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Hidden Jewels Costa Rica Vacation Package

Hidden Jewels Costa Rica Vacation Package - 12 day – 11 night itinerary

DAY 01 - Welcome to Costa Rica

  • Welcome to Costa Rica. A representative from CRT will welcome you at the airport. Your guide will assist you with any inquiry and transfer you to your hotel for the nightWelcome to Costa Rica. A representative from CRT will welcome you at the airport. Your guide will assist you with any inquiry and transfer you to your hotel for the night
  • Accommodation in San José

san jose costa rica

DAY 02 - San José City Tour

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. The morning will be at leisure for you to enjoy your hotel facilities or explore the surroundings.  In the afternoon get your camera ready to join the San José City Tour.

This tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful museums and historical sites of San José. It begins with an orientation and drive through the beautiful Sabana Park. Next, we will take a walking tour through the historic National Theater. Completed in 1897, the theater is a masterpiece in art and architecture. Afterwards we will visit one of the many unique museums of Costa Rica.

We will continue heading to the University of Costa Rica, the Supreme Court and various sites of interest. A brief stop will be made in a beautiful art craft shopping store allowing you to browse through it before returning to your hotel and why not, buy some souvenirs for those who are expecting you back at home

Lunch and dinner are on your own.

DAY 03 - Monteverde

After breakfast your shuttle transportation will depart from your hotel towards the area of Monteverde Cloud Forest. After check in, the rest of the day will be at leisure for you to enjoy this wonderful area, certainly a natural paradise in the clouds. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Set atop the spine of Costa Rica’s continental divide, Monteverde is a world above the coastal towns that dot the country's famous shoreline. It is a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys, mist, and friendly locals. The town of Santa Elena is small and quaint, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity.

Accommodation in Monteverde

DAY 05 - Rincón de la Vieja Area

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a shuttle transfer to the area of Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. The day will be at leisure for you to enjoy your hotel facilities such as relaxing hot springs and mud baths at Rio Negro that are part of this amazing deal. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Rincon de la Vieja, the largest volcano in the country's northwest, comprises a remote volcanic complex in the Guanacaste Range. At least nine eruptive vents are located within a 15-kilometer-wide caldera. The twin cone of 1,916 meter Santa Maria volcano, the highest peak of the Rincon complex, features an inactive crater 500 meters across.  Indulge your body with mud baths from the magical lands of this volcanic mountain.

Surrounded by tropical dry forest, the Río Negro (Black River) Hot Springs feature six pools with thermal waters heated naturally by the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. The soothing mineral waters are crystal clear and all natural, and the river flows through the pools constantly refilling them with water. Relax and enjoy luxuriating in our healing waters. You can also try our volcanic mud “bath”, where you smooth volcanic clay mud all over yourself like a spa “masque,” then after it dries, wash it off with a cool river water shower. The hot springs water will feel great afterwards!

At Symbiosis Spa the property also offers a variety of massages, body and facial treatments to increase your feeling of rejuvenation. We advise you to make a reservation for additional treatments on extra charge.

Accommodation in Rincón de la Vieja Area

DAY 04 - Sky Walk

After breakfast meet with your transportation at the reception of your hotel to depart on an amazing guided walk through the tree top. Admire the beautiful scenarios from a different perspective on the Sky Walk tour at the Monteverde hanging bridges. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Half way between the town of Santa Elena and the Santa Elena Preserve the Sky Walk is located: This complex use trail and suspension bridges for a more tranquil introduction of the flora and fauna of the forest canopy, constructed within the cloud forest. It allows a vision of the forest from a different perspective which starts with a walk on the ground taking you up to explore the treetops, a hardly discovered habitat, called the “canopy” with a naturalist guide.

  Accommodation in Monteverde

hacienda guachipelin

DAY 06 - Adventure Choice

After breakfast you will have the opportunity to choose in between one of the following adventures:  Canyon Canopy Zip Lines, Horseback Riding or Rio Negro River Tubing. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.  Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Get an incredible adrenaline rush on our very unique Canyon Canopy Tour – one of the best adventure tours in Rincón de la Vieja! Our canopy tour is the only one of its kind in Costa Rica that takes you into a steep canyon over a turbulent river, where you will zip line, rappel and rock climb, cross hanging bridges and ride Tarzan swings. Wow! Our fun adventure takes place in a majestic canyon created by the erosion of the Rio Blanco (White River) over millions of years.

Enjoy a fun and exciting adventure at the Rio Negro Tubing. We’ll head out from Hacienda Guachipelín by horseback on our trusty ranch horses (or you can also go by vehicle transport). After a 45-minute ride through the forest, it’s just a short walk to the foot of the Victoria Waterfall, where our tubing adventure begins. You will have the time of your life bouncing down Rio Negro’s crystal clear and fun rapids in your individual rafting “tube”. Our guides will be riding down with you to ensure your safety.

We’ll go by Horseback Riding 45 minutes on scenic forest trails to the captivating Victoria Waterfall, which plunges 115 feet (35 meters) into the Colorado River. Its surrounding canyon has a unique vegetation and topography. At the end of the trail, we leave the horses for a short, steep descent down to the river. The picturesque pool at the waterfall’s base is perfect for a cooling swim in the crystal clear water.

Accommodation in Rincón de la Vieja Area

costa rica canopy tour

DAY 07 - Tamarindo Beach

Transportation will depart from your hotel after breakfast to take you to the coast of the North Pacific where you will have the time to relax and enjoy the beach at worldwide famous Tamarindo. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Accommodation in Tamarindo Beach

DAY 08 - 10 - Tamarindo Beach

Breakfast is included at your hotel. The following days will be at leisure for you to enjoy your hotel facilities, visit Tamarindo and other neighbored beaches, and take time to relax or book any optional activities. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Optional Tours

Surf Lessons & Tamarindo Shopping

Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s most popular sun and beach destination. One of the most popular beaches is Tamarindo. Famous for its waves, it has become a surfer’s favorite. Let the pro’s teach you how to surf for a couple of hours. Afterwards, you will explore Costa Rica’s beach lifestyle with the many local restaurants and little shops for picking up souvenirs.

During this tour we will show you the rich Bio- Diversity of Costa Rica and one of the most relevant and special natural events in our country, the sea turtle nesting all year around. Between August and October you will have the chance to experience the turtle nesting Arribadas (tens to hundreds of thousands of sea turtles landing and nesting on beaches for few nights), during the new moon. The arribadas in Costa Rica are a unique natural event.

 Sailing Catamaran, Snorkeling & Sunset Tour

Silently glide along Costa Rica’s Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches and tropical jungles. You can scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach.

 

Palo Verde National Park

Take a trip to a site with the greatest wildlife. This tour will take you through wetlands and primary forest where you can see a wide number of different species of flora and fauna. Enjoy a boat tour on the Tempisque River. This wildlife sanctuary protects the lower basin, where mangroves, marshes and seasonally flooded fields provide ideal conditions for resident and migratory waterfowl, crocodiles and scarlet macaws.

DAY 11 - San José

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel followed by shuttle transfer to San José to have a last night in town. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

DAY 12 - Adiós Costa Rica

After breakfast at the hotel (time permit) travel to San José International Airport to take your flight back home.

End of services!

According to the International Airport requirements all passengers must be at airport at least 3 hours before departure flight time for safety and check in procedures.

Itinerary's Route Map

costa rica map

APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES

  • San José – Monteverde: 3 hours

  • Monteverde – Rincon de la Vieja: 3 hours

  • Rincon de la Vieja – Tamarindo: 2 hours

  • Tamarindo – San José: 4 hours

*** Remember that based on the shuttle service logistic, times may change depending on how many hotels they have to stop at in order to pick up and drop off passengers. That will vary depending on the date and route.

HIDDEN JEWELS OF COSTA RICA

12 DAY – 11 NIGHT ITINERARY
Minimum 1 participant

NET RATES PER PERSON in US Dollars

MODERATE RATE

VALIDITY

September 01st to December 14th, 2014

  • $ 965.00
  • $ 861.00
  • $ 1,785.00

January 01st to March 19th, 2015

July 01st to 31st, 2015

  • $ 1,166.00
  • $ 1,025.00
  • $ 2,171.00

April 06th to June 30th, 2015

August 01st to November 30th, 2015

  • $ 1,078.00
  • $ 967.00
  • $ 1,996.00

BLOCK OUT DATES

(Based on arrival date to San Jose)

December 15th to 31st 2014

March 20th to April 05th, 2015

ABOVE RATES INCLUDE:

ACCOMMODATION

Moderate Hotels:

  • Three (3) night accommodations in Standard room at Palma Real Hotel or similar in San José
  • Two (2) night accommodations in Tent Suites at Hacienda Pozo Azul or similar in Sarapiquí
  • Two (2) night accommodations in Standard room at Lomas del Volcan Hotel or similar in Arenal
  • Four(4)  night accommodations in Selvamar Superior room at Punta Leona Hotel in Central Pacific

Hotel taxes included: 13% sales

TRANSPORTATION

 

Shuttle Transfers

  • Shared arrival airport transfer from Airport to Hotel in San Jose
  • Shuttle shared transfer from San Jose to Sarapiquí area
  • Shuttle shared transfer from Sarapiquí to Arenal area
  • Shuttle shared transfer from Arenal to Punta Leona area
  • Shuttle shared transfer from Punta Leona to San José city
  • Shared departure airport transfer from San José hotel to international airport

Seat in coach/shuttle transportation with several stops on route to pick up and drop off passengers, which does NOT include bilingual escort/personnel during transfers

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

  • Doka Coffee Tour / Grecia City & Sarchi Oxcart Factory
  • 1 activity to chose from Nature Walk, Zip Lining, Rappel or Horseback riding at Hacienda Pozo Azul
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Nature Walk
  • Guided Hike at Punta Leona
  • Self-guided visit to Butterfly Garden at Punta Leona    

REGULAR PROGRAM MEALS

 

  • Day 01: No meals
  • Day 02: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Day 03: Breakfast
  • Day 04: Breakfast
  • Day 05: Breakfast
  • Day 06: Breakfast
  • Day 07: Breakfast
  • Day 08: Breakfast
  • Day 09: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Breakfast
  • Day 11: Breakfast
  • Day 12: Breakfast

 

  • Meal taxes included (13% sales + 10% service)

CHILDREN RATE POLICIES:

  • Infants (0 – 2 years old) are free of charge
  • Children with ages between 3 and below 6 years old pay 40% of the adult rate.
  • Children with ages between 7 – 11 years old pay 70% of the adult rate.

Children over 11 years old must pay same adults rate. Children rates for programs apply only for children sharing room with one or two adults. When a single adult is sharing room with children the single supplement rate must be added to the final amount in order to apply the child rate.

Special children rates only apply when using existing bedding in room (Maximum occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults plus two children)

NOT INCLUDED:Departure airport Taxes $29.00 per person. This amount must paid directly at the International Airport

*      Meals or activities not specified on the itinerary.

*      Not available during Peak Seasons (Christmas, New Year and Easter)

*      Rates are conditioned to gasoline surcharges when applicable and are subject to changes previous notice.

Optional Tours

San José

  • Tortuga Island Catamaran Cruise
  • $139.00

Tortuga is a paradisiac island with a white sand beach, coconut palms and a beautiful blue ocean, located in the Golf of Nicoya on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica

  • Poas Volcano National Park
  • $49.00

We will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as we learn about the different ecosystems in the park

  • Rainforest Aerial Tram
  • $106,00

Twenty minutes outside of San Jose you will cross the Continental Divide and enter Braulio Carrillo National Park to reach a 1000 acre private reserve of virgin forest.

The Open-sided cable-cars hold 5 passengers and a guide. The guides are quite knowledgeable about flora and fauna

  • Irazu Volcano/Orosí/Lankaster
  • $86,00

With this excursion you will see an impresive volcano, visit important historical and cultural places in our country and also will have the oportunity to see beautiful plants

  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • $79.00

As we arrive to La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit

  • San José City Tour (Afternoon)
  • $44.00

This tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful museums and historical sites of San José

  • Pacuare River Rafting (Class IV)
  • $99.00

Experience the full explosion and excitement that is the thrill of white water rafting!. The route is scenic and the ride is exhilarating. The vegetation will surround you, while the raw unbridled power of the waters will transport you into a great wild adventure

Monteverde

  • Don Juan Coffee Tour + Chocolate Tour
  • $30,00

Your chance to learn about a true Costa Rican tradition – Costa Rican coffee defines the Tico culture! On this coffee tour, learn about the history, cultivation, and operation of a functioning coffee farm. You even get a chance to pick coffee and see the different stages of coffee production.

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Hike
  • $65,00

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve will astound visitors with its beauty, bounty and great amount biodiversity.

Wind-sculpted elfin woodlands give way to rainforests where tall trees – festooned with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines and mosses – rise high into the sky.

  • Cheese Factory Tour
  • $33,00

Learn about the Quakers history; who were the founders of this important activity also how each of the products is made; such as the famous cheddar cheese, yogurt, ice creams and more.

  • Snake & Frog Pond Tour
  • $57,00

This facility houses over 25 species of frogs, toads and other amphibians and reptiles. Visitors can peer into glass terrariums to observe the creatures or read about the natural history of amphibians and reptiles at one of the many exhibits.

  • Sky Trek & Sky Tram
  • $72,00

You’ll glide through the treetops of the Monteverde cloud forest on the Sky Adventures Sky Tram (gondola) as you climb up to the starting point for your Sky Trek canopy zipline tour. The Sky Trek canopy zipline tour has 11 cables with lengths between 120 feet to 2,310 feet – considered one of the longest canopy zipline cables in the world!

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Train
  • $50,00

Replica vintage rail carriages with a shiny red and black locomotive engine chugging ahead. Your unique 90-minute adventure takes you 6 km down real railway tracks into the misty cloud to an amazing look-out point where you’ll be treated to spectacular views of Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, the extinct volcano Cerro Chato and the majestic San Gerardo Waterfall.

Tamarindo Beach

  • Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour
  • $78,00

Enjoy a boat tour on the Tempisque River. This wildlife sanctuary protects the lower basin, where mangroves, marshes and seasonally flooded fields provide ideal conditions for resident and migratory waterfowl, crocodiles and scarlet macaws.

  • Nicaragua Volcanoes & Colonial City
  • $145,00

Take the opportunity to meet the south of Nicaragua with its colonial cities and magnificent natural views, know the impressive crater of Masaya volcano and local markets all in one day.

  • Tenorio White Water Rafting
  • $145,00

Join us in a white water adventure with class I and IV rapids. Work together as a team to conquer the river and maneuver through some fast and powerful rapids! Observe the wildlife in the jungle.

  • Sunset Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling
  • $95,00

Silently glide along Costa Rica’s Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches and tropical jungles. You can scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach

  • Borinquen Adventure Experience Combo
  • $160,00

Start with a horseback ride. Then flight over the tree-tops on the exciting 10 cable canopy zip-lines and experience the therapeutic and relaxing effects of the natural steam room, volcanic mud bath and hot spring water.

  • Surf Lessons & Tamarindo Shopping
  • $95,00

One of the most popular beaches is Tamarindo famous for its waves; it has become a surfer’s favorite. Let the pro’s teach you how to surf for a couple of hours. Afterwards, explore Costa Rica’s beach lifestyle with the many local restaurants and little shops for picking up souvenirs.