Discover the nature, countryside, wildlife and activities that Costa Rica has to offer on this busy and exciting tour. Visit La Fortuna at the foot of the Arenal Volcano where you will relax at the natural hot springs in the area. Visit rainforests and chocolate, coffee and fruit plantations as you travel through the countryside on this tour - and explore the natural wonder that is Costa Rica.
Day 1, Monday: San José – Poás Volcano– La Fortuna
After breakfast our guide and driver will pick you up at your city hotel. The beginning of the tour leads you along coffee, ornamental plants and fruit plantations, straight up to the 2,700m high active Poás volcano. With a little weather luck, you might observe some steam and vapor coming out of the crater and watch the bubbling lagoon. Enjoy a short walk with your guide through the cloud forest to a smaller side crater. Afterwards you continue the trip to La Fortuna, located at the foot of the active volcano Arenal and in the middle of the picturesque scenery of lake Arenal. Later in the afternoon, you will relax at one of the Hot springs of the region and enjoy a delicious dinner. Return to your hotel. Included: Entrance Poás Volcano, Entrance Baldí Hot Springs with dinner
Day 2, Tuesday: La Fortuna – Arenal National Park – Sarapiquí
Hiking on the lava fields at the Arenal National Park you will get very close to the volcano and enjoy beautiful views of the peak and over lake Arenal, if weather allows. In the afternoon you continue via Aguas Zarcas and San Miguel to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, which was formerly used as the central port for coffee from the central valley, because of its location at the meeting of river Puerto Viejo and river Sarapiquí. The small town is situated in the middle of broad banana plantations and hosts a number of protected nature reserves, some of them with primary forest. Included today: Breakfast, Entrance Arenal Volcano
Day 3, Wednesday: Sarapiquí – Tirimbina Reserve – Chocolate tour – Cahuita
Today you will visit the nature reserves “La Tirimbina”. Within a two-hour walk you will discover the rainforest at the Caribbean lowlands with its rich flora and fauna. Your guide will tell you many secrets of this ecosystem and with a little luck you might even get to see some mammals: monkeys, sloths, coatis and armadillos are living here as well as many different species of birds. After that you will learn more about chocolate, which is won out of the cacao tree, that is originally from South and Central America. A local guide will explain and show you the whole process from the cacao bean to delicious chocolate, which you of course will be able to taste at the end. Afterwards, the journey continues via Limón to the Caribbean coast to Cahuita. Included today: Breakfast, Entrance Tirimbina with Chocolate tour
Day 4, Thursday:Cahuita National Park – Beach
The little Caribbean village of Cahuita is the gate to the Cahuita National Park, which protects about 1 hectare of rainforest and the corresponding, green-overgrown coast with some lovely, lonely beaches. Walking along the park’s trails you will again have the chance to watch different animals, as for example capuchins, howler monkeys, sloths and racoons. Enjoy the rest of the day at the gorgeous beaches and let yourself be seduced by the ease of the Creole culture, the sounds of Reggae coming from the village and its exquisite cuisine. Included today: Breakfast, Entrance Cahuita National Park – (voluntary donation, not included!)
Day 5, Friday: Cahuita – Siquirres - Turrialba
Today you will leave the coast again and head for the interior of the country via Siquirres to the agricultural region around Turrialba volcano, which is characterized by its sugar cane fields, lemon and macadamia plantations. Cattle-breeding and dairy farming do also play an important role. On arrival you will have the chance to visit a coffee plantation close to the village of La Suiza de Turrialba. Included today: Breakfast
Day 6, Saturday: Turrialba
There is an option today of partaking in a number of activities which would be at an extra cost.
Day 7, Sunday:Turrialba – Orosi – Cartago – San Gerardo de Dota
As you travel further through the picturesque scenery, you will pass numerous Pejiballe plantations. Pejiballes are tubers in the size of table tennis balls which are colouring markets because of their yellow, green or red shells. Their taste can be compared to chestnuts. You will get into the valley of Orosi, which is surrounded by densely wooded mountains, pass the dam at Cachí to reach the sleepy village of Orosi on the other side of the lake and at the foot of the Talamanca Mountains. Visit the small, colonial church San José de Orosi that was built in 1735 and counts as one of the oldest churches of the country. Afterwards you continue your journey via Cartago up the mountain called Cerro de la Muerte to San Gerardo de Dota. Included today: Breakfast
Day 8, Monday: San Gerardo de Dota – Walking Tour
The climate is remarkably cooler at San Gerardo de Dota because of its altitude of about 2,600m. The dense forests around the elevated valley with the river of Savegre are characterized by cypresses and “Aguacatillos” that feed the kingbird Quetzal which can therefore be seen in the region. On a walk you will test your luck to see the beautiful bird and enjoy the fresh air and the panoramic landscape that grants an important role to market gardening and trout breeding. Included today: Breakfast
Day 9, Tuesday: San Gerardo de Dota – Dominical
Today your journey goes downwards again and you will reach sea level a little north of Dominical where you will visit the private reserve Hacienda Barú. It offers trails along typical cocoa plantations and meadows, enters then into primary forest and finally leading into fens and mangrove woods. Activities today are optional and are at an extra fee.
Day 10, Wednesday: Dominical – San José
After breakfast your guide and driver will bring you back to San José and you will visit a co-operative community known as Coopesilencio en-route.
Included today: Breakfast
Departure Dates: Please contact us for details
Please note that day 1 of the tour leaves San Jose and due to flight times you may be required to overnight in San Jose at an extra cost. We will advise you of this at the time of booking.
Price from €2352 per person based on 2 sharing.
We suggest adding a beach extension in Manuel Antonio or Tamarindo to your tour or maybe a stopover in New York or Atlanta on the return! Just ask us for options.
Price Per Person Based on 2 Sharing Includes:
Meals & Tours as outlined above
International flight taxes of approximately €289
Domestic Departure Taxes – payable at the airport only
Prices are subject to availability