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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart the USA for San Jose
Depart the USA for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation with your tour manager
Overnight: San Jose

DAY 2, Friday - Travel to Arenal
Today, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historical & government buildings and the public park La Sabana. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. Enroute stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Full Day in Arenal
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Afterwards, consider spending the evening relaxing in one of the local hot springs
Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour
Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Travel to Monteverde
In the morning, embark on a brisk 2 mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora & fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Lunch en route to Monteverde, depending on time of arrival your guide will take you on a walk around town to familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Have the option to be ushered back into town for a dinner at your choice of local restaurants
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Full Day in Monteverde
Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of our optional tours. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)*
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired

DAY 6, Tuesday - Travel to San Jose
Today, travel back to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Perhaps explore the city independently and try one of over 50 restaurants, bars, night clubs, art galleries and museums or consider stopping at some of the various local stores to pick up souvenirs
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Optional Tours

EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner Day #3 01 Nov 2012 - 01 Nov 2015 $55

Spend this evening relaxing in the renowned Hot Springs of Arenal. The family owned EcoTermales has four different pools ranging in temperature from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, surrounded by the local flora of the forest. Private and secluded, these hot springs are a great way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. While there, enjoy an included home cooked traditional Costa Rican dinner.

Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour Day #3 01 Nov 2012 - 01 Nov 2015 $60

Enjoy the peaceful sights and the sounds of the rain forest as you quietly float down the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border. A professional guide will share educational and interesting facts about the plants and animals encountered on the float. This area is abundant with bird species, including the Snake-Bird, Wood Storks, and Olivaceous Cormorants,. Keep an eye out for the various monkey species, sloths, turtles, and caimans that live along the rivers banks. This tour also includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, along with regional fruit, juices, and coffee. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

This tour is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. Please bring sunscreen, hat, and light clothes.

Selvatura Canopy Tour Day #5 07 Nov 2012 - 01 Nov 2015 $40

Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length. This makes the Selvatura Canopy tour is one of the longest, and safest, Zipline tours in the country.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking through the forest between the Zipline cables.

Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour Day #5 01 Nov 2012 - 01 Nov 2015 $28

Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity.

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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Plan B Hotels
Tryp Sabana Hotel by Wyndham - details ★★★★ San Jose
Lomas del Volcán Hotel - details ★★★ Arenal
Arenal Volcano Inn - details ★★★ Arenal
Volcano Lodge - details ★★★+ Arenal
Heliconia Hotel - details ★★★ Monteverde

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Plan A Hotels
Tryp Sabana Hotel by Wyndham - details ★★★★ San Jose
Arenal Manoa Hotel - details ★★★+ Arenal
Hotel Los Lagos - details ★★★★ Arenal
Mountain Paradise Hotel - details ★★★★ Arenal
El Establo Hotel - details ★★★★ Monteverde
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May 27, Jun 3, Jun 17, 24; Jul 8; 15; 22; Aug 26; Sep 2; 16; 23; Oct 7; 14; 21; Nov 4; 11; 18; Dec 2; 9; 16; 30 $999*

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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Costa Rica taxes of up to $29.