Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, a true Garden of Eden. It has a wealth of wildlife in the most varied of habitats. This action-packed adventure allows you to explore its rainforests, rushing rivers, pristine beaches and towering volcanoes. It offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to use for a whole variety of optional activities whether you want a rush of adrenalin or not – ziplines, canopy walks, rafting, hiking, snorkelling … you name it! No country can offer more in such a compact space. Prepare to fall madly in love with Costa Rica.
Sitting between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica’s landscape is painted with towering volcanoes and mountains, lush rainforests and sparking coastal plains. Costa Rica’s weather is indeed tropical and because of its diversity many micro climates are found throughout the country. But Costa Rica vacations offer more than a lovely landscape and beautiful weather – this tropical country is steeped in rich history dating back to the 1500s and boasts a community-centric lifestyle that is rare in much of the world.
Shrouded in clouds, the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has a unique air of mystery to it. A distinctive mountain rainforest where the humidity is usually 100%, Monteverde is home to more than 3000 species of animals and plants.
Nosara is a tranquil beach community, ideal for a surfer or nature lover's vacation. Located where the turtles meet the monkeys, this serene unspoiled corner of Costa Rica has enjoyed both the protection of the national park system, as well as the efforts of the local citizens association that keep the beaches pristine and ensure hundreds of acres of protected forest interspersed with small-scale development.
An eco-adventure haven, the Rincon de la Vieja is an active volcano that is more than a million years old. Sitting inside a national park sharing the same name, this area boasts dramatic sceneries, roaring waterfalls, relaxing hot springs, bubbling mud pits and wonderful picnic areas to enjoy.
Children Policy: Children two and under are permitted within maximum occupancy at no additional cost using existing bedding. Up to two children three to 12 are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per child, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).
Additional Adult Policy: Up to two adults 13 and over are prmitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per adult, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).Roll-away beds are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed; they can be requested for $5 per bed, per night.
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Handicap-Accessible: No, the resort is not accesible by wheel chair.
Arrive in San José at any time and head out to visit some of the museums that house Costa Rica’s treasures. Enjoy wandering around and taking it all in before meeting up with the rest of your group in the evening.
Your journey begins with a bus ride over the scenic mountains to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca has white and black sand beaches which are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. Lie back on the beach, snorkel in the clear, warm sea, hire a bike or hike in the Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.
Take a morning boat ride to Tortuguero, with spectacular wildlife viewing along the way. In season, the beaches here are nesting grounds of the green, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback turtles. You can visit the nesting sites at night and by day take a guided tour of the canals.
The journey up to this jungle retreat is half the adventure – a boat, van and finally a tractor-drawn cart, excellent for navigating the jungle’s rugged terrain. The jungle oasis borders the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Here, you’ll take a guided nature walk through primary rainforest, swim in a pristine river and experience the remoteness of an old haçienda at night. There’s the option to take a horseback ride tour or climb a viewing platform 30m above the jungle floor – a chance to get up close with the wildlife.
En route to La Fortuna enjoy a typical Costa Rican meal at a local family’s house. The town offers a whole variety of activities. Perhaps take a night hike around the base of the Arenal Volcano to catch the glowing molten lava being blasted into the ink-black sky. Or get your adrenalin pumping with optional whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling or horse riding. After a day of action you can sit back and relax, drink in hand, in some of the thermal hot springs. (L)
Ascend into the misty mountain air of the Monteverde cloud forest region. Enjoy a touch of local cuisine at a barbecue dinner at a cloud forest ranch. Local guides will explain about the flora and fauna of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and you’ll get a real feel for their passion about the conservation of this precious ecosystem. If you’re feeling brave you have the option to fly across the canopy on ziplines, walk through the canopy on the Sky Walk or take a more sedate visit to a butterfly garden.
Quepos is a small Pacific town perfect for relaxing at the end of your tour. A short distance away, Manuel Antonio National Park offers excellent hiking, mangrove kayaking, spectacular views and abundant wildlife. By day you can lie on the beautiful white sand beaches and swim in the warm turquoise water. At sunset you can set off on a dolphin watching boat trip and at night take advantage of the fantastic nightlife – some of the best in the country.
Return to San José for some last-minute shopping and a final night out on the town with your new friends. On Day 16 your big adventure ends. It’s time to head home and plan your next action-packed holiday.