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Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Rainforests & Beaches

The capital San José, spectacular Arenal and its volcano, 3 relaxing days in Playa Panama; travel on your own with flights & hotel included. Optional pre-tour to Tortuguero.

Overview

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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 January – November 2021
Themes Active
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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In the small tropical country of Costa Rica, 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 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 it's no wonder Costa Rica is known as one of the happiest places on earth.

Experience 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 before heading north to Arenal to see one of the world's most active volcanoes, and enjoy time exploring the area or joining in on exciting optional excursions. End your journey with 3 days in Playa Panama, basking on the pristine beaches surrounded by sparkling water and full of a variety of wildlife. Want even more? Join our pre-tour extension to Tortuguero, enjoying a walking tour of the rainforest, the secondary canals of Tortuguero National Park, and leisure time spent relaxing, kayaking, and exploring on your own.

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from Miami via scheduled carriers, including taxes & fees with other gateways available on request
  • All transfers in air-conditioned chauffeur-driven mini-vans
  • 6 nights superior hotel accommodations
  • 11 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Hanging bridges walk

Optional add-ons

  • 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

  • Wander among the treetops during a hanging bridges tour in Arenal.
  • Explore Arenal independently or join optional excursions, such as horseback riding to La Fortuna Waterfall, kayaking on the Arenal Lake, embarking on a canopy tour, ziplining and more.
  • Spend three relaxing days in the coastal area of Playa Panama at an all-inclusive resort, admiring its pristine beaches, crystal blue waters and array of unique wildlife.
  • Relax with an optional visit to the Tabacón Hot Springs where you can enjoy a refreshing swim as well as dinner.

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 (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Rainforests & Beaches
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
May 20, 2021 $599
All other dates $649
Pre-Tour Extension to Tortuguero
Tortuguero Pre-Tour Extension1 $449
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy $50

1. Requires a minimum of two 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. 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 (or after) 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 & Arenal

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

Volcano Lodge Hotel and Thermal Experience or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Arenal Volcano

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 5,360 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

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

Volcano Lodge Hotel and Thermal Experience Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Tabacón Hot Springs

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 & Playa Panama

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

Casa Conde Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Guanacaste

 This morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to Playa Panama, Guanacaste (about 4 hours). Guanacaste is decorated with pristine beaches, crystal blue waters and bays.  Its beaches are surrounded by dry tropical forests, home to over 300 bird species, 100 amphibians and reptiles, and over 140 species of mammals, including the puma, white-faced monkey, peccary, tapirs and more. Your all-inclusive beach front resort is located within a tropical dry forest. 

Day 5 Playa Panama

  • Enjoy two full days at leisure

Casa Conde Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 6 Playa Panama

  • Enjoy a second full day at leisure

Casa Conde Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7 Liberia/USA

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

Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension to Tortuguero

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 Jose Corobici

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 Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
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.

After a 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. 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 Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Exploring Tortuguero by boat Photo by Amy Steinfeld

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. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4 Tortuguero & Arenal

  • Depart Tortuguero and travel to the Arenal region to begin the main tour, continue with Day 2
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Volcano Lodge Hotel and Thermal Experience Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Arenal Volcano erupting

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.

See Day 2 of the tour itinerary above for the continuation of your touring program.

Hotels

Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí
Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí
First Class

The Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí is the ideal place to enjoy your visit to San Jose. It is located just 5 minutes away from the financial district and 15 minutes away from the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Its various services will make your stay in the city memorable.

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Volcano Lodge Hotel and Thermal Experience
Volcano Lodge Hotel and Thermal Experience
Superior First Class

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. The spa offers a wide selection of therapies and massage treatments that will restore to you the balance of mind and body.

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Casa Conde
First Class

Casa Conde is located in Playa Panama, one of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica. The beach front resort is situated within a twenty-two-acre tropical dry forest, offering a relaxing and welcoming environment. The resort offers massage services, day trips to local attractions and beaches, and a variety of water sport activities including snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing and much more. 

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Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici
Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici
First Class

The Crowne Plaza San José Corobicí is the ideal place to enjoy your visit to San Jose. It is located just 5 minutes away from the financial district and 15 minutes away from the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Its various services will make your stay in the city memorable.

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Aninga Lodge
Aninga Lodge
Tourist Class

Surrounded by a network of scenic canals, Aninga Lodge is located in one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. In order to protect this rich ecosystem, the lodge is committed to sustainability, including efficient use of resources, waste management and environmental protection.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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