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Costa Rica Experience Vacation Package

Costa Rica is a tropical paradise with misty volcanoes, wild rivers and verdant jungles teeming with wildlife - it's an eco-tourist's dream destination. For decades, Costa Rica has stood out for its stability and has benefited from the most developed welfare system in Latin America. The Costa Rica Experience Vacation Package offers a diverse experience; taking in the capital city of San Jose, the active volcano of Arenal, the Monteverde cloud forest reserve, a crossing of Costa Rica's largest lake. Designed for those with a passion for nature, dramatic scenery and opportunities to view rare wildlife, this Costa Rica Tour offers a journey of exploration with the perfect combination of comfort and adventure. The tour starts in the capital of San Jose and ends at Monteverde Cloud Forest before coming back to the city, for a total of 07 nights and 08 days of eco-adventure.

DAY 01 - Arrival to Costa Rica

Arrival to Costa Rica, a CRT representative will provide the arrival transfer from Juan Santa Maria International Airport to your hotel in San José. En-route, we will give a completely explanation of the itinerary and following days activities.

You will spend 2 nights in San José City

Approximate travelling distance is 15,7km = 9mi.  Approximate driving time is 20-30 minutes

sunset in costa rica

DAY 02 - San José

Breakfast at hotel followed by Doka Coffee Tour (OPTIONAL)

 

OPTIONAL

Doka Coffee Tour / Grecia & Sarchi Oxcart Factory

The Doka-Grecia and Sarchi tour is a relaxing yet very enjoyable tour.  The tour begins with a wonderful drive through some of the largest coffee and sugar cane plantations (Doka) in Costa Rica.  This educational and highly enjoyable coffee tour will show how these differences and variety of climatic factors determine the flavour aroma and quality of the final coffee cup.  Doka Estate is an outstanding Coffee Hacienda with its own Coffee sun drying patios and Mill. This tour is a great learning opportunity that gives you the knowledge to become a Coffee Connoisseur with good understanding of the Coffee Industry and Costa Rica’s Coffee leading reputation as the fines, highest quality and the most efficient producer with the highest yield per area in the world. This unique Coffee Tour will guide you in  a highly enjoyable way,  through all the coffee production stages, as you will have the opportunity to closely observe and understand all of the coffee industry relevant details of  how many generations of coffee artisans, have carefully selected coffee plants to  produce coffee beans undergo that have unique qualities as per taste and  aroma getting the proper knowledge on how Costa Rican Coffee is produced, from the plantation into a unique crafted  distinctive carefully  roasted cup of coffee, which is  made fresh from top quality Costa Rican Highland Arabica coffee beans. You will walk through the planted fields, see our “beneficio” (coffee mill) and smell the aroma emitted by our sun bathed patios where the beans are sun dried every morning.

Then we will arrive in Grecia, and we will see the famous metal church. The church that has a rare architecture, with high ceilings, ornate stained glass windows, and classical lines. 

Next we will move on to the arts & crafts factories of Sarchi recognized all over for their skilled labor and talented artistry; albeit, known primarily for the famous ox carts that are built there. And, if you are fortunate enough, you will see an ox cart that is over! Two stories high. To that end, the behemoth ox cart is registered in the Guinness book of world records as being the largest ox cart in the world.  These ox carts are ornately decorated and bursting with intense colors, such as oranges and reds, and come in various sizes, and are treasured worldwide for their unique beauty. That said, you will not want to leave Costa Rica without one. Albeit, I would not recommend you attempt to lug the two story ox cart home. To end a beautiful time spent, a delectable typical lunch will be served.

DAY 03 - San José – Arenal

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel on a shuttle transfer to Arenal. The afternoon will be at leisure for you to enjoy the hotel facilities and the surroundings.

You will spend 2 nights in Arenal

Approximate travelling distance is 135km = 83mi. Approximate driving time is 4 hours.

DAY 05 - Arenal – Monteverde by Lake Arenal 

Departure time from the hotel for a ground & boat transfer/tour to Monteverde by Lake Arenal

Lake Crossing

This service, half tour – half transfer is a scenic, fast and the newest way to go or come from La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano Area), to the Monteverde area. Around 7:30 a.m. we start picking everybody from the hotels in La Fortuna for a 30 minutes microbus drive to the Arenal Lake Dam. There we will aboard into a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for 30 to 40 minutes (approximately) ride to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake. Once at Río Chiquito, you leave the boat and make a short break to strength the legs, after, another 1 ½ hour microbus ride to get to the hotels in the Monteverde area.

* May change to ground transfer on group departures or depending on weather conditions

It is important to consider that the check in at the hotel is at 2:00 pm. Room will be provided at guest’s arrival time subject to availability.  Afternoon at leisure

You will spend 2 nights in Monteverde

Approximate travelling distance is 108km = 67mi.  Approximate driving time is 4 hours

DAY 04 - Arenal Volcano Hike

Breakfast at the hotel; today participants will enjoy a beautiful walk at the volcano  (OPTIONAL).

arenal volcano costa rica

DAY 06 - Sky Walkways

Breakfast at hotel and departure to transfer to Sky Park (OPTIONAL), afternoon at leisure

OPTIONAL

Sky Walk (Hanging Bridges) This day you will enjoy a guided visit to Sky Adventures Park walkways where you can see and explore the forest from a different perspective. Sky is a conservation project in Monteverde, with an area of more than 1200 acres of protected land, Sky’s Canopy Walkways are the best way to enjoy peacefully and safely of the virgin cloud forest tree tops. Through the bridge system and over 1.6 miles of easy walking trails the visitors can enjoy the marvels of the cloud forest and get the chance to see some of the world’s most amazing and beautiful flora and fauna.

costa rica aerial tram

DAY 07 - Monteverde to San Jose

Breakfast included at the hotel.  Transfer from Monteverde to the city of San José for a last positioning night before going back home.Evening is at leisure to enjoy the city, hotel facilities or get a recommendation on a good restaurant to enjoy your farewell dinner.

You will spend 1 night in San Jose

Approximate travelling distance is 141km = 87mi. Approximate driving time is 3 hours

DAY 08 - 10 - Back home

According to the international flight departure time transfer from the hotel in San Jose to the International airport to take the 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

APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES

  • San José – Arenal:                4 hours

    Arenal – Monteverde:           4 hours

    Monteverde – San José:        3 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.

COSTA RICA EXPERIENCE

08 DAY – 07 NIGHT ITINERARY
Minimum 1 participant

NET RATES PER PERSON in US Dollars

MODERATE

Rates valid from October 01 to November 30, 2014

  • $ 400.00
  • $ 350.00
  • $ 680.00
  • $ 100.00
  • $ 100.00
  • $ 100.00

Rates valid from December 01, 2014 to April 30, 2015

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

SUPERIOR

Rates valid from October 01 to November 30, 2014

  • $ 533.00
  • $ 483.00
  • $ 964.00
  • $ 100.00
  • $ 100.00
  • $ 100.00

Rates valid from December 01, 2014 to April 30, 2015

  • $ 599.00
  • $ 536.00
  • $ 1,087.00
  • $ 123.00
  • $ 123.00
  • $ 123.00

Rates valid from May 01, 2014 to Nov 30, 2015

  • $ 571.00
  • $ 515.00
  • $ 1,031.00
  • $ 115.00
  • $ 115.00
  • $ 115.00

DELUXE

Rates valid from October 01 to November 30, 2014

  • $ 759.00
  • $ 645.00
  • $ 1,357.00
  • $ 100.00
  • $ 100.00
  • $ 100.00

Rates valid from December 01, 2014 to April 30, 2015

  • $ 896.00
  • $ 750.00
  • $ 1,612.00
  • $ 123.00
  • $ 123.00
  • $ 123.00

Rates valid from May 01, 2014 to Nov 30, 2015

  • $ 826.00
  • $ 700.00
  • $ 1,473.00
  • $ 115.00
  • $ 115.00
  • $ 115.00

ABOVE RATES INCLUDE:

ACCOMMODATION

MODERATE Range Hotels:

  • Two (2) night accommodations in Standard room at Palma Real Hotel or similar in San José
  • Two (2) night accommodations in Standard room at Casa Luna Hotel or similar in Arenal
  • Two (2) night accommodations in Superior room at Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge or similar in Monteverde
  • One (1) night accommodations in Standard room at Country Inn & Suites or similar in San José

Hotel taxes included: 13% sales

FREE UPGRADE

To El Establo Mountain Hotel while in Monteverde for passengers traveling

From May 01st to November 30th, 2015 ONLY

SUPERIOR Range Hotels:

  • Two (2) night accommodations in Standard room at Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel or similar in San José
  • Two (2) night accommodations in Jr.Suite room at Arenal Springs Resort & Spa or similar in Arenal
  • Two (2) night accommodations in Deluxe room at El Establo Mountain Hotel or similar in Monteverde
  • One (1) night accommodations in Standard room at Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel or similar in San José

Hotel taxes included: 13% sales

 

DELUXE Range Hotels:

  • Two (2) night accommodations in Deluxe room at Real Intercontinental Hotel or similar in San José
  • Two (2) night accommodations in Suite room at Arenal Kioro Resort & Spa or similar in Arenal
  • Two (2) night accommodations in Deluxe room at El Establo Mountain Hotel or similar in Monteverde
  • One (1) night accommodations in Deluxe room at Costa Rica Marriott Hotel or similar in San José

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 Arenal area
  • Land & Boat shared transfer from Arenal to Monteverde area **
    ** May change to ground transfer on group departures or depending on weather conditions
  • Shuttle shared transfer from Monteverde to San José city
  • 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

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

NET RATES PER PERSON in US Dollars

  • $ 172.00
  • $ 82.00
  • $ 443.00
MEALS

 

  • Day 01: No meals
  • Day 02: Breakfas
  • Day 03: Breakfast
  • Day 04: Breakfast
  • Day 05: Breakfast
  • Day 06: Breakfast
  • Day 07: Breakfast
  • Day 08: Breakfast

 

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

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS PACKAGE (See supplement rate)

  • Doka Coffee Tour / Grecia City & Sarchi Oxcart Factory (Includes Lunch)

  • Arenal Volcano National Park Nature Walk

  • Sky Monteverde Walkways (Hanging Bridges) Guided Visit

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

Arenal

  • Cultour at Casona Río Fortuna
  • $105,00

Cultour is a cultural tour with a family taste in the country side of Costa Rica.

Creative & commitment towards show the best

of Costa Rica countryside, experience while preserving the local culture, customs, folklore and traditions.

  • Sky Trek & Sky Tram
  • $84,00

Enjoy a different perspective of Arenal Volcano on the Sky Adventures Park.

This is a tour of adventure full of adrenaline high above the treetops, allowing you to observe the rainforest at its best and stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. 

  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge along Río Frío
  • $65,00

You'll do a peaceful boat ride in an area unsurpassed in natural beauty Along the shores of the river and in the trees, visitors will be able to spot birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. There are howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloth, caimans, turtles, and Jesus Christ Lizards

  • Venado Caves
  • $65,00

Explore Earth's inner-depths during a 2-hour trek through underground waterfalls & smooth, stone passage-ways – see prehistoric, marine fossils & exotic cave formations

  • Lost Canyon Adventure (Canyoning)
  • $99,00

The Lost Canyon is an experience of a lifetime – go where very few have had the privilege to roam: Imagine yourself in the midst of thick rainforest at the top of a magical canyon full of tropical waterfalls with surprises each step of the way.

  • Stand Up Paddling (SUP) at Arenal Lake
  • $65,00

Get Ready to "Walk on Water!"

SUP has its roots in ancient Polynesia and looks exactly as it sounds: you stand up on a large, wide, super buoyant surfboard & use a long paddle.

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.