Costa Rica Pura Vida

San José, Tortuguero, Arenal & Monteverde; explore independently with flights, hotel, national park, hanging bridges, coffee & chocolate tour included; optional extension to Manuel Antonio

Overview

from$1599Tour + Flights from$1399Tour Only 9days
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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 March – December 2020
Themes ActiveNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
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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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!

Package 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
  • 13 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a naturalist bilingual guide in Tortuguero
  • Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park ($15)
  • Hanging bridges walk
  • Coffee and chocolate tour

Optional add-ons

  • Manuel Antonio optional extension.
  • Included flights may have a connection in SAL, PTY, or similar. Non-stop flights may be available for an additional cost.

Why you'll love it

  • Walk through Tortuguero, the "land of turtles", and have the chance to see a variety of endangered turtles.
  • Board small boats and tour the numerous secondary canals of Tortuguero National Park.
  • Explore the rainforest with a naturalist guide, keeping your eyes peeled for unique mammals, birds and other wildlife.
  • Walk along the hanging bridges among the treetops in Arenal.
  • Learn about the rich coffee and chocolate drink production during a visit to a coffee plantation in Monteverde, tasting the fruit of the cacao and traditional Costa Rican coffee.
  • Explore San Jose independently, enjoying the variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars in the Escazu Area.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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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

Costa Rica Pura Vida
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Jan 15, 2020;  Feb 12, 2020;  Apr 15, 2020;  Jul 15, 2020;  Aug 12, 2020;  Dec 2, 2020 +$499
Mar 11, 2020 +$599
All other dates +$449
Manuel Antonio Post-Tour Extension1
Manuel Antonio Extension
Aug 12, 2020 +$649
Feb 12, 2020;  Mar 11, 2020 unavailable
All other dates +$599
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Jan 15, 2020;  Feb 12, 2020;  Mar 11, 2020;  Jul 15, 2020;  Aug 12, 2020 +$599
Apr 15, 2020 +$649
All other dates +$549

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.

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. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

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

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 USA/San José

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

Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí or similar

Day 2 San José & Tortuguero

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

Aninga Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Sea Turtle, Tortuguero © ICT

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.

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.)

Day 3 Tortuguero

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

Aninga Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Riding a zip line through the canopy

This morning, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the rainforest. After lunch, 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.

The rest of 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

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

Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience, Arenal Springs Hotel or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Arenal Volcano

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 3.5 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.)

Note: The March 11, 2020 departure will be at Arenal Springs 

Day 5 Arenal

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

Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience, Arenal Springs Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Tabacón Hot Springs © ICT

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 6 Arenal & Monteverde

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

El Establo Mountain Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

This morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to Monteverde, driving around Lake Arenal (about 4 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

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

El Establo Mountain Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Hiking Monteverde

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

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

Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
National Theater, San José

In the morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van back to San José (about 4.5 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 9 San José/USA

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

Breakfast

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

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

Parador Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Parador Resort & Spa

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.

Day 9 Manuel Antonio

  • Enjoy two full days at leisure

Parador Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Beach, 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, snorkeling, and horseback riding.

Day 10 Manuel Antonio

  • Enjoy a second full day at leisure

Parador Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast

Day 11 Manuel Antonio & San José

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

Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí or similar Breakfast

Day 12 San José/USA

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

Breakfast

Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are available for purchase locally and can be arranged through our local partners. Prices listed are per person. Most excursions require a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Optional Excursions from Arenal

  1. Arenal VolcanoArenal Volcano Hiking: $60 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).

    with Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner included: add $86
    with The Springs Resort and dinner included: add $88
    with EcoTermales Hot Springs and dinner included: add $75

    Departs: 7:30am or 2:00pm
    Includes: Comfortable transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, park fee and cold beverages
    Bring: Shorts, swimsuit, camera and insect repellent

  2. Venado Caves: $88 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.

    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 frogArenal 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.

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

  3. La Fortuna waterfallHorseback Riding to Arenal Volcano: $52 per person. 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 © MuchaCostaRica.comCaño Negro Wildlife Refuge by Boat: $73 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.

    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 SteinfeldHot Springs Entrance with Lunch or Dinner: from $98 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 Tabacon Hot Springs and dinner: $108
    with The Springs Resort and lunch or dinner: $119
    with EcoTermales Hot Springs and lunch or dinner: $98

    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 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.

    Departs: 7:30am
    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 per person. 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 MacawsPeñas Blancas River Safari Float: $55 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 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: 7:30am or 1:00pm
    Includes: Comfortable transport, bilingual naturalist guide, snacks and cold drinks
    Bring: Short pants, swimsuit, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent

  9. Twilight Forest Walk: $70 per person. Take an evening walk through one if the Eco Centers in the Arenal area. These small reserves develop conservation programs and provide training in environmental education and sustainable land use. Walking through the trails in the reserve as it gets dark will give you a unique opportunity to view some of the area's nocturnal animals in action, including sloths, caimans, spiders, frogs, bats, butterflies and birds, and see how they interact with one another and with the vegetation. The guide will help you identify and gain a greater understanding of what you see and hear during the forest at night.

    Departs: 5:30pm
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, admission fees and drinks
    Bring: Hiking boots, insect repellent, long pants, and a sweater or a raincoat

  10. Sunset on Arenal Lake: $92 per person. Admire breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano and the beautiful sunset as you ride a boat on Arenal Lake. On this two-hour boat ride you will have the opportunity to see a large variety of birds, including flycatchers, kingfishers, and aningas, as well as monkeys, coatis, and sloths. 

    Departs: 4:00pm
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, drinks and fruits
    Bring: Comfortable clothes, camera and binoculars

  11. Maleku Indigenous Cultural Tour: $111 per person. Head north into the agriculturally rich Costa Rican Northern Plains. after about an hour drive, you will arrive in an indigenous reservation where three Maleku communities are found. Upon arrival, you will meet a local Maleku family, and learn about how the Maleku people have had to adapt themselves to a new lifestyle while struggling to keep their culture and traditions intact. Aspects of their ancient lifestyle, including their building materials and staples of their diet, have been impacted by environmental protection laws, and they have thus had to adjust to these changes. Even so, they are working to preserve most of their traditions, including their language, dances, diet, dress, and use of natural medicine. This cultural encounter will allow you to learn about their traditions as you visit one of their traditional houses, walk though a graveyard and find out how they used to bury their family members, as well as explore one of the botanical gardens where they grow their medicinal plants. After a traditional tribal ritual, end with a Maleku lunch before returning to the hotel.

    Departs: 7:30am
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, admission fees, water bottle and lunch
    Bring: Camera, hiking shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent

  12. Rio Balsa Class II-III Rafting: $69 per person. This activity is a great way to combine adventure with the exuberance of nature in Costa Rica. Your professional guide will help get you ready for the challenge, before paddling down the rolling rapids. This class II-III river provides the opportunity to combine exciting rapids with admiring the lush greenery and birds and animals that can be seen along the way. Your eagle-eyed guides will point out the monkeys, sloths and toucans you may see along the way. Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch before returning to the hotel.

    Departs: 10:30am
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, tropical fruits and lunch
    Bring: Shorts or swimsuit, towels, waterproof camera, hiking shoes or sneakers, sunscreen and insect repellent

Optional Excursions from Monteverde

  1. Resplendent QuetzalMonteverde Cloud Forest Hiking: $63 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.

    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. TarantulaMonteverde Night Walk 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.

    Departs: 5:30pm
    Includes: Transportation, entrance fees, professional and bilingual guide and flashlight.
    Bring: Hiking shoes, rain coat and camera

  3. Canopy Tour, MonteverdeSelvatura Canopy Tour: $46 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).

    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

  4. Hanging bridge, Monteverde cloud forestTreetop Walkways at Selvatura: $32 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.

    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

  5. Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour: $55 per person. The Curi-Cancha Reserve is a birdwatchers' paradise. The resplendent quetzal, the three-wattled bellbird, the blue-crowned motmot and the orange-bellied trogon are just a few of the many bird species that are frequently seen here. In fact, over 200 different bird species have been spotted in Curi-Cancha. In addition to birds, many mammals are frequently sighted at this reserve, including armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelots, two-toed sloths and three species of monkeys: mantled howlers, white-faced capuchin and spider monkeys.

    Departs: 7:00am or 1:00pm
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, and admission fees
    Bring: Hiking shoes, binoculars, raincoat and camera

  6. Birdwatching Tour: $127 per person (half day) or $164 per person (full day). Monteverde is known worldwide among birdwatchers. Located between 4,500 and 5,500 feet above sea level, the Monteverde cloud forest is home to hundreds of tropical birds, including quetzals, toucans, woodcreepers, flycatchers as well as migrating birds like orioles and grosbeaks. Often heard but not so often seen is the elusive three-wattled bellbird. Set out to explore the cloud forest with your guide on a half day or a full day birdwatching expedition.

    Departs: 5:45am
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, admission fees
    Bring: Hiking shoes, binoculars, raincoat and camera

  7. Santa Elena Cloudforest Tour: $62 per person. This exceptional hiking experience will bring you into a wonderland of green lushness. Giant tree ferns, bamboo and palm trees grow abundantly in the understory, while thick moss-covered liana vines dangle from the canopy. Indulge your senses as you spot birds and mammals, hear the song of the quetzal and the howls of the howler monkeys, and look for the tracks of the shy pumas, coatis and red brocket deer. On a clear day, you get a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake.

    Departs: 6:45am
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, admission fees
    Bring: Hiking shoes, binoculars, raincoat and camera

  8. Don Juan Coffee Farm Night Tour: $36 per person. This tour combines the tradition of coffee with nature. The tour begins about the time at which nocturnal animals are becoming active. Walk alongside a river on the coffee farm that is home to many species of frogs and toads. Their vibrant colors and night calls are a feast for the senses. You will have the chance to see a variety of nocturnal mammals and birds on the move, as well as perhaps spotting some sleeping peacefully perched atop a tree branch. In addition to observing nature, you will also get to see how the tiny coffee beans are transformed into a delicious cup of coffee that you will enjoy at the end of the tour.

    Departs: 5:30pm
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, admission fees
    Bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes and camera

  9. Orchid Garden: $34 per person. Explore the amazing world of orchids at the Orchid Garden, where your guide will show you these beautiful flowers and explain their importance, their reproduction, and much more.

    Departs: Varies, between 9:00am and 4:00pm
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, and admission fees
    Bring: Camera

  10. Herpetarium and Frogs at Selvatura: $14 per person. At this reptile and amphibian exhibition, you will find a variety of frogs, lizards, geckos and snakes. The reptiles and amphibians live inside specialized climate-controlled terrariums providing these wonderful creatures with a home-like habitat. Explore the herpetarium on this self-guided tour.

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

  11. Horseback Riding: $53 per person. Ride through mountain trails and open areas in a private reserve located very close to the continental divide, enjoying the views of the green mountains of the Monteverde area, and weather permitting, the Arenal Volcano. There is also a chance of spotting wildlife, such as toucans, parrots, motmots, hummingbirds, monkeys, peccaries, coati, and agouti.

    Departs: 7:45am or 12:45pm or 2:45pm
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, horse, admission fees, and safety helmet
    Bring: Comfortable shoes, long pants and camera

Optional Excursions from Manuel Antonio

  1. Aerial view of Biesanz Bay Manuel Antonio Kayaking & Snorkeling: $60 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.

    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 raftingNaranjo Whitewater Rafting: $65 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.

    Departs: 8:00am or 12:00pm (May to November)
    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 beachManuel Antonio National Park: $54 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.

    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 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.

    Departs: 8:30am or 1:30pm
    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 TourManuel Antonio Ecological Canopy Tour: $79 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.

    Departs: 7:30am or 10:00am or 1:00 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

  6. Savegre Whitewater Rafting (Class II and III): $88 per person. This family friendly rafting experience begins with a drive on a 4x4 vehicle into Costa Rica's tropical jungle to the village of Silencio. After this bumpy road ride, enjoy breakfast and admire the African Palm plantations before setting off to paddle down the Savegre River. Your expert guides will teach you how to navigate down the river as you and your fellow rafters set off on a comfortable, sturdy raft that can comfortably accommodate 2 to 6 people. You will begin slowly down the river, and gradually build your way up to an unforgettable, yet manageable adventure. Your guides will also lead you to stops at swimming ponds and breathtaking waterfalls, as well as spotting some of the abundant wildlife along the river. Among the bird species you may see are egrets, osprey, toucans, parrots, kingfishers and cormorants. After a 13-mile trip down the river, wind your way back to the village of Silencio where you can savor a traditional Costa Rican lunch before returning to your hotel.

    Departs: 8:00am
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guides, safety kayakers, rafting and safety equipment, fruits and juice
    Bring: Water shoes, bathing suit, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel and a change of clothes

  7. Damas Mangrove Kayak Tour: $57 per person (or $67 per person for a night tour). Paddle with the currents in an open-seat kayak as your expert naturalist guide reveals the protected inland waterways of the Damas Estuary and mangrove habitat. You will paddle along with a small intimate group under the shade of different species of tall mangroves that grow in this particular ecosystem. Watch the sloths and numerous species of monkeys traveling through the canopy hunting for nocturnal anteaters and non-poisonous snakes resting in the mangroves. Listen to the song of the different sea birds that glide over your kayak. And, whenever you feel like a break, stop and enjoy some local fresh fruit and refreshments. At the end of the tour, enjoy a Costa Rican style meal at a local restaurant in Manuel Antonio.

    Departs: Depends on tides
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, kayaks and gear, a great meal, fruits and juice
    Bring: Comfortable clothing, water shoes, sunscreen, towel, camera, hat and insect repellent.

  8. Catamaran Tour: $67 per person. Admire the amazing views of Manuel Antonio National Park from aboard a catamaran. You may choose between a morning and an afternoon tour. The morning tour includes a freestyle diving adventure in a beautiful and secluded bay known as Playa Biezans. The afternoon tour allows you to view a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Slide down into the ocean on a water slide. You may be able to spot humpback whales, dolphins and other beautiful marine wildlife as you enjoy the ocean breeze. A selection of snacks and natural juices along with a live music show add to the experience.

    Departs: 8:00am or 2:00pm
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, snorkeling equipment, diving area, water slide, live music show, lunch on board and cocktails with Costa Rican liquor.
    Bring: Comfortable clothing, bathing suit, towel, sunscreen and camera

  9. Rainmaker Rain Forest Hike: $89 per person. Hike through partly shaded paths carved out of the Costa Rican tropical jungle as you explore with your naturalist guide. Explore the plants and wildlife of the mountainous jungle near Manuel Antonio National Park on this personalized relaxing experience. Enjoy swimming in one of the pristine natural cool water pools along the trail. Learn from your expert naturalist guide about the biodiversity and preservation efforts in the Costa Rican rain forest.

    Departs: 7:00am
    Includes: Shared transportation, water bottle and bilingual guide
    Bring: Camera, insect repellent, hat, binoculars and hiking boots

  10. Jungle Night Walk and Aquatic Tropical Gardens: $67 per person. The Amphibian Aquatic Garden is a series of waterways and pools designed to provide a variety of native species with a habitat where they can breed and migrate freely without enclosures that restrict their movement. On this unique jungle walk, you will be able to experience one of the most interesting ecosystems of Costa Rica, the Nocturnal Tropical Rain Forest. Among the animals that inhabit this refuge are kinkajou, armadillo, and snakes. Visit the Tropical Aquatic Gardens to see a variety of frogs and toads, including the red-eyed tree frog, the glass frog and the wet forest toad (Incilius aucoinae), endemic to Costa Rica.

    Departs: 5:30pm
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, admission fees, flashlight and snacks
    Bring: Camera, trousers, insect repellent and hiking boots

  11. Local Flavor Cooking Lesson: $79 per person. Experience local cuisine at a whole new level, understanding where the ingredients come from, how they are prepared and how to recreate the recipes at home. Fist, stop a a local farmers' market in Quepos, where you may browse the stands and pick out ingredients for your lunch with the assistance of your guide. Once in the small village of Londres, at a private ranch and dining area, you will be greeted by the team who will guide you through the organic garden to pick some finishing flavors, colors and textures for your meal. Guided by expert cooks, participate in the process of making corn tortillas by hand, ceviches with plantain or banana, rice cooked the old-fashioned way, chicken in hearty tomato sauce, picadillos (minced meats, vegetables and spices combined), and more. Once you sit down for your meal you will savor the meal you have taken part in preparing with a fuller understanding of Costa Rican cuisine. After eating, there will be time to explore the ranch and walk down to the Naranjo River, and weather permitting take a dip into the refreshing waters.

    Departs: 8:00am or 2:00pm (during May, September, October and November only the morning departure will be available)
    Includes: Shared transportation, bilingual guide, lunch or dinner, and a glass of organic wine. Vegetarian options are available
    Bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes and camera

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