Costa Rica Adventure with Guanacaste Optional Extension Summer 2020

Tour Type: CostSaver
Brochure Type: America's CostSaver 2020

Bubbling mud pools, rainforests teeming with wildlife, golden beaches and an active volcano are all yours for the taking on this 12 day adventure. Starting in the cultural capital city of San Jose, visit turtle nesting grounds and sky walk through the rainforest canopy before spending your final days on the glistening shores of the Guanacaste province.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • Arenal Enjoy trails and suspension bridges, hike along lava trails through Mirador 1968, a private reserve, located adjacent to Volcano Arenal National Park and take a scenic float trip safari with your Local Specialist
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Hike with your Local Specialist who offers insights into the region's unique bird and wildlife ecosystems
  • San Jose Enjoy an orientation tour in the capital city of Costa Rica and explore Sarchi, the arts and crafts capital, famed for its intricately painted oxcarts
Dining Highlights
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

Call 800-749-7625 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14514025

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2019
Duration
9 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1San JoseArrive San Jose: Let the Pura Vida way of life take over as you arrive in Costa Rica's cultural capital, San Jose. Affectionally known as 'Chepe', San Jose may appear a little rough around the edges but a closer inspection will soon reveal the charming heart of this vibrant capital. Built on the profit of a roaring coffee trade, this a city overflowing with museums, parks, theatres and innovative restaurants. Arriving today, settle in to your hotel then feel free to head out to explore. Trendy Barrio Amon offers a wonderful glimpse into the history of the city with vast colonial mansions converted into art galleries, whilst Barrio Escalante is the gastronomic epicentre and the best place to grab dinner.
Aloft San Jose
Day 2MonteverdeSan Jose - Monteverde (2 Nights): Finishing up your final morning in San Jose with a quick sightseeing tour of the city's most iconic sights, you'll then travel north towards the creative little town of Sarchi. Widely regarded as the cradle of Costa Rican artisanship, this is the place to buy intricate arts, crafts and souvenirs. The finest display of Sarchi's creative offering comes courtesy of the highly decorative oxcarts that are displayed here. Elegantly carved and hand painted in bright colours, the oxcart is a national symbol of Costa Rica and a beautiful reminder of its humble beginnings. Take your time browsing the shops and stalls here, before continuing your journey through the Tilaran Mountain range. Climbing higher and high, we'll be listening out for the collective sighs of appreciation as you enter the mysterious and misty Cloud Forest.
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Day 3MonteverdeMonteverde Sightseeing and Free Time: Meeting up with a Local Specialist this morning, you'll seemingly step into another world as you enter the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Home to a variety of different eco-systems, you'll learn about the thousands of different plant and animals species that thrive in this area, many of which only exist right here. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears poised for the sounds of hummingbirds, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and if you're really lucky, the Quetzal bird. Costa Rica has a big reputation as a nature lover's paradise, and this place won't let you down. Leaving the forest on a real nature high you'll have time to relax this afternoon, or join our 'El Trapiche' Optional Experience tour where you'll get to visit sugarcane, banana, orange and coffee plantations.
Day 4ArenalMonteverde - Arenal (3 Nights): Enjoy the ride this morning as you travel past cattle ranches and coffee plantations on your way to Arenal Volcano National Park. One of the shining jewels in Costa Rica's already bedazzling crown, the national park is best known for its bubbling hot springs and geothermal activity, wide variety of wildlife and of course the sleeping giant, Arenal Volcano. As exciting as this all is, your attention upon arrival will likely be taken up by your gorgeous and secluded resort, nestled on the banks of the San Carlos River. Boasting outdoor pools, a butterfly garden, botanical gardens growing all manner of fruit trees and tame iguanas roaming the grounds, you'll likely feel like you've entered a little corner of heaven. Settle in and enjoy relaxing in paradise this afternoon, before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner at the resort restaurant this evening.
Tilajari Resort
Day 5ArenalArenal Full Day Sightseeing: A guided hike through Arenal 1968 is first up on today's action packed agenda. Denoting its name from the year Arenal Volcano created its most catastrophic eruption, this private reserve gives you the chance to walk through lava fields, observe leftover lava rocks and boulders and walk through forest land for wonderful views of both the volcano and Arenal Lake, the largest lake in Costa Rica. After a browse around La Fortuna town and a spot of lunch, this afternoon you'll then head to the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Meeting up with a Local Specialist, you'll 'sky walk' your way through the jungle canopy, testing your head for heights on the 6 suspension bridges whilst spotting a whole manner of birdlife. This evening and to round off an incredible day, let your worries and stresses drift away as you relax in the mineral rich pools of a hot springs resort.
Day 6ArenalArenal Sightseeing and Free Time: Another day, and another chance to explore this natural wonderland. Your morning will begin with a safari float down the Penas Blancas River, where you'll join a Local Specialist and get to experience the peaceful tranquility of the rainforest whilst looking for monkeys, sloths, iguanas, caimans and tropical birds. On the way you'll visit a local family who live and work on the river, gaining an appreciation for how connected the people of Costa Rica are to the natural environment. Back at your resort and with the afternoon free, enjoy going for a dip in the pool, play tennis, or join a horseback riding excursion through the rainforest.
Day 7GuanacasteArenal - Guanacaste (2 Nights): From tropical rainforests to golden beaches, it will be a complete change of scenery today as you travel towards the 'golden coast' in the northwest of Costa Rica, arriving into the province of Guanacaste. A region loved for its glorious beaches, biodiverse parklands and fun surf, there's no better place to spend a couple of days than on the sun drenched shores of Playa Tamarindo.
Wyndham Tamarindo (Ocean-view Room)
Day 8GuanacasteGuanacaste Free Time: With an entirely free day, how you explore is completely up to you. Keep it low key with a book and a cold beer at your resort, or scout out the under the radar Playa Mina beach for soft white sand, clear waters and shady spots. If you're keen to hit the surf, Playa Tamarindo is your best bet for waves that would suit beginners to mid level surfers. However you choose to explore today, make sure you spend this evening surrounded by new friends, toasting to a final Costa Rican sunset.
Day 9GuanacasteDepart Guanacaste: Perhaps catching sunrise and after enjoying a final dip in the sea, your trip will come to an end after breakfast. Travelling to the airport and then on to your respective corner of the world, we wish you a safe journey and look forward to seeing you again some time soon!
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
01/25/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
02/08/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
02/22/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
03/28/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
04/11/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
04/25/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/09/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/20/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/11/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/25/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
08/01/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/08/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/12/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
10/10/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/24/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
11/14/2020$1,160.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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