Costa Rica 7-Days Travel Deal

By on December 24, 2013

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7 days from $2259*

Prices include savings up to $300 for bookings by February 4, 2014

http://www.friendlyplanet.com/captivating-costa-rica.html

Costa Rica is truly one of Central America’s jewels. In this small tropical country, 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 also 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 a recent Gallup poll named Costa Rica as one of the happiest places on earth.

Experience the highlights of Costa Rica on this 7-day tour, designed for the independent traveler, but without worrying about getting from one place to another. Start in the capital city of San José, a bustling metropolis surrounded by mountains. Then head north to Arenal to see one of the world’s most active volcanoes, followed by the cloud forests of Monteverde. Want even more? Take advantage of a 3-night extension to lovely Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast, where you can watch Capuchin monkeys skip across the tropical beaches and iguanas sunning themselves. All for a price that is almost as stunning as the country itself!

 

Style Independent/Self-Guided
No tour escort; explore at your own pace
Departures February – October 2014
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Miami (MIA), Washington Dulles (IAD), Philadelphia (PHL), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Atlanta (ATL), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA), Logan (BOS); other gateways on request
Highlights San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde. Arenal Volcano, Tobacon Hot Springs, & Cloud Forest Reserve. Optional extension to Manuel Antonio
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights from Miami via scheduled carriers, including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees with other gateways available on request
  • All transfers in air-conditioned chauffeur-driven mini-vans
  • 6 nights superior hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
What to Expect This leisurely-paced, independent tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort.

 

Itinerary at a Glance
Captivating Costa Rica
Day Destination
1 USA/San José
2 San José & Arenal
3 Arenal
4 Arenal & Monteverde
5 Monteverde
6 Monteverde & San José
7 San José/USA
Manuel Antonio Optional Extension
6 Monteverde & Manuel Antonio
7 Manuel Antonio
8 Manuel Antonio
9 Manuel Antonio & San José
10 San José/USA

Day 1: USA/San José. Your exciting trip to Costa Rica begins today as you depart for San José, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. San José is nestled in a green valley, surrounded by picturesque mountains. Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Corobici.

Day 2: San José & Arenal. 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 5360 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.) Accommodations: Hotel Magic Mountain on Feb 11, Feb 25, & Mar 25 departures, Mountain Paradise Hotel on all others. Breakfast provided.

 

Tabacón Hot Springs © ICT

Tabacón Hot Springs © ICT

Day 3: Arenal. Enjoy 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 walk on the hanging bridges suspended in the treetops; 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. Breakfast provided.

Day 4: Arenal & Monteverde. This morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to Monteverde, driving around Lake Arenal (about 3 hours).

The Monteverde Reserve is covered with dense and humid foliage on the continental divide between the Caribbean and Pacific watersheds. The Reserve is home to over 300 species of birds and mammals as well as many varieties of orchids.

In the early 1950s, the area of Santa Elena and Monteverde (Green Mountain) was settled by Quakers from the USA, in pursuit of a peaceful lifestyle. Many of the settlers bought farms and raised dairy cows. Your hotel is located on these former farms and is still owned by the same family. Accommodations: El Establo Hotel. Breakfast provided.

 

Hanging bridge, Monteverde cloud forest

Hanging bridge, Monteverde cloud forest

Day 5: Monteverde. Spend the day relaxing or enjoy the optional excursions which offer other activities in the area. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which is part of the growing network of protected areas in Costa Rica. This Reserve attracts bird watchers from around the world. You can also visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest, with beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano. You can tour the suspension bridges, spanning mountaintop to mountaintop, which allow you the walk through the top of the canopy of the cloud forest. You can also do a canopy tour complete with zip lines, visit the hummingbird gardens or ride horses. Breakfast provided.

Day 6: Monteverde & San José. In the morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van back to San José (about 4 hours). Spend the afternoon at leisure at your hotel, or explore the city and do some last minute shopping. We recommend a stop at El Pueblo, an assortment of more than 50 bars, clubs, and shops, plus a visit to the beautiful National Theater and Edificio Correos buildings, two of San José’s landmarks. Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Corobici. Breakfast provided.

Or, take advantage of your already included airfare and continue for a 3 night extension in Manuel Antonio, on Pacific coast. Breakfast provided.

Day 7: San José/USA. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

Manuel Antonio Optional Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare and spend three more relaxing days in Costa Rica in the lush coastal area of Manuel Antonio, indulging yourself at a luxurious resort and spa.

 

Parador Resort & Spa

Parador Resort & Spa

Day 6: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio. In the morning, transfer via air-conditioned mini-van to Manuel Antonio (about 4 hours).

Manuel Antonio is a small biological island surrounded by farms and is one of the most beautiful and scenic national parks in Costa Rica. Your hotel is set in the luxuriant coastal rainforest overlooking the Manuel Antonio National Park. Accommodations: Parador Resort & Spa. Breakfast provided.

Day 7 & 8: Manuel Antonio. Enjoy two full days at leisure at your hotel, whose décor is inspired by the comfort of historic Spanish paradors. Relax by the pool, take in a spa treatment or play miniature golf. Descend a winding staircase to the tropical beach. Or take a walk through the national park, where you will almost certainly see frolicking capuchin monkeys or even a slow-moving sloth. Also available are some optional excursions which allow you to participate in other activities including kayaking, snorkling, and horseback riding. Breakfast provided.

 

Capuchin monkey, Manuel Antonio National Park

Capuchin monkey, Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 9: Manuel Antonio & San José. This morning, transfer via mini-van to San José (about 3 hours). Spend the afternoon at leisure at your hotel. You may decide to visit the San José downtown area for some last minute shopping. Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Corobici. Breakfast provided.

Day 10: San José/USA. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

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