limited rest stops. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort.
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Captivating Costa Rica 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 highlights of Costa Rica on this 7-day Costa Rica vacation 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. Then head north to Arenal to see one of the world's most active volcanoes, followed by 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 Dec. 20, 2018!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Early Bird
Good Thru
Departs: Tue, Dec 11, 2018
Returns: Mon, Dec 17, 2018
Dec 11 – Dec 17 $1399 Departed
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Early Bird
Good Thru
Departs: Tue, Jan 8, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Jan 8 – Jan 14 $1799 Closed
Departs: Tue, Feb 19, 2019
Returns: Mon, Feb 25, 2019
Feb 19 – Feb 25 $1699 Closed
Departs: Tue, Mar 12, 2019
Returns: Mon, Mar 18, 2019
Mar 12 – Mar 18 $1699 Closed
Departs: Tue, Apr 23, 2019
Returns: Mon, Apr 29, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 20, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 23 – Apr 29 $1599 –$300 Dec 20 $1299 Select
Departs: Tue, May 21, 2019
Returns: Mon, May 27, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 20, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 21 – May 27 $1849 –$300 Dec 20 $1549 Select
Departs: Tue, Jun 18, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jun 24, 2019
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Jun 18 – Jun 24 $1799 –$300 Dec 20 $1499 Select
Departs: Tue, Jul 16, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jul 22, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 20, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jul 16 – Jul 22 $1849 –$300 Dec 20 $1549 Select
Departs: Tue, Aug 20, 2019
Returns: Mon, Aug 26, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 20, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Aug 20 – Aug 26 $1849 –$300 Dec 20 $1549 Select
Departs: Tue, Sep 17, 2019
Returns: Mon, Sep 23, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 20, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 17 – Sep 23 $1699 –$300 Dec 20 $1399 Select
Departs: Tue, Oct 8, 2019
Returns: Mon, Oct 14, 2019
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Oct 8 – Oct 14 $1699 –$300 Dec 20 $1399 Select
Departs: Tue, Nov 19, 2019
Returns: Mon, Nov 25, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 20, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 19 – Nov 25 $1699 –$300 Dec 20 $1399 Select
Departs: Tue, Dec 10, 2019
Returns: Mon, Dec 16, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 20, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 10 – Dec 16 $1799 –$300 Dec 20 $1499 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Captivating Costa Rica
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
May 21, 2019;  Jun 18, 2019;  Sep 17, 2019;  Oct 8, 2019 +$399
All other departures +$449
Manuel Antonio Post-Tour Extension1
Manuel Antonio Extension
Jun 18, 2019 +$599
Apr 23, 2019 +$649
Jan 8, 2019;  Feb 19, 2019;  Mar 12, 2019 unavailable
All other departures +$549
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 23, 2019 +$549
Jan 8, 2019;  Feb 19, 2019;  Mar 12, 2019 unavailable
All other departures +$499

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

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included
Land Only (no flights)1 –$200

1. If selecting Land Only, arrival and departure transfers are included provided your flight details are provided in advance, or make your own arrangements to join the tour in San Jose on Day 1 and to depart from San Jose on or after Day 7, and for the Manuel Antonio extension on Day 10.

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

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own flights. More information

How to Make a Reservation

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 Things to Know 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. 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 or similar, San José.

  • Upon arrival in San José, proceed through customs formalities where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel

Day 2: San José & Arenal

Accommodations: 2 nights Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience or  similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

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

Arenal VolcanoFull Day Itinerary: This morning, depart San José via air-conditioned mini-van to the Arenal region (about 4 hours, with a comfort stop along the way). Drive through the lush countryside, the roads climbing the mountains to reach your hotel located near the town of La Fortuna, on the road that leads to the foot of the volcano.

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.)

Day 3: 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 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 4: Arenal & Monteverde

Accommodations: 2 nights El Establo Hotel or similar, 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 5: Monteverde

Included meals: Breakfast.

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

Hikers, Monteverde Cloud Forest ReserveFull 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 6: Monteverde & San José

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

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

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 the Escazu Area, where there is an assortment of bars, boutiques, cafés, and restaurants to enjoy. 

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

Day 7: 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 6: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio

Accommodations: 3 nights Parador Resort & Spa or similar, 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 7-8: Manuel Antonio

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy two full days at leisure

Capuchin monkey, Manuel Antonio National ParkFull 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 9: Manuel Antonio & San José

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

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

Day 10: 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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


Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience

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Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience is conveniently located close to the marvels of La Fortuna de San Carlos. The lodge itself is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and beautiful hot springs overlooking the Arenal Volcano.

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