Costa Rica Highlights

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This 14 day Highlights of Costa Rica tour package offers a great combination of adrenaline in the rain forest and relaxing at the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. During this vacation package the entire family can enjoy the guided excursions. All ages can enjoy Tortuguero National Park, which is surrounded by lagoons and canals, as well as Poas Volcano National Park and the impressive crater with its eruptions. The family can enjoy going on a Safari float trip on the Peñas Blancas or visiting Monteverde, one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. Do not forget to relax at the amazing white beaches at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Majestic waterfall in the rainforest jungle of Costa Rica. Tropical hike.

Waterfall La Fortuna

Perfect conic form of Arenal volcano across the lagoon in a Costa Rica vacation

Volcano Arenal

Hanging bridge during a jungle hike in Costa Rica. Costa Rica hikes

Hanging bridges

Beautiful tropical beach in the Pacific. Panama and Costa Rica Holiday

Pacific Coast

Highlights

Poas Volcano National Park and coffee tour

Volcano of Arenal

Waterfalls of La Paz

Safari float

Selvatura Zip Line

Hanging Bridges 

Night walk in the cloud forest of Monteverde

Walk at Manuel Antonio National Park

Tortuguero National Park and Canals

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival
A driver will welcome you at the International airport of San Jose to take you to your hotel. 

Day 2. Poas Volcano
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel to begin your travels via the Pan American Highway towards Alajuela. During this ride, see the Agriculture Monument, the popular Mango Park and stop for the Doka Coffee Tour. Afterwards, continue the trip to colorful landscapes. There will be fern, flower and strawberry farms. When you enter the cloud forest of Poas Volcano National Park, notice the changes in temperature and vegetation because it is cooler. Once at the volcano, explore the impressive crater with its eruptions. Then, hike to Botos Lagoon and learn about the different ecosystems in Costa Rica. Finally, have time to enjoy a delicious meal, while surrounded by the beautiful La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

Day 3. Tortuguero National Park
A guide will pick you up at the hotel, early in the morning, to take you to Tortuguero National Park. In this park, you can discover the great variety of rain forest, swamps, lagoons and beaches. These beaches are the homes of several kinds of sea turtles. At the rivers of the park, one can even see manatees, caimans, crocodiles and the Tropical Car, known as a living fossil. Jaguars, three-toed sloths and monkeys live in the forest, like many other animals. At the national park, around 375 species of birds live together with kingfishers, peacocks and parrots. Nature is also truly amazing. There are More than 400 species of trees and 2200 species of plants.

Day 4. Boat trip
Today is an extra day to explore Tortuguero National Park. Explore the park by foot or you can also take boat trips, which are included.

Day 5. Volcano Arenal
Today your day begins with a boat & bus transfer to Guápiles. We will go to Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal Volcano woke up 400 years ago and has been active constantly since. La Fortuna waterfalls are also located in Arenal Volcano National Park. It is possible to go here either by foot or by horse.

If you are a fish or bird fan, you should definitely visit Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, which offers great fishing and bird watching trips on the River Frio. Visit Arenal National Park, where you can take hikes up to the active side of the volcano or to the bridges, which are facing the volcano for a beautiful sight. During the hike, there are optional possibilities for windsurfing, swimming, boat rides, kayaking and hot springs.

Day 6. Safari float trip
The Peñas Blancas is a slow flowing river, so you will have the perfect opportunity to watch the wildlife of Costa Rica. Look closely to see monkeys, iguanas, caimans and all kinds of tropical birds. While floating on the river, a guide will give you all the information about the wildlife.

Day 7. Self-discovery
Time to relax with your family today. Enjoy your Costa Rica tour package with a free day in the area of Volcano Arenal.

Day 8. Monteverde
Monteverde is known as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. The Children’s Eternal rainforest is the first children’s rainforest in the world. The Monteverde Butterfly Garden is the best place to see the colorful butterflies. Similarly, the Hummingbird Gallery is a must if you want to see colorful birds. To get the full experience, go on an adventure by walking over the suspension bridges and see the forest from above by canopy. Other options to experience the forest are by going on a Sky Walk, Sky Trek or the Natural Wonder Tram.

Day 9. Hanging bridges
The longest cables for zip lining in Costa Rica are located in the jungle canopy. The tour consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms. Cables provide an amazing perspective. The tour has an optional Tarzan Swing. This is for the real adrenaline junkies, as you will be launched in the forest by a swing rope for an unforgettable experience. Another way to explore the forest is by going on a Tree Top walkway. This walkway consists of 8 great suspension bridges connected by trails. The track is around 1.9 miles (3km). The bridges vary from 150 ft (50m) to 500 ft (170m) and the heights differ from 36ft (12m) to 180ft (60m). The bridges are for people of all ages. The tours last up to 2 hours.

At night, there will be the best opportunity to watch and hear the wildlife. The tour starts at sunset when wildlife is very active. Sloths, coatis, porcupines, tarantulas and frogs are some of the most noteworthy animals you will likely see.

Day 10. Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park has amazing white beaches. During this part of your Costa Rica tour package at Manuel Antonio National Park, relax and let all the experiences sink in. Soak up the sun, take a dip in the blue water and let all your stress disappear. Manuel Antonio National Park also offers great places to spot wildlife. Even though it is the smallest national park, it is one of the best national parks in Costa Rica.

Day 11. Outdoor activities
Today a guide will walk with you to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Explore the park even more today or go white water rafting, horseback riding or sea kayaking just outside the park. Quepos, a nearby port town, offers some of the country’s best sport fishing.

Day 12. Self-discovery
Time to rest and relax in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day 13. San Jose
A free day in Manuel Antonio, later a shuttle will take you to your hotel in San Jose

Day 14. Return home
Unfortunately, your Highlights of Costa Rica tour package ends today. A driver will take you to the International airport for your departure flight back home.

Expenses included

14 days & 13 nights

$2,100 per guest

Private transportation, door to door service

 13 nights accommodation: hotels carefully selected

Local certified onsite guides

All park entrance fees

Daily breakfast

Taxes

Not included: international flights, personal, travel and cancellation insurance and other expenses than indicated.

Extension

Jungle night expedition, Manuel Antonio

Explore a lush forest habitat and see all sorts of animals such as frogs, lizards, mammals, insects, spiders, snakes, birds and many more. The fascinating symphony of a lush forest at night is one of the most intriguing experiences; turn off the flashlights for a minute and pay attention to all the mystery sounds. This area is located at only a few minutes from town, in an immaculate preserved sector with marvelous biodiversity. It is a fabulous excursion for families with small kids, photographers and travelers with enthusiasm in nature. Duration from: two hours. Price per guest from: $60

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