This trip combines what we think is the best of Costa Rica! Experience the mountains, the rain forest and the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica’s Caribbean for an unforgettable trip.
There are lots of ways you can customize your package – add days, change tours and even add destinations. Look for the symbol for ideas or play with the options on the booking form which will calculate your final price. Here’s what your days will look like:
Day 1 – Departure San Jose – Arenal Volcano
Your day starts with morning pickup from your San Jose hotel. You will travel in a comfortable a/c microbus to La Fortuna, a small town next to the volcano. They will take you to your hotel. Our standard choice is the San Bosco in La Fortuna town or you can also choose between other hotel options with a more resort style setting such as the Arenal Volcano Inn or Silencio del Campo.
After you’ve settled in we will take you to the west side of the volcano which is one of the best places for night time views. After that, you will go to Tabacón Resort where you can enjoy the different temperature pools. Tabacón also has water slides, waterfalls and 12 different pools! At Tabacón you will be served dinner with a view of the volcano.
Notes: (1) Our usual pickup from San Jose area hotels leaves San Jose approximately 8:15 a.m., if you are arriving Costa Rica that day you must be ready by then. Somewhat later departures can be accommodated with our private transfer option that will meet your flight at the airport and take you directly to Arenal. (2) If you are planning days on the Pacific Coast beforehand, we can also pick you up on Day 1 from your hotel at most Pacific Beach towns for no additional cost.
You can also start your tour with 1 or 2 nights in Monteverde and see the magical Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Then we bring you across Lake Arenal by boat and road to your start your Arenal tour. Monteverde options start at just $75 additional p/p including 1 night hotel and the lake crossing.
Day 2 – Arenal Volcano – Horseback Ride
Breakfast at your hotel. You will be picked up at 8 a.m. for a horseback ride to visit the waterfall of La Fortuna. Returning to your hotel, you will have the evening on your own in La Fortuna. If clouds covered the volcano, you’ll have another chance to see it tonight as it’s visible from the whole area!
Or choose to do a Zipline/Canopy tour instead (additional $19 p/p) or both tours (add $84 p/p)
Day 3 – Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River!
Early morning pickup at your Arenal hotel.
Breakfast at the rafting company headquarters (about 3 hrs away). Your luggage is securely stored.
Exciting whitewater rafting trip on the Pacuare River. This is our most popular rafting trip and Costa Rica’s premier river trip. The ultimate blend of wilderness exposure and invigorating excitement. The Pacuare River is world famous for its pristine beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Waterfalls cascade into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. The white water is equally exciting (rapids class III-IV). This is one of the most memorable river trips you will ever experience. All instruction and equipment is included. (This trip is suitable for ages 12 and over, if you have younger kids we’ll put you on a calmer river). Lunch on the river is included.
Back to the rafting company HQ for drinks and then transport to your Puerto Viejo hotel.
Want the ultimate in getting away from it all? Choose to spend an additional night on the river by upgrading your rafting choice to a 2 day hike and paddle trip with a night in a river lodge (additional $150 p/p). Or choose a calmer river if you’re not in the mood for adventure and we’ll even take $20 p/p off your package.
Day 4 – Puerto Viejo – Animal Rescue Center or Cahuita National Park
Breakfast at your hotel (included with most hotels, see hotel details below).
Pickup for your choice of our combo Animal Rescue Centre/Waterfall/Chocolate Lady trip, a boat/snorkel/hike tour of Cahuita National Park or our Full Day Jungle Adventure ($55 extra charge for 2 pax on 1 quad).
The Animal Rescue Center/Chocolate Lady/Waterfall tour takes you to the Animal Rescue Centre, which offers shelter, treatment and protection to ill or wounded wild animals in the South Caribbean area. It is a sanctuary for wild animals and they try to accommodate their jungle guests as well as they can: terrariums for the snakes, large spaces for the Congo monkeys to rest in after spending the whole day playing in the garden’s trees, special quarantine cages for the animals arriving seriously injured and also a large supply of medicine and an operating theatre for emergency surgery if necessary. Your visit helps support the work of the centre.
Next we will visit an indigenous family where they make chocolate from the Cacao trees growing beside their house. You will learn and see demonstrated the process by which the cacao fruit is transformed into delicious and unique chocolate. You will have an opportunity to purchase some chocolate or other indigenous made handicrafts here. We will also hike to a beautiful waterfall for our third destination.
The Cahuita National Park option combines a guided hike through the rainforest, a boat ride to Punta Cahuita and snorkelling. This is the #1 destination in the area and you’re sure to see lot’s of wildlife, in and out of the water. All snorkelling equipment is available.
Finally, for the most adventurous, you can choose our Full Day Jungle Adventure which includes a ride into the jungle on ATV vehicles, Canopy, Tarzan Swing, Hike with rappels, lunch and more. This option is $55 extra per person for 2 pax on 1 quad or an additional $110 if you choose to do it in addition to the Animal Rescue Center/Chocolate Lady or the Cahuita tour (additional day required).
If more than one of these sound good to you then add on extra days in Puerto Viejo and we’ll be happy to arrange more than one of our other great activities. Or if you just want some days to explore the area (by bicycle is a great option!) and find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, then choose the option to add extra nights in Puerto Viejo.
Day 5 – Puerto Viejo to San Jose
On the final day, have breakfast at your hotel, enjoy your morning at the beach or as you wish and then you will be transported back to San Jose by comfortable A/C minibus.
Note: our usual departure from Puerto Viejo gets back to San Jose at approximately 5pm. If you need an earlier arrival to catch a flight, we have an early morning departure as well that arrives San Jose approximately 11:30am or you can upgrade to a private transfer option which will take you directly to the airport on your own schedule. If you’re continuing your trip elsewhere in Costa Rica, ask for a quote for transport directly to that location.
|Depatures:||Daily from your hotel in San Jose, Monteverde or Pacific Beach towns. Enquire about other starting locations.|
|Duration:||4 complete days/3 nights. Additional Days can be added.
* Note this package departs early morning on the first day and finishes late-afternoon/early evening of the last day. If you planning your international flights you should arrive San Jose at least the day before your departure and leave the day after the tour ends.
|Cost per person:||
|Includes:||● Return transportation as indicated in itinerary
● 2 nights of lodging in La Fortuna (base rate includes San Bosco, other choices will increase or reduce your package price)
● 2 in Puerto Viejo at Banana Azul or your choice of hotels in Puerto Viejo
● Tours and activities as described above
● Breakfast on all days, lunch on the rafting trip day
● Gecko Trail Adventures service charge
● Optional accommodations in San Jose before your trip if you’d like us to arrange this for you (select this option on the booking form to see prices).
|Not included:||● Rates shown are based on double rooms. If you want a single room, an extra charge is applied. For triple or quad rooms, a discount will be applied. Please enter your details on the booking form for pricing.
● For accommodations in Arenal other than the San Bosco we will deduct the price of the San Bosco rooms and add the cost of the selected hotel/room type. As some of these hotels are further from La Fortuna, they might also require an additional fee from the tour operator for pickup so we will advise if there is an additional charge.
● Private transfer option where a driver will directly meet your flight
● Tortuguero National Park option and additional night can be added for $152 for one night in Tortuguero or $232 for 2 nights in Tortuguero. Tortuguero National park entrance fees ($10)and optional night turtle tour (June-September $35) are not included in this option and must be paid when you are there.
|What to bring:||Swimsuit, shoes or sandals that can get wet for rafting trip, sunscreen, pants, insect repellent, hiking boots/shoes.|
Add Canals to the trip! Experience the wonders of Tortuguero National Park.
For just $152 p/p, add all these exciting activities and night in Tortuguero. Instead of Day 5 itinerary above, the itinerary would be:
Days 5 & 6 – Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park is the third-most visited park in Costa Rica, despite the fact that it can only be reached by airplane or boat. The park has incredible biological variety, due to the existence within the reserve of eleven different habitats, including rainforest, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. It is located in a tropical climate, is very humid, and receives up to 250 inches of rain a year. This is the very best place in Costa Rica to spot wildlife. Monkeys, Sloths, Crocodiles, Toucans, and many colorful frogs and insects are all common sights. During the June to September turtle nesting season, this is definitely one of Costa Rica’s Highlights.
Day 5 starts when we pick you up at your Puerto Viejo hotel for minibus and boat transport to Tortuguero and you’ll get breakfast enroute. In Tortuguero, you’ll settle into your Tortuguero Hotel which is complete with private bath, swimming pool and buffet meals!
You’ll have plenty of time to see Tortuguero over the two days as your package includes
● Two canal tours in the national park, in search of a close up view of the wildlife.
● One guided hike in the national park
● One trip to the interesting town of Tortuguero with a visit to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.
On the afternoon of your last day, we will pick you up at your hotel and transport you to your hotel in your choice of San Jose, Puerto Viejo or the Arenal area.